Archive | April, 2021

DSWD appeals anew to seniors to send representatives to claim aid

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) appealed anew to senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs) to avoid going out of their homes to claim their financial assistance from the local government units (LGUs) but, instead send their authorized representatives.

The different LGUs in the NCR Plus bubble are currently distributing the financial assistance to their qualified constituents. While there are LGUs that are conducting house-to-house distribution  of the aid, especially to vulnerable sectors like senior citizens and PWDs, others have opted for big venue payouts where beneficiaries need to line up.

The DSWD explained that seniors and PWDs may send younger and healthier members of their families as their authorized representatives to claim their aid. To claim the aid, the representatives may need to show their ID, the senior citizen’s ID,   and the authorization letter signed by the elderly-beneficiary.

Meanwhile, the DSWD also reminded organizers of relief distribution drives to properly coordinate with concerned LGUs to ensure the proper and orderly conduct of the activities, especially if there are participants from the vulnerable groups.

The DSWD said that senior citizens and PWDs are the most vulnerable to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even the resolution issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases emphasized that those 60 years old and above and have health risks are advised to stay at home amid the pandemic.

The Department continues to put premium on the safety and welfare of the older persons and PWDs especially during this ongoing global health crisis. ###

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Day Care children to receive milk supplement from DSWD Field Office X

To protect Filipino children from malnutrition, the Department of Social Welfare and Development shall provide milk to toddlers under five years old who are enrolled in Child Development Center (CDCs) and Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) groups under its Milk Feeding Program.

In coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA), National Dairy Authority (NDA), and the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), the Milk Feeding Program shall be piloted on May 5, 2021 in Cagayan de Oro City with 2,891 child beneficiaries, and in Iligan City with 1,914 child beneficiaries.

Despite the decreasing trend of undernutrition and wasting among Filipino children under five years old, stunting is still persistent among them while overweight and obesity among this age group remains a rising threat.

Referred to by the Department of Science and Technology Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) as the “Triple Burden of Malnutrition,” this health problem among toddlers pushed the government to create strategic initiatives to address the malnutrition in this particular age group.

The milk supplementation to the child beneficiaries in CDCs and SNPs will be in addition to their regular meals under the DSWD’s Supplementary Feeding Program. Further, the Milk Feeding Program is also a support to the local dairy industry that will contribute to the sustainable economic activities of the local farmers. ###cpt

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Over 30,000 patients get DSWD financial assistance through Malasakit Centers

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) served a total of 30,584 patients in 2020 through the Malasakit Centers established in hospitals utilizing a budget of close to P95 million.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop located in various hospitals of the Department of Health, Philippine General Hospital, and other public hospitals natiowide where indigent patients as well as those who are currently financially incapacitated can access medical and financial assistance from various government agencies such as the DSWD, PhilHealth, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, among others.

It is a one-stop shop so that those needing help need not proceed to the respective offices of government agencies but may avail of their services simultaneously in one venue and it applies a zero-balance billing system.

For patients staying in a hospital without a Malasakit Center , they may be referred to the nearest hospital where a Malasakit Center is operating.

The DSWD has assigned one social worker in every Malasakit Center to assess and assist the applicants.

At present, there are 102 hospitals nationwide with Malasakit Centers, 56 are in Luzon 22 are in Visayas and 24 in Mindanao. 

With the Malasakit Center, the DSWD, together with other partner-agencies, is able to reach out to more individuals in crisis situation, especially during this pandemic. ###

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10K beneficiaries to graduate from 4Ps in Northern Mindanao

10,203 household beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is set to graduate from the program this year in Northern Mindanao.

Of the number, Bukidnon has 2,472 households, Camiguin, 161; Lanao del Norte, 3,146, Misamis Occidental, 1,795, and Misamis Oriental, 2,629.

Kenneth Haze S. Lustre, Regional Project Coordinator of 4Ps of DSWD Field Office X, said these families will be delisted from the program due to attrition or those whose households no longer have eligible children for monitoring.

The program has been implemented since 2008 in Northern Mindanao, with beneficiaries receiving the cash grants for more than 10 years, provided they have children from age zero to 18.

Lustre added that some of the exiting households have voluntarily waived because their financial status has improved.

“Majority of these households have improved well-being since the government has invested in their children’s education and health,” said Lustre.

