Archive | May, 2015

Pantawid Beneficiary gains success in TechVoc

Cagayan de Oro City — Mr. Larry Tayros, a 4Ps beneficiary and a program participant to the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of DSWD was one of the 41 beneficiaries who graduated Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II last March 26, 2015 at Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.

The success of the program was made possible through the collective efforts of the Project Development Officers in the field and the regional office, in partnership with 1 and All Technical School. These participants are now equipped with the necessary skills and a wider opportunities to either be employed or establish their own businesses.

The Technical Vocational Skills Training Program (Tech Voc) is one of the approaches of the SLP in upholding to its mission to improve socio-economic well-being of every PantawidPamilya beneficiaries.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a multi-stakeholder program of the DSWD that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households. The program facilitate opportunities for the development and management of resource-based, culturally sensitive, market driven and economically viable micro-enterprises; employment facilitation; community empowerment through skills enhancement trainings; link program participants to micro-insurance providers and promote comprehensive family-based approach and community participation.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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DSWD collaborates with NGAs to support PNP SAF family members

Cagayan de Oro — The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) recently concluded a Regional Inter-Agency Workshop (RIAW) which was actively participated by various National Government Agencies including the Philippine National Police, to signify their respective program support to the remained families of the three (3) PNP SAF members from the region.

To recall, the Mamasapano incident left an agonizing experience particularly to the families and dependents of the deceased 44 PNP SAF members, which prompted the government to continue in delivering its services in support to the affected families.

The RIAW was initially conducted by the Office of the President involving the National Government Agencies through their Department Secretaries last March 26 and 27, 2015. In continuation of their efforts, the regional office conducted this activity particularly to establish inter-agency convergence teams to identify the appropriate livelihood assistance for the beneficiaries and gather as much support to ease the lives of the remained families of the PNP SAF members.

Apart from the Department’s assistance, other agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) committed their respective livelihood assistance through employment, establishment of micro-enterprises and agro-businesses.

Other agencies particularly the National Housing Authority (NHA) also provided support for housing renovations; the Department of Health (DOH) for the hospitalization and medications of the family members; the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) scholarship programs for technical vocations skills training and cash assistance from the Philippine National Police.

The three (3) SAF members from the region are PO3 Romeo V. Senin Jr., PO2 Chum B. Abagon who are both from Iligan City and PO2 Godofredo B. Cabanlit from Lala, Lanao del Norte.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is a multi-stakeholder program of the DSWD that aims to improve the standard of living of poor households. The program facilitate opportunities for the development and management of resource-based, culturally sensitive, market driven and economically viable micro-enterprises; employment facilitation; community empowerment through skills enhancement trainings; link program participants to micro-insurance providers and promote comprehensive family-based approach and community participation.

Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Hundreds of children in Madrasah to benefit from DSWD feeding program

Lanao del Norte — Hundreds of children enrolled in 25 Madrasah across Lanao del Norte are now beneficiaries of the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – the national government’s move to achieve peace and development in the Bangsamoro and the communities through the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program (SBP).

A component under the SBP, the feeding program provides supplementary hot meals to 1,238 children aged 5 to 12 years old enrolled in Madrasah with the aim to improve and sustain the children’s nutritional status, and to improve knowledge, attitude and practices of children, parents and caregivers through intensified nutrition and health education.

DSWD promotes children’s rights and good parenting

The DSWD’s Supplementary Feeding Program is implemented as a response to promote the children’s right to survival, development, and special protection with full recognition of the nature of childhood and its special needs (Republic Act 8980), and their right to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in social and economic activity and the public service, regardless of their class, creed, disability, gender and ethinicity (Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro Item VI Basic Rights).

The children beneficiaries are given supplementary hot meals up to 120 days in each Madrasah with their parents to provide voluntary labor for the cooking and preparation of food and management of feeding sessions.

Aside from feeding, the children are also taught proper hygiene such as washing the hands before and after eating, table manners, and simple concepts on health care and nutrition.

Moreover, the parents are also encouraged to attend the Parenting Effectiveness Service – a series of nine sessions on self, family, parent effectiveness, health and nutrition and improve their knowledge, attitude, skills and practices on parenting.

Government and MILF partnership

The communities where the Madrasah are located are identified and endorsed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to the DSWD through the Task Force Bangsamoro Development (TFBD).

The SFP is part of the Department’s contribution to the SBP which aims to a strong partnership between the government and the MILF towards achieving a lasting peace and development for Bangsamoro and the community.

During a recent launching of the SFP in Iligan City, one parent thanks the national government’s effort to help their children’s needs through supplementary feeding. “I am grateful that the government supports us in raising our children properly and effectively,” she says.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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DSWD takes Initial Step for Second Round Assessment

Northern Mindanao — Area coordinators and supervisors of the Department of Social Welfare and Development have initially paid courtesy calls with the City Mayor and Provincial Government Offices of Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental, respectively, in preparation for the Second Round Assessment of the Listahanan, also known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, which is being spearheaded by the Department.

Mr. Teddy Sabugaa, City Social Welfare and Development Officer of Cagayan de Oro expressed the Local Government’s support for the conduct of the household assessments. According to him, the LGU is committed to provide vehicles and guides for the enumerators, especially for those assigned in the hinterland barangays.

The Provincial government of Misamis Oriental through the Acting Assistant Provincial Administrator, Atty. Ma.Caridad San Jose, who represented Governor Yevgeny Emano during the courtesy call, also committed to provide guides to the DSWD personnel during the assessment.

