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DSWD, Philippine Army, DILG, Zamboanga del Sur LGU inaugurate halfway house for former rebels

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista leads the unveiling of the marker for the Halfway House of Former Rebels.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista graced the inauguration of the Halfway House for Former Rebels (FRs) project of the 53rd Infantry Batallion (IB) of the Philippine Army, in partnership with the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Government and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The simple inauguration ceremony was held in Barangay Poblacion, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur on January 21 in celebration of the 53rd IB’s 36th founding anniversary, with the theme “Matapat@36: Remember with Gratitude, Renew with Passion”.

In his message during the inauguration, Secretary Bautista emphasized the importance of Executive Order 70 in ending armed insurgency in the country.

Secretary Bautista was a former 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division Commander prior to becoming the Secretary of the DSWD.

The Halfway House, funded through the Task Force Balik Loob of DILG, will serve as the former rebels’ temporary shelter. It will also serve as venue for other developmental interventions for the former rebels.

For his part, 53 IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herera said, “The halfway house is also intended for the FRs’ livelihood programs, education, and skills enhancement as part of their preparation to go back to mainstream society.”

The DSWD remains committed to contribute to government efforts to encourage Former Rebels’ to return to the fold of the law by providing them with various programs and services that enable them to start anew. ###

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DSWD orients staff on Emergency Cash Transfer (ECT) during disasters

As part of the efforts of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to capacitate its field office (FO) personnel, the agency held a series of virtual capacity building activity, supported by the WorldBank, for the implementation of the Emergency Cash Transfer (ECT).

The first batch of the training was held on January 14 and 15 while the second batch was conducted on January 20 and 21. The training aims to provide clarity and guidance on the ECT implementation; specify the roles and responsibilities of DSWD and other stakeholders in the ECT implementation; discuss potential challenges and solutions in the project implementation; and, consolidate the recommendation of FOs for possible enhancement of the guidelines or development of the ECT Operations Manual.

The ECT is an adaptive strategy in bridging the gaps between immediate disaster relief, humanitarian response, and early recovery support through the provision of unconditional cash to victims of disasters and emergency situations requiring interventions.

The ECT program reduces the financial and administrative costs to the government, in general, and DSWD, in particular, in delivering the various food and non-food items to the affected areas and population. Furthermore, the program minimizes security risks for personnel through digital payouts by using the financial service providers, instead of carrying a large sum of money in the payout area, which contributes also to the lessening of logistical demands. In addition, it supports the early revival of local markets, at the same time it also accelerates the return to normalcy of Internally Displaced Persons. It will also complement existing disaster response support by empowering affected vulnerable families to decide on their own needs using available local resources.

DSWD, as the lead disaster response agency, will ensure the integrity of the process and that the funds to be transferred to the beneficiaries are accounted for to the last centavo. ###

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DSWD leads face mask distribution to Marikina, Malabon

Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje (middle, left photo), together with members of the Task Group Face Mask, hands over boxes of reusable face masks to Malabon City on January 22. A similar turnover was also held in Marikina City on January 19 (right photo).

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), together with other member-agencies of the Task Group Face Mask (TG FM), led the turn over of free reusable face masks for the poor constituents of the Cities of Marikina and Malabon on January 19 and 22, respectively.

Some 466, 000 pieces of cloth face masks were handed over by Department of Trade and Industry  (DTI) Director Lilian G. Salonga to Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro. DTI is a member of the TG FM.

Similarly, some 348,910 pieces of cloth face masks were turned over by DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen O. Paje to Malabon City Mayor Antolino A. Oreta III.

With these two latest LGU-recipients, the TG FM has already distributed 3,237,800 pieces of cloth face masks to 18 cities and municipalities in the National Capital Region, and 3 provinces.

Rizal and Pasay will be provided with these personal protective equipment on January 26 and January 29, respectively.

The face mask distribution is in line with the presidential initiative entitled “Libreng Face Mask Para Sa Masa”. The project aims to strengthen the government’s strategic plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infections by enabling and encouraging the public to follow the minimum public health standards and also to support the micro, small, and medium enterprises whose operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other government agencies comprising the TG FM include the Department of Health, Procurement Service of Department of Budget and Management, Office of Civil Defense, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Textile Research Institute.###

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Feature Story – A solo parent’s test of faith

Jocelyn Pacure is proud to have raised her children single-handedly through her perseverance and commitment as a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Raising children alone is a huge challenge in all aspects and this is what Jocelyn Pacure, a widow with four children, endured, until she became a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

When Jocelyn’s husband, Elmer, died 13 years ago, she was devastated and clueless on what to do next.

“Ang akong bana nga si Elmer nagtrabaho isip usa ka OFW sa Saudi Arabia aron makabuhi sa among pamilya labi na nga naa mi upat ka anak apan sakit kaayo ang iyang kalit nga pagtaliwan tungod sa nagka-heart attack man siya didto” (My husband, Elmer, worked as an OFW in Saudi Arabia to support our family. We have four children to raise. His sudden death, due to heart attack, was painful to bear), Jocelyn narrated.

