Archive | February 24th, 2016

Families tapped to support Adoption and Foster Care

Cagayan de Oro — The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently oriented families representing Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, and Bukidnon to the Alternative Family Care Forum last February 19, 2016 to deepen the knowledge among families on Adoption and Foster Care.

The DSWD, an active advocate on legal adoption, said that the forum served as a venue to discuss how legal adoption is being processed, its effects, and how foster care is being done in the communities.

Adoption is the socio-legal process of providing a permanent family to a child whose parents have voluntarily or involuntarily relinquished their parental authority over the child. In adoption, the legal ties between the biological parent(s) and the adoptee, except when the biological parent(s) is the spouse of the adopter, is severed.

Adoption shall also deem the adoptee as a legitimate child of the adopter and gives both the latter and the adoptee equal rights and obligations arising the relationship of parents and child, including but not limited to, the right of the adopter to choose the name the child is to be known and the rights of the adopter and adoptee to be legal and compulsory heirs of each other.

Foster on the other hand, is the provision of planned temporary substitute parental care to a child by a foster parent, who is duly licensed by the DSWD to provide foster care.

Families who wish to adopt or foster a child may visit the DSWD regional office at Masterson Ave., Upper Carmen, this City to orient them on the legal process, its effects, and the documents required by the national government.

The said forum was conducted as an observance to the Adoption Consciousness Month slated every February.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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Beneficiaries for Social Pension receives Stipend

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Social pension program recently released stipends for  indigent senior citizens in Cagayan de Oro.

A total of 1,206 social pensioners received their stipend for first Quarter of 2016 and those unclaimed for the last quarter of the previous year.

In Northern Mindanao, there are 75,003 indigent senior citizens  who are beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program.

The Social Pension for indigent senior citizens is one of the provisions under Section 5 of the Republic Act No.9994 or the “Expanded Senior Citizen Act of 2010”.  It  is an additional government assistance in the amount of Five Hundred Pesos  (P500.00) monthly stipend to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of senior citizens.

Eligible senior citizens who have availed of the Program includes those frail,sickly,or with disability, those without pension (both from government and non-government institutions), and those with permanent source of income, compensation or financial assistance from his/her relatives to support his/her basic needs.

The schedule of  pay out for social pension is on quarterly basis with each beneficiary receiving P1,500.00 each per quarter.

Total amount released during the said pay out totalled to P1,809,000.00.

 

Written by,Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

 

 

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