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DSWD deploys social workers, provides needs of arriving individuals in Davao City

Davao City – To assist arriving locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) in the city, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI has deployed social workers from the Protective Services Division (PSD) at the Davao City International Airport, Sasa International Seaport, and Davao City Overland Transport Terminal beginning June.

The social workers are present on all schedule of arrivals at the different ports and terminal to help assist and assess the needs of the individuals.

“We make sure that we coordinate with other agencies, so the efforts are always unified and in accordance with the set goals,” said Ms. Gemma D. Dela Cruz, OIC-Division Chief of the PSD.

The technical working group for arriving LSIs and ROFs has encouraged a coordinated effort among concerned agencies in the region.

“Our role in the Department is to assess the needs of the arriving LSIs and ROFs so we can provide them with appropriate assistance,” Ms. Dela Cruz added.

She also clarified that the assistance is not only limited to financial but also psychosocial, among others.

To date, a total of 353 LSIs received assistance from DSWD amounting to ₱799,000 for food and accommodation expenses. ###

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DSWD assures home delivery of centenarian cash gift

Amid the threat of COVID-19, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has adopted the house-to-house delivery scheme for the centenarian cash gift of Filipino citizens 100 years old and above, as stated under Republic Act (RA) No. 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016. 

DSWD is adopting this mode of delivering the cash incentives in cognizance of the centenarians’ health and physical limitations. The scheme is also more convenient for them and their relatives especially that the government encourages seniors to stay at home as part of health and safety protocols. 

To avail of the benefits under the law, relatives of the centenarians must submit primary documents such as birth certificates and Philippine passports to the city or municipal social welfare office (C/MSWDO) and the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in their localities. 

If the two documents are not available, any one of the primary Identification Cards (IDs) is also accepted such as those issued by OSCA, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and Social Security System (SSS); driver’s license; Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) license; and Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID. 

Secondary documents may also be submitted such as marriage certificate either from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or the Local Civil Registrar’s Office (LCRO); birth certificates of the children of the centenarian issued by the PSA or the LCRO; affidavits from two disinterested persons, aged 80 years who have personal knowledge of the centenarian’s age and birthdate; school and employment records showing the age of the centenarian; baptismal or confirmation records issued by churches and religious organizations; medical or dental examinations by government or private doctors and dentists; certifications from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) ; and other similar organizations. 

For centenarians who were alive when the law took effect on July 15, 2016 but died before the actual implementation, their relatives should submit birth certificate, baptismal or confirmation records, marriage certificate, that will prove the deceased centenarians’ age eligibility at the time RA 10868 took effect, if any. Death certificate of the deceased centenarians, copy of ID of the nearest surviving relative, certificate of live birth of the nearest surviving relative and other relevant documents that would establish the relationship to the deceased centenarians should also be shown. In case of various nearest surviving relatives, a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) authorizing one of them to receive the centenarian gift on behalf of all of them should be made. The nearest surviving relative should also execute a Warranty and Release Liability Form. Meanwhile, for deceased centenarians under the care of residential care facilities, their cash incentives will be deposited to the account of the institution if there is no nearest living relative who will be claiming the amount. 

On the other hand, centenarians who have been abandoned by their families but under the care of a social welfare institution, the local government unit (LGU), a DSWD facility, or a non-relative may also be able to claim their cash incentive. The documents that were submitted to the local government units shall be endorsed to the respective DSWD Field Offices (FOs), subject for further validation of the assigned technical staff of the FO, before processing and releasing of the incentive. 

The Department has also allocated funds for overseas centenarians to be released once the Joint Memorandum Circular between and among the DSWD, Commission on Overseas Filipinos, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office will be signed this year. 

Republic Act (RA) No. 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016 states that all Filipinos, who have reached 100 years old and above, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad shall be honored with a Letter of Felicitation from the President of the Philippines congratulating the celebrant for his or her longevity; and a Centenarian gift in the amount of P100,000. 

