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DSWD sends relief augmentation support to Cagayan, Quirino

In continuation of the efforts to assist families and individuals affected by Typhoon Ulysses in the Cagayan Valley, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has sent augmentation support to local government units in the region.

Earlier today, DSWD, through its Field Office (FO) II, sent Family Food Packs (FFPs) amounting to more than P4 million to affected towns in the said region.

In Cagayan, among the areas which received initial aid include Sta. Teresita with 807 FFPs, Sta. Paxedes which received 369 FFPs, Solana with 2,000 FFPs, and Tuguegarao City with 5,000 FFPs.

Meanwhile, in Quirino province, the towns of Aglipay, Cabarroguis, Diffun, Nagtipunan, and Saguday received 200 FFPs each, while the municipality of Maddela was provided 300 FFPs.

To augment the resources of the FO, DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) is sending additional 10,000 food packs, 2,000 hygiene kits, and 2,000 sleeping kits to the region.

DSWD Field Office II Director Fernando De Villa is consistently coordinating with local chief executives in all affected municipalities to ensure that all the needs of affected families will be immediately addressed.

The Department, as lead agency in the Food and Non-Food Item (FNFI) Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ensures the sufficiency of food and non-food items that can be augmented to local governments in the event of a calamity or disaster. ###

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DSWD extends more relief aid to LGUs affected by Typhoon Ulysses

Volunteers help repack relief goods at DSWD National Resource Operations Center in Chapel Road, Pasay City using the Department’s mechanized production system. The relief goods will be delivered to areas severely affected by ‘Ulysses’. 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to provide augmentation support to local government units (LGUs) that have been severely affected by Typhoon Ulysses.

As of today, a total of ₱13,831,226.75 worth of assistance has already been provided by DSWD to the affected LGUs.

On November 13, DSWD Field Office (FO) CALABARZON hauled 1,000 family food packs (FFPs) for the cities of Sta Rosa and San Pedro in Laguna. Some 550 sacks of NFA rice from NFA Provincial Office in General Trias, Cavite have also been delivered to the FO’s warehouse in Dasmariñas. The rice will be repacked and will form part of the FFPs which will be distributed to more affected families in the region.

A total of 12,000 food packs have also been allocated by FO CALABARZON to five municipalities in Polillo Island in the Quezon province. The food packs will be hauled from the FO’s Cavite Warehouse and will be ferried on Monday to the affected municipalities with the help of the Philippine Coast Guard. The FO has also allocated food packs for the rest of the affected municipalities in Quezon.

In addition, FO CALABARZON also provided additional FFPs to the Municipality of Siniloan in Laguna. The food packs were distributed to the affected residents at Barangays Kapatalan and Wawa on November 13 by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.

In Cagayan Valley, DSWD FO II also facilitated the hauling of 1,300 FFPs in the province of Quirino for distribution to the municipalities in the region.

The Field Office also delivered today 5,000 FFPs as initial assistance to Tuguegarao City and extended 2,000 food packs as initial aid to Solana, Cagayan.

To augment the resources of the FO, DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) will send additional 10,000 food packs, 2,000 hygiene kits, and 2,000 sleeping kits to the region.

Meanwhile, DSWD FO I, with the help of Philippine National Police Regional Office I, hauled 1,540 FFPs to the FO’s satellite warehouses in Batac, Ilocos Norte; 2,000 food packs to Bantay, Ilocos Sur; and 700 FFPs to Urdaneta City, Pangasinan which will be provided as augmentation support to the affected LGUs in the region.

In the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the DSWD FO in the region has provided 244 food packs and 69 family kits to affected families in Pinukpuk, Kalinga and 206 food packs to Luna, Apayao.

DSWD Field Offices continue to conduct repacking activities of FFPs to replenish their relief resources and to ensure the continuous provision of aid to the affected families.

Aside from extending augmentation support, the Department as chair of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council,  also continues to assist LGUs in managing evacuation centers. To ensure the safety and welfare of women and children-evacuees, DSWD Field Offices also provide technical assistance in the establishment of child- and women-friendly spaces in the evacuation centers.

Based on latest report, some 80,098 families or 303,055 persons are still taking temporary shelter in 2,980 evacuation centers in Regions I, II, III, CALABARZON, V, CAR, and National Capital Region.

