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DSWD cluster gets ISO certification anew; continues to strengthen efforts on quality management

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) General Administration and Support Services Group (GASSG) continues to earn the nod of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for meeting the global standards in general administration.

GASSG successfully completed the annual surveillance audit conducted by third-party certification body, SOCOTECH Certification Philippines, Inc., on November 10, 2020 in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 standards.

Services that have been ISO-certified under GASSG include the Administrative Service, Human Resource Management and Development Service, Procurement Management Service, Legal Service, and Finance and Management Service.

GASSG provides leadership, staff expertise, and strategic support in managing physical infrastructures, assets, financial resources, human resources, procurement activities, and other logistical requirements in a manner that is transparent, accountable, proactive, results-oriented, and value-adding to the stewardship of DSWD resources.

Apart from GASSG, DSWD Field Office Caraga has also completed its annual surveillance audit conducted in January. Meanwhile, DSWD Field Office I and the DSWD National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau will also be undergoing their annual surveillance audits before the end of the year.

Other clusters under the DSWD Central Office and all Field Offices are also gearing up towards being ISO-certified.

As the lead agency in social protection, DSWD emphasized that it continues to pursue excellence in service delivery by implementing a quality management system that is aligned with the latest international standards.

The Department explained that its pursuit for ISO certification is an affirmation that it continues to improve its systems and processes to deliver a maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo for the sectors that it serves. ###

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DSWD speeds up provision of relief aid to LGUs during disasters

To ensure the efficient and speedy delivery of aid to communities affected by various forms of disasters, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has streamlined the process of providing relief assistance and basic services to these calamity-stricken areas.

DSWD Field Offices can now release food and non-food items to local government units (LGUs) even without an official request from local chief executives or administrators as previously practiced according to existing disaster laws.  The release can be made based on the official recommendation of DSWD field workers who conducted on-the-ground assessment and validation.

Likewise, the Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA)  and official reports of the National Office of Civil Defense can serve as basis for immediate release of relief aid, depending on the magnitude of the disaster as assessed by the Regional Office of Civil Defense  and concerned agencies. RDANA is a disaster response mechanism that is used immediately in the early emergency phase to determine the extent of impacts and assess the priority needs of the communities.

The DSWD Secretary, Undersecretary of the Disaster Response Management Group (DRMG), or the Assistant Secretary of the DRMG, upon their assessment, can also direct the delivery of food and non-food items to the LGUs for distribution to the affected families.

Meanwhile, the Department also clarified that project proposals are still needed for the implementation of early recovery and rehabilitation interventions such as the Cash-for-Work (CFW) program and the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) as provided by existing laws, rules, and regulations.

CFW is a short-term intervention program that provides temporary employment to affected individuals by allowing them to participate or work in preparedness, mitigation, relief, rehabilitation, or risk reduction projects in their communities or in evacuation centers.

On the other hand, the ESA provides financial assistance to augment the resources of affected families for their acquisition of shelter materials required in constructing or repairing their damaged houses.

As lead agency in social protection, DSWD assured the public that it will continuously strengthen and improve its systems and procedures to ensure that those needing help will be efficiently and immediately assisted. ###

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DSWD does not hold raffle draws, warns public against fake FB posts

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) denied that it is holding raffle draws or giving away cash prizes online and warned the public against fake Facebook posts promoting such activity.

This came in the wake of reports regarding multiple Facebook posts claiming that DSWD is giving away P50,000 to P60,000 from its Social Amelioration Program. According to a report received by the Department, the posts are phishing for information by asking netizens to send their full name, address, and contact number to another FB account.

DSWD urged the public to only refer to the Department’s official Facebook account, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Twitter account, @dswdserves; and to the DSWD website, dswd.gov.ph for updates and official information on its program and services.

The Department appealed to the public to be vigilant and to refrain from participating in dubious activities perpetrated on social media by unscrupulous individuals. ###

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Over 198k indigent senior citizens in Davao Region receive social pension

DAVAO CITY – A total of 198,594 indigent senior citizens of the 264,792 region-wide beneficiaries have already received their social pension for the second semester from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI to date.

