DSWD awards Huwarang Pamilya, Exemplary Child winners

Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will award the regional and provincial winners of the 2019 Regional Search for Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino and Search for Exemplary Child at Grand Regal Hotel on Friday, September 20, 2019.

The event will carry the theme “Pamilyang Pilipino, Taas Noo sa Buong Mundo” which acclaims the dignity, value and empowerment of the family-beneficiaries to stand against poverty. This also signifies the program’s respect and recognition to family-beneficiaries’ perseverance and progress towards the goals of improving their quality of life.

Moreover, the said activity will feature the inspiring stories of Huwaran families and children beneficiaries, highlighting the milestones of Pantawid Pamilya in its ten years of implementation.

“The search aims to recognize family beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community where they reside,” said DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

The Carlos family of Barangay Malabog Paquibato District, Davao City regional winner of the Search for Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino will participate in the national awarding ceremonies in Manila on September 29, 2019.

While Juhan Dave Tombo of Mati City, regional winner of the Search for Pantawid Exemplary Child will compete at the national level in November during the national celebration of Children’s Month in Manila.

The regional winner of Huwarang Pamilya will receive Php20,000.00 and a plaque while all provincial winner will receive Php10, 000.00 each plus a plaque.

The regional Exemplary Child will get Php15,000.00 and a plaque while provincial winners will each receive Php10, 000.00 and a plaque.

Launched in 2012, the search is open to all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries who have good standing in the community with no derogatory records and have not been convicted of any administrative, criminals, civil case or cases involving moral turpitude in the last five years, and a family with 100% compliance in all Pantawid Pamilya conditionalities.

Model Pantawid families and children beneficiaries are proof that anyone can have a better chance at fighting the effects of poverty if he or she is accessed to opportunities and tools for human development.

To date, the government continues to provide better opportunities to 247,450 families in the entire region through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. (DSWD) 

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Listahanan 3 to target 834k households in R-XI

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) — The third phase of Listahanan (Listahanan 3) formally known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction will be targeting 834,729 households in Davao Region (Region XI).

Elvie Bahinting regional coordinator of Listahanan 3 said they have hired 1,905 personnel to cover the whole region, of which 1,159 are enumerators. Among these enumerators hired are indigenous people who will be able to reach far-flung communities in the region.

“We have 49 areas, regionwide, we will cover all provinces and municipalities in the region,” Bahinting said.

She said they are in close coordination with the local government units particularly the barangays to cover all poor households which were not covered in the previous Listahanan assessments.

The Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs particularly the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.

With Listahanan, issues of leakage (of non-poor being included) and deprivation (poor being excluded as beneficiaries) of social services will be addressed.

Bahinting said they are targeting 17,647 households in Compostela Valley, 191,659 households in Davao Del Norte, 113,584 households in Davao del Sur including Davao City, 72,067 for Davao Occidental, and 119,212 households for Davao Oriental.

Listahanan-3 is expected to start by October this year.  (PIA XI)

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DSWD educational assistance covers in crisis situation, indigent students

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) clarifies that it extends educational assistance only to eligible indigent students through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

This clarification came following various posts circulating on Facebook that the Department is extending P3,500 educational assistance to college students. 

The educational assistance is given every year to indigent college working students as well as those studying in vocational/technical schools, state colleges, and universities.  Students belonging to families who are experiencing crisis or difficult situation due to the displacement of their parents from employment or death of a family member, and those whose parents are overseas Filipino workers (OFW) but have been repatriated or deported are also eligible for the assistance.

 The schedule for submission of documents and processing of requests for the assistance varies in every DSWD Field Office around the country. The Department advises qualified students to check with the DSWD Field Office nearest them or to visit their social media accounts for the schedule.

At the Central Office in Batasan Hills, Quezon City, the submission of documents was on September 14 where the students were given their schedule for interview which will start on September 18 onwards. Their assistance will also be released on the day of their interview. The amount of assistance is determined according to the assessment of the social worker based on the guidelines on the implementation of AICS.

Qualified students can proceed to the Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) of any DSWD office nearest them during office hours and bring the following: valid identification card of the client to be interviewed, Enrollment Assessment Form or Certificate of Enrollment or Registration, validated school ID of the student-beneficiary, and Statement of Account for College Students. The social worker may also require the client to submit a Barangay Certificate of Residency or Certificate of Indigency.

