Archive | May 19th, 2015

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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May 2015