DSWD continues to coordinate closely with concerned LGUs to assist them in responding to the needs of the affected families.

Help from volunteers

To help DSWD respond swiftly to the food needs of the affected families, various groups and organizations had volunteered to help repack relief goods at NROC in Chapel Road, Pasay City.

Today, some 39 volunteers from Barangay 178, Pasay City led by Air Force Reservist Major Richard Rivera are helping DSWD personnel prepare food packs that will be distributed to families who have been affected by the typhoon.

The volunteers helped produce 5,000 FFPs which will be delivered to Cagayan Valley today.

“DSWD has a mechanized production system which streamlines and automates the production of our FFPs. However, since we need to continuously respond to the needs of LGUs affected by the series of typhoons that recently struck the country, we have to augment the production of our relief resources through manual repacking. Our volunteers greatly contribute in ensuring that we can quickly and efficiently provide relief aid to our affected LGUs,” DSWD National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau (NRLMB) Director Emmanuel P. Privado said.

The Department, as lead agency in the Food and Non-Food Item Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ensures the sufficiency of food and non-food items that can be augmented to local governments in the event of a calamity or disaster. ###

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DSWD provides more than P25.6M worth of aid to LGUs hit by Typhoon Ulysses

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already provided more than P25.6 million worth of aid to families affected by Typhoon Ulysses in Regions I, II, III, V, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and the National Capital Region (NCR).

Most of the assistance went to Bicol Region with more than P14.8 million to aid the provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur.

The Department continues to send augmentation assistance to Ulysses-hit LGUs to help them address the needs of their constituents.

In Cagayan Province, DSWD FO II provided 2,757 Family Food Packs (FFPs) to displaced residents in Barangay Libag Sur and Barangay Linao, both in Tuguegarao

Earlier today, members of DSWD-FO II disaster team joined President Rodrigo Duterte in the distribution of more than 1,000 FFPs in Iraga, Solana, Cagayan. The President
assured that there is enough relief supplies emphasizing that DSWD is prepared with its prepositioned goods even before a disaster strikes.

To further augment the resources of DSWD FO II, DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) sent earlier today 300 FFPs via C142 to the region. An additional 5,000 FFPs are also in transit and expected to arrive tomorrow in the area.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), DSWD-FO NCR sent 5,000 FFPs as resource augmentation to the city of Marikina.

Likewise, in an effort to help FOs in Luzon with their disaster response, DSWD-FO VI is sending 20,000 FFPs to Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon.

Meanwhile, DSWD, through NROC and its various FOs, continues with its repacking activities to ensure the availability of food and non-food items and maintain the needed
level of stockpiles for distribution to the affected population.

For today, NROC has a stockpile of 8,000 FFPs ready to be distributed to the different FOs.

The Department, as lead agency in the Food and Non-Food Item (FNFI) Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ensures the sufficiency of
food and non-food items that can be augmented to local governments in the event of a calamity or disaster. ###

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A refuge for street kids and street families soon to open in Bukidnon

DSWD Field Office 10’s Bahay Silungan located in Barangay Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon

Street children and their families will now have a safer refuge to come home to in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon as the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 recently received the set of keys that will open the Bahay Silungan completed in Barangay Alae of the said municipality.

Bahay Silungan is established by the DSWD Field Office 10 for street children and their families to seek refuge from the difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in the streets, such as threats presented by the coronavirus and hunger.

Regional Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga together with the field office’s staff during turn-over of keys for the completed construction of Bahay Silungan

Regional Director Mari-Flor Dollaga said that the construction and completion of Bahay Silungan is a milestone that the DSWD-10 celebrates because it means the Department can now open more doors for street families, not only to be safe from the harsh realities in the streets, but to also to recover and uplift their quality of life through the social services the center is offering.

With the capacity to accommodate 40 clients, Bahay Silungan, which is complete with facilities like bedrooms, kitchen, counseling area, rooms for vocational classes offered for its clients, and offices for counselling, case management, and administration, will start its operations on January 2021.

As its mandate to protect the rights of street children and their families to shelter and access to basic services, the DSWD-10 hopes to deliver interventions that will enable them to enjoy a good quality of life and eventually live in self-sufficiency.

