13 centenarians received cash gift

DAVAO City (DSWD XI) – “We recently completed awarding of cash gift to 13 qualified centenarians in the region,” Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) focal for older persons Arris P. Medrano announced during an interview.

He said the centenarians who qualified for the first semester come from the provinces of Davao Del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, Compostela Valley, and Davao Del Norte, and from the city of Davao.

Earlier, validation of the centenarians with ages ranging from 100 to 103, was conducted by DSWD staffs to verify the documents submitted such as birth certificate or Philippine passport, senior citizen identification card or any other Philippine government-issued ID which shows age and citizenship.

Other alternative and acceptable documents to prove the claim include marriage certificate, old school documents, baptismal or confirmation records, birth certificate of children, or an affidavit executed by at least two (2) disinterested persons at least 80 years old with personal knowledge of the centenarian’s actual age or birth date.

Republic Act 10868 or An  Act Honoring and Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Filipino Centenarians, and for Other Purposes also known as the Centenarians Act of 2016, grants all Filipinos who reach the age of 100, whether residing in the country or abroad, a cash award of Php 100,000.00 as a “centenarian gift.”

Aside from the cash, they will also receive a Letter of Felicitation signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte and a posthumous Plaque of Recognition for deceased centenarians who died upon the effectivity of the Act.

Centenarians are also entitled to awards and incentives from their respective city or municipality to be determined by the local government unit.

President Duterte signed the Act into law on June 23, 2016.  (DSWD)

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DSWD’s ‘Yakap Bayan’ inspires Davao City’s rehabilitation, aftercare program for recovering drug personalities

DAVAO City (DSWD) – In support of the Duterte administration’s efforts to combat the proliferation of illegal drugs, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to collaborate with local government units (LGUs) to undertake reformative measures to transform and rebuild the lives of recovering drug personalities (RDPs) around the country with the help of the Yakap Bayan Framework of Intervention.

Initiated and led by DSWD, Yakap Bayan is an inter-agency collaborative framework which weaves together all existing government programs, projects, resources, and activities in order to create a holistic and sustainable approach for the rehabilitation, aftercare, reintegration, and provision of support services for RDPs. It aims to transform them from liabilities into assets, from surrenderers into productive citizens and community leaders.

The Framework was established pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 9165 also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Executive Order No. 15 signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte which mandated the creation of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) and Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force.

One of the supportive partners of DSWD in the implementation of Yakap Bayan is Davao City which utilized the framework as a benchmark for its Community-Based Rehabilitation and After Care Program (CBRAP). CBRAP is spearheaded by the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) which operates in 182 barangays in the city.

“Our Community-Based Rehabilitation and Aftercare Program or CBRAP was inspired by the Yakap Bayan Framework.  We teach our clients how to access the different programs and services of government institutions and even private organizations and we prod them to really go and get the resources they need,” Ronaldo A. Rivera, CADAC Technical Adviser for Community-Based Organizations, said.

Rivera added, “In 2017, our Barangay Resiliency and Recovery Support Group initiative was complemented with the Yakap Bayan Framework which was introduced by Assistant Secretary of DSWD Jose Antonio R. Hernandez. We prepare our clients for disaster responsiveness and mobilize them especially during disaster occurrences in their communities or in any crisis situation. They become disaster volunteers or responders. This undertaking is part of our treatment plan integrating the Yakap Bayan concept or what we call Motherland’s Embrace which stresses kalinga (care). Ang inyong gabay ay (your guide is) Yakap Bayan because it takes all agencies to solve this problem.”

Through the Yakap Bayan Framework, CADAC also pushes for the TARA NA or Tabangan Atong Reformists Aron Naay Asenso (Help Reformists Towards Progress). At present, 4,154 RDPs are enrolled in TARA NA.

“Through the urging of DSWD, we were able to mobilize the 5% barangay disaster fund in support to our clients who have been hired as disaster volunteers or responders in their barangays. Equipped with motorbikes, they assist in emergency situations like disasters or even escorting pregnant women to birthing facilities. When you change the worth of the person, he sees himself in a better perspective and he becomes a leader,” Rivera continued.

CADAC also works with the Department of Health (DOH) in providing the appropriate treatment for clients, depending on the severity of their cases. DOH handles mild cases while the more severe ones are referred for residential care. CADAC on the other hand, offers physiological, social, psychosocial as well as spiritual interventions.

