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Social Work and Psych students eyed to assist DSWD during calamities

DAVAO CITY Nov. 13 (PIA) — The vice chair of the response cluster of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has called on universities and colleges who have graduating students in Social Work and Psychology to consider sending them to the evacuation sites as added hands in camp management.

She noticed that two to three personnel workers are not enough to manage a large number of evacuees in camps

Grace Q. Subong, OIC-regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development XI said they have called on the assistance from other DSWD offices in regions which are not affected by the recent disaster.

“We already asked for help from other areas.  Incidentally, it is a learning experience for graduating social work and psychology students to learn and to reach out to the needy,” she said.

Retired Major General Manuel Ochotorena, director of the Office of Civil Defense XI and RDRRMC XI chair cited to do mutual aiding on areas greatly affected by the earthquakes.

He said other local government units especially those which are not affected must help the needy.

Maganda na yung tayo ang tumutulong kaysa tayo ang tinutulungan,” Ochotorena stressed.  (PIA XI)

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DSWD extends financial aid to quake-affected families

Davao del Sur – The Crisis Intervention Unit of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office XI has extended a total assistance of P4,254,535.00 to the earthquake victims in Davao del Sur to date.

The assistance includes medical, burial, and cash assistance worth three thousand pesos (P3,000.00) to some 1,612 affected individuals and families in the municipalities of Bansalan, Matanao, and Magsaysay.

OIC-Regional Director Grace Q. Subong led the distribution of financial assistance to some residents of Brgy. Upper Bala, Magsaysay last week.

The DSWD crisis unit provides immediate response to individuals and families who are indigent, vulnerable, disadvantaged, in crisis or in any difficult situation. Assistance may be availed of at the DSWD Regional Office or at the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) satellite offices in the region.

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DSWD’s Listahanan does not identify, delist 4Ps beneficiaries

THE DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) explains that the Listahanan 3 or the 3rd Round Nationwide Household Assessment aims to identify who and where the poor are in the country and does not determine additional beneficiaries nor delist ineligible households under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

This came following the circulation of news reports and infographics stating that the assessment would give non-beneficiaries a chance to be included in the 4Ps and for ineligible families to be removed from the program.

DSWD warns the public against unofficial infographics which are now going viral over Facebook.  The Department urges the public to refer only to infographics and other materials posted on the official DSWD Facebook page, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Twitter account, @dswdserves.

Listahanan or the database of poor households will be the end-product of the nationwide assessment. DSWD, through Listahanan, is mandated by Executive Order No. 867 Series of 2010 to adopt a targeting system as the standard mechanism for identifying poor households who shall be potential recipients of social protection programs nationwide.  Its main objective is to formulate a unified criteria for the identification of the poor through scientific means. DSWD shall maintain the system and update its data every four years.

Listahanan is not equal to 4Ps since it is only one of the programs using the database. The initial list of potential beneficiaries for 4Ps came from Listahanan, but the final list of qualified beneficiaries depends on the eligibility requirements as prescribed in the existing program guidelines. These are: households whose income status is equal to or below the official provincial poverty threshold; households that have children 0-18 years old, or have a pregnant woman at the time of assessment; and households that agree to meet the conditions specified in the program.

Meanwhile, delisting of 4Ps beneficiaries is done through the Grievance Redress System (GRS) of the program and not through Listahanan. GRS follows a process to validate the delisting of beneficiaries which are based on factors such as fraud, waived enrolment, no more eligible members, and income is above poverty threshold.

DSWD partnered with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to ensure the cooperation of local government units (LGUs), specifically the barangays, in the on-going assessment. The Department wants to highlight the role of LGUs in assisting DSWD to locate the households that are needed to be assessed to make sure that no one is left behind.

The 3rd Nationwide Household Assessment or Listahanan 3 officially started in May 2019.

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DSWD appeals to public not to give alms to street children, indigenous peoples

THE DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reiterates its appeal to the public to refrain from giving alms to street children, homeless individuals, and members of Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) groups.

This is pursuant to Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1563 or the Anti-Mendicancy Law which prohibits begging or soliciting of charitable donations by the poor and other religious organizations on the streets.

Instead of giving alms, especially during the coming Christmas season, DSWD advises the public to provide responsible types of assistance such as conducting organized gift-giving and caroling activities, feeding sessions, story-telling, and medical missions at the activity centers in the local government units (LGUs) to keep street dwellers and IP groups away from mendicant activities that may endanger their lives.

Together with LGUs, the Department operates and manages community-based child-friendly spaces or activity centers where street children can play, learn, eat, bathe, and socialize as they are monitored and cared for by social workers and volunteers.

Programs, services for street dwellers

DSWDworks hand-in-hand with LGUs, which are the primary responders in addressing the needs of street dwellers, by providing them with technical assistance and resource augmentation to efficiently and effectively deliver their services to the marginalized and poor sectors of society.

