Archive | May, 2020

DSWD intensifies efforts to address online exploitation of children amid COVID-19 threat

The threat of COVID-19 has not diminished the commitment of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to address the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

Even during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the Department, together with partner agencies, continuously conducts dialogues and rescues to ensure the safety of Filipino children online and offline.

This is based on the fact that online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) is a growing crime that requires a coordinated global and national response, especially in these times when children are in lockdown with traffickers and offenders are spending more time online.

Efforts vs OSEC

To address OSEC in the country, DSWD is closely working with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to track and apprehend the perpetrators and rescue the victims of this heinous act. DSWD is also working with the local government units (LGUs), especially with the Local Councils for the Protection of Children (LCPCs), to increase awareness, prevention, and early detection of OSEC cases. Rescued OSEC victims are placed in DSWD custody and provided with psychosocial interventions.

As the lead agency in social protection, DSWD also provides assistance to trafficked persons under the Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP). In 2019, DSWD has served over 1,600 victims of trafficking of whom 1,297 were females and 395 were males.

DSWD also chairs the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP), created by virtue of RA 9775 or the  “Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009.”

IACACP which comprises government agencies and non-government organizations actively advocates for the prevention of OSEC through various platforms, including the formulation of a National Response Plan (NRP) for Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) 2016-2020.

Based on the National Response Model Frame of the We Protect Global Alliance, the NRP serves as a guide for government agencies, LGUs, civil society organizations, private sectors and other stakeholders to address the gaps in prevention, responses, capacity building, policies and child protection mechanisms particular on OSAEC. In order to attain this task, the NRP had devised five Key Result Areas on Advocacy and Prevention, Law Enforcement and Prosecution, Protection, Recovery and Reintegration, Research and Management Information System, and Resource Mobilization and Partnership.

In this time of pandemic, the DSWD, as chair of IACACP, emphasized that it is even more crucial to closely monitor the safety of children even inside their homes.

It also encouraged the community to be vigilant and immediately report to the authorities all forms of abuses against children through the following hotlines;

  1. DSWD Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP) Hotline (02) 8931-9141;
  2. Text DSWD <space> blockchildporn<space> URL address and send to 2327or Text blockchildporn <space> URL address and send to 0918-9122813;
  3. Commission on Filipino Overseas TIP Hotline 1343
  4. PNP Patrol 911
  5. PNP Women and Children Protection Center: 0919 777 7377
  6. PNP Anti Cybercrime Group: Tel. No. (02) 723-0401 local 5354 Fax No. (02) 414-1560, 0926-084-3792
  7. NBI: (02) 523-8231 to 38 local 3454 to 3455
  8. DOJ-Office of Cybercrime Tel. NO.(02) 524-82-16


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DSWD FO-10 Prepares for DROM/P Implementation

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Aldersey Dela Cruz, together with the Regional Program Management Office of Kalahi-CIDSS National Community Driven Development Program, held a virtual conference to Kalahi-CIDSS Area Coordinators to discuss the implementation of Disaster Response Operation Modality/Procedure (DROM/P) to LGUs.

DROM/P is a temporary procedure that aims to employ Kalahi-CIDSS’ Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach in the implementation of COVID-19 disaster response by giving eligible sub-projects to Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) and Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) in addressing the community’s needs—economic and health-related, concerning COVID-19. It seeks to complement all other efforts from different government agencies to reach out to every community during this vulnerable time.

The program is in response to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Proclamation No.929 on March 16, 2020, placing the entire country under a State of National Calamity for a period of six (6) months. All DROM/P sub-projects are expected to be completed before this year ends.

Area Coordinators of Kalahi-CIDSS will begin the groundwork this month by lobbying the program to Local Chief Executives in Region-10. Kalahi-CIDSS will undergo a significant shift from implementing usual small-scale infrastructure projects to COVID-19 disaster response procedures.

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SAP beneficiaries thankful for cash subsidy

Beneficiaries of the emergency cash subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have expressed their gratitude to the government and frontline workers for delivering the aid to them during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marites Ambrea, a resident of Barangay Fortune in Marikina said the cash subsidy was a great help to her family as it provided for their essential needs.