Other components of CADAC’s CBRAP are orientation, recovery checklist and treatment evaluation, weekly drug screening, early recovery skills, relapse prevention skills, information dissemination, therapeutic recreational activities, family education, client status review, and case transfer conference.

Highlighting the relapse prevention program, Rivera said that CADAC is determined to improve the recovery skills of their clients by modifying their lifestyle and prioritizing healthy living.

“We are the CADAC self-help support group. We were also drug users in the past and we call ourselves recovery coaches. What we are doing is love. What we constantly advocate is the health, education, and training of our clients. We aim for their smooth reintegration and independent functioning with their families and communities,” he explained.

To further show convergence as exemplified by Yakap Bayan, CADAC is presently exploring a project with Ateneo De Davao University on bio-technology fertilizer which will benefit 23 drug surrenderers. 

In addition, 40 drug surrenderers will be trained in sewing and shirt production through One Thread Project (OTP). OTP is a joint undertaking of CADAC and the University of the Immaculate Conception Community Development Services, One Thread Garments Enterprise, and the Therapeutic Community Support Group for Drug Surrenderers.

CADAC also conducts information dissemination campaign against illegal drugs in the city.

In June 2018, CADAC rolled out its Drug Education Module for CBRAP, both in formal and alternative learning systems, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), DOH, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Likewise, CADAC, in partnership with the graduate school of San Pedro College, will soon launch its training on Early Recovery Skills and Relapse Prevention.

With the successful implementation of the Yakap Bayan Framework in Davao City, DSWD continues to engage other localities to collaborate and empower citizens who were once affected by drugs by allowing them to become volunteers and leaders in their communities. -30-

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Report-back forum on UN Conference on the Status of Women held in Davao City

DAVAO CITY – The Visayas-Mindanao leg of the Report-back Forum on the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW63) held on Friday brought together some 120 women from key sectors in the government, private and civil society.

Organized by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), the forum covered discussion on Beijing Platform for Action 25th Anniversary (BPfA +25) Philippine Progress Report.

In presenting the rationale of the activity, DSWD Undersecretary Luzviminda C. Ilagan said that the event was aimed at sharing the highlights of the Philippine Delegation from national government agencies, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders.

The forum also presented the major outcome of the UN CSW63 and gathered support for the implementation of agreed conclusions of CSW63 as well as discussed preparations for the UN CSW64 in 2020 that would focus on review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platforms for action on its 25th Anniversary.

In presenting the overview of the UN CSW63, PCW Executive Director Emmeline L. Versoza said that the New York Conference centered on the theme regarding social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

Among the topics tackled during the report-back forum was on Inclusive Quality Education and Lifelong Learning—Key for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Promotion of Universal Social Protection for Women and Girls that was discussed by Atty. Carmelita Yadao-Sison, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Executive Director of UniFAST of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Anita E. Baleda, chief of GAD Specialist, Policy Development, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PDPMED) of PCW shared thoughts on a discussion called the “Silver Lining” that dealt on Social Protection and Empowerment of Aging Women while DSWD Usec. Luzviminda Ilagan shared the successes of 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) implementation in discussing Gender-Responsive Social Protection in ASEAN:  Regional Action for equality, sustainability and inclusive growth.  

There was a topic on Advancing Gender Equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: The Role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) that was discussed by Atty. Leah C. Tanodra-Armamento, commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights.

As the Philippines ranks among the signatory of the Beijing Platform for Action, organizers of the Report-Back forum on UN Women Conference integrated the highlights of the BPfA +25 Philippine Progress Report 2014-2019, and the priorities for Strengthening National Gender Statistics in 2020-2025 together with the top five priorities of BPfA implementation.  (PIA XI/ JMDA)

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Over 38-T individuals, families assisted by DSWD in the first half of 2019

DAVAO City (DSWD XI) – From January to June this year, a total of 38,996 individuals- and families-in crisis received assistance through the Crisis Intervention Unit of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Davao Region Office.

“For the first semester this year, we disbursed a total of Ph 132,420,444.44 to cover material assistance like transportation, medical, burial, educational and financial, said Director Mercedita P. Jabagat, DSWD.

Yearlong, the DSWD crisis unit provides integrated services to individuals and families who are indigent, vulnerable, disadvantaged, in crisis or in any difficult situation. Other eligible for the assistance are transients, repatriates, deportees, abandoned, student-in-crisis, former rebels, and families of personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who were either killed-in-action or wounded-in-action (KIA/WIA).