The DSWD also expresses its thanks to the Local Government Unit of Manolo Fortich and the Provincial Government Unit of Bukidon for supporting the Department in all its social protection programs implemented in their areas of jurisdiction.xxxcpt

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4Ps grantee: Interventions for 4Ps families improves our well-being

The Sumaguina Family of Zone 5, Sinaloc, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental 

“O mir’pang ka sa maka-pito, na tind’g ka sa maka-walo,” a Maranao saying which means, “If you fall seven times, stand up eight” is an inspiration to a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) family beneficiary for them to go beyond trials in improving their well-being.

Jalalyn Tedlos Sumaguina of Zone 5, Sinaloc, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental shares her family’s story in overcoming obstacles brought about by poverty.

Jalalyn says growing up and actually experiencing poverty is quite unfortunate but at the same time, satisfying and rewarding to know that her family has actually overcome such challenges.

The challenges, she said, never shook the faith nor discouraged this Maranao family in fulfilling each member’s dream.

Her parents don’t have stable jobs. However, they tried their best to send them to school for a brighter future. Hence, for the past nine years, Jalalyn’s parents have tried all sorts of jobs to earn a living. 

Having this unwavering determination, the family opened a small eatery and sari-sari store hoping that it would sustain all their needs. However, sometimes things just don’t go on their way.

Despite their efforts, the parents decided to separate the Sumaguina siblings because raising and sending them to school simultaneously is impossible due to poverty.

Jalalyn’s parents tapped the help of their relatives to help her brother and sisters continue their studies but with the cost of being away from each other. 

“All of us were struggling. I can even remember those days when our parents knock on every single door in our neighborhood just borrow money and oftentimes, we even hear other people saying that our parents are too ambitious and greedy to send all of us to school even though we’re poor, disclosed Jalalyn. 

She added that her parents just ignored the discouragements and never gave up on sending all of them to school. Instead, she said, they worked harder so that none of the siblings will stop schooling. 

“By the mercy and grace of Allah (SWT), my two elder siblings got scholarships in college and were able to continue achieving their dreams. But still, life after that never became easy, although they have scholarships, other living expenses came into play which greatly challenged their patience and determination. 

“Several times, they’ve slept with empty stomachs and worst, they have to share a banana cue every meal because that’s the only food that they could afford until our parents could earn enough money and send it to them,” told Jalalyn.

The family keeps on struggling for everyday life for three consecutive years until one day, Jalalyn’s family were placed under the 4Ps program in 2011.

“The program aims to provide aid and help empower poor Filipino families. Little did we know that it was the start of a new beginning. Through this program, my mother was able to learn new things and acquire new skills that she used to earn a living,“ she said.

She disclosed that her mother learned from the Family Development Session on how to improve the family’s well-being.

“The small cash assistance she received from the government was used to open a small business. My mother, Lorda, also joined in different TESDA programs which led her to earn an NC II certificate in beauty care and enabled her to offer beauty care services for some time,” she said.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the livelihood of the family was immensely affected. That time, her mother stopped offering home services for safety purposes, and “earning a living today is undeniably hard.” 

But, the Electronic Family Development Session (eFDS) of DSWD Field Office 10 has helped her mother, Lorda, decide to go beyond the challenges.

During pandemic, they start selling pater (a Maranao delicacy) to sustain the family’s needs

“It gave my parents an idea again on how to positively respond to this pandemic. So, we started selling Pater, a Maranao delicacy, packed rice dish made with steamed rice wrapped in banana leaves with dry shredded beef, chicken, or fish.  Through it, we’re able to sustain the needs of our family and of course, we also prioritized our health care needs,” she disclosed.

This year, Jalalyn’s three siblings finally graduated from college and are now helping their parents pay debts and in supporting the daily needs.

Jalalyn is currently in her junior years in college while her youngest sister, Jawaher, is in her high school years. Jawaher is one of the 4Ps Exemplary Children of Northern Mindanao in 2019.

“This is one of the reasons why we are so grateful to the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) because the program didn’t just help our family financially but it also helped us become holistic individuals with the passion and ability to easily connect to and understand people with the same experiences,” she said. 