“Malaki ang naitulong nito sa aking pamilya. Ipambibili ko ito ng bigas, gamot, gatas, at bitamina na itinuturing kong pinaka-esensyal ngayong panahon ng ECQ,” Marites said.

Meanwhile, Irene Sabong of Barangay Navotas West, Navotas City said the SAP cash assistance proves that the government is working to extend aid to those affected by the impacts of ECQ.

“Hindi matatapos ang aking pasasalamat sapagkat ito ay hindi lamang pera kundi tulong upang maitawid ang pang araw-araw naming buhay sa gitna ng ECQ na ito,” Irene added.

Annabelle Suyom, a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Manila, is also thankful for the cash aid that her family received as a top-up to their 4Ps grants. 4Ps households are among the target beneficiaries of SAP; the assistance served as a top-up amount added to their regular cash grants and rice allowance.

“Maraming salamat DSWD! Makakaasa po kayo na ang subsidiyang natanggap ng aming pamilya ay gagamitin namin sa dapat talaga nitong paggamitan. Ipambibili po namin ito ng pagkain at  mahahalagang gamot at kagamitan na kakailanganin sa kasagsagan ng pandemyang sakit na COVID-19,” she said.

Beneficiaries also took to social media to express their gratitude for receiving the aid. A netizen named Lorilla Mataganas thanked the government for the SAP and narrated how she used the money as capital for her sari-sari store business.

“Ginawa ko pong puhunan kasi po wala naman kaming ibang aasahan. Kaya pinuhunan ko na lang po. Kahit pa piso-piso lang ang tubo at least hindi po mauubos agad yung binigay ng DSWD na SAP. Maraming salamat po. Gobless,” she shared on Facebook.

Another netizen named Ariel Malaca said the cash assistance was a big help to him, a tricycle driver who lost his income during the ECQ, as well as to his mother. In return, he pledged that they would stay at home.

“Salamat po sa tulong ng gobyerno bilang tricycle driver na una nang naapektuhan ng COVID-19. Malakimg tulong po lalo na sa aking ina na nag-medication. Umasa po kayo na susunod kami sa pag-stay at home,” he remarked.

Netizen Jessie Villanueva thanked President Rodrigo R. Duterte and all those involved in the implementation of SAP, including the local government units (LGUs), for  delivering the cash assistance to families in need, while a netizen named Lyzeth Espinosa lauded the service provided by the Department.

“Salamat po nang taos puso sa serbisyo na ibinibigay ninyo sa aming lahat!” she posted.

Staying true to its mandate of assisting the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged and to its commitment of providing “serbisyong may malasakit,” DSWD continues to deliver the SAP emergency cash subsidy to low-income families assessed to be most affected by the imposition of community quarantine given their existing life situations or circumstances.

DSWD thanked the beneficiaries who have expressed their gratitude for the aid, emphasizing that hearing such help boost the the morale of not just the Department’s frontline workers, but also its partners in the LGUs and fellow national government agencies and inspire them to  continue working, amid the threat of the virus, to deliver the aid to Filipino families in need. ###

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DSWD provides relief augmentation to areas battered by ‘Ambo’

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided augmentation assistance to regions affected by Typhoon Ambo.

In Bicol Region, DSWD Field Office (FO) V provided 521 Family Food Packs (FFPs) to the local government of Sorsogon City and 912 FFPs to the local government of Casiguran, Sorsogon amounting to P673,510.

Likewise, in Eastern Visayas, DSWD FO VIII prepositioned 1,350 FFPs in Northern Samar, while 1,600 FFPs from the DSWD Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC) in Cebu were delivered to Catarman, Northern Samar. An additional 6,300 FFPs are now in transit to the DSWD warehouse in the said area.

DSWD VDRC also transported 600 FFPs to Borongan City Airport, while 1,500 FFPs are now in transit to Dolores, Eastern Samar, and another 1,500 FFPs will be sent to Can-avid, Eastern Samar.

Meanwhile, the DSWD FO VIII Regional Resource Operations Center (RROC) dispatched 2,300 FFPs to Arteche and San Policarpio, Eastern Samar.

The Department also coordinated with the Philippine Air Force to airlift 1,600 FFPs via C-130 plane from the VDRC to Catarman, Northern Samar.