Questions such as, “Unsa akong buhaton karon? Unsaon nako pagpadako sa akong mga anak ug ngano man Ginoo kami pa? Mao kana nga mga pangutana ang nag sige balik-balik sa akong huna-huna” (What will I do now? How will I raise my children? Why us, God?  These kept on repeating on my mind, Jocelyn painfully recalled.

Despite the numerous hardships, Jocelyn tried her best to sustain the needs of her four children – Ethan Kate, the eldest;  Erah Shein; Jehserf Ervich; and  Eve Angel, the youngest,  whose ages ranged from nine months to eight years then.

Jocelyn earned income from washing her neighbors’ clothes and from sewing and selling rags. Her daughters, Ethan Kate and Erah Shein, helped in selling rags  in some small stores in their town in Liloan and in nearby Consolacion. She also cleaned other people’s houses and did other odd jobs to provide for her children’s needs.

The family is already lucky then if they could eat three times a day.

“Mohilak gyud ko sa hilom nga magtan-aw nga ang akong mga anak nitabang kanako mao nga wala ko nawad-an paglaom ug naningkamot ko nga makakita lain-laing raket” (I cried silently seeing my children trying hard to help me, and that is why I did not lose hope and found ways to earn extra income), Jocelyn explained.

It was Jocelyn’s faith in God which sustained  and kept her strong, and as the years went by, she was happy seeing her children excelling in their academic and extracurricular school activities. She came to realize that despite the hardships she had to face in her life, her children have inspired her in many ways.

A big blessing

Jocelyn considered it a big blessing when their family became part of the DSWD’s 4Ps, since the program augmented the family’s income through the education and health grants they received as beneficiaries. Jocelyn was even chosen to lead the parent leaders’ group of program beneficiaries in their community.

“Isip Parent Leader nakahatag kini nako og oportunidad nga mapalambo pa ang akong kaalam ug mapaambit kini sa uban Pantawid members” (Being a parent leader provides an opportunity for me to improve my knowledge and share it with other Pantawid members), Jocelyn stated.

She also added that being a parent leader enhanced her interpersonal skill in maintaining good relationships with her fellow 4Ps beneficiaries.

In 2014, her eldest daughter, Ethan Kate, graduated from high school and went to college to pursue her dream to become a teacher. She availed of the Expanded Student Grant-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA), a program implemented by DSWD and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in coordination with the state universities and colleges (SUCs), which provides scholarship opportunities for children of 4Ps beneficiaries.

Ethan Kate finished Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and passed the licensure exam for teachers in 2019. She currently teaches in a private school in their province.

Her second child is in third year college and the other two are in junior and senior high school.

“Proud kaayo ko sa akong mga anak. Gibuhat nila ang tanan aron makab-ot ang ilang mga pangandoy sa kinabuhi” (I am very proud and happy for what my children have now become. They are all doing their best to achieve their dreams), Jocelyn shared.

“Dili matapos ang akong pasalamat sa mga blessings nga nadawat nako. Bisan paman sa mga pagsulay nga akong nasugatan aron lang mapadako akong mga anak” (My gratitude to God is endless for all the blessings that I have received, despite facing the challenges I have to conquer just to raise my children), Jocelyn added.

Now that her children are all grown up, Jocelyn has more time to participate in community activities.  As a purok president, Jocelyn is currently a volunteer in their community, and at the same time a cluster leader of  a non-government organization.

Her children are also involved in volunteer work in their area. Jocelyn believes that this is their way of giving back and sharing with the community the blessings that God has given her family.

“Bisan kami nalang ang mag-celebrate og Pasko, amo gihapon siya gihandom nga naa ra siya permenti nga mu-guide nako ug sa among mga anak. Malipayon gihapon mi bisag dili nami kumpleto kay inubanan man namo ug pag-ampo permanente” (My children and I are the ones who celebrate Christmas, but we always remember their father, and we hope that he guides us. We are happy even if we are incomplete because we always pray to God), she added.

Jocelyn believes that it is her faith in God which helped her cope with her husband’s death and the numerous challenges of solo parenthood. It is this faith which has propelled her in inspiring her children to achieve their dreams despite the difficulties their family went through.

4Ps is a poverty reduction program implemented by the government, through DSWD which is designed to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty by investing in children’s health and education.  The program caters to more than 4.3 million household-beneficiaries in 1,483 municipalities and 144 cities in 80 provinces nationwide. ###

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DSWD enjoins Filipinos to spread unconditional love through legal adoption

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as the lead social protection agency, enjoins all Filipinos to support the legal adoption advocacy through the Adoption Consciousness Celebration (ACC) which will be held on February 6 to 12, 2021.

With the theme, Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin! (Spread Unconditional Love Through Legal Adoption), this year’s celebration will be a continuation of the efforts to promote legal adoption as a form of unconditional love between parents and their adopted children.

The theme also focuses on legal adoption as the only way to ensure that adopted children will have the same rights as that of biological children.