Apart from financial and material assistance, our crisis unit also provides psychosocial intervention and referrals to other agencies for services not available in DSWD, Director Jabagat said. She added that the assistance extended is based on the assessment and recommendation of social workers.

Financial assistance is a monetary support in the form of outright cash or guarantee letter (GL) addressed to service providers or establishments to augment the client’s resources.

Those seeking assistance should bring any valid Identification Card and Barangay Certification. They must include the following: for medical – Medical Certificate, Hospital Billing, Doctor’s Prescription and Laboratory Request; for burial – Death Certificate and Funeral Contract; and for educational – Enrolment Assessment Form, Validated School Identification Card and Statement of Account.

Each client must undergo screening, verification and assessment prior to provision of his/her requested assistance or service.

The DSWD Memorandum Circular No. 11, Series of 2019 or the Implementation of Assistance to Individuals and Families in Crisis Situation is consistent with Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018. (DSWD)

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IP woman helps light up her village

Montevista, Compostela Valley (DSWD XI) – In a barangay forum, Heidi Telic, 37 years old, a Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer and a member of Matigsalog tribe, stood in front of local government officials and her fellow community members. She did not have a formal education, but what she had are her dreams, hopes, and aspirations. Little did she know that her determination would lead her to new discoveries and improve the lives of Indigenous People (IP) in their village.

Dark past

Not so long ago, Telic, like other members of her community, found it hard to imagine a brighter future for themselves when their reality was stark. She and her husband are farmers who planted coconut, cacao, and potato for a living. Access to even the most basic social services was a challenge to them: Telic’s family lives in a small village in Barangay Dalaguete, where it takes almost an hour to and from the village center by habal habal (single motorcycle).

Safety was also an issue. For years, residents here worried about their family’s safety returning back home from school or work whenever dusk starts to descend upon the barangay. “Before, there were no lamp posts to light our streets, endangering our lives to vehicular accidents,” Telic shared.

When the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) entered their municipality in 2016, Telic took this as an opportunity to change their situation.

Fulfilling the dream

The most challenging part of Telic’s journey was to convince the IP villagers to participate. Besides the formal assemblies and meetings, she took whatever opportunity was available to explain and educate her tribe on their issues and concerns.

“While it was difficult since most of the rural IPs here are illiterate due mainly to lack of access to basic social services compared to those who live in urban areas, I spent time to make the community understand the process of Kalahi-CIDSS, that this can benefit them,” Telic recounted.

With her leadership skills, Telic became the Kalahi-CIDSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chair, who led the overall implementation of the sub-project in their village.

“After I defended our proposed sub-project for funding, I got nervous and excited at the same time. I couldn’t contain my joy after I presented. I never imagined that Kalahi-CIDSS program would open opportunities for us women to participate in various activities,” said Telic. Telic, with her determination, was able to inspire her community. She helped the tribe in the sub-project implementation, communicated with local leaders, and joined trainings initiated by the program. She was later elected as Barangay Kagawad after the community saw her potential as a leader. 

Since then, the IP communities have been actively involved in all aspects of the process from canvassing, budgeting, milestone monitoring, among others.

Through Telic’s efforts and massive volunteerism of community volunteers, the whole village is now bright and lively because residents were able to put up 195 units low cost solar home lighting at Php 1,711, 452.00 through Kalahi-CIDSS with a Local Counterpart Contribution of Php 129,658.00.

Gains by women

Telic was one of this year’s Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers recognized during the Gawad Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan (GAPAS) awards at the 68th anniversary celebration of DSWD.

“Kalahi-CIDSS provides opportunity in far-flung areas through basic social services where indigenous people, especially women, are recognized and capacitated,” said DSWD FO XI Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

As of 2019, 57.71% of Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers in Region XI are women. About 29.32% of these women volunteers belong to the IP sector.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the core programs of DSWD  that aims to empower communities through enhanced participation in local governance and poverty alleviation projects.(DSWD/Julie Ace Brandon F. Ramos)

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Only indigent senior citizens are qualified to receive social pension – DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reiterates that only indigent senior citizens are qualified to receive the social pension provided for by Republic Act (RA) 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

Social Pension refers to the monthly stipend amounting to P500 to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens. It is being implemented by DSWD under the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) Program.