She said, “reminiscing our past sacrifices and experiences makes us feel so blessed and more grateful. Who would’ve thought that our family could pull it through and overcome those trials? “

Jalalyn realized that “God will not burden a soul more than what it can bear, and our family can attest to that. Our family’s journey taught us to embrace life unconditionally and grab opportunities along the way. 

“Our life may not be perfect but we are hoping that it will serve as an inspiration to others not to lose hope and not to give up and to always remember that even if we fall countless times, let’s still stand up, more than the times we fell,” said Jalalyn.

She said what we should do is to trust the Almighty because for her, “the Almighty is the Best Planner.”

Momentarily, Northern Mindanao has more than 265,000 4Ps households.


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Fortune Favors the Brave, story of a 4Ps member working as a Domestic Worker

Heroes. Modern heroes. A title given to Overseas Filipino Workers as they sacrifice in leaving their families in dreams of having a better life and a brighter future for their children. Not enough employment opportunities for poor household members who have not finished formal schooling is a common background for those who seek employment abroad. As they leave to foreign lands of foreign languages that they have yet to learn, the appeal to become Domestic Workers has been glamorized by movies despite the homesickness, heartaches, and fears faced by these individuals who brave through tears to put smiles on their families back home.

Maribel’s employers are grateful for her cooking skills and respectful attitude. Photo from Maribel’s Facebook account with consent.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 foster partnership with work placement agencies through the Sustainable Livelihood Program who can facilitate employment for non-skilled Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. One of the many private partners is Placewell International Services Corporation. Through a series of Special Recruitment Activities in the different cities and municipalities of Region 10, many Pantawid household members applied for available jobs. A Pantawid household member in the municipality of Baroy, Lanao del Norte took a leap of faith in applying for work abroad. A mother of three children, Maribel Baquiller sets her sights in providing a better life for her family even if it means leaving them. She used to sell Filipino snack food items such as suman, bibingka, palitaw, and the likes for their daily needs which is proving to be challenging as the expenses are getting bigger as their children are growing. Maribel admits it is not enough even with her husband’s income from driving a motorcycle. “Sakit kayo malayo sa akong mga anak pero akong kayanon ang mga kamingaw ug kaguol para sa ilang kaugmaon (It is hard to be away from my children but I will bear the loneliness and worries for the sake of my children).”, says Maribel.

Maribel keeps in touch with her family back in their hometown through video calls. Photo from Maribel’s Facebook account with consent.

After processing her required papers and passing the interview, Maribel was sent to Saudi Arabia in 2016. Her first few days was filled with mixed emotions of homesickness, excitement of being in another country, and fear of the possibilities of being abused by her employers and co-workers. All of her fears and worries were allayed over time. Her respectful attitude and cooking skills helped earning her employer’s respect and generosity. She was showered with many gifts such as a laptop, cellphone, clothing, and household utensils that she was able to send back home aside from her monthly salary which is increasing every renewal of her contract.

The three children are doing good in school and are active in the school’s activities. Despite the pandemic, the children are enrolled on modular classes. Photo from Maribel’s Facebook account with consent.

Over time, her family’s well-being at home begin to improve. They can now afford for the schooling expenses of her children, have good food on their table, and the opportunity in building their dream home. Maribel is still serving her same employer and is looking towards a better future for her children in sight.

By saving money from her salary, Maribel and her husband are striving to have their dream house finished soon. Photo from Maribel’s Facebook account with consent.

Maribel shares her learned wisdom in working abroad. “The message that I can share to everyone is that they can have the things they desire if they will just keep in mind that personal anguish, fear, and loneliness will be worth it the moment you see a smile and joy on your children’s faces. I thank God for this opportunity because I can say to myself that I can stand whatever trials I may face because I have now these skills that I can depend on.”

Story contributed by Franze Jemima Kesia Alcoran-Mapandi

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DSWD chief flies to Catanduanes, extends aid to Typhoon Rolly victims

(Left Photo) Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista inspects the boxes of family food packs for families affected by Typhoon Rolly in Catanduanes.
(Right Photo) DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista hands over a family food pack to a resident of Barangay Francia, Virac, Catanduanes.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D.  Bautista flew to Catanduanes today to extend assistance and oversee the  disaster relief operations for families affected by Typhoon Rolly.

Upon arrival,the Secretary proceeded to the municipality of Virac where he led in the  distribution of relief supplies to residents of Barangay Francia.