Based on the 6PM May 17 report of the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC), some 60,285 families or 218,400 persons were affected in 173 barangays in Regions II, III, VIII and in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Currently, DSWD has stockpiles and standby funds amounting to P1,451,006,874.16. The amount is broken down into P178,123,861.64 for 396,025 FFPs; P264,898,262.17 worth of other food-items; P483,688,815.39 worth of non-food items (FNIs); and P524,295,934.96 standby funds which can be used for relief operations.

DSWD also has available Quick Response Fund (QRF) of P484,852,023.93. This serves as standby funds of the DSWD Central Office which will be used to cover relief and rehabilitation operations during disasters and calamities.

The Department, through its FOs, also continues to coordinate with affected local government units (LGUs) to determine the extent of the disaster and to identify other appropriate assistance needed by the affected families. ###

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DSWD, LTFRB partner with GCash for distribution of SAP to TNVS, PUV drivers in NCR

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Transportation (DoTr)-Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have partnered with G-Xchange, Inc. (GCash), one of the leading mobile wallet platforms in the Philippines, for the distribution of the emergency subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to families of drivers of transport network vehicle services (TNVS) and public utility vehicle (PUV) in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The partnership aims to facilitate a quicker and safer approach of cash disbursement since the payout scheme promotes cashless and contactless transactions compliant to the health and safety protocols imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

Moreover, by leveraging financial technology for the disbursement of cash aid, the two agencies want to reduce the risk of crowding in disbursement centers like banks, while also improving efficiencies, and promoting transparency and accountability.

TNVS driver-beneficiaries may withdraw their subsidies via GCash from any Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) nationwide or use the funds to pay for physical and online transactions. They may also use GCash to pay bills to over 70,000 merchants and billers, buy airtime load, and easily transfer money to other GCash account owners or bank accounts from over 40 financial institutions nationwide.

Following the directive from the Office of the President to lead the 2nd tranche of SAP payout, the DSWD will continue to explore more efficient and expeditious means to ensure the provision of needed assistance to low-income families assessed to be most affected by the implementation of the community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ###

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DSWD pushes for community-driven development approach for Balik-Probinsya

Following the issuance of Executive Order No. 114 or the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong
Pag-asa” program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has
recommended to adopt the community-driven development (CDD) approach in creating
programs to encourage interested individuals and families to return to their provinces
and support rural development.
The CDD approach aims to empower communities by allowing them to carry out their
own development projects through active and direct partaking in local governance by
identifying their community needs as well as taking part in implementing projects that
address these needs.
DSWD is also coordinating with other executive agencies in the crafting of sustainable
and comprehensive livelihood opportunities to ensure that those who will return to their
provinces will have sustainable means of income-generating activities. 
 DSWD will also provide transitory packages in the form of Family Food Packs (FFPs)
and cash assistance to those who will avail of the program.
The Department will continue to call for community-led and citizen-centered
partnerships in all its programs, including the Balik Probinsya Program. ###

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Mabilis na pamamahagi ng ayuda ng mga LGUs, kinilala ng DSWD

Muling kinikilala ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ang mabilis na pagpapatupad ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP) ng mga local government units (LGU) sa tatlong rehiyon.

Base sa talaan ng mga datos ng SAP report noong ika-8 ng Mayo, mahigit siyamnapu’t tatlong porsyento (93%) ng mga LGUs na nasasakupan ng mga rehiyon ng Caraga, Bicol, at Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) ay nakatapos na ng pamamahagi ng ayuda sa mga benepisyaryo ng emergency subsidy program (ESP) sa kanilang mga lugar. Naitala ang mga sumusunod na datos: Caraga, 100%; Bicol 99.79%; at CAR, 93.92%.

Naging epektibong mekanismo sa mabilis na pamamahagi ang maayos na pagpaplano at koordinasyon ng mga LGUs sa DSWD Field Offices. Bukod sa ipinatupad na magkakasabay na iskedyul ng payouts sa kanilang mga nasasakupang barangay, sinigurado rin ng mga opisyal ng barangay ang pagkakaroon ng maayos na pamamahagi sa pamamagitan ng pagtatakda ng iskedyul at oras ng pagdating ng mga tatanggap ng ayuda. Upang matiyak na nasusunod ang social distancing, ang mga upuan ay inihanda at isinaayos nang may angkop na agwat sa bawat isa.