She also hoped that even without the grant from 4Ps, the exiting beneficiaries will continue to live the values and practices learned from the program through the Family Development Session (FDS).

After graduation, beneficiaries will be turned over to the Local Government Units (LGU’s) for the aftercare services based on the Kilos-Unlad Framework.

Kilos Unlad is a social case management strategy that aims to guide the households in achieving improved well-being, stepping out of poverty, and employing individual/family cooperation.

The LGU’s will continue to monitor and even assist in the provision of support interventions as outline in the approved sustainability plan.

Turn-over of exiting 4Ps beneficiaries from DSWD Field Office X to the LGU’s will be from April to June this year in Northern Mindanao.

The agency has formally started turning-over of exiting beneficiaries to the LGU on April 22 where 105 grantees were handed to the San Fernando LGU of Bukidnon.

Momentarily, Northern Mindanao has 254,802 active 4Ps households.

Impact evaluation report

On the Impact Evaluation Report produced every three years by the agency and partner organizations World Bank, Australian Aid, and Asian Development Bank, it indicated the success of 4Ps in keeping Filipino children healthy and in school.

Some of the key findings of the study cited that the Pantawid Pamilya program encourages trial use of modern family planning methods, promotes facility-based deliveries and access to professional postnatal care, and improves children’s access to some key health care services.

Among Pantawid beneficiaries, the study said about nine in 10 households are covered by the PhilHealth insurance program.

It also mentioned that Pantawid Pamilya keeps older children in school and Pantawid children work seven days less in a month compared to non-Pantawid children.

It added that Pantawid Pamilya increases households’ investments in education, does not encourage dependency or spending more on vice goods, and allows parents to aspire for a better future for their children.

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21 ka mga family food packs gitunol sa mga nabiktima sa sunog sulod sa dakbayan

Giapod-apod sa taga Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) ang 21 ka mga family food packs (FFPs) ngadto sa mga nabiktima sa sunog ug uban pang mga kalamidad sulod sa Enero ning tuig sa dakbayan sa Cagayan.

Gawas pa niini, aduna usab gipanghatag nga pinansyal nga ayuda ang taga Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) nga mikabat sa singko mil padulong sa diyes mil (5,000-10,000) matag pamilya.

Kini nga kalihukan tubag sa hangyo sa taga City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) nga matagaan ug pinansyal nga ayuda ug food and non-food items ang 21 ka mga pamilya nga nabiktima sa maong mga katalagman.

Ang usa ka FFP makasustinar na sa pamilya nga adunay lima (5) padulong unom (6) ka mga miyembro sulod sa duha (2) padulong sa tulo (3) ka adlaw. Kini adunay sulod nga 4 ka delata nga tuna flakes, 2 ka delata sa sardinas, 4 ka delata nga corned beef, 5 ka sachets nga 3-in-1 instant coffee, 5 ka sachet nga powdered cereal drink, ug 6 ka kilo nga NFA rice. Ang DSWD isip ahensiya nga nanguna sa proteksyon sa sosyal nga kaayohan ug katungod sa katawhan kanunay nga kaabag sa mga kagamhanang lokal hilabina sa mga katalagman ug panginahanglan nga dili matagna.

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Matigsalug Women unlock leadership potential through Community-driven development

In the hinterland province of Bukidnon, more than 30,000 women belong to the Matigsalug-Manobo Tribe. In communities where they thrive, women have a key role in the intergenerational transmission of their cultural heritage.

The knowledge of traditional medicine, the properties of plants, seeds and herbs, animal life, oral tradition designs that are applied in the visual art, traditional cloths, and artifacts, are actively preserved by women.

But what about taking leadership roles?

Being full-time homemakers, the Matigsalug-Manobo women shy away from community participation and decision makings.

When nominated for a leadership position, women would refuse and reason out that household chores and taking care of children are already overwhelming. They would seek first ideas and approval of men who would often emphasize women’s existing burdens at home leading to turning down of potential crucial community engagement.

The patriarchal traditions in most IP communities have branded the IP women as timid and inferior.

When DSWD’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) penetrated the IP communities like the Matigsalug-Manobo to deliver priority community projects, it urged women to finally come out of their shells.

