Another centenarian gets Php 100K

CENTENARIAN GIFT. The wife of a late 101-year old from Davao City receives Php 100,000.00 from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Social Pension Unit head Lywellyn T. Bibera, in accordance with R.A. 10868 otherwise known as Centenarian Act of 2016.

Under the law, all Filipino citizens, poor or rich, who reached 100 years are entitled to receive the cash gift.  Filipinos, here and abroad who have reached the age of 100 years old prior to the effectivity of this Act, and validated prior to his/her death shall be honored and is eligible to receive the centenarian gift which shall be presented to the nearest surviving relative. In 2017, there were 107 centenarians in Davao Region who passed the DSWD validation and were awarded the cash gift. (DSWD)

14464 patients served through DSWD LinGap Sa MaSa

Davao City (DSWD XI) – In 2017, the Lingap at Gabay Para sa May Sakit (LinGap Sa MaSa) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provided medicine needs of 14464 patients in Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Tagum City.

Under this initiative, DSWD Region XI disbursed a total of Php 134,922,703.62 million, said Gemma D. Dela Cruz, head of DSWD’s Crisis Intervention Unit.

A medicine assistance program funded by the Office of the President’s Socio- Civic Projects and with a Php 1 billion budget, LinGap Sa MaSa helps indigent Filipinos or Filipinos in crisis needing treatment for illness or injuries.

In 2017, DSWD desks were established in identified partner hospitals in regions NCR, 3, 6, 7 and 11 to operationalize the program.

In Region XI, DSWD LinGap is lodged at the Lingap Para sa Bayan interagency one-stop shop office at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) compound, J.P. Laurel Avenue.

Lingap Para sa Bayan is a facility that caters the processing of health services offered by DSWD, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and Davao’s City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO).

Expanded coverage

In October last year, LinGap Sa MaSa was amended to cover payment for prosthetics, assistive devices, laboratory procedures and medical supplies, Dela Cruz said.

Dela Cruz said apart from the initially identified hospitals, district and provincial hospitals and other regional hospitals operated by government shall soon implement the program to cater to qualified local residents.

Target beneficiaries for Lingap are: 1] Families or individuals who are indigent, vulnerable or disadvantaged; 2] Those in the informal sector and poor based on DSWD Listahanan; and 3] Those who are in crisis situation based on assessment of social workers.

Also, Dela Cruz said the program has expanded to include employees and contract of service workers of government in crisis situation and their immediate family, wounded soldiers, and dependents of soldiers and police officers who were killed or wounded in action.

Dela Cruz said the assistance can be availed only once in three (3) months and is distinct and separate from the regular DSWD AICS (Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation) which extends financial support for hospitalization, burial, education and transportation needs.

Availing clients shall present original or certified true copy of the following: 1) any valid ID of the patient; 2) if patient has a representative, any valid ID of the representative and written authorization of the patient; 3) doctor’s prescription issued within the last three months; and 4) certificate of indigency or barangay certification. (DSWD)

 

136,067 seniors received social pension in 2017

Davao City (DSWD XI) – Some 136,067 indigent senior citizens in Davao Region were assisted in 2017 through the Social Pension Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Lywellyn T. Bibera, DSWD focal for Social Pension said the figure is higher compared with 2016 which registered only 85,532 social pensioners.

In 2017, DSWD disbursed a total of Php 816,402,000.00 million to qualified pensioners in the region’s six cities and 43 municipalities, Bibera said.

Bibera said Davao Del Norte posted the largest number of recipients with 27,312; Davao Oriental -26,407; Compostela Valley -26,265; Davao City -22,619; Davao Del Sur -20,889; and Davao Occidental with 12,575.

The Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program or RA 9995 addresses the clamor for social protection to the most vulnerable older persons as well as backs the full implementation of RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

The monthly stipend of P500 which took effect January 2011, augments the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens.

Potential recipients are senior citizens (60 years old and above) who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; not receiving pension from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), or Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO); and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from family or relatives.

The list of potential social pensioners was based on the results of the DSWD Listahanan national assessment which was validated by the local government units (LGUs).

Qualified senior citizens who are not included in the DSWD Listahanan data but recommended by the LGU shall be assessed by the LGU social worker. Payment shall be based on the budget allocation per municipality.

Under the program, DSWD shall monitor and provide technical assistance to the LGUs through the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (C/MSWDO) and conduct orientation, advocacy activities and meetings with the LGU Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP), and barangay senior citizens associations.

Meanwhile, 107 centenarians in Davao Region received a Php 100,000.00 cash gift last year. Centenarians poor or rich are entitled to receive the “centenarian gift” as well as recognition from the government for reaching 100 years under Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016. (DSWD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SM’s Bears of Joy

BEARS OF JOY. Turnover of 290 teddy bears last Friday by SM Mall to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the project Bears of Joy. For a customer’s purchase of one bear at Php 200, another identical bear will be given to a disadvantaged child. This year’s identified recipients are the children of DSWD Reception and Study Center for Children and DSWD Home for Girls and Women. In the photo are Regional Director of DSWD Mercedita P. Jabagat [3rd from left], SM City Davao Mall Manager Maria Lynette A. Lopez [3rd from right], and some officials of DSWD and SM. (DSWD)

DSWD, DXRD: Partners for 22 years

PARA SA MASA. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat [right] and DXRD Sonshine Radio Station Manager Kathy G. Villanueva sign on Friday the Memorandum of Agreement for the weekly radio program Serbisyo Para Sa Masa. The radio program has been featuring DSWD programs and services for 22 years now. Also covered by the radio program are the engagements of DSWD partners and beneficiaries. Officials from DSWD and DXRD witness the signing. (DSWD)

Lingap one-stop shop: ensuring fast delivery of health services

Davao City (DSWD XI) – Clients of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao and even those from nearby regions need not go to different government offices when seeking assistance for health services as the Lingap Para sa Bayan interagency one-stop shop office has opened at the state-owned Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) compound.