To ensure safety among the beneficiaries and department employees, the payouts are closely coordinated with the local government units (LGUs) so that the required social distancing and wearing of face masks and face shields are strictly observed.

The department reiterates its previous advisory and reminder that the beneficiaries may send a representative to claim their social pension on their behalf considering the protocols set in place that may cause them inconvenience or difficulty.

Ongoing payouts are conducted for the remaining beneficiaries in Davao City and separate payouts have been arranged for those who were not able to claim the grants in the provinces.

The beneficiaries will receive six months’ worth of their social pension amounting to P3,000.

Beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program are senior citizens (60 years old and above) who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; not receiving pension from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) or from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Mutual Benefit Association; and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from family or relatives. ###

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2020 National Children’s Month celebration-DSWD urges LGUs to prioritize protection of children amid pandemic

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), and National Youth Commission (NYC), lead agencies for the National Children’s Month (NCM) celebration, encourage all sectors to work together in building a safer and more caring environment for all children, as the nation celebrates the 28th NCM this November.

Republic Act 10661 declaring November as NCM commemorates the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on November 20, 1989, and seeks to instill its significance in the Filipino consciousness.  The Philippines is a signatory to the CRC, which is the first binding universal treaty solely dedicated to the protection and promotion of children’s rights. Section 3 of RA 10661 designates DSWD, CWC, and NYC as lead agencies in the preparation and implementation of an annual program of activities celebrating NCM.

This year’s celebration focuses on upholding the rights of children during the COVID-19 pandemic with the theme, “Sama-samang Itaguyod ang Karapatan ng Bawat Bata sa Panahon ng Pandemya.”

The theme aims to promote the protection of all children and their rights, provide practical support to parents and caregivers on how to care for children and themselves during the pandemic, empower children to protect themselves and report the experience of abuse, and guide LGUs to efficiently deliver their expected roles and functions. It is anchored on the UN CRC and the goals of the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) to progressively realize the rights of children.

DSWD cited that the 2015 Philippine National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children revealed that 80% of Filipino children and youth were experiencing any forms of violence in all settings, whether in the home, school or community. Specifically, 3 in 5 or 66% of children ages 13 to below 18 years experienced physical abuse, 3 in 5 or 58% experienced psychological abuse, while 19.1% experienced sexual abuse, which commonly happened in the home perpetrated by either of their parents, siblings, step-parents or by their grandparents or neighbors.

The 2015 NBS-VAC is the first ever national prevalence study on violence against children in the country and no repeat study has been conducted yet.

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.”

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 Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP) Hotline (02) 8931-9141 or send text message Text DSWD <space> blockchildporn<space> URL address and send to 2327or Text blockchildporn <space> URL address and send to 0918-9122813. 

The DSWD urges all local government units, through the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC), to be vigilant in monitoring cases of child abuse in their respective jurisdictions, particularly during this pandemic.

LCPC is responsible for the implementation of the National Strategic Framework Plan Development for Children in the local level. The LCPC partners with LGUs in crafting plans, programs, and activities in creating secure, healthy, and child-friendly communities.

To promote the month-long celebration, a series of online activities, such as virtual contests and webinars have been lined-up.

The Department affirms its commitment to uphold the welfare of Filipino children through the Department’s various programs, services, and policies, and strengthened coordination with partner-agencies, non-government organizations, and LGUs. -30-

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2020 National Children’s Month celebration – DSWD urges LGUs to prioritize protection of children amid pandemic

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), and National Youth Commission (NYC), lead agencies for the National Children’s Month (NCM) celebration, encourage all sectors to work together in building a safer and more caring environment for all children, as the nation celebrates the 28th NCM this November.

Republic Act 10661 declaring November as NCM commemorates the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on November 20, 1989, and seeks to instill its significance in the Filipino consciousness.  The Philippines is a signatory to the CRC, which is the first binding universal treaty solely dedicated to the protection and promotion of children’s rights. Section 3 of RA 10661 designates DSWD, CWC, and NYC as lead agencies in the preparation and implementation of an annual program of activities celebrating NCM.

