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82 DSWD community projects to rise in NorthMin in 2015

Cagayan de Oro – 82 community projects will rise in Northern Mindanao this year after the Department of Social Welfare and Development has approved the project proposals of 30 municipalities and five cities which are under the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) modality under the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

Projects like day care centers, crisis centers, multi-purpose halls, common service facilities, protective services centers, evacuation centers, Indigenous Peoples (IP) centers, offices for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), are some of the common infrastructures that have been approved by the DSWD with a total amount cost of more than P109.32 Million.

The Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the flagship anti-poverty programs of the national government which empowers communities to participate in local development initiatives by letting them identify challenges in their communities that contribute to poverty, and by enabling them to make informed decisions to resolve these challenges through community volunteerism.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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DSWD gives Social Pension to 1,729 indigent senior citizens

Lanao del Norte – The Department of Social Welfare and Development has paid Social Pension amounting to more than P2.59 Million as Social Pension for 1,729 indigent senior citizens here today, March 26, 2015.

The Social Pension Program is the national government’s response to help augment the daily needs of indigent senior citizens such as medicine and food, based on Republic Act 9994 otherwise known as the “the Expanded Senior Citizens Act.”

Qualified beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program, which provides a subsidy of P500.00 per month, are those aged 65 years old and above and are considered as poor under the database of Listahanan, a system run by the DSWD that generates a list of who and where the poor are in the country.

The beneficiaries are also those that are not receiving any other social insurances such as GSIS, SSS, and the like.

The DSWD is currently lobbying with lawmakers to extend the age coverage of the program, including the amount to be given to the indigent senior citizens to cope with the inflation status of the country. DSWD however emphasizes that this will depend upon the approval of the legislative body on the agency’s proposed budget, and the availability of government resources.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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