After Virac, he went to one of the barangays of Bato municipality via Air Force helicopter as the area was difficult to reach being one of the hardest hit towns in the  province. The Secretary, together with Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua, distributed  family food packs (FFPs).

With the assistance of the Office of the Civil Defense and the Philippine Air Force (PAF),  the Secretary initially brought 1,320 FFPs as resource augmentation assistance to the provincial government.

As of press time, around 3,000 FFPs, 400 pieces of 20-liter bottled water, and 3,944 small  bottled mineral water from Maynilad are being loaded to a Coast Guard vessel for dispatch to Catanduanes.  A C295 aircraft is scheduled to fly tomorrow to the said Province to deliver 3,000 FFPs and 80 pieces of laminated sacks.

At present, DSWD-Field Office V, in coordination with the provincial government, is  conducting Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment to determine exact damage brought  about by the disaster and to identify appropriate interventions that will be provided to the  affected families to help them further cope with their difficult situation. One intervention  being considered is the conduct of Food-for-Work.

Meanwhile, as of 6PM today, the Department has already provided more than P5.3 million worth of assistance to affected localities in Regions NCR, II, MIMAROPA, and V.

Aside from Bicol Region, the Department, through its National Resource Operations Center  (NROC), delivered 2,300 FFPs in the regional warehouse of Field Office (FO) III and 1,700  FFPs in Fort Magsaysay Hub Satellite Warehouse.

DSWD FO III also provided relief augmentation composed of 200 hygiene kits, 200  sleeping kits, and 200 family kits in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. There is also an ongoing hauling of 1,000 FFPs to Calumpit, Bulacan and 1,000 FFPs to Masantol,  Pampanga.

DSWD assured that the Department has sufficient resources to sustain its ongoing disaster  operations for Typhoon Rolly with more than P877 million stockpile and standby funds  ready to be used.

In a related development, concerned DSWD Field Offices are also making advance  preparations for Tropical Storm Siony through the continuous repacking of relief goods and  close coordination with LGUs along the storm’s track.

DSWD is thankful for the continuing trust expressed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to  government agencies leading the relief and response operations for Typhoon Rolly. DSWD  also relayed its gratitude to members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), LGUs, and private partners who are extending aid to  immediately address the needs of affected localities. ###

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DSWD assists localities hit by Typhoon Rolly

As the lead agency in the Food and Non-Food Cluster during disaster response and as part of its Technical Assistance and Resource Augmentation function, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to provide relief support to local government units (LGUs) to  help them meet the needs of their constituents affected by Typhoon Rolly.

As of 6AM, November 2, more than P164,000 worth of relief assistance were initially provided by DSWD, through its Field Office (FO) V, to the province of Albay.

DSWD is  also sending 3,500 family food packs (FFPs) to the provinces of Catanduanes and Camarines Sur, through the assistance of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Logistics Cluster. In addition, the Department is  delivering 500 modular tents to be used by internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in Bicol Region.

Likewise, the National Resource Operations Center (NROC), the Department’s main disaster hub, augmented 31,500 kilograms (kg) of rice to DSWD FO CALABARZON, and 10,000 pieces of 6-kg rice packs to DSWD FO I.

Aside from relief goods, the Department is also providing psychosocial intervention to the affected families in the regions battered by Typhoon ‘Rolly’ to help them cope with their traumatic experience.

On the other hand, as head of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster, DSWD monitors the situation of evacuation centers set up by LGUs.  DSWD social workers are also deployed in the temporary shelters to guide LGUs in ensuring that evacuees are served and proper protocols are observed. As of press time, more than 10,000 families or almost 40,000 individuals are staying in 601 evacuation centers.

Meanwhile, DSWD also started its preparations for Tropical Storm ‘Siony.’ The Department assured the public that it still has sufficient resources to aid localities along the track of the new storm.

As of the latest report of the Disaster Response Management Bureau (DRMB), the Department maintains stockpiles and standby funds amounting to more than P842,000,000. Of which, more than P254,000,000 are standby funds available at the Central Office and FOs. Moreover, 280,785 FFPs were prepositioned in strategic locations across the country.

DSWD remains in close coordination with the concerned LGUs to ensure that all the needs of the affected families are met. ###

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