RA 9994 specifies that seniors qualified to receive social pension are those who are frail, sickly or with disability; without any pension from other government agencies; and without a permanent source of income or source of financial assistance/compensation to support their basic needs.

Inasmuch as DSWD would want to include all senior citizens, the budget for the SPISC is limited.

SPISC is being implemented by DSWD in coordination with City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (C/MSWDO) as well as with the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA).

Under the guidelines of the program, the Barangay Senior Citizens Association may recommend or submit a list of potential beneficiaries to the OSCA Head or to the C/MSWDO. The OSCA Head shall consolidate the list of all potential beneficiaries certified by the C/MSWDO for submission to the concerned DSWD Field Office (FO). The DSWD FO shall then cross-match the consolidated list submitted with the available data from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), and private insurance companies. The FO’s social worker or focal person shall take the lead in the conduct of assessment of the list of potential beneficiaries.

DSWD assures the public that it is doing its best to ensure that only the rightful beneficiaries are provided with government assistance such as social pension. -30-

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Recovering drug personalities become advocates against illegal drugs

“I will never do it again.”

This is the recurring pledge of drug surrenderers who are current clients of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) of Davao City.

CADAC developed CBRAP or Community Based Rehabilitation and Aftercare Program and TARA NA or Tabangan Atong Reformists Aron Naay Asenso (Help Reformists Towards Progress). These two initiatives provide support and guidance to prevent recurrence of drug abuse and achieve a holistic recovery for persons with drug problems.

CBRAP and TARA NA help recovering drug personalities become self-reliant through educational, vocational, social, spiritual, and other appropriate programs in preparation for their eventual reintegration into the community.

Stories of transformation

Davao City CADAC clients, like Nisa, Lye, Riga, and Daniel, shared their stories, vowing to never touch nor sell drugs ever again.

Nisa, 32, a former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) narrated that selling drugs “ruins your future.” Now on her road to transformation, she is excited to reunite with her mother.

Arrested during a drug buy-bust operation, Nisa was able to avail of financial and transportation assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Determined to be productive, she finished Grade 6 through the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education (DepEd), while in jail. Currently, she reports to CADAC every Friday for drug test, weekly therapeutic activities, and spiritual enhancement.

Meanwhile, Lye, 38, with a child, was in prison for almost five years. She admitted that she learned a lot from her experience. After being released from jail on March 5, she has become an advocate of the government’s anti-drugs campaign.

Lye is required to report to CADAC within the next six months and then to her barangay to render community service.

Another recovering drug personality, Riga, a mother of three, is now slowly finding her way back to a normal life after being hooked on drugs.  She confessed that during the time she was addicted to drugs, she was unable to perform her responsibilities as a wife and mother, and even stopped taking care of herself.

Upon surrendering, Riga signed a document stating that she has to report to her barangay on certain days. She became a beneficiary of the One Thread Project of the University of the Immaculate Concepcion (UIC) where she learned sewing and shirt-making, which is now her source of livelihood.

On the other hand, Daniel, 33, is willing to facilitate sharing sessions in his community to help drug dependents overcome their addiction.

“I am proud to say that I have triumphed over drug addiction. Now, I am happy with my life and no one can convince me to use illegal drugs again,” he emphasized.

Help from DSWD, partners

To help recovering drug personalities on their road to recovery, DSWD’s Yakap Bayan Framework of Intervention provides various services for them.

Yakap Bayan is an intervention led by DSWD which aims to weave together all existing government programs, projects, resources, and activities in order to create a holistic and sustainable approach for the rehabilitation, aftercare, reintegration, and provision of support systems for recovering drug personalities, their families, and their communities      

Yakap Bayan aims to transform recovering drug personalities into productive leaders, from liabilities into assets.

As part of the Yakap Bayan interventions, DSWD Field Office (FO) XI to date has provided a total of ₱57.3 million worth of assistance composed of financial, livelihood, burial, medical, skills training, food packs, rice packs, and cash-for-work to drug surrenderers in the region.

“We have also extended technical assistance to local government units, conducted orientation on the Yakap Bayan Framework to our partners as well as Case Management System for social workers handling recovering drug dependents. We have to work together to fight this menace,” according to Dahlia S. Padillo, Social Welfare Officer IV of DSWD FO XI.

CADAC is strongly invested in preventing relapse as well as imparting recovery skills. “We want to help them rebuild their lives. We teach them to lead a lifestyle that would make it difficult for them to go back or use drugs again,” said Ronaldo A. Rivera, CADAC Technical Adviser for Community-Based Organizations.