Sa hanay naman ng mga namamahagi ng ayuda, tiniyak ng mga LGUs na sapat ang mga payment officers sa lugar ng mga payouts. Gayundin, ang halagang iaabot sa mga benepisyaryong tatanggap ay naihanda na, kung kaya mas naging mabilis ang pamamahaging isinagawa. Paglapit ng benepisyaryo ay muli lamang niya itong bibilangin nang mabilisan upang matiyak na sapat ang halagang matatanggap, matapos ay papipirmahin sa listahan bilang katunayan na natanggap na ang ayuda. Naging kasanayan naman sa ibang lugar ang pagkuha ng litrato sa mga benepisyaryo habang tinatanggap ang kanilang ayuda.

Malaking bahagi rin ang ginampanan ng mga barangay tanods at local security officers sa isinagawang payouts, upang masigurado ang kaayusan at kapayapaan sa kani-kanilang mga lugar.

Bukod sa mga nabanggit na lugar, kinikilala rin ang LGU ng Pasig City sa paglulunsad nito ng supplemental SAP na kasalukuyang ipinagkakaloob sa humigit kumulang 160,000 pamilya na hindi napasama sa listahan ng mga nakatanggap ng ayuda ng SAP.

Ang iba pang mga datos at impormasyon tungkol sa pamamahagi ng SAP ay makikita sa SAP Monitoring Dashboard for Emergency Subsidy under AICS. Mangyaring bisitahin ang Official Website ng DSWD para ma-access ang nabanggit na dashboard. ###

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DSWD nagpaalala na pairalin ang Malasakit at Bayanihan sa pamimigay ng SAP-ESP

Muling pinaalalahanan ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ang mga lokal na pamahalaan sa buong bansa na pairalin ang konsepto ng Bayanihan, malasakit, at pakikipagkapwa-tao ngayong panahon ng krisis na dulot ng Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Ito ay dahil sa mga reklamo na natanggap ng Ahensya sa hindi pagsama sa mga kababayan nating walang permanenteng tirahan o mga homeless families sa opisyal na listahan ng mga benepisyaryo ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP) – Emergency Subsidy Progam (ESP).

Batay sa umiiral na panuntunan ng DSWD sa implementasyon ng SAP, kabilang ang mga homeless families sa mga kategorya na prayoridad mabigyan ng ayuda ng Ahensya dahil sa maatas na peligro na maaaring maidulot sa kanila ng kasalukuyang krisis pangkalusugan.

Bukod sa prayoridad na mabigyan ng pinansyal na tulong, hinihikayat din ng DSWD na bigyan ng pansin ng mga local government units (LGUs) ang kapakanan ng mga homeless families sa pamamagitan ng pamamahagi ng food assistance at pagsama sa kanila sa mga social protection programs ng lokal na pamahalaan.

Batid din ng DSWD na lahat ay apektado ng krisis ngunit mayroon pa ring mga bulnerableng sektor na mas malaki ang pangangailangan na dapat ay agad na matulungan at kabilang dito ang mga kababayan nating nakatira sa lansangan. Sila ang binibigyan ng prayoridad ng pamahalaan sa implementasyon ng SAP-ESP.

Samantala, dahil sa pakikipagtulungan ng DSWD at ng mga LGUs, umabot na sa higit P85.3 bilyon ang naipamahaging subsidiya sa higit 15.3 milyon na benepisyaryo ng SAP, batay sa May 9 na ulat.

Taos puso ring nagpapasalamat ang DSWD sa lahat ng mga kawani, pribadong sektor, LGUs, at national government agencies (NGAs) na sama-samang nagtutulungan upang mabigyan ng tulong ang lahat ng mga nangangailangang Pilipino na apektado ng COVID-19.

Sa huli, patuloy na paiigtingin ng DSWD at mga LGUs ang pamamahagi ng ayuda upang masiguro na mabibigyan lahat ng mga kwalipikadong benepisyaryo ng SAP. ###

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