Archive | October 3rd, 2014

DSWD Joins Celebration of National Statistics Month

With this year’s theme for the National Statistics Month , “NSM @ 25 and Beyond: Solid and Responsible Philippine Statistical System in Support of Globalization and Regional Economic Integration , the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) Unit participated in the Exhibit competition which was formally opened for public viewing last Oct. 1, 2014, in one of the malls in the city.

Participants of the exhibit were partner and member agencies of the Regional Statistical Coordination Committee of the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA formerly National Statistics Office) which included the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agriculture,Department of Health, and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Mechanics and conceptualization of the exhibit per agency revolved around the theme of the National Statistics Month. The exhibit runs from October 1-3, 2014 and is only one of the many activities lined up within the month .
In her message during the opening program, Director Malou Igdon,stressed the importance of statistics be it for purposes of conducting researches,implementing programs, and in planning what should be done in the future. Statistics, she said, is one of the best tools in determining how far the implementation has gone so far as well as in helping determine what should be the next steps for the future .

Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are and is being spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It aims to address poverty reduction through a scientific and target- focused strategy.

Various activities including symposiums related to statistics will be conducted with the one month celebration .

Written by Mitzie S.Santiago,DSWD

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DSWD reaches street families thru MCCT in CDO and Iligan

Cagayan de Oro-The Department of Social Welfare and Development is set to reach street families by providing them conditional grants for their children’s education and health.

About 221 families from the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro are said to be under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT), and this is done in coordination with the local government units.

The MCCT-HSF (Homeless Street Families) is a human development program of the national government that focuses on providing cash grants to street families, provided that they comply with certain conditions set by the program.

The conditions include attendance to Family Development Sessions (FDS), health center visits, and their children’s enrollment and attendance to school.

Unlike Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme for eligible poor households, families under MCCT are to attend more often in FDS in the first six months from their registration. The children will also be endorsed to the Alternative Delivery Mode or Alternative Learning System (ALS) programs of the Department of Education should the households find it difficult to send their children to a regular school.

According to Kenneth Sanchez, Program Coordinator of Pantawid Pamilya, the DSWD is now in the process of finalizing the list of these street families in coordination with the local government units of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, wherein the program is being piloted in Northern Mindanao.

Sanchez also added that the Department is now exploring possibilities on how to best implement the MCCT considering the regional context and the homeless conditions of the said families.###smu

 

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas

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