Archive | May 11th, 2015

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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DSWD pays half million to indigent senior citizens in Jasaan town

Misamis Oriental — The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently handed in a total of P580,500 to 387 indigent senior citizens in Jasaan this province as their social pension for the last three months.

The Social Pension program implemented by the DSWD is the national government’s response to the needs of the indgent senior citizens under Republic Act 9994.

Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of the DSWD, says that indigent senior citizens are paid a monthly stipend of P500 for their daily needs such as medicine and food among others. “We believe that P500 is only very minimal as this has to do with our limited budget allocated for such program,” Solamillo says, “yet DSWD is still working with the legislative body on increasing the budget for such program to either increase the amount or decrease its age coverage.”

Qualified beneficiaries for the social pension program are those senior citizens who are 65 years old and above, and who are also included in the Listahanan, also known as the National Household Targeting System of the DSWD, or those who do not have sources of income, and are not recipients of other pension programs.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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