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DSWD condoles, assists bereaved family of staff who was found dead

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)  condoled with the family of Justine Charles Accad, an  employee of the DSWD-Field Office National Capital Region (FO-NCR) who went missing on February 19 and found dead two days later in Bulacan.

The Department, through FO-NCR, assured the bereaved family that it is ready to extend assistance to help them cope with their situation. To date, the FO is processing the burial and financial assistance for the family as well as transportation assistance for Justine’s mother who will be travelling from Zamboanga City to Manila. The FO vowed to continue to help the family as they go through this difficult period.

The Department is also currently coordinating with the proper authorities for the investigation of the case.

Pending the investigation, the Department allayed the fears of agency personnel, especially the disbursing officers, assuring them that it continues to put a premium on their safety and interest.

The DSWD recognizes the efforts of field workers to deliver the necessary assistance to program beneficiaries despite the many threats to their health and safety,  thus, the Department vows to institute better mechanisms to ensure their protection and to prevent the repeat of similar incidents. ###

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DSWD sends initial aid to Caraga LGUs hit by Tropical Storm Auring

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Field Office-Caraga has initially provided resource augmentation to local government units (LGUs) in the region that have been affected by Tropical Storm Auring.

As of February 20, an initial assistance of P179,000 worth of food and non-food items were provided to the affected LGUs in the region.

Based on the report of the Field Office, a total of  3,858 families or 14,233 individuals from various towns in the region were affected by the storm. Of this number, 3,403 families or 12,081 individuals are currently staying in evacuation centers set up by LGUs.

The Field Office also reported that 142 houses were damaged by the disaster.

Meanwhile, the DSWD CARAGA’s Quick Response Team (QRT) is on alert status to continuously monitor the situation and to coordinate with the Local Social Welfare and Development Offices (LSWDOs) for additional relief support.

The Field Office has  6,423 available family food packs and non-food items amounting to P13.5 million ready to be distributed during relief operations. It also has P3M worth of standby funds that can be used to purchase emergency relief supplies.  ###

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DSWD XI prepares for severe tropical storm ‘Auring’

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office XI (DSWD XI) has ensured its preparations in response to the possible onslaught of severe tropical storm Auring in Davao Region, where the province of Davao Oriental and some five municipalities of Davao de Oro were placed under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) # 1 as of 11 a.m. of February 19.

To date, the total available stockpile and standby funds for disaster response stands at ₱16,336,919.73.

A total of 16,574 family food packs (FFPs) worth ₱7,076,742.48 are prepositioned at the DSWD Warehouse located at Barangay Bago Oshiro, Davao City. The FFPs are intended as resource augmentation to local government units (LGUs) that might be affected by the severe tropical storm.

Also on hand are ₱3,078,025.00 worth of raw food items, ₱3,182,152.25 worth of non-food items and ₱3,000,000.00 worth of standby funds that can be further used when the need for additional relief items arise.

The DSWD has deployed a skeletal workforce that will be on duty on February 20 and 21 and has already activated its eight Quick Response Teams (QRTs), composed of 12 members each. This is to ensure that DSWD employees are ready for possible deployment to disaster response operations.

A total of 20 DSWD service vehicles are also put on standby to be used for possible delivery of basic social services in times of disasters.

Lastly, the DSWD is in continuous coordination with the different LGUs, national government agencies (NGAs) and the Social Welfare and Development Offices (SWADOs) in the different provinces as to the possible effects of the weather disturbance in the region.

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DSWD ready to assist LGUs affected by Taal Volcano unrest

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, through its Field Office (FO) IV-A, is ready to augment the resources of local government units (LGUs) that will be affected by the increased volcanic activity of the Taal Volcano.

To date, the Field Office has more than P2.6 million worth of family food packs (FFPs) and over P8.5 million worth of available relief supplies for repacking. It also has more than P8.3 million standby funds that can be used to procure additional emergency relief supplies.

Aside from ensuring the availability of emergency resources,  the disaster teams from the FO, led by DSWD Undersecretary  Jose Antonio R. Hernandez, attended the virtual conference of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) IV-A–Response Cluster on February 16 to discuss the preparedness for response operations of localities in the lakeshore of Taal Volcano.

The FO has also placed its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) under heightened alert to monitor volcanic activities and to provide technical assistance to municipalities that will require assistance.

As head of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Department can deploy members of its Quick Response Teams to assist LGUs in managing evacuation centers that will be set-up for displaced families.

