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Senior citizen thanks government for Social Pension

IMG_5455Misamis Oriental — “Tungod sa Social Pension, makapalit na ko sa akong tambal ug pagkaon nga gikinahanglan namo pang adlaw-adlaw (Because of Social Pension, I can now buy my medicine for daily maintenance).”

This is what Mrs. Consolacion Bayno, 77 years old, and a resident of Barangay Baybay, Alubijid, shared regarding her subsidy she regularly receives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Lisod kaayo among kahimtang tungod kay ang akong duha ka mga anak adunay diperensya, ug ang akong bana dili na pud makatrabaho tungod sa pangidaron (It’s very difficult. My children are both mentally challenged and my husband is now too old to work),” she says.

Tungod niana, wala mi sustento. Usahay manghinaot lang ko nga naay manghatag ug bugas didto sa merkado, aron naa mi makaon (Because of that, we do not have any regular income. Sometimes, I just hope that some people would give us some rice at the market, so that we can eat),” she recalls.

Jessie Almacin, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of Alubijid, further explains that her two children were found mentally challenged and have been given appropriate intervention by the local government unit. Concepcion lives in a small dilapidated house she and her husband calls home.

Concepcion is one of the 50,593 indigent senior citizens in Northern Mindanao who are receiving Social Pension from the DSWD. They receive P1,500 on a quarterly basis intended for their needs such as food, medicine, and basic needs. Qualified beneficiaries are those aged 65 years old and above and are not receiving other pension from other organizations and offices.

Maayo nalang naa mi Social Pension sa akong bana. Dako kaayo ug tabang. Makapalit mi sa akong bana ug bugas, pagkaon, ug tambal – labi na sa akong tiil nga musakit panagsa (It is good that we have Social Pension, both my husband and I. It helps us buy food and medicines – especially for my legs which is painful sometimes),” Concepcion shares while pointing to her weak legs.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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DSWD brings ‘PaskuJuan’ fun fare and bazaar to Oro

12304435_1644519249098244_8549107042039813943_oCagayan de Oro City — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Northern Mindanao has converged here at SM City Cagayan de Oro for the 2015 PaskuJuan, Monday, bringing funfare and bazaar to shoppers.

The one-day festivity complements the positive response from the recently concluded National Pantawid Pamilya Family Day.
“PaskuJuan” featured a bazaar showcasing the various products crafted by the beneficiaries of the Sustainable Livelihood Program and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Porgram beneficiaries.
It also showcased a variety Christmas Show featuring dancers of Cagayan de Oro City National High School, two-time winner of the recently concluded Kaya Ko Ang Pagbabago Dance Contest along with the DSWD Chorale.
PaskuJuan” aims not only to share the spirit of love and joy in celebration and thanksgiving for the gift of family but also to showcase various ideas in making different crafts as a form of livelihood.
Dubbed as “Sama-Sama sa Landas ng Pag-unlad,” DSWD Northern Mindanao Regional Director, Atty. 11227055_1644508185766017_6926891015148779197_oAraceli F. Solamillo said the PaskuJuan is a nationwide festival and bazaar featuring local products of the DSWD livelihood participants.
Solamillo said the PaskuJuan aims to encourage partner-beneficiaries to be active in promoting and marketing their produce as well as generating linkage for product movement not only in their community but in a bigger market like this city.
DSWD has invited schools, media, private establishments, technical-vocational institutions accredited by TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority), partner agencies and some 300 Pantawid Pamilya households to the day-long fiesta.
The concessionaires, who displayed their products inside the mall at the constructed booths,  were SLP beneficiaries from the five provinces of Northern Mindanao, selling products such fresh fruits and vegetables, fruit tars, wines, dried squids, home decors, baskets and bags, slippers, milk, bracelets/necklaces, preserved and a variety of processed foods.
 “The success of PaskuJuan last year prompted us to institutionalize it as a yearly activity. It is one way of helping the beneficiaries market their products to the public,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman earlier has said.
SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of program participants or the beneficiaries. It is implemented through two tracks: Micro-enterprise Development and Employment Facilitation.
The Micro-enterprise Development track supports micro-enterprises in becoming organizationally and economically viable, whereas the Employment Facilitation track assists participants to access appropriate employment opportunities.
Both tracks are executed based on the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) approach, which equips program participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets.
Written by Oliver Badel Inodeo, DSWD

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