Meanwhile, Dr. Corazon M. Umblero, UIC Director of Community Development Service, which implements the One Thread Project, expounded, “We really care for life. We are positive that there is still an opportunity to change for the better. Instead of becoming a liability to society, former drug dependents can become assets.” (DSWD/sms)

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Opisyal na Kasulatan mula sa Kalihim ng Kagawaran ng Kagalingan at Pagpapaunlad Panlipunan (DSWD) Rolando Joselito D. Bautista

by Social Marketing Service

Taos-puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa bawa’t isa po sa inyo na nagpaabot at nagpakita ng simpatya, pagkabahala at suporta para sa akin nitong nakaraang buwan ng aking matinding pagsubok dahil sa paninirang-puri at insulto na naidulot ng programang Tutok Erwin Tulfo nuong ika dalawampu’t walo ng Mayo ng taong 2019 na ipinalabas na simulkast sa Radio Pilipinas 738 KHZ at erwintulforeal Facebook page.

Ang inyong tiwala, paniniwala at pagbibigay-galang sa akin at higit sa lahat sa Akademiyang  Militar ng Pilipinas (PMA), Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas (Philippine Army) at Kagawarang ng Kagalingan at Pagpapaunlad Panlipunan (DSWD) na aking pinagdaanan at pinaglingkuran ay siyang nag obliga sa aking magpasya ng ganito kasama ng mungkahi ng mga nakakatanda at aking mga kaibigan upang mabigyan ng karapat-dapat na pagbibigay galang at karangalan ang bawa’t isa po sa inyo na tumulong sa iyong abang lingkod.

Tinatanggap ko ang paghingi ng paumanhin ni Ginoong Erwin T. Tulfo alinsunod sa mga nakatakda na kailangan niyang gampanan sa lalong madaling panahon upang mapatunayan ang kanyang katapatan:

Hihingi ng paumanhin si Ginoong Erwin T. Tulfo na ipapalabas niya sa mga pangunahing dyaryo sa sukat na hindi liliit sa kalahating pahina na kaniyang babayaran. Ipapalabas din niya itong paghingi ng paumanhin sa social media platforms katulad ng: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram at Youtube at sa mga estasyon ng radio katulad ng: DZBB, DZMM, Radio Singko News FM 92.3, DZRH at DZRB.

Magbibigay siya ng donasyon sa halagang hindi bababa sa tatlong daang libong piso (Php 300,000.00) sa lahat ng mga sumusunod sa halip ng pambayad ng danyos o bayad-pinsala sa pagkawasak ng aking pagkatao, reputasyon at pati na rin ng mga institusyon na aking kinatawanan o naging kaanib na binubuo ng mga sumusunod:

The Philippine Military Academy; The Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Incorporated; The Association of Generals and Flag Officers; The First Scout Ranger Regiment, PA; The Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), PA; The Light Reaction Regiment, PA; The Philippine National Police Special Action Force; The Philippine Naval Special Operations Group, PN; The Philippine Marines Special Operations Group, PN; The Philippine National Police Maritime Group; The Trust Fund for the City of Marawi’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to be administered by DSWD BARM; The Philippine Veterans Hospital; The AFP Victoriano Luna Medical Center; The Philippine National Police Camp Crame General Hospital; The Philippine Army General Hospital; The Philippine Navy General Hospital; The Philippine Air Force General Hospital; The Philippine Coastguard General Hospital; and An Educational Trust Fund for the deserving children of DSWD employees to be deposited at the Landbank.

Sa mga di ko nakilalang mga tao na naglaan ng panahon para suportahan ako; mga kasamahan ko sa Hukbong Sandatahan ng Pilipinas (AFP), Joint Task Force Marawi, Philippine Military Academy, Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Incorporated;  iba’t-ibang mga Stakeholders at mga Non-Government Organizations; mga kapwa empleyado ng gobyerno, kaibigan at kamag-anak,  ako ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa inyong pagmamalasakit, tulong, dasal, gabay at pag-alalay na ipinagkaloob ninyong lahat sa akin.  Tatanawin ko po itong isang pagkakautangan ng loob sa inyong lahat. Ipapanalangin ko po na pagpalain kayong lahat ng Diyos at ni Allah.

Maraming salamat po muli!

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