Lingap Para sa Bayan is a facility that caters the processing of health services offered by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and Davao’s City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO).

Director Mercedita P. Jabagat of DSWD said the first ever one-stop shop for health services in Davao City does not only serve patients from the city but also those from other provinces, towns and cities in Mindanao.

The shop is expected to hasten delivery of services to poor patients and individuals in crisis, who need not hop from one office to another to get medical assistance.

Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio said the one-stop shop will make processing of medical assistance easier. “We created this so that people would not need to run to and fro from other offices to seek medical services. We have to look for ways to help the people, make it easy for them to access services, that is the essence of the one stop shop.”

The Lingap will have its permanent office once the P20 million-worth building construction is finished this year inside the SPMC.

Lingap Para Sa Bayan is different from the Lingap Para Sa Mahihirap, the latter being the city government’s health services program for indigents of the city, providing financial and medical support to Dabawenyos for years now.

CSSDO chief Maria Luisa T. Bermudo said that within the Lingap Para sa Bayan office, a social worker staff will assist and direct the families or guardians of the patients after reviewing their documents.

Putting together all agencies offering medical assistance would not only provide convenience to patients but also ensure there is no duplication in the beneficiaries and support.

In 2017, the one-stop shop has assisted medicine needs of 11,543 patients through the DSWD Lingap at Gabay Para sa May Sakit (LinGap Sa MaSa) which now covers prosthetics, assistive devices, laboratory procedures and medical supplies.

A medicine assistance program of the Office of the President, LinGap Sa MaSa helps indigent Filipinos or Filipinos in crisis needing treatment for illness or injuries. In 2017, DSWD desks were established in identified partner hospitals in regions NCR, 3, 6, 7 and 11 to carry out the program.

Director Jabagat said apart from the initially identified hospitals, district and provincial hospitals and other regional hospitals operated by government shall soon implement the program to cater to qualified local residents.

In 2017, DSWD Region XI disbursed a total of Php 134,922,703.62 million to patients of SPMC and Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City which was able to serve 2921 through Lingap Sa MaSa. (DSWD)

ReSPPEC for seniors

ReSPPEC FOR SENIORS. ReSPPEC beneficiary Carinio Masimlad, 91, shares a good laugh with LGU Maco focal on older persons Gay Cenon. With the aim of preventing all forms of abuse against older persons and enabling them enjoy a happier life, as well as helping perpetrators reform, ReSPPEC (Reporting System and Prevention Program for Elder Abuse Cases) is a social technology developed and implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It is being piloted in San Carlos, Pangasinan; Lambunao, Iloilo; Maco, Compostela Valley; and Valenzuela City. Soon, it will be replicated in other regions. (DSWD)

Mobilizing IP participation through IP-CDD

Davao City (DSWD XI) –The Kapit Bisig- Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently conducted a two-day consultation and planning workshop for IP communities at Apo View Hotel.

Dubbed as Indigenous Peoples – Community Driven Development (IP-CDD) and Planning Workshop, the consultation aimed at providing an avenue to develop strategies on effective program implementation in IP-CDD covered areas and ensure a culture-sensitive facilitation.

Present were National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) regional staffs, provincial officers from Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, and Kalahi-CIDSS regional staffs and Area Coordinating Teams (ACT).

The Kalahi-CIDSS IP-CDD targets to deliver basic services in IP communities by supporting the implementation of the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Protection Plan (ADSDPP), strengthening partnership of local governance institutions and the Indigenous Political Structures (IPS), and building the communities’ resilience to conflict.

Inclusion, participation

Building on the experiences and lessons from Kalahi-CIDSS and PAMANA (PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn) implementation, the Office of Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) and DSWD agreed to expand the partnership under PAMANA to support a Community Driven Development Program for Indigenous Peoples (IP-CDD).

“Being a community-driven development initiative, one of the main areas of focus of the program is empowerment of our IP brothers and sisters through inclusion and active participation in local governance and key community activities meant to address local poverty issues,” explained Nick Elvi D. Digol, Kalahi-CIDSS Deputy Regional Program Manager.

The approach ensures the inclusion of IPs and other vulnerable sectors in community decision-making, Digol said.

The Kalahi-CIDSS IP-CDD program shall operate along the principles of Ancestral Domain-based, Indigenous Knowledge, Systems and Practices-centered, locally defined, and peace promoting development.

This shall cover IP communities affected or vulnerable to conflict, had already graduated from Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA Program, and correspondingly with on- process or approved CADTs (Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title).

Covered areas are Nabunturan, Mawab, Maco, Pantukan, Mabini, Maragusan, Talaingod, San Isidro, Kapalong and Sto. Tomas.

Total Grant Allocation for the IP-CDD implementation in Region XI is Php 29,000,000.00 million.

The covered areas will conduct ADSDPP Review and Development Planning Forum for prioritization of sub-projects.

In region XI, 32.86% of community volunteers are Indigenous Peoples. This inclusive system empowers the community to build more equity and ownership of the projects.

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the programs of DSWD that uses the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach to empower local communities to undertake their own development projects by actively and directly partaking in local governance in identifying their community needs as well as taking part of implementing projects that will address these needs. (DSWD)