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DSWD, Task Force continue provision of free face masks to LGUs

Photo 1: Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje (4th, left row), together with members of the Task Group Face Mask, hands over boxes of reusable face masks to Rizal Provincial Governor Rebecca “Nini” Alcantara Ynares.

Photo 2: Pasay City Mayor Imelda “Emi” Calixto-Rubiano (middle),  Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Secretary Dominic Tolentino (second from left), and other officials inspect the free cloth face mask during the “Libreng Mask Para sa Masa” turn over.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as part of the Task Group Face Mask (TG FM), continues to provide free face masks to local government units (LGUs) in high COVID-19 risk communities across the country.

On January 26, DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje led the turnover of 496,000 pieces of reusable face masks to the Provincial Government of Rizal, represented by Rizal Provincial Governor Rebecca “Nini” Alcantara Ynares.

A similar activity was held in Pasay City on January 29, with DTI Assistant Secretary Dominic Tolentino Jr. and Director Lilian G. Salonga who presented 546,000 pieces of cloth face masks to Pasay City Mayor Imelda “Emi” Calixto-Rubiano.

To date, the task force has already distributed 4,286,700 face masks to 20 cities and municipalities, and 3 provinces in Luzon.

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. ### 

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DSWD warns public on alleged social welfare relief funds for senior citizens

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warns the public against fake text messages on alleged social welfare relief funds for senior citizens.

The DSWD clarified that such assistance or fund does not exist.

The Department appealed to the public to avoid engaging in such activities  as well as sharing their personal details. For information on social welfare and development concerns and ongoing activities,  the public may refer to the DSWD website, dswd.gov.ph,  and to the Department’s official social media pages. ###

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DSWD turns over 1.8 million washable face masks to Davao City

DSWD XI Regional Director Raquel Nunez [right] hands over the washable face masks to Atty. Marlisa Gallo [left], Head of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, with DOH XI Regional Director Dr. Annabelle Yumang [center].

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI led the turnover of 1.8 million washable face masks to the City Government of Davao on Wednesday, February 3 at the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Command Covered Court, Barangay Panacan.

The washable face masks are under the Libreng Face Mask Para sa Masa program initiated by the Office of the President. The program aims to advocate the use of face masks as a primary defense against COVID-19, and to help the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) whose operations were greatly affected by the pandemic.

The washable face masks, which arrived in Davao City last January 30, intend to serve 360,000 poor families identified by the city government.

Representing the DSWD in the ceremonial turnover is Regional Director Raquel Nuñez, and representing Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is Atty. Marlisa Gallo, Head of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

Also present in the turnover ceremony are representatives from the different partner-agencies in the initiative: Regional Director Dr. Annabelle Yumang from the Department of Health (DOH), Mr. Marvin Samson from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Mr. Christopher Dalhog from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Ms. Zinica Maeve Santos from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Ms. Maritess Cabuenas from the Presidential Management Staff (PMS), Chief of Staff Mr. Ruben Niel Ibuyan from the Office of Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President Hon. Edgar Ibuyan and Lt. Gen. Jose Faustino, Jr. (PA) of the Eastern Mindanao Command. ###

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