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DSWD celebrates 41st Nutrition Month 2015 in Northern Mindanao

received_992586280773359Northern Mindanao — The Department of Social Welfare and Development here together with its four centers: the Regional Haven for Women, Home for Girls, Regional Reception and Study Center for Children and the Rehabilitation Center for Youth recently conducted celebratory activities in line with the Annual Nutrition Month which focuses on addressing overweight and obesity. This year’s theme is “Timbang Iwasto, sa Tamang  Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo!”

Activities that were conducted involved the DSWD clients to cooking contests, outdoor activities for physical fitness, quiz bees, poster making contests, lectures on Basic Nutrition and Importance of Healthy Diet, Proper Hygiene and Sanitation.

The “10 Kumainments” was promoted during the Monday Convocation of all the employees in the DSWD here with the distribution of advocacy materials to the staffs coupled with a lecture on Healthy Weight Management.

The Field Office employees are challenged that despite the pressures at work, they have to make positive decisions towards consumption of healthy diets and be physically active to prevent non-communicable diseases as a result of overweight and obesity.

The DSWD is an active advocate on proper nutrition for all sectors of the society.

Written by Rechel Grace Ceniza ND1, DSWD

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DSWD to meet with LGUs, FSCAP to discuss pension for senior citizens

Northern Mindanao — Local social welfare and development offices and offices for the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP) here will be getting their hands full this year as they partner with the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the implementation of the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens.

Local social welfare officers and FSCAP presidents will meet with the DSWD for the first two weeks of August this year to determine their roles in the implementation of the Social Pension. The DSWD will orient them on the various administrative orders relative to the program in Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, and Misamis Occidental.

The Social Pension is the national government’s initiative to augment the needs of indigent senior citizens in compliance to Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act.

The Social Pension provides P500 per month to each qualified senior citizen for his or her medications, food, and other necessities that are important to their well-being.

Qualified senior citizens are those aged 66 years old and above and are not beneficiaries of any other social pension such as GSIS and SSS. They also need to have a certification of indigence issued by their barangay office or local social welfare and development offices located at their municipal or city office.

The Field Offices, City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers under the Local Government Units, and Office of Senior Citizens Affairs validate the qualifications of the senior citizens. Even Barangay Officials, FSCAP, Senior Citizens Organizations, NGOs, youth volunteers, barangay health workers, and other groups also assist us in the validation.

If qualified, the senior citizens may apply at the City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office under the local government unit. They can also apply at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA). They are required to bring their Office of the Senior Citizens Association (OSCA) ID and proof of date of birth.

Today, there are now more than 48,000 senior citizens in Northern Mindanao who are receiving social pension from the DSWD.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

 

 

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