The program uses the Community-Driven Development (CDD) strategy that requires 30% of women participation in the identification and construction of these sub-projects. During the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) facilitated by KALAHI-CIDSS, men and women alike learn to speak out and give details of the communities’ needs by participating in the local development process.

Gloria Alub Disalan is a Matigsalug from barangay Kalagangan, San Fernando, Bukidnon. She led the team of community volunteers for the construction of their Tribal Hall and Livelihood Center.

Before, even going to the barangay hall and meeting with non-IP (Bisaya) officials is a taboo especially for the women. But with the Program, this barrier had been broken and gender gaps had been closed.

  “Pwede diay mi makaapil pag naay mga husayon ug pwede diay mi makasturya para sa kaayuhan” (We realized that women can participate in tribal court hearings and can speak out for positive change)

Today, the Matigsalug-Manobo tribe not only hold meetings in the tribal hall for their customary practices, it also serves as a livelihood center for capacity building activities among Matigsalug women who make unique banig designs for livelihood.          

Gloria is thankful for the program because according to her, “nakamata gyud mi sa among papel.” (We found our purpose)

She, along with the other IP women, are no longer just tied to housekeeping and motherhood roles, they are also now women of action in their respective communities and tribe; able to make informed decisions and take on the lead toward their collective welfare.

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DSWD welcomes 4Ps gains in 3rd impact evaluation report

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD welcomes the results of the third impact evaluation (IE3) on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

By virtue of Republic Act 11310 or the 4Ps Act, an impact evaluation will be conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) every three years after the effectivity of the Act to assess the implementation of the 4Ps. The amount of cash grant provided can also be adjusted upon recommendation of PIDS to the National Advisory Council every six years after the effectivity of the Act.

4Ps is the national poverty reduction strategy and a human capital investment program of the Philippine government, with DSWD as the lead agency. Eligible household-beneficiaries are entitled to receive cash subsidies provided that the conditions on health, nutrition, and education are followed.

The program also provides psychosocial and psycho-educational interventions through the Family Development Session (FDS) to improve and sustain the program beneficiaries’ well-being leading them towards program exit. This will foster necessary behavior for parents to adequately perform the duties and responsibilities, particularly in investing in their children’s future.

Desirable impacts

The IE3, which was conducted from 2017 to 2018, indicated that, “the program has desirable impacts on education and health of children and pregnant women.” It also gathered positive results on household welfare such as income and food security, community participation, and awareness of basic means to mitigate vulnerabilities such as disaster preparedness among adults; and, strong determination of children to complete and succeed in school, despite of the challenges.”

Among the specific gains of the program include: the 1) positive impact on enrolment of children aged 12 to 17 yrs. old; 2) Decrease of hunger incidence among 4Ps 3) increased awareness and modern use of family planning methods among program beneficiaries; 4) increased prenatal care services and skilled birth attendance among women beneficiaries; 5) increased access to child care services such as deworming, vitamin A supplementation, and visitation of health facilities for weight monitoring; 6) improved household welfare; and 7) increased participation in community and community development activities among beneficiaries.

Moreover, the study also showed that 4Ps does not encourage dependency. Beneficiaries do not have higher spending on vice goods such as alcohol, tobacco, and gambling compared to non-4Ps beneficiaries.

The result of the IE3 also validates the earlier findings of the program being on track in keeping children healthy and in school, as well as positive change in behaviors.

Through the result of the IE3, DSWD believes that it will further help reinforce the creation of policies and programs to alleviate poverty in the country. ###

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DSWD among top performing agencies in PAHAYAG survey

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) welcomes the findings of the first quarter survey result of PAHAYAG which showed that it is among the top performing agencies with a 57 percent approval rating.

PAHAYAG is an independent and non-commissioned survey made by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. About 1,500 respondents participated in the poll which was conducted from March 20 to 29.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista attributed this honor to all employees of the Department whom he calls the “angels in red vest’ for their  dedication to deliver social welfare services despite the risks of Covid-19.

The DSWD is also grateful for the Filipino people’s trust and pledges to continue to ensure the delivery of  its “maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo” especially to the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized sectors amid the pandemic.

Despite a number of its personnel being affected by COVID-19, the Department continues to serve the public through its various social protection services that assist poor and vulnerable families meet their needs. These include the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation, provision of family food packs to local government units, Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and Sustainable Livelihood Program, among others.  ###

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April 2021