The Department is also urging locals to be vigilant and to strictly follow the orders of local authorities for their own safety. ###

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DSWD ready to assist LGUs affected by Taal Volcano unrest

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, through its Field Office (FO) IV-A, is ready to augment the resources of local government units (LGUs) that will be affected by the increased volcanic activity of the Taal Volcano.

To date, the Field Office has more than P2.6 million worth of family food packs (FFPs) and over P8.5 million worth of available relief supplies for repacking. It also has more than P8.3 million standby funds that can be used to procure additional emergency relief supplies.

Aside from ensuring the availability of emergency resources,  the disaster teams from the FO, led by DSWD Undersecretary  Jose Antonio R. Hernandez, attended the virtual conference of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) IV-A–Response Cluster on February 16 to discuss the preparedness for response operations of localities in the lakeshore of Taal Volcano.

The FO has also placed its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) under heightened alert to monitor volcanic activities and to provide technical assistance to municipalities that will require assistance.

As head of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Department can deploy members of its Quick Response Teams to assist LGUs in managing evacuation centers that will be set-up for displaced families.

The Department is also urging locals to be vigilant and to strictly follow the orders of local authorities for their own safety. ###

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Secretary Bautista shares Cavalier Award for Administration to DSWD family

Secretary Bautista shares Cavalier Award for Administration to DSWD family.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista shared his recognition as a Cavalier Awardee for Administration in the 2021 Philippine Military Academy Homecoming to all the officials and staff of the Department.

“This honor is shared to all the DSWD personnel who painstakingly perform their mandate for the love of God and country. To God be the Glory,” Secretary Bautista said.

Secretary Bautista was recognized for being at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19.

As head of the DSWD, Secretary Bautista shepherded the Department when it implemented the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) for families affected by the pandemic. The SAP was the biggest program of its kind in the country involving more than 18 million family-beneficiaries.

Despite this gargantuan task and the threat to his health and well-being, Secretary Bautista remained undaunted, going around the country to oversee the implementation of the program, ensuring that the assistance reached those who needed it most.

Secretary Bautista received on February 13, the award together with three other cabinet secretaries under the Duterte Administration. ###

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More LGUs receive free face masks for poor families

Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje (3rd from left), together with members of the Task Group Face Mask, hands over boxes of reusable face masks to Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan (2nd from left) on February 10. A similar turnover was also held in the cities of Makati, Davao, and Iloilo.

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 Caloocan, Makati, Davao, and Iloilo from February 3-February 10, 2021.

A total of 3,289,660  pieces of cloth face masks were turned over to the local chief executives of said cities broken down as follows: Makati, 391,000; Caloocan, 1,194,000; Davao, 852,330; and Iloilo, 852,330. With this, a total of 7,576,360 face masks were already turned over to 24 municipalities and cities, and three provinces.

This 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, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), 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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DSWD holds blessing ceremony of new residential care facility

DSWD Assistant Secretary Rodolfo M. Encabo and Mayor Allan L. Rellon cutting the ribbon during the ceremony for the blessing of the Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN).

Tagum City, Davao del Norte – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI recently held the blessing of the Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN) as one of the highlights of its 70th anniversary celebration.

In attendance were DSWD XI Regional Director Raquel E. Nuñez, along with the members of the regional management committee, and Assistant Secretary Rodolfo M. Encabo of the Disaster Response Management Group who represented the officials of DSWD Central Office.

Governor Edwin I. Jubahib together with Mayor Allan L. Rellon and some members of the City Council also graced the event.

“We extend our utmost appreciation to the local government for their support to this project,” Assistant Regional Director for Operations Merlinda A. Paragamac said in her message.

The CCSN is the first and only DSWD-managed facility in Mindanao that will cater to children with special needs.

“Despite the many challenges, the local government never hesitated to be one with the department in its goal of promoting the social welfare of the vulnerable and marginalized sectors,” Ms. Paragamac added.

The city government of Tagum donated more or less four thousand square meters of land to the department where the residential care facility now stands.

The CCSN, in its full operation, will have a bed capacity of 60.

Apart from the CCSN, DSWD XI is managing the Reception and Study Center for Children located in Bajada, Davao City that caters to abandoned, neglected, and/or surrendered children up to 6 years old; the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth, a residential facility in Mintal, Davao City which offers care and rehabilitation to children in conflict with the law; the Home for Girls and Women, a facility located in Maa, Davao City that provides protection, care, treatment, and rehabilitation to abused and exploited girls and women; and the Home for the Aged, a haven in Visayan Village, Tagum City for unattached, abandoned, neglected, and homeless older persons aged 60 years old and above. ###

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