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DSWD, NCFF thank Office of the President for support to Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day

The National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF), chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), thanked the Office of the President for issuing Memorandum Circular No. 80 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, which suspended work in government offices in the Executive Branch by 3:30 PM onwards on September 28, to allow government employees to celebrate the Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day. 

The Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day is a yearly celebration held every fourth Monday of September pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 326, series of 2012.

The celebration, which is held in conjunction with the annual celebration of the National Family Week, emphasizes the importance of having a common family meal to encourage parents to stay connected with their children and understand the challenges they face.

According to Proclamation No. 326, one of the meaningful traditions of Filipinos is the common family meal where all family members are present to signify their unity and thanksgiving. 

A common family meal also provides an opportunity to enhance family communication and serves a venue where members can express affirmation of each other and share a positive experience of joy and love.

Aside from spending common family mealtime, DSWD also encouraged families to use this special day as a chance to reflect on the importance of their families in their lives, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and on how they can further strengthen their bond so that they withstand the many unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic. ###

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DSWD calls for stronger family interventions in 15th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Secretary Joseline Niwane, Philippine ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) leader, addresses the attendees of virtual meeting of the 15th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum last September 21.

Leading this year’s 15th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) GO-NGO Forum on September 21, the Philippines, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), enjoined delegates and partners in strengthening families as basic units providing essential support to all citizens.

Following the theme, “Strengthening Family Resilience and Solidarity: Braving the Adversity and Adapting to the New Normal,” the 15th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum highlighted the important roles of families as well as recommendations on how the ASEAN can support them to become resilient and active partners in nation and regional community building. The ASEAN GO-NGO Forum is part of the three-day virtual meeting of the 16th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) and Related Meetings hosted by the Philippines this year.

In her opening remarks, PH SOMSWD Leader and DSWD Assistant Secretary Joseline Niwane underscored the importance of family resilience amidst the current pandemic.

With the adverse effects brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic, our children, women, and elders, among other vulnerable groups of our society in the region, bear the brunt of this crisis,” she said.

Leading this year’s 15th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) GO-NGO Forum on September 21, the Philippines, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), enjoined delegates and partners in strengthening families as basic units providing essential support to all citizens.

Following the theme, “Strengthening Family Resilience and Solidarity: Braving the Adversity and Adapting to the New Normal,” the 15th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum highlighted the important roles of families as well as recommendations on how the ASEAN can support them to become resilient and active partners in nation and regional community building. The ASEAN GO-NGO Forum is part of the three-day virtual meeting of the 16th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) and Related Meetings hosted by the Philippines this year.

In her opening remarks, PH SOMSWD Leader and DSWD Assistant Secretary Joseline Niwane underscored the importance of family resilience amidst the current pandemic.

With the adverse effects brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic, our children, women, and elders, among other vulnerable groups of our society in the region, bear the brunt of this crisis,” she said.

Assistant Secretary Niwane also added that it is “of significance that the conditions of the family are looked into – especially with how they play a central role on the coping mechanisms of our people. As deeply rooted in our culture and traditions to sustain our close family ties, the sudden shift in our lifestyles may have contributed to changes in the present family dynamics, affecting individuals’ well-being, as further amplified by the fear and anxiety due to today’s situation,”.

Meanwhile, Alternate Chair of the National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF) and DSWD Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan shared the Philippine experiences particularly on good practices and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of Filipino families. Undersecretary Ilagan also shared areas for cooperation in the national and regional levels which can reinforce policies and programs to keep families strong and resilient.

Among the areas for cooperation that she mentioned were providing new knowledge and skills training for social workers and development workers working with families; mapping and implementing programs and services  to protect families, improve their well-being, and promote their rights collectively and individually; opening avenues for  exchange of information and  good practices; and allocating budgetary items  for the implementation of programs and services for the family, nationally or locally.

Through the forum, DSWD hopes that more opportunities for sustained partnerships between public and private sectors in the ASEAN region will transpire, especially in the formulation of more responsive, more inclusive, and sustainable social protection systems that will safeguard all families, particularly the poor and vulnerable sectors of society. Anchored on cohesiveness, responsiveness and cooperation, it is with anticipation that recommendations from the forum will be realized and put into positive actions.  ###

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26th Elderly Filipino Week focuses on seniors’ health amid pandemic

The rights of senior citizens, particularly access to basic health and social services to ensure their health and well – being amid the ongoing health crisis, is this year’s focus of the 26th Elderly Filipino Week (EFW) slated on October 1 to 7.

The EFW celebration is spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in partnership with other government agencies, non-government organizations, and the private sector.

The nationwide celebration started in 1994 with the issuance of Proclamation No. 470  highlighting the significant role of the senior citizens’ sector in nation-building and in advocating for the promotion of their rights and welfare.

This year’s celebration carries the theme, “Healthy and Productive Aging Starts With ME,” which seeks to promote the health, wellness, and productivity of senior citizens, particularly during the pandemic.

Due to the current National State of Emergency and enforcement of community quarantine measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, there will be no national celebration.

Instead, DSWD is calling on national government agencies, local government units, and civil society organizations to keep in mind the significance of the Elderly Filipino Week and to work together to ensure that the rights and welfare of senior citizens are respected, protected and promoted.

Since senior citizens are considered as high risk for virus transmission, the Department is appealing to the sector to refrain from holding mass gatherings during the week-long observance.

National Respect for Centenarians’ Day

Meanwhile, in conjunction with the EFW is the National Respect for Centenarians Day (NRCD) on October 4 or the First Sunday of October.

The NRCD is in accordance with Republic Act (RA) 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016. The law states that all Filipinos, who have reached 100 years old and above, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad shall be honored with a Letter of Felicitation from the President of the Philippines congratulating them for their longevity, and a centenarian gift in the amount of P100,000.

As of September 14, 2020, some 709 centenarians have received the P100,000 centenarian gift.

Promoting seniors’ rights, welfare

As part of its advocacy in promoting older persons’ rights and welfare, DSWD works closely with various senior citizens’ associations and NGOs, such as the Coalition of Services for the Elderly (COSE) and the Federation of Senior Citizens Associations in the Philippines (FSCAP) to advocate for legislative measures.

This year, the Anti-Elder Abuse Bill is one of the Department’s priority legislative measures. The Anti-Elder Abuse Bill, which was re-filed this 18th Congress, seeks to penalize abuses committed against senior citizens, and develop strategies to prevent or reduce the abuses committed against them.

The Department urges all sectors to work together in building a caring society where the rights of older persons are protected and respected. -30-

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Tulong pinansyal at Pabaon Package para sa mga taga White Island, Camiguin

Binigyan ng tulong ang 68 na mga maliliit na negosyante sa White Island, Camiguin Province ng DSWD Field Office 10 ngayong araw Oktubre 1, 2020 para makabangon sila dahil sa krisis na dulot ng COVID-19 na pandemya.

Ang industriya ng turismo ay naapektohan dahil sa pandemya.

Bawat isa sa 68 na may maliliit na negosyo ay nakatanggap din ng tig-iisang family food pack

Tumanggap ng tulong pinansiyal at family food packs ang 68 na negosyante. Mismong si DSWD Assistant Secretary Jade Jamolod ng Department of Social Welfare and Development ang naghatid ng tulong sa mga apektadong negosyante sa Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin.

Ang mga nakatanggap na noon ng cash assistance sa ilalim ng SAP ay tumanggap ng P3,000 samantalang P5,000 naman sa hindi nakatanggap ng SAP. Tuloy pa rin ang pagbibigay ng tulong ng DSWD sa mga komunidad sa panahon ng pandemya.Xxxcpt

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