The celebration will have its virtual kickoff on February 6 which will showcase the different messages of support of adoptive parents and adopted children. It will be followed by the launching of two animated videos, created in partnership with Consuelo Alger Foundation and the Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB). The first animated video will be on the implementation of Republic Act No. 11222 or the Simulated Birth Rectification Act, while the second will feature the legal process of relinquishing parental authority through a notarized Deed of Voluntary Commitment to the DSWD or any duly licensed or accredited child placement or child-caring agency or institution.

In addition, an online media forum featuring legal adoption implementers from the national and local government, representatives from child-caring and child-placement agencies, and adoptive parents will also be conducted. The forum will discuss topics on the efforts of DSWD and partner-agencies in continuously implementing and providing services to children in need of permanent families and to prospective adopters amidst the pandemic. The online media forum will be posted live on the official DSWD Facebook page.

Meanwhile, those who have questions about the legal process of adoption are invited to send inquiries through the DSWD online adoption helpdesk link that will be pinned and posted on the official page of the Department.

DSWD will continue to intensify the advocacy efforts to promote legal adoption as the only way to safeguard the best interest of abandoned, neglected, orphaned, and surrendered children. ###Attachments area

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DSWD marks 70th anniversary with strengthened service amid pandemic

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) marks its 70th founding anniversary this January with the theme, DSWD@70: Kabalikat ng Mahihirap sa Panahon ng Pandemya.”

DSWD’s month-long celebration will focus on recognizing the invaluable service of DSWD personnel, partners, beneficiaries, and stakeholders who contributed towards the improvement of DSWD’s operations, especially during the ongoing pandemic.

Among the events that will be held on January 29 are the annual Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) Awards which recognizes and rewards officials and employees for their outstanding contributions in the improvement of government operations, and the conferment of Loyalty Awards to employees and officials who have rendered 10 years or more of faithful government service.

Moreover, stakeholders and partners who have supported and contributed to the successful implementation of DSWD’s programs, projects, and services will also be awarded through the PaNata Ko (Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon) sa Bayan Awards.

The Department will also hold a photo exhibit featuring its significant milestone programs that uplifted the well-being of poor Filipinos. Among the programs that will be highlighted include: the Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (CIDSS) which became the basis for the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS); the Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Project which is now known as the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP); the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or the Listahanan; the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps); the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP); the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens (SocPen) Program; the Bangsamoro Umpungan sa Nutrisyon (BangUN); the Lingap at Gabay Para sa May Sakit (LinGap sa Masa); and, the Yakap Bayan Program which provides holistic interventions to assist recovering persons who use drugs (RPWUDs).

As DSWD reaches another milestone, the agency pledges to continue to strengthen its delivery of prompt and compassionate service to the poor and vulnerable sectors to enable them to meet the challenges of the pandemic and evolving challenges of the decade. ###

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DSWD, Task Group Face Mask members deliver free face masks in Cavite

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Rene Glen O. Paje (right) hands over the boxes of washable face masks to representatives of the Provincial Government of Cavite. He was joined by DSWD Field Office CALABARZON-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division Chief Ricky Bunao (left).

As part of the Task Group Face Mask of the National Task Force against COVID-19, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to deliver free washable face masks to local government units (LGUs) through the “Libreng Mask Para sa Masa” project of President Duterte.

On January 15, the DSWD, led by Undersecretary Rene Glen O. Paje, with the Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, Procurement Service of Department of Budget and Management, Office of Civil Defense, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Textile Research Institute, turned over a total of 1,080,000 cloth face masks to the Province of Cavite, represented by Provincial Administrator for External Affairs Dr. Alvin S. Mojica.

To date, the Task Force has distributed 2,422,890 face masks to 16 cities and municipalities in the National Capital Region, and three provinces.  In the coming days, the Task Force will also deliver face masks to the cities of Marikina and Malabon.

Also present during the ceremony were DSWD Field Office (FO) CALABARZON-Disaster Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division Chief Ricky Bunao; Atty. Khervy B. Reyes, Provincial Supervising Cooperative and Development Specialist; Ms. Precyl Ramos, OIC of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office; TSG. Richard Dimaranan of the Philippine Air Force; and Ms. Tipin Joy T. Quinto of the Presidential Management Staff. ###

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DSWD garners highest approval rating in latest Pulse Asia Survey

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) welcomes the result of the latest Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan Nationwide Survey indicating that it garnered a 78 percent approval rating, which is the highest approval rating among the different government offices in the executive branch.

The survey fieldwork, which was conducted from November 23 to December 2, 2020, also indicated that the Department obtained an 87 percent approval rating in Mindanao and an 81 percent approval rating in Visayas.

The DSWD reiterated that the sustained favorable survey result, once again, ascertains that the sectors being served by the Department are satisfied by the kind of service provided to them. The high approval rating also affirms that the programs and services of the DSWD continue to trickle down to the target beneficiaries.

To maintain this gain, the Department pledges that it will further strengthen its partnership with local government units by increasing their capacity to improve their service delivery to ensure that more families and individuals will have an improved quality of life.

DSWD will also continue the unhampered provision of social protection programs to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and community quarantine measures through the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Social Pension (SocPen) Program, Supplementary Feeding Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), protective services for individuals and families in distress, and disaster response and rehabilitation programs. ###

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