This year’s celebration focuses on upholding the rights of children during the COVID-19 pandemic with the theme, “Sama-samang Itaguyod ang Karapatan ng Bawat Bata sa Panahon ng Pandemya.”

The theme aims to promote the protection of all children and their rights, provide practical support to parents and caregivers on how to care for children and themselves during the pandemic, empower children to protect themselves and report the experience of abuse, and guide LGUs to efficiently deliver their expected roles and functions. It is anchored on the UN CRC and the goals of the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) to progressively realize the rights of children.

DSWD cited that the 2015 Philippine National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children revealed that 80% of Filipino children and youth were experiencing any forms of violence in all settings, whether in the home, school or community. Specifically, 3 in 5 or 66% of children ages 13 to below 18 years experienced physical abuse, 3 in 5 or 58% experienced psychological abuse, while 19.1% experienced sexual abuse, which commonly happened in the home perpetrated by either of their parents, siblings, step-parents or by their grandparents or neighbors.

The 2015 NBS-VAC is the first ever national prevalence study on violence against children in the country and no repeat study has been conducted yet.

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.”

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 Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP) Hotline (02) 8931-9141 or send text message Text DSWD <space> blockchildporn<space> URL address and send to 2327or Text blockchildporn <space> URL address and send to 0918-9122813. 

The DSWD urges all local government units, through the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC), to be vigilant in monitoring cases of child abuse in their respective jurisdictions, particularly during this pandemic.

LCPC is responsible for the implementation of the National Strategic Framework Plan Development for Children in the local level. The LCPC partners with LGUs in crafting plans, programs, and activities in creating secure, healthy, and child-friendly communities.

To promote the month-long celebration, a series of online activities, such as virtual contests and webinars have been lined-up.

The Department affirms its commitment to uphold the welfare of Filipino children through the Department’s various programs, services, and policies, and strengthened coordination with partner-agencies, non-government organizations, and LGUs. -30-

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DSWD relief operations still ongoing in Typhoon-Ulysses hard hit areas

Field Offices (FOs) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in areas hardest hit by Typhoon Ulysses continue to assist local government units (LGUs) in their disaster relief operations for their affected constituents.

In Cagayan Province, P22 million worth of food and non-food items were delivered by DSWD FO II to affected areas in the region.

The FO also started on November 18 the distribution of burial assistance amounting to P10,000 each to bereaved families in Alcala, Gonzaga, Gattaran, and Tuguegarao City in Cagayan, as well as  from Maddela and Nagtipunan, Quirino. In addition, the FO also sent 1,000 FFPs each to Alcala and Enrile, Cagayan.

In CALABARZON, the DSWD FO here has already extended P13.6 million worth of augmentation assistance to the provinces of Rizal, Laguna, and Quezon.

Meanwhile, in Bicol Region, DSWD FO V has provided 27,266 FFPs to affected areas in Albay, Camarines Sur, and Camarines Norte amounting to P13.8 million. In addition, non-food items comprising of 13,028 pieces of malong, 300 sleeping kits, and 1,738 laminated sacks were also distributed to affected families and individuals. Overall, the DSWD assistance to Bicol region is P18.7 million.

In the National Capital Region, DSWD FO NCR has extended 13,430 FFPs and 1,200 sleeping kits to affected LGUs amounting to more than P7.7 million.

The Department, as lead agency in the Food and Non-Food Item Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, ensures the sufficiency of food and non-food items that can be augmented to local governments in the event of a calamity or disaster. ###

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DSWD receives donation of Cherry Mobile’s foundation

Department of Social Welfare and Development D(SWD) Assistant Secretaries Rhea Penaflor (left) and Rodolfo Encabo receive from  Ms. Regin Anacay, Head of MSN Foundation, Inc., the corporate foundation of Cherry Mobile, some 1,000 grocery packs for families affected by Typhoon Ulysses in Cagayan province.  Each grocery pack contains five cans of sardines, two 1-liter bottled water, 3 kilos of rice, 10 pieces face masks, and two foldable water bottles. ###  

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