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DSWD expands age coverage for social pension

Indigent senior citizens aged 65 years old and above are now qualified to receive stipend from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. DSWD Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo recently announced that because of this effect, more than 39,000 indigent senior citizens in the region will now be receiving P500.00 from the DSWD on a monthly basis for their needs such as medicines.

The DSWD however emphasizes that the Social Pension Program is intended for those senior citizens who are considered indigent based on the National Household Targeting System of the DSWD, and/or those who are not beneficiaries of any social insurances such as SSS and GSIS.

Senior citizens or their family relatives may visit their local social welfare and development offices on how to avail of the stipend.

Having heard the concerns of the public that the stipend is very minimal, Solamillo explains that the budget appropriated for the said program is very limited and that the DSWD is continuously lobbying with the congress to increase the agency’s budget so that stipends for its beneficiaries will also increase, and that more indigent senior citizens will also be covered.

The Social Pension is one of the provisions under Section 5 of Republic Act 9994 otherwise known as the “Expanded Senior Citizen Act of 2010.”

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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University to hold family day for Pantawid Pamilya college scholars

Cagayan de Oro City — The Mindanao State University (MSU) in Naawan, Misamis Oriental, some 63.4 kilometers west of this city, will host a family day tomorrow for all its scholars under the Extended Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Dr. Gil J. Lumasag, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of MSU Naawan, said the whole day activity will promote camaraderie among Pantawid Pamilya college scholars, parents, and other stakeholders.

During the event, MSU Naawan will also recognize grantees who are academic achievers during the first semester of the Academic Year 2014-2015 said Lumasag.

In 2012, the Pantawid Pamilya in partnership   with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) launched and eventually rolled-out the ESGPPA for Pantawid Pamilya households, whose members are about to enroll or currently enrolled in college.

Lawyer Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD Northern Mindanao said the scholarship program aims to contribute to the thrusts of the National Government in addressing poverty alleviation by providing higher education to poor households, giving them better opportunities of being employed, and thereby lifting their families out of poverty.

Under the program, Solamillo said other children of the household beneficiary will have an opportunity to pursue tertiary education provided that they qualify for the said scholarship.

Currently, Northern Mindanao has more than 2,000 college scholars who are enrolled in the different state universities and colleges duly recognized by CHED.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of the poor households by providing monthly cash grants to beneficiaries, provided that they comply with the set of conditions required by the program.### smu

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao

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DSWD encourages LGUs, agencies to advocate for legal adoption

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Northern Mindanao is encouraging local government units (LGUs) and child caring agencies to conduct advocacy activities on adoption.

Adoption focal person of DSWD Northern Mindanao, Sean Pamela Balais said the public should know that adoption is providing a permanent home or families to children who are abandoned, surrendered, orphaned or neglected.

“It is hope that through these activities, more families will open their homes to care and love for children whose biological parents or legal guardian cannot provide for their needs permanently,” Balais said.

Balais also emphasized that undergoing through a legal adoption process will be beneficial to the child and to the adoptive parents.

DSWD spearheads the observance of Adoption Consciousness Week in Northern Mindanao through Alternative Family Care Forum, Parenting Skills Enhancement for Adoptive and Foster Parents, and series of radio and television guesting.

The event starts from February 21 to 27 with the theme, “Legal na Ampon Ako: Anak na Totoo.”###

Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao

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DSWD expands age coverage for Social Pension

Cagayan de Oro — Indigent senior citizens aged 65 years old and above are now qualified to receive stipend from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. DSWD Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo recently announced that because of this effect, more than 39,000 indigent senior citizens in the region will now be receiving P500.00 from the DSWD on a monthly basis for their needs such as medicines.

DSWD however emphasizes that senior citizens qualified for the said stipend are those who are not recipients of any other social insurance benefits such as that from SSS or GSIS.

Having heard the public’s concern that the amount for the indigent senior citizens are too minimal, Solamillo explains that the DSWD is continuously lobbying with legislators for bigger slice from the national budget so that the Social Pension provided for indigent senior citizens will be increased and the age coverage expanded.

Qualified beneficiaries of the Social Pension are those identified under the Listahanan, formerly known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction – a system that identifies who and where the poor are in the Philippines.

The Social Pension is one of the provisions under Section 5 of Republic Act 9994 otherwise known as the “Expanded Senior Citizen Act of 2010.”

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Adoption Consciousness Week kicks off

DSWD Field Office 10 Social Worker Delia Maravillosa (right) talks about local and inter-country adoption during Good Morning Philippines Program of Bombo Radyo Cagayan de Oro as DSWD Adoption Consciousness Week kicks off with a theme, “Legal Na Ampon Ako: Anak Na Totoo.” Adoption is the socio-legal process of giving a permanent family to a child whose parents have voluntarily or involuntarily given up their parental right. Photo by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao.

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Family Camps for Street Families

Family Camps are now helping street families have better lives.

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DSWD Centers get higher level accreditation

Cagayan de Oro City — Communities in Northern Mindanao are getting better services from the centers and institutions run by Department of Social Welfare and Development. This was issued by Undersecretary Angelita Y. Gregorio-Medel of the DSWD Central Office, after these facilities have been declared to have higher level accreditation.

The Regional Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC), a residential facility for children aged 0-7 years old who were declared abandoned, neglected, and abused; Home for Girls, also a residential facility for maltreated and abused female minors; and the Regional Haven for Women, for abused women, were all declared to have third level accreditation.

According to Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director for DSWD Field Office X, the third level accreditation means that the centers have satisfactorily complied with the appropriate standards in the implementation of Residential-based programs and services for its clients 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.”

Second level of accreditation was declared recently  for Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth, which caters to children in conflict with the law by providing them rehabilitation and counseling.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas

 

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Musical Heritage

Manobo women sing a nursery rhyme using their dialect during the recently concluded consultation writeshop with tribal leaders and indigenous people beneficiaries for the development of an IP-sensitive module. The module will be used by Pantawid Pamilya workers of DSWD in conducting family development session with IP communities in Northern Mindanao. To date, there are 19, 683 households covered by Pantawid Pamilya in the entire Northern Mindanao.

Photo by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao.

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