Archive | March 17th, 2014

DSWD validates former Pantawid grantees for possible reinstatement

Cagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will validate starting today the 44,129 potential grantees of the extended age coverage of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) in Northern Mindanao.

The potential grantees are former beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya coming from the five provinces of the region who became ineligible of the program after reaching the age of 15 or above.

The extended age coverage program of DSWD for former grantees of Pantawid Pamilya aims to go beyond the five-year limit to cover up to high school education; to extend the age coverage up to eighteen (18) years of age, taking into account the K-12 program of the Department of Education; to provide a higher grant amount of P500 per child in high school; to remove the health grant for households who have  been in the program for more than 60 months or 5 years; and to maintain the limit of three child beneficiaries per household.

Currently, Pantawid Pamilya provides education grants covering children age 3-14 at the start of the school year.

The validation is part of the implementing rules and regulations set and approved by the National Advisory Committee, the highest policy-making inter-agency body of Pantawid Pamilya, for the extended age coverage program.

In its resolution number 12, series of 2013, NAC recognizes the need to extend support to the child beneficiaries to further pursue the rights of children and enable the program to contribute to the end of the inter-generational cycle of poverty.

”Pantawid Pamilya promotes human capital accumulation by incentivizing the children’s capacity to stay in school. The accumulation of human capital is necessary to break the transmission of inter-generational poverty and to make growth more inclusive,” the resolution said, adding that “Pantawid Pamilya incentivizes school enrollment and consistent attendance by supplementing the household income to cover for the direct and indirect costs of schooling.”

Pantawid Pamilya has been demonstrated to be effective in promoting enrollment in children in this age range and keeping them in school. However, analysis also demonstrates that the program is not able to increase enrollment among children older than this age range.

“The combination of a sizable (roughly 4-10 percentage point) increase in enrollment at ages 3-14 that disappears at ages above the current Pantawid Pamilya cut-off of age 14 has been demonstrated via both the 1st Wave Impact Evaluation of the Program reported in (Chaudhury, Friedman, & Onishi, 2013) as well as complementary analysis of an independent data set, the 2011 Annual Poverty Indicator Survey (APIS), as reported in Paqueo, Orbeta, Castaneda, & Spohr (2013).

“Dropout of Pantawid Pamilya child beneficiaries just above the current age 14 cut-off of the program’s educational grant represents a loss to the government’s education and longer-term poverty reduction objectives and also to households, since a child who fails to complete high school is likely to earn much lower income as an adult,” the NAC noted.

Under the extended age coverage program, the selection of children aged 3-18 for education monitoring shall be based on the following existing policy: For Sets 1-5 households, the child beneficiaries selected by the system will continue to be monitored; For Set 6 households, existing child beneficiaries selected by the household will continue to be monitored; and For Set 7 households and onwards, the household shall select among the children included in the household roster from the registration.

The program will cover poor households with child beneficiaries up to 18 years of age or finish high school, whichever comes first.  Those who turn 19 years of age within the school year will still be monitored until the end of the school year.

Lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD in Northern Mindanao disclosed that after validation and enrolled back to the program, children grantees, irrespective of year level, must enroll in school and maintain a class attendance rate of at least 85% per month. For a child beneficiary enrolled in elementary school, the education grant package P300  per month. On the other hand, for a child beneficiary enrolled in high school, the education grant package P500 per month.

Solamillo added that for health conditionalities, grantees are required to have periodic checkups, growth monitoring, and vaccinations for children 0-5 years of age; twice a year intake of de-worming pills for children 6-14 years old, pre- and post-natal care for pregnant women. A health grant package P500 per household per month will be provided to households, irrespective of the household composition, that have only been in the program for 60 months or less.

The grant package will be based on the grade level of the child beneficiaries and years of program exposure of the household. The highest possible grant package is P 2,000 per household per month for households with 3 children in high school and has been in the program for less than 60 months or 5 years.

For Family Development Session, the parent grantees will be monitored monthly irrespective of household’s length of exposure. For households who have been in the program for 5 years and less, this will be tied to the health grant. For households who have been in the program for more than 5 years, this will no longer be tied to any grant.

Also, those eligible for grants for high school extension starting January 2014 will be paid retroactively.

Lanao del Norte province has the highest number of potential grantees with 15,026; followed by Misamis Oriental with 12,960; Bukidnon-8,054; Misamis Occidental-6,814; and Camiguin-1,275.

