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Greening. DSWD workers in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, along with officials of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office of Gingoog and beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) plant hundreds of Talisay (Terminalia catappa) and Balok-balok (Pongamia pinnata) seedlings along the beach of Barangay 19, Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Talisay and Balok-balok Trees are widely distributed along the shores of Gingoog City and other shorelines of Misamis Oriental province, serving as secondary forest.

The activity is first of the series of convergence initiative in the city by the Gingoog City Action Team of DSWD.

The participants also clean the coastal areas of the city. Tomorrow, they will plant trees in Barangay 24 and clean its coastal waters.

A basic life support training will also be conducted for the beneficiaries of 4Ps by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.  (Photo by John Rey B. Berro of City Action Team of Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental)

 

 

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 Micheal Casey of the Area-Based Standards Network (ABSNet) in Region X welcomes members from non-government organizations and local government units to the forum. ABSNet is a group of social services providers who are registered, accredited, and licensed with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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Dir. Manuel Borres, Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X, says that the Area-Based Standards Network (ABSNet) plays a critical role in ensuring social welfare and development programs are within the legal standards and operating procedures set by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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DSWD: Political candidates cannot enroll or delist 4Ps beneficiaries

PRESS RELEASE
May 5, 2018

DSWD: Political candidates cannot enroll or delist 4Ps beneficiaries
The Department of Social Welfare and Development is reminding the public, especially the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) that no political candidate or incumbent politicians can enroll and include poor families to or delist them from the Program.
According to Nestor B. Ramos, Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office X, said that only the agency can include poor families to the Program, and can delist beneficiaries from it.
“The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a poverty reduction initiative of the national government. It is being implemented with other national government agencies and with non-government organizations and civil society groups which are helping us monitor the implementation of the program. Our political candidates have no hold in the inclusion and exclusion processes of 4Ps,” Ramos explains.
He further stated that the DSWD no longer enroll families to the program since it has already conducted its second round household assessment last 2015 through Listahanan – the national household targeting system of the national government that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. “We have already finalized our list of beneficiaries for the 4Ps, and we are now making sure that these families are benefitting from the Program through their children’s education and health.”
“Should there be families who are not included in the Program but still needing assistance from DSWD, we have other social protection programs that can cater to their needs such as the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Social Pension, Assistance for Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), among others. We would be happy to assist them provided that they fall under the qualifications of the programs we have,” he added.
The DSWD assures the 4Ps beneficiaries that they can exercise their right to suffrage during this coming elections without the fear of being delisted from the program.
To date, there are 268,503 active beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Northern Mindanao. xxx

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD
Approved by:

NESTOR B. RAMOS
Regional Direc

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DSWD monitors OFW families

Valencia City, Bukidnon — The City Action Team of DSWD Field Office 10 here gathers the spouses of Overseas Filipino Workers to follow up their situation.

The 16 OFWs are all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries who were able to work in Oman and Kuwait as domestic helpers after undergoing skills training and employment facilitation by the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD, in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Multi-Star International.

The DSWD, Public Employment and Services Office of Valencia City, Aboitiz Construction, and the Department of Labor and Employment will schedule another job fair for all 4Ps and SLP beneficiaries on April 26-27, 2018 here.

Written by Oliver B. Inodeo, DSWD

(Photo credit to Francis John Flores, Project Development Officer of Sustainable Livelihood Program in Valencia City.)

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Children residents of DSWD-RSCC experience nature through beach swimming

The Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC), a facility run by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X, provides a homelike environment where children feel at home and safe during their stay. Aside from their daily recreational activities in the center, children regularly have outdoor activities such as offering them opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being. Outdoor activities are regularly conducted for the children in RSCC to enable them to have a closer experience with nature.

Since beach swimming expands the children’s horizon to discover nature and serves as a therapeutic approach in addressing their anxieties, the children residents of RSCC recently had their outdoor activity held at Marvilla Beach Resort, Opol, Misamis Oriental last February 15, 2018. The children with special needs also had a chance to dip at the beach and benefited from the natural healing effect of sea water.

Once can see that the children had a lot of fun playing through the interactive games facilitated by the RSCC staff. During the said activity, the children whose birthdays fall on the month of February were also recognized by blowing of candles on their cake.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development is mandated to protect the welfare of the children, including the children residents of RSCC. While they are still under the custody of the DSWD, the latter assures that their welfare and their stay at the RSCC will be something that is meaningful and worthwhile.

Written by Faith M. Sabulana, DSWD / Rosanel P. Pague, DSWD

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DSWD-X lauds 8 LGUs in Northern Mindanao

The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently presented awards to the city of Iligan and the municipalities of Balo-i, Pantao Ragat, Pantar, Linamon, Bacolod, and the province of Lanao del Norte as the agency’s commendation for their help given to the DSWD in delivering its social protection services.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development presents the awards to the city of Iligan, municipalities of Balo-i, Pantao Ragat, Pantar, Linamon, Bacolod, and the Province of Lanao del Norte as the agency’s commendation for their help given to the DSWD in delivering its social protection services. DSWD also presents the Gawad Good Governance Initiative Award to the local government unit of Ozamiz City which was commended for conceptualizing and implementing the “Pantawid Kolehiyo Program,” which provides scholarship grants to one student per Pantawid Pamilya family beneficiary residing in the city. (Abdul Jabbar Usman, DSWD-10)

It can be recalled that the said Northern Mindanao city and municipalities welcomed and hosted internally displaced persons who evacuated from Marawi City which became a battleground between the Philippine government security forces and militants, including the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups last May 23, 2017.

The host local government units assisted the DSWD in ensuring relief and early recovery of over 55,000 family evacuees temporarily seeking shelter and food in Northern Mindanao during the onset of the battle in Marawi.

Meanwhile, the DSWD also presented the Gawad Good Governance Initiative Award to the local government unit of Ozamiz City which was commended for conceptualizing and implementing the “Pantawid Kolehiyo Program,” which provides scholarship grants to one student per Pantawid Pamilya family beneficiary residing in the city.

The DSWD presented these awards during its 67th Anniversary Awarding Rites last March 8, 2018 in Quezon City. The anniversary celebration was commenced with this year’s theme as “Walang Puwang sa Katiwalian ang Paglilingkod nang Tapat sa Bayan.”

The DSWD actively coordinates and provides technical assistance to the local government units in responding to the needs and welfare of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities through delivery of social protection programs and services. ###

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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DSWD-X prepares to give out P200 for Listahanan poor families

Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X will have another wave of validation in preparation for the Unconditional Cash Transfer where the national government gives P200 per month to each family validated in the list of poor households which was generated through Listahanan – the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction managed by the Department.

Nestor B. Ramos, Regional Director of DSWD-X, says that it shall conduct validation of 262,623 families who are not beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and are not beneficiaries of the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, but are enlisted in the Listahanan database because there were considered as poor during its enumeration in 2009 in Northern Mindanao.

Ramos says that the DSWD shall pay P2,400 for 2018 to each family validated as poor by the Department. However, he emphasizes that the payout shall only start after the validation has been conducted and finalized this year.

The said cash assistance shall also be given to all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, in addition to their cash grants, and beneficiaries of the Social Pension for indigent senior citizens, in addition to their monthly subsidy of P500.

The DSWD shall provide the cash assistance in line with its vision to ensure that all Filipinos are free from hunger, and poverty, and have equal access to opportunities, enabled by a fair, just, and peaceful society. ###

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer, DSWD-X

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