 Through its Field Offices (FOs), DSWD provides programs for street dwellers under the Comprehensive Program for Street Children, Street Families, and Indigenous Peoples especially Sama-Bajaus. The program features an integrated approach in responding to the needs of the street children and their families, and Sama-Bajau members with the ultimate goal of contributing to the reduction of their vulnerabilities and mendicant activities.

DSWD also implements the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF), an expansion of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), which specifically caters to homeless families living on the streets.

Benefits under the MCCT-HSF include education and health grants; access to social services; economic opportunities; and rent subsidy for a period of six to 12 months or depending on the capability of the household-beneficiaries to improve their living condition. A total of 201,526 homeless families are included in the program, as of July 31, 2019.

Aside from the continuous coordination with LGUs and FOs, the Department has a reach-out team that responds to the reported incidents of children or individuals-at-risk on the streets in Metro Manila. Concerned citizens may report through the Twitter account, @savestreetkids, and indicate the exact location and other pertinent information about the sighting.

DSWD emphasizes that a multi-stakeholder effort remains vital in addressing the concerns of street dwellers and homeless families.

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DSWD: All quake-affected families will be provided with assistance

Davao del Sur – Grace Q. Subong, OIC-Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI, clarifies that all families affected by the series of earthquakes in Davao Region will be provided with appropriate assistance from the department.

 “Regardless if these families are outside or inside the camps, DSWD is still mandated to provide for them,” Director Subong said during her visit in the camps on Thursday morning.

This is in response to reports surfacing that only those who are inside the evacuation centers will be given assistance.

“Our goal is not to encourage families to flock in the evacuation centers. That’s why we have to also provide for the families in spontaneous settlements or those temporarily staying in the open space near their homes,” she added.

Data from the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) show that there was an increase in the number of families staying in the forty-one (41) evacuation centers in Davao del Sur. To date, the total cost of assistance provided by DSWD XI to the 18,549 affected families in Davao Region is P12,126,731.00.

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DSWD leads in peaceful distribution of relief supplies

DAVAO DEL SUR (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI continues to lead in peaceful and orderly distribution of relief supplies in the twenty-three (23) evacuation centers located in Davao del Sur where a total of 3,055 families or 14,052 individuals currently stay.

The field office has so far deployed thirty-one (31) camp managers who will provide support to field personnel in charge of the evacuation centers. These camp managers will also lead in the assessment and intake of displaced families and the provision of psychosocial support especially among women and children evacuees.

OIC-Regional Director Grace Q. Subong encourages the public to course their donations through the department, local government units, other national government agencies, or non-government organizations who have been coordinating with the local social welfare and development office for the distribution to the affected families.

This is in response to reports of relief supplies being mobbed by quake victims from private individuals who do not coordinate with authorities and conduct spontaneous relief distribution.

To date, the total cost of assistance provided by DSWD XI through the distribution of food and non-food items and other financial assistance is P11,459,231.00. 

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DSWD provides more aid for quake evacuees in Davao Region

Davao del Sur – (DSWD XI) Data from the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) show that at least 7,005 families or 35,025 persons were affected by the series of earthquakes that had struck Davao region in October.

With this number, at least 2,333 families or 11,665 persons are staying in twenty-one (21) evacuation centers located at Digos City, Magsaysay, and Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 11 has so far deployed thirty-one (31) camp managers who will provide support to field personnel in charge of the evacuation centers. These camp managers will also lead in the assessment and intake of displaced families and the provision of psychosocial support especially among women and children evacuees.

Different field offices of the department and partner local governments also deliver augmentation support, in coordination with other national government agencies, to secure the immediate needs of our affected families in the region.

On November 3, OIC-Regional Director Grace Q. Subong met with Mayor Arthur Davin of the municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur and assured that DSWD will continue to provide more aid for the evacuees and to coordinate with the local government units and national government agencies for the provision of their other needs.

To date, DSWD 11 has released a total of 3,955 family food packs, 1,500 sleeping kits, 330 mosquito nets, 50 family tents, 168 hygiene kits, and 500 laminated sacks. The total cost of assistance provided is P4,114,337.00.

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Davao Sur quake victims receive aid from DSWD

Davao del Sur (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI has released a total of 1,355 family food packs and 330 sleeping kits to the families affected by the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in the municipalities of Magsaysay and Bansalan.

The department has also provided medical assistance to nine (9) injured individuals worth P46,000 and burial assistance to the families of the three (3) reported casualties in the province worth P30,000.

Erna Sampiano, DSWD XI disaster response chief, said that they have deployed an augmentation team to conduct relief operations and rapid assessment on the damages brought by the earthquake and its aftershocks.

DSWD XI has a total stockpile of food and non-food items, and standby funds amounting to P14 million ready for distribution to the affected areas.

As the forefront of the government in disaster response and recovery, DSWD continuously commits to provide immediate relief and early recovery to disaster affected families and individuals in the country.

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