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer/Photo by Cherrylou Acobo, Pantawid CSO focal person

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Regional Inter-Agency Committee Meeting for Senior Citizens conducted

The Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Senior Citizens recently conducted their quarterly meeting . Spearheaded by the Sectoral Unit Head of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Ms.Concepcion Dorado, it was participated by 25 representatives from the various Federation for Senior Citizens in the region.
In the meeting, the Regional Inter-Agency Committee Plan of Action for 2014 for Senior Citizens was presented .
Another highlight of the said activity included the sharing of accomplishments and best practices in which Mr. Nicanor Abdon, the Senior Citizen Federation President of Valencia City, Bukidnon shared to the committee the effort done by the City government of Valencia City to adopt the Social Pension program of the government . City Ordinance No. 44-2011 which was signed during the 38th regular session last May 20, 2011 by Mayor Leandro Jose Catarata, declared the grant of benefits and privileges to Senior Citizens of Valencia City. Through this ordinance,all senior citizens who are 70 years old and above , regardless if pensioner or not , shall be receiving a monthly stipend of P200 every month for life (released every quarter). To date, 3,000 senior citizens have been enjoying this grant from the City government of Valencia.
Aside from this, Chapter Presidents in every FSCAP organizations in the barangays are receiving monthly honorarium of P1,000 .
The city of El Salvador City also had its own share of replicating the grant of additional benefits to the senior citizens in their locality. For now, about 400 elderly, 75 years old and above, are enjoying a monthly grant of P500.00 each .A totalof P600,000.00 have been allocated by the City government every quarter for the senior citizens in El Salvador City .
Elderly grantees were identified based on the recommendations by the Barangay Senior Citizen Presidents which were then validated by the City Social Welfare and Development Office. Presidents from the barangay senior citizen organizations are also granted transportation allowance in their attendance to monthly meetings.
According to Ms. Priscel Tanoy, one of the staff of the Local Social Welfare and Development Office of El Salvador City, this was a replication of what was done in Valencia City wherein additional monthly grants for senior citizens were granted. This was made possible through their constant lobbying to the Sanggunian members of the city.
Other federated Senior Citizen organizations in the region are also on the process of advocating and lobbying for the additional grants for the elderly in their localities.
The Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens is one of the provisions under Section 5 of Republic Act No. 9994 otherwise known as the “Expanded Senior Citizen Act of 2010”.
Social Pension is an additional government assistance in the amount of Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) monthly stipend to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of senior citizens .
Written by Mitzie S. Santiago,DSWD

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DSWD to Conduct Orientation to 2014 GPBP Implementing Municipalities

Cagayan de Oro – Three teams will be fast tracking the conduct of the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) Project Orientation for 2014 implementing municipalities/cities under the Community-Driven Development (CDD) modality. This is the first activity to signal the implementation proper of the GPBP project in new municipalities and cities in Northern Mindanao.

Three (3) Teams composed of Regional Project Management Office staff from the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) will be conducting the Orientation in municipalities/cities in Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Lanao de Norte.

Topics to be discussed during the said orientation covers the roles of the different stakeholders (eg. Local Government Units, Barangay LGU, Civil Society Organizations, etc.) during the project implementation.

Another topic covers the Modified Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC), the activities that comprise the implementation of the CDD, which covers activities from social preparation stage, volunteer pool capacity trainings, implementation proper of funded sub-projects and preparation of the Operations and Maintenance plan.

Also included in the orientation are the Engineering and Financial systems, which has a unique set-up because of its community participation/multi-stakeholder approach which ensures transparency and accountability among those part of the project implementation.

Bukidnon areas include the municipalities of Kalilangan, Kibawe, Kitaotao, Pangantucan, Libona, San Fernando and Sumilao. Misamis Oriental areas include Cagayan de Oro City, Claveria, Gitagum, Medina, Opol and Talisayan, while Lanao del Norte areas include Kauswagan, Lala, and Poona Piagapo.

GPBP, formerly known as the Bottom Up Budgeting Process (BUB) has been entrusted to the DSWD’s CDD Program for the 2nd straight year. 2013 implementation includes municipalities of Kalilangan, Kitaotao, Malitbog – (Bukidnon), Mahinog – (Camiguin), Bonifacio, Oroquieta City, Tangub City – (Misamis Occidental), Poona Piagapo and Salvador – (Lanao del Norte). Twenty two (22) sub-projects are being implemented for the 2013 cycle, which will almost triple in the 2014 cycle.

Written by Marko Davey D. Reyes, DSWD

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DSWD presents tool to determine vulnerabilities in Northern Mindanao

The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently oriented its partners on the Social Protection Development Report which is a vital tool in identifying the risks and vulnerabilities encountered by individuals, families and communities in Northern Mindanao. The tool provides the basis to determine which among the risk or vulnerabilities are the most important for prioritization given the government’s limited resources.

According to DSWD Regional Planning Officer, Ms. Linda Canguit, the SPDR is used for the effective planning and budgeting process of government resources, particularly on social protection and social services, as well as for policy formulation and program development.

The SPDR is now being used by the Department in ensuring that all its clientele are able to benefit on social protection and social services.

Photo by Imee D. Canios and caption by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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