The Department assures to conduct a fair and speedy assessment of the documents so that the educational assistance will be received by the students who are in need. -30-

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DSWD assists families affected by flashfloods

Davao City (DSWD XI) – Workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) delivered and distributed family food packs and non-food items last Friday and Saturday to families affected by the August 28 flashflood incidents. 

Per DSWD Disaster Report, some 3650 families were already assisted in Los Amigos and Talomo areas following a rapid assessment on Thursday. DSWD continues its distribution in Bangkal, Matina Pangi and Catalunan Pequeño areas Monday and Tuesday to over 3000 affected families. 

Starting August 29, staffs of DSWD disaster response division were deployed in all flood affected barangays to assist in validation and assessment of affected families and to continuously coordinate with CSSDO for other needed social services. In this recent disaster, a total of 31,004 individuals were affected.

In any disaster operation, DSWD provides augmentation support in the relief operations of local government units.  Each DSWD regional office all over the country prepositions some 30,000 family food packs and maintains a quick response standby fund of Php 3 million at any given time. (DSWD)

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DSWD continues validation of Social Pension beneficiaries

Some 3,570,646 or 94 percent of 3,796,791 indigent senior citizens nationwide including the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), have been validated, as of August 22, 2019, to be eligible beneficiaries of the Social Pension program being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Social Pension is a program under Republic Act No. 9994 or the  Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 which provides monthly stipend amounting to P500 to indigent senior citizens in order to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs.

It can be recalled that the Department has an ongoing validation  as part of its efforts to ensure that only eligible seniors will receive the monthly subsidy provided by the government.

Of the total number of validated beneficiaries, 2,814,410 seniors are already included in the clean list after they were cross-matched to the data base of pensioners under the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO). DSWD has collaborated with the said agencies for cross-checking of Social Pension beneficiaries vis-à-vis their database for pensioners.

DSWD uses the criteria stated under Republic Act 9994 to undertake the validation. These are the following: senior citizens, 60 years old and above, who are frail, sickly, or with disability;  no pension from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (AFPMBAI), or any other insurance company; no permanent source of income; and no regular support from family or relatives for his/her basic needs.

Those who are interested to know more about the program are encouraged to go to the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) of their city or municipality, or in the DSWD Field Office covering their area.  -30-

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DSWD to ensure smooth transition of functions, programs to National Commission of Senior Citizens

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will ensure the smooth transition to the National Commission of Senior Citizens of the functions, programs, projects, and activities being undertaken by the Department for the formulation, implementation, and coordination of social welfare and development (SWD) policies and programs for the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged senior citizens.

This is after President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law Republic Act (RA) 11350 or the National Commission of Senior Citizens Act.

RA 11350 creates the National Commission of Senior Citizens under the Office of the President, which will be tasked to ensure the full implementation of laws, policies, and programs of the government pertaining to senior citizens.

Section 11 of the law mandates DSWD to transfer all its functions, programs, projects, and activities for senior citizens to the Commission.

As the government’s focal agency for elderly concerns, the Department advocated for the passing of the law and it was among the agency’s priority legislative measures during the 17th Congress.

DSWD believes that there should be a specialized body that is solely focused on addressing the numerous and varied concerns of the senior citizen sector.

The Department emphasized that the Commission will guarantee sustained focus on the promotion and protection of the rights and welfare of senior citizens. It will facilitate more effective coordination among government agencies implementing and monitoring laws for senior citizens and in addressing the sector’s emerging concerns, including the need for a long term care program and protection against elderly neglect and abuse.

Further, the Department will provide the necessary technical assistance to the Commission, especially in the crafting of the Act’s implementing rules and regulations (IRR). (SMS)

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Geverola Family is DSWD ALAGAD ng Pagbabago 2019

DON MARCELINO, Davao Occidental (DSWD XI) – Living in the hinterland Sitio Kimonsol of Barangay Nueva Villa, Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental is the family of Joel and Analiza Geverola.  Mr. and Mrs. Geverola are known for their skill in nito weaving, a preserved tradition of many Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines that celebrates a unique and sustainable form of art.

The Geverola family was recently named Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya of Davao Occidental and Regional Pantawid Pamilya ALAGAD (Affirmative and Laudable Advocacies on Gender and Development) ng Pagbabago Awardee.

The Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya aims to recognize family-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and create a positive impact in the community where they reside

The ALAGAD award on the other hand, is given to families from among the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya finalists whose members are living out and championing better gender relations in their homes.

To date, there are 254,843 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Davao Region. 

Nito weaving

Joel and Analiza were joined in marriage on May 14, 2000. They are blessed with seven children. Due to the adversities brought by poverty and the remoteness of their home, the two were not able to finish elementary school. But what they lack in educational achievement, they make up for their giftedness in the art of nito weaving. The two learned to craft baskets out of nito vines since they were children. This skill had been passed down to them from their parents. 

Other than preserving this unique artistic tradition, nito weaving is a means of livelihood of the Geverolas to support their big family. The family also utilizes their inherent craftsmanship in building their own home. The family’s house structure is made of light materials such as nipa, bamboo and round timber.

Nito weaving may be a good source of livelihood but the income is not stable and constantThere are times we don’t receive orders for our nito products,” Joel said.

Notwithstanding these challenges, the couple still sought alternatives to sustain the needs of its large family. They ventured in livestock raising such as pig, chicken, goat and cow. Joel also accepted a job as laborer on days when they are not weaving nito. But despite all of these hard works, the difficulties brought by the constant demands of life are still too tough, especially in supporting the education of their children.

Some opportunities

In 2012, the household was registered in Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). “Our family is very grateful of the cash grants we receive from the 4Ps program. Because of this, we are able to provide the needs of our children in school and are able to pay the school fees on time,” Analiza shared.

Analiza, being the grantee, diligently attends orientations, meetings and all developmental activities conducted under the program. In every Family Development Session (FDS), she learns new things that she applies in her daily living.

But one day, fate put their family to test. On their way to acquire nito for a prospect buyer, the couple and four children got attacked by a swarm of bees in the forest which led to their confinement in a hospital. “In order to pay for our huge hospital bills, we decided to sell all our farm animals and consequently, our nito weaving also halted,” Joel recounted. But this trial did no discourage them. Joel and Analiza’s family rose again. Full of hope and optimism, the family resumed their basket production using nito.

The couple also exposed themselves to several skills enhancement programs, trusting that such could help improve their lives.

“I attended a skills training in ketchup making. I was also given the opportunity to participate in a micro-enterprise development and basic employment skills training. Finally, I became a member of the Sustainable Livelihood Program Association (SLPA) in 2016. I used the money from the seed capital fund amounting to Php 10,000.00 as capital for our nito weaving venture,” Analiza recounted.

Last 2018, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted a four-day Training on Nito Weaving in Barangay Nueva Villa, with Joel and Analiza as resource persons. Earlier, DTI attested that the nito products crafted by the couple are of good quality. Jose F. Villanueva Elementary School also plans to tap the couple to train its pupils in nito weaving.

Hard work pays

With the family’s efforts and with the aid of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, all seven of the Geverola children are attending school. Presently, the eldest daughter, Angelyn is set to finish Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at John Paul College, Davao City. Angelyn is also a working student. She finished high school through Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS). Despite the hardships in life, she never stopped schooling.

Poverty is not a hindrance to pursue your dreams,” Analiza said.

The family’s secret to success is hard work.Through hardwork and their enhanced craft, family members were not only able to enjoy quality life, they were also able to share their craft to other people in the community. Through their endeavour, the practice of treasured weaving tradition could be passed on to generations to come, prospering the art of the B’laan Indigenous community in the process.

The Geverola family continues to aspire greater dreams, such as building its own space for production of nito-woven materials and at the same time, use the space to display their products. All of these dreams are possible, through resourcefulness and diligence. Our family has proven through our experiences that we can achieve success if we work harder together,” the couple declared. (DSWD)

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RSCC gets L3 accreditation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development XI (DSWD) Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) was recently awarded Level 3 Accreditation by DSWD Central Office, having satisfactorily complied with the 3rd Level Standards in the implementation of Residential-Based Programs and Services for Children, in compliance with the provision of Section 23, Republic Act 4373, “An Act to Regulate the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and for Other Purposes”. The accreditation is valid for five (5) years unless suspended or revoked before its expiration. (DSWD)

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