From 2016-2019, DSWD has released P560,900,000 for the cash gift of 5,609 centenarians nationwide. For this year, as of June 15, some 289 centenarians received P100,000 each amounting to P28,900,000. A total of 952 centenarians are expected to benefit from the law this year. 

DSWD remains committed in its mandate of providing programs and services to the most vulnerable sectors of our society, most especially the senior citizens in honor of their contribution to nation building. ###

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DSWD begins distribution of 2nd tranche SAP subsidy with 4Ps beneficiaries

Davao City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI has started its distribution of the second tranche of the emergency assistance under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries.

Some 31,702 4Ps beneficiaries in the city will receive their subsidy amounting to P4,650 considering the regular cash grant in the computation.

“For Period 2 which covers the months of April and May, our 4Ps beneficiaries will receive their monthly cash grants amounting to P1,350 for their health and nutrition grant (P750) and rice subsidy (P600). Technically, they will receive a total of P6,000,” Margie Cabido, Regional Program Coordinator for Operations, clarified.

Only Davao City SAP beneficiaries will receive the second tranche of the subsidy based on Executive Order No. 112, Series of 2020 issued on May 1.

Cabido added that some 766 4Ps beneficiaries without cash cards will also receive the subsidy.

DSWD has earlier suspended the monitoring of compliance of the beneficiaries to the program conditionalities under “force majeure” circumstances in this time of crisis. ###

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DSWD intensifies efforts to address online exploitation of children amid COVID-19 threat

The threat of COVID-19 has not diminished the commitment of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to address the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

Even during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the Department, together with partner agencies, continuously conducts dialogues and rescues to ensure the safety of Filipino children online and offline.

This is based on the fact that online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) is a growing crime that requires a coordinated global and national response, especially in these times when children are in lockdown with traffickers and offenders are spending more time online.

Efforts vs OSEC

To address OSEC in the country, DSWD is closely working with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to track and apprehend the perpetrators and rescue the victims of this heinous act. DSWD is also working with the local government units (LGUs), especially with the Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPCs), to increase awareness, prevention, and early detection of OSEC cases. Rescued OSEC victims are placed in DSWD custody and provided with psychosocial interventions.

As the lead agency in social protection, DSWD also provides assistance to trafficked persons under the Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP). In 2019, DSWD has served over 1,600 victims of trafficking of whom 1,297 were females and 395 were males.

DSWD also chairs the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP), created by virtue of RA 9775 or the  “Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009.”

IACACP which comprises government agencies and non-government organizations actively advocates for the prevention of OSEC through various platforms, including the formulation of a National Response Plan (NRP) for Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) 2016-2020.

Based on the National Response Model Frame of the We Protect Global Alliance, the NRP serves as a guide for government agencies, LGUs, civil society organizations, private sectors and other stakeholders to address the gaps in prevention, responses,    

capacity building, policies and child protection mechanisms particular on OSAEC. In order to attain this task, the NRP had devised five Key Result Areas on Advocacy and Prevention, Law Enforcement and Prosecution, Protection, Recovery and Reintegration, Research and Management Information System, and Resource Mobilization and Partnership.

In this time of pandemic, the DSWD, as chair of IACACP, emphasized that it is even more crucial to closely monitor the safety of children even inside their homes.

It also encouraged the community to be vigilant and immediately report to the authorities all forms of abuses against children through the following hotlines:

  1. DSWD Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP) Hotline (02) 8931-9141;
  2. Text DSWD <space> blockchildporn<space> URL address and send to 2327or Text blockchildporn <space> URL address and send to 0918-9122813;
  3. Commission on Filipino Overseas TIP Hotline 1343
  4. PNP Patrol 911
  5. PNP Women and Children Protection Center: 0919 777 7377
  6. PNP Anti Cybercrime Group: Tel. No. (02) 723-0401 local 5354 Fax No. (02) 414-1560, 0926-084-3792
  7. NBI: (02) 523-8231 to 38 local 3454 to 3455
  8. DOJ-Office of Cybercrime Tel. No. (02) 524-82-16

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