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DSWD Field Office 10 launches Likhang Hiraya

Likhang Hiraya: Pangarap Patungong PagSibol is a product display and photo exhibit by the Sustainable Livelihood Program, showcasing the best of what our program participants have gained through the different modalities. This is a nationwide event with localized initiatives in the implementation.

Likhang Hiraya: Pangarap Patungong PagSibol

For the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10, Likhang Hiraya is celebrated this December 1-4, 2020 through a photo exhibit in 2 mall and online selling of products. Photos on the program implementation and participants from the micro-enterprise and employment facilitation tracks are displayed at Lim Ket Kai Mall and Ayala Centrio Mall. A virtual opening program was done through Facebook livestream with Mr. Rhandy Ladoroz, SLP Regional Program Coordinator , giving insights on the significance of Likhang Hiraya, while Mr. Kaysher Dantalmura, SLP Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, sharing a briefer on what SLP is all about. This year’s product exhibit participants were presented coming from different municipalities of Region 10. Orders have to be made online which is then picked up from the office or have it delivered straight to their homes through a local courier.

SLP expressed through the stories of our program participants on the gains and success brought to their lives.

Virtual mini shows are slated for each day in keeping the interest and awareness of the public. Decoration-making and cooking demonstrations using SLP products are slated each day with invited resource persons. A webinar on online selling by an expert online marketing specialist will serve as culminating activity. Target participants are selected SLP participants and associations with established products and SLP field workers.

Mr. Rhandy Ladoroz, SLP Regional Program Coordinator, sharing the significance on the conduct of Likhang Hiraya. Products made by SLP participants are the main highlight of the event in supporting local enterprises.

This is a first of its kind in conducting a product exhibit, adapting to the health pandemic. Economic activities are being flexible in stemming transmission by going online and offering delivery of their products. This applies as well for SLP in supporting the local products as we love to say “Buy locally, support a Filipino family.” Available products are posted at the Facebook page of DSWD Region X.

Spicy Alamang 200g by TAMA CFB 4Ps SLPA from Naawan, Misamis Oriental for Php 100.00 only. This is just one of the many products available for sale.

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DSWD does not hold raffle draws, warns public against fake FB posts

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) denied that it is holding raffle draws or giving away cash prizes online and warned the public against fake Facebook posts promoting such activity.

This came in the wake of reports regarding multiple Facebook posts claiming that DSWD is giving away P50,000 to P60,000 from its Social Amelioration Program. According to a report received by the Department, the posts are phishing for information by asking netizens to send their full name, address, and contact number to another FB account.

DSWD urged the public to only refer to the Department’s official Facebook account, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Twitter account, @dswdserves; and to the DSWD website, dswd.gov.ph for updates and official information on its program and services.

The Department appealed to the public to be vigilant and to refrain from participating in dubious activities perpetrated on social media by unscrupulous individuals. ###

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DSWD supports call to strengthen PH’s pension system amid pandemic

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) supports move to strengthen the social pension system for indigent senior citizens in the country to better protect the elderly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the increasing needs for health and daily subsistence of older persons, several bills have been filed in both houses of Congress that aim to increase the monthly social pension for indigent senior citizens, which is currently at P500.00 per month as provided for under Republic Act (RA) 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

The Department emphasized that indigent seniors in the country are in need of more assistance, especially in the midst of the current crisis caused by the pandemic. The proposed increase in the pension benefit will be a big help to augment the needs of poor seniors, who are among the sectors that are mostly-affected by the current crisis. The proposed measures also complement the efforts of DSWD to better protect the rights and promote the welfare of the elderly amid the pandemic.   

Meanwhile, DSWD’s programs and services for older persons shall be transferred to the newly-created National Commission of Senior Citizens as mandated by RA No. 11350 which was signed on July 25, 2019. The Commission will undertake the various developments, both on programs and the administrative aspects, specifically the country’s pension system to better protect the elderly from various cases.

DSWD, in coordination with local government units, implements the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens provided for under RA 9994. The program provides monthly stipend amounting to P500 to indigent senior citizens to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs. It is distributed on a semestral basis at P3,000 per semester or P500 per month for six (6) months.

The law specifies that seniors qualified to receive social pension are those who are frail, sickly or with disability; without any pension from other government agencies; and without a permanent source of income or source of financial assistance/compensation to support their basic needs.

DSWD emphasized that it will support and implement measures that would be passed by the Congress in the provision of additional benefits and privileges to senior citizens, as it recognizes the contributions of older persons in nation-building, providing the foundation and laying the groundwork for today’s society. ### 

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