Archive | June 15th, 2021

DSWD, DTI to conduct public consultation for online discounts policy

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are set to hold a stakeholders’ consultation meeting on the first week of July prior to the finalization of the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) that will provide discounts for the online transactions of senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs).

To prepare for the consultation meeting, DSWD is consolidating the comments of agencies and partners regarding the guidelines. In addition, the Department is also seeking assistance from the DTI to identify the different groups of business establishments and consumer protection groups which may be invited in the consultation meeting.

Under the JAO or the “Guidelines On The Provision Of The Statutory Benefits And Privileges Of The Senior Citizens And Persons With Disabilities On Their Purchases Through Online (E-Commerce) And Phone Call/SMS,” it is hoped the statutory privileges granted to senior citizens and PWDs will be recognized by all establishments, business owners, and individual sellers, including those not registered with the DTI and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Likewise, the guidelines would  help correct the misconception that the observance of the statutory privileges is limited to those which are only registered businesses.

The crafting of the JAO started in March based on the consultative effort of the DSWD, DTI, BIR, National Commission of Senior Citizens, National Council on Disability Affairs, Department of Health , and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

The DSWD vows to continue to protect and promote the rights and interests of the vulnerable sector. Its collaboration with DTI and other agencies to finalize the JAO is a testament to this commitment. ###

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DSWD, World Bank hold 12th Implementation Support Mission for KALAHI-CIDSS

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the World Bank recently held the 12th Implementation Support Mission (ISM) for the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) on May 28, 2021.

Chaired by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, the 12th ISM showcased the World Bank’s observations, findings, and recommendations on the implementation of the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach by the KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP since 2014.

KALAHI-CIDSS uses the CDD approach to ensure people-centered development by providing assistance, capacity-building, and implementation support to poverty-disadvantaged and disaster-affected municipalities. Through the program, community members actively participate to identify and prioritize their community’s problems and allow them to design, implement, and manage solutions to their priority problems.

During the 12th ISM, the World Bank noted the exceptional performance of KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP in its provision of effective and efficient social services to some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the Philippines, especially in light of the limitations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, through the full use of its Disaster Response Operations Modality (DROM).

DROM enabled Kalahi-CIDSS covered areas to shift its operations from regular developmental activities into a disaster response modality to hasten the approval of community projects that will enable communities to manage and adapt to the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Specifically, the Word Bank found that 44% of the 2,425 community sub-projects completed were related to COVID-19 response in the form of quarantine and isolation facilities. The cash-for-work scheme also provided much-needed income for community members to augment their livelihood.

Achim Fock, World Bank Operations Manager for the Philippines, emphasized how CDD  became an integral part of COVID-19 response in the country by providing much needed facilities and resources to poor and marginalized communities.

Results from an assessment of the DROM also showed that some local government units expressed that KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP, through its participatory process, was instrumental in disseminating COVID-related information in their communities. Furthermore, the program allowed communities to build stronger partnerships with local health officials, thus, enabling them to better implement health and safety protocols not only in implementing the sub-projects, but also in making the quarantine and isolation facilities operational.

Secretary Bautista also shared how the pandemic highlighted the needs of communities — especially those who are  most vulnerable and marginalized — for basic social services to ensure their safety and security. He emphasized that through the DROM of KALAHI-CIDSS, the DSWD was able to continuously provide for and improve the delivery of social services to the marginalized communities.

Likewise the Secretary noted how CDD, in encouraging citizens to take an active role in the identification, implementation, and management of community sub-projects, greatly improved the pandemic response within their respective communities.

DSWD is committed to sustain the achievements of the program and hope that these would be integrated into the local development process in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government to ensure the attainment of people-centered development around the country. ###

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DSWD cares: promoting safe and healthy working environment

To continuously promote the welfare of its personnel and employees by ensuring a safe and healthy working environment amid the pandemic, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) institutionalized the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSH) among its workforce regardless of their status.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista signed Administrative Order No. 3, Series of 2021, which aims to protect the department’s personnel from hazards of injury, sickness or death through the adoption and maintenance of safe and healthy working conditions. This is pursuant to the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 Series of 2021 on OSH Standards for Public Sector by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Department of Health (DoH), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The policy covers all DSWD workplaces including the central office, field offices, centers, residential care facilities and provincial satellite offices.

Based on the administrative order, the workplace should have safety instructions and visible signs in building premises; well-maintained and good housekeeping in offices, machine, and equipment; sanitary facilities such as comfort rooms and lavatories; maintained indoor air quality; managed safety and security; and provisions of personal protective equipment and health clinic or treatment room with complete first aid kits and medical supplies.

In addition, emergency preparedness program, occupational safety and health program, support facilities, and reasonable working hours, breaks and leave privileges must be given to the personnel in compliance to the said policy.

It also highlights the implementation of policies and programs relative to achieving heathy working environment such as Drug-Free Workplace Program; Tuberculosis prevention campaign; Hepatitis B, HIV and AIDS education programs; and medical assistance and other benefits for employees. 

Moreover, DSWD personnel are tasked to participate in comprehensive dissemination of OSH information and education program. Meanwhile, the heads of Offices, Bureaus, Services at the Central Office and Field Offices are mandated to provide employees reasonable working conditions and workplace that are free from hazards, accident, and emergency.

The DSWD commits to continue promoting the welfare not only of its clients and stakeholders but also of its personnel who are the frontliners in providing the needed social protection services to the public.  ###

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June 2021