A total of 235,741 households in Misamis Oriental, including Cagayan de Oro, are targeted for the assessment, while 17, 434 households in Camiguin are currently being assessed.

Listahanan is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are. It is currently being used by some national government agencies, LGUs, and social welfare providers as their basis in providing social services.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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Thousands of Pantawid Pamilya grantees join Brigada Eskwela

Cagayan de Oro CityThousands of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao region troop to various public schools to join the Brigada Eskwela 2015 launched by the Department of Education (DepEd).

Almost all of the 259,797 grantees of the region coming from the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Camiguin helped the DepEd officials in preparing both the public elementary and secondary schools in preparation for the opening of classes on June 1, 2015.

The activity which kicked off last May 18 includes series of cleaning, repairing and repainting of schools to prepare the facilities.

Brigada Eskwela this year puts emphasis on cleanliness, safety and preparedness of the school and its stakeholders with the theme, “Tayo para sa Kalinisan, Kaligtasan, at Kahandaan ng ating mga paaralan.”

Brigada Eskwela is a school and maintenance program of DepEd that engages all stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resources in ensuring that public schools are set in time for the forthcoming school opening.

Cielo Alcoran, Provincial Link of Misamis Oriental of Pantawid Pamilya, said almost 98 percent of the 73,039 beneficiaries have participated in the DepEd program.

Alcoran added that parent leaders and children grantees alike joined with the officials and workers of the local government units and some other civil society organizations in preparing the school for the opening of classes.

Bukidnon province also posted a 97 percent participation of the 76,746 active beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya within the first two days of Brigada Eskwela activities, according to Christopher Capinpin, Provincial Link of Pantawid Pamilya.

Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD Field Office X, is optimistic that all the Pantawid Pamilya grantees will continue to render their free service to the DepEd until the culmination of Brigada Eskwela 2015 on May 22.

Atty. Solamillo said the spirit of Bayanihan have pushed parents, teachers, students, civic groups, non-government organizations, soldiers, and community residents to take part on DepEd’s project.

She added that through the activities, grantees have demonstrated cooperation and solidarity with the education department.

Lastly, the Regional Director expresses her appreciation that the beneficiaries have the opportunity to take part of the nationwide activity that is directed towards making the school a conducive place for learning.

The Pantawid Pamilya program is the national government’s social development program that provides conditional cash grants to poor families with children aged 18 years old and below. A household could receive a maximum of P1,400 a month for their health, nutrition and education provided that they comply with conditions of the Program. These conditions include availing of regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines, maintaining at least 85% school attendance, and regularly attending family development sessions.

To date, Northern Mindanao has 259,797 active beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya.###


Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD Northern Mindanao


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Second Round Assessment Update

Northern Mindanao -The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) will be conducting the Second Round Assessment within the month of May of this year.

A total of 793,989 households will be assessed for the Second Round Assessment. The first Round Household Assessment was conducted in 2009 wherein a total of 338,749 households were identified as poor.

Enumerators will be assigned in the various barangays and municipalities to conduct the household assessments.

Assessment will be conducted through “pockets of poverty” for the urban areas that is, identifying and assessing the areas only with the most number of households while for the rural areas, saturation assessment will be done, meaning, all of the households will be covered for the assessment.

Courtesy calls will be done to local government units and barangay officials to solicit support and ensure smooth implementation of the nationwide assessment.

A total of 2,505 Field workers comprising of Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors, Enumerators, Encoders and verifiers were trained and hired for the Second Round assessment.

Everyone is encouraged to cooperate and answer the questions accurately during the assessment . Eligible respondents of the assessment includes parents and children aged 18 years old and above.

Written by Mitzie S.Santiago, DSWD

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Pantawid Pamilya vocational graduates to work overseas

Cagayan de Oro — 880  beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program are now set to work overseas after finishing vocational courses handled by the Skills Mastery Institute (SMI), a partner of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in implementing Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) in Cagayan de Oro.

According to SMI, out of the 880 beneficiaries, 444 of them have already passed employers’ requirements and are now waiting for their schedule to depart from the Philippines to work abroad. The rest are also completing their requirements for overseas employment.

The Sustainable Livelihood Program is the national government’s assistance to poor households by enhancing their employability and productive capacity. The main intervention strategy is to provide community-based trainings along employment and micro-enteprise development tracks.

The said Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries have completed vocational courses on household services, housekeeping, massage therapy, beauty care, cookery, food processing, food and beverage services, plumbing, shielded metal arc welding, and carpentry.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households, particularly of children aged 0-18 years old. The beneficiaries of the program are those who are under the Listahanan (also known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction), a system that generates data of who and where the poor are in the Philippines.

The DSWD is continuously partnering with other private organizations that are willing to provide various services for the poor in Northern Mindanao.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD


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DSWD pilots program for recovering drug dependents

Recovering drug dependents are now part of the priorities of the Department of Social Welfare and Development as it has piloted the Strategies Towards Acceptance, Reintegration and Transformation (START).

In partnership with the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers Committee of the Dangerous Drugs Board, the DSWD has piloted the START implemention in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities in 2014, which gives psychosocial services to rehabilitated drug users and their families, and livelihood assistance and other support services to increase their economic capacities and develop their life skills.

According to Merly Waban, DSWD focal person for START, there are now about 12 drug dependents who were assisted by the DSWD under the program. “They were given various assistance such as livelihood, education, and transportation.”

Having launched its pilot implementation in April 2014, the START is expected to end on October this year, and an evaluation of the program will be done by implementers to see the effectiveness and impact of the program to its beneficiaries.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD


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