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DSWD sets up mechanism for grievances and appeal on SAP

With the increasing issues and concerns of families who believe that they are eligible but have been excluded from the list of beneficiaries of  the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has set up a Grievance Redress System (GRS) to address these.

The public is encouraged to voice out and report anomalies or irregularities in the delivery of SAP through the DSWD Grievance Redress System,” Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin said in a virtual presser on April 20.

As emphasized in Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, the subsidy shall be given to low-income families, assessed to be most affected by the imposition of community quarantine, given their existing life situations or circumstances. Such families but who are not in the initial list of beneficiaries may file an appeal with their respective Local Social Welfare and Development Offices (LSWDOs) within three days from the start of the payout or distribution of SAP in their barangay. The LSWDO shall then submit the consolidated appeals to the concerned DSWD Field Office for evaluation within three days.

DSWD clarified that under the DSWD Omnibus Guidelines, families shall be excluded from receiving emergency subsidy if any of their members are:

  1. Elected and appointed government officials such as permanent, contractual, casual, coterminous or personnel contracted (under Memorandum of Agreement, Cost of Service, Job Order, and other similar arrangement/s) in any National Government Agency (NGA), Government-owned and Controlled Corporation, Local Government Unit, and GOCC with original charter;  
  • Employees in the private sector, or those in the formal economy, including those who are employees of GOCC without original charters, regardless of the existence of employee-employer relationship, and regardless of the fact that they are receiving salary or wage;
  • Retired individuals who are receiving pension; and
  • Families with independent financial capacity consistent with the intent of RA 11469 to provide assistance to low income families.

Likewise, all grievances related to the SAP implementation in Davao Region will be managed and monitored by the field office’s Operations Center through its hotline numbers: 0977-658-6628 (Globe); 0951-822-0810 (Smart); 0975-553-7811 (TM). The OpCen shall receive complaints from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. daily and ensure proper referencing and reporting to concerned office for validation and/or investigation. The concerned office is required to respond to the said report within twenty-four hours from receipt.

DSWD ensures that government resources are given to rightful beneficiaries especially those who need the services the most during these critical times. ###

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44% of Davao Region low-income families receive DSWD emergency subsidy

Davao City – As of to date, 421,179 family beneficiaries who belong to the poor and informal sectors in the region have received the emergency subsidy worth P6,000.00 under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the national government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Of this number, 253,992 are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) family beneficiaries and 167,187 are non-4Ps family beneficiaries whose actual paid-out amount is now P2,184,184,800.00.

This is 44% of the 951,459 target beneficiaries who will receive the emergency subsidy in Davao Region.

Of the 48 local government units, only the municipalities of Sulop in Davao del Sur and Tarragona in Davao Oriental have accomplished 100% payout to 4,339 and 1,710 non-4Ps beneficiaries respectively.

Among the top performing municipalities in the distribution of the emergency subsidy are Kiblawan (99.91%) and Matanao (99.26%) in Davao del Sur, Nabunturan in Davao de Oro (99.51%), and Boston in Davao Oriental (92.50%).

“We are always grateful for the support of the local government units (LGUs) in the implementation of the program because we acknowledge that the Department cannot do this alone,” OIC-Regional Director Grace Q. Subong said.

The national government agencies work closely together with the LGUs in implementing the various social amelioration programs for the affected families in areas under community quarantine. ###

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DSWD clarifies only low-income families can avail of emergency subsidy

Davao City – In issuing Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 9, Series of 2020 or the Omnibus Guidelines in the Implementation of the Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP), the Department of Social Welfare and Development clarified that the ESP through the Social Amelioration Programs (SAP) of the government are only for low-income families.

The ESP shall be provided to the families most affected by the virtual economic standstill and most vulnerable to the economic slowdown resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and are now unable to earn their daily sustenance under the stay-at-home or community quarantine conditions.

However, for the Department, only those low-income families who have members working in the informal economy or who belong to other vulnerable groups will qualify in the program.

The subsidy shall amount to P6,000.00, based on the prevailing regional minimum daily wage rate, which shall be used to provide for the basic food, medicine, toiletries, and other basic necessities of the most affected families.

Said issuance also provides that the following families shall be excluded from receiving the ESP if any of its member/s is/are:

  1. Elected and appointed government officials or personnel contracted in any national government agency (NGA), government-owned and controlled corporation, local government unit, and GOCCs with original charter;
  2. Employees in the private sector, or those in the formal economy;
  3. Retired individuals who are receiving pension; and
  4. Families with independent financial capacity.

“Atong ginasiguro nga ang mahatagan sa maong ayuda gikan sa gobyerno ang mga pamilya nga mas nanginahanglan niini,” OIC-Regional Director Grace Q. Subong said.

In Davao Region, only 951,459 families will receive the emergency subsidy. ###

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DSWD assures no delays in delivery of goods to LGUs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured the public that its relief goods given to the local government units (LGUs) as part of its resource augmentation support to them while under the enhanced community quarantine are delivered in a timely manner based on their request for augmentation.

At the same time, the Department clarified a post circulating in the social media showing the placement of DSWD logo stickers in canned goods which allegedly delayed the distribution to its intended recipients. The Department said it does not have its logo on canned goods.

DSWD explained that the Department’s logo is placed, instead, on the Family Food Pack boxes for proper identification and to maintain the integrity of the relief supplies.

Each box of FFP contains six kilos of rice, four cans of sardines, four cans of corned beef or beef loaf, and six sachets of coffee or cereal energy drink which is enough for two days for a family with five members.

The provision of additional relief items is part of the Department’s mandate to provide Technical Assistance and Resource Augmentation (TARA) to LGUs during times of emergencies.  To date, DSWD has already distributed FFPs amounting to more than P35 million to LGUs around the country.

The Department will continue to work with the LGUs, which are the first responders in providing assistance to their constituents, to provide maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo amid the enforcement of the enhanced community quarantine. ###

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DSWD facility for women creates protective equipment for department frontliners

(Davao City) – The Home for Girls and Women (HGW), a Department of Social Welfare and Development residential care facility which caters to children and women in especially difficult circumstances who need protective services and other services that promote healing and recovery, has initiated the production of some face masks and face shields for the department frontliners who are still on duty amid the threat on COVID-19.

Center head Sheryl Ann R. Dumalogdog says that the center residents and staff will continue to help prevent the spread of the virus despite being isolated in the residential facility.

Ms. Dumalogdog has called on the department staff for empty plastic bottles such as 1.5-liter and 6-liter bottles for water and soft drink that may be recycled into face shields. The production of the face shields will be charged for a minimal amount.

The shelter residents and staff have also produced more than two thousand face masks for P25.00 apiece.

Most department frontliners who have availed of the face masks are those assigned in the Crisis Intervention Section and Community-Based Services Section who still cater to clients needing various assistance. The center has also provided some face masks to guards and utility workers on duty for free.

“This is our humble way of helping our colleagues in the department who continue to work in service to the people despite the threat of COVID-19,” Ms. Dumalogdog said.

She also added that this activity has aided the residents to become productive and ultimately hasten their rehabilitation process. ###

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