827 centenarians get P100,000 cash gift from DSWD

In honor of their contributions to nation building, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to provide the centenarians with the P100,000 incentive as mandated by Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016.

As of May 2021, the Department has served 827 centenarians out of 1,319 target beneficiaries for the current year with P82.7 million amount disbursed. Field Offices CALABARZON and X have already completed the distribution of the centenarian incentive for their target beneficiaries numbering to 135 and 25, respectively.

Under the law, aside from the centenarian incentive, Filipinos who have reached 100 years old and above, whether residing in the country or abroad shall be honored with a Letter of Felicitation from the President of the Philippines congratulating them for their longevity.

To avail of the benefits under the law, relatives of the centenarians must submit primary documents such as birth certificate and Philippine passport to the city or municipal social welfare office and the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in their localities.

If the two documents are not available, any one of the primary Identification Cards issued by OSCA, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and Social Security System (SSS); driver’s license; Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) license; and Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID, is also accepted.

Meanwhile, the Department distributes the centenarian incentive through house-to-house delivery scheme as part of its efforts to ensure health and safety of the beneficiaries, especially during the pandemic. ###

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DSWD’s WiSUPPORT: Easing a troubled mind amid pandemic

As the lead agency in social protection, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is also helping address the mental health needs of the vulnerable sectors amid the pandemic through its “Wireless Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Individuals and Families Affected by COVID-19 and other Crisis Situations” (WiSUPPORT).

Launched on April 30, the WiSUPPORT uses online platforms such as electronic mail, web portal, DSWD WiServ, telephone, and mobile application to provide the public with easy access to various communication tools to talk with a DSWD WiSUPPORT service provider on mental health matters.

Currently, project is being pilot-tested in the National Capital Region, Central Visayas, and CARAGA. Among the target clientele of WiSUPPORT are Overseas Filipinos in Distress, children in need of special protection , senior citizens, women in especially difficult circumstances, persons with disability, family heads and other needy adults, and other individuals and families in distress.

As of June 20, some 42 clients with mental health related concerns have accessed the different technology-based platforms of the project through the calls and text hotlines  and through the web portal.

Generally, the cases of clients who accessed the platforms include heightened anxiety, fear of contracting COVID-19, depression, trauma and grief, feeling pressured,  psychological impacts of losing a job, and mental condition due to contracting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).  The clients were provided with psychosocial interventions such as psychological first-aid and counseling sessions. It was also noted that there are clinically diagnosed clients who are asking financial assistance for their maintenance medicines.

DSWD’s partner-agencies in the WiSUPPORT project are the Department of Health, National Center for Mental Health, Department of Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Red Cross, Psychological Association of the Philippines, and the United Registered Social Workers.

For emergency cases needing immediate attention, clients will be assisted to be referred to psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health institutions who are members of the referral network such as the DOH and NCMH. Likewise, through the help of the Mental Health AWhereness PH mapping, integrated in the WiSUPPORT platforms, clients and service providers may also find agencies providing mental health services nearby.

Clients in the pilot areas from NCR, Central Visayas, and CARAGA Region may access the services of WiSUPPORT through the following:

Call Hotlines: 0947-482-2864 (Smart); 0916-247-1194 (Globe)

Text Hotline: 0918-912-2813

Email: wisupport@dswd.gov.ph

Website: ekwentomo.dswd.gov.ph

Google Play Store application: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cudavasol.wisupport

Web portal: wisupport.dswd.gov.ph

The DSWD emphasized that having a healthy state of mental well-being is instrumental in ensuring that families can cope with various challenges enabling them to better take care and provide for the needs of their members, especially during the ongoing health crisis. ###

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DSWD nagkatunga na sa target sa pagpangapud-apod sa social pension para sa mga senior citizens

Taliwala sa mga granular lockdown nga nasinati sa nasud, ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) nagpadayon sa pagpangapud-apod sa pensyon sa mga kabus nga senior citizen nga benepisyaryo sa programa.

Pinaagi sa mga pagkugi sa mga Sepcial Disbursing Officers sa matag DSWD Field Offices, nagpadayon ang pagbayad sa 3.8 milyon nga target nga benepisyaryo para sa 2021.

Sumala sa pinaka-ulahing datos niadtong Mayo 31, nabayaran na ang 2 milyon nga seniors ug nagkatunga na ang Departamento sa target nga maserbisyohan niini.

Naangkon sa Field Office VI ang pinakataas nga datos sa mga nabayaran nga benepisyaryo diin 100% nga natibawas ang pagbayad kanila. Gisundan kini sa Field Office (FO) Cordillera Administrative Region nga mitala og 94.65%, ug FO VII nga duna’y 91.09%.

Dakong hagit alang sa ubang rehiyon ang pagkab-ot sa ilang target tungod sa gakataas nga tala sa COVID-19 sa ilang lugar, kulang nga personahe tungod sa mga mandatory 14-day quarantine, mga nagkadungan-dungan nga implementasyon sa ubang programa sa DSWD, ug kalisod sa mga paglihok-lihok ug pagbyahe tungod sa mga polisiya sa kwarantinas.

Aron mapasayon ang pagtunol sa pensyon sa mga seniors, hugot nga nakigtimbayayong ang DSWD sa Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) para sa paghatag og mga cash cards. Sa first quarter sa 2021, nakahatag na og 596, 796 nga cash cards ang Landbank sa mga benepisyaryo sa rehiyon sa NCR, CAR, II, III, IX ug Caraga. Gisumite na ngadto sa Landbank ang mga nahibilin sa listahan nga mga social pensioners aron ma ablihan na sila og account ug mahimoan na og cash card.

Dugang pa, aron pagtamod sa house resolution nga gi sang-at sa House of Representatives Committee on Senior Citizen, gi-istudyohan ug gi-plantsa karon sa Departamento ang mga gabayan para mahimong quarterly na ang pagpangapod-apod sa social pension imbes nga tag unom ka bulan.

Pinaagi niini, mas dali nga matagbo ang inadlaw-adlaw ug medikal nga panginahanglanon sa mga senior citizens, hilabina karon nga kahimtang sa pandemya.

Nabatyagan sa DSWD nga ang ginahatag nga ayuda, kasagara mapadulong sa pagkaon, tambal ug vitamins, health check-up, ug uban pang medikal nga mga panginahanglanon sa mga senior citizens.###

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DSWD continues to assist relocating families under the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa program

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to assist eligible returning families in their home provinces under the Philippine government’s Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2) Program.

On June 3 and 4, the BP2 program sent off 13 eligible families on their way back to Leyte as part of its latest batch of beneficiaries, bringing this year’s total number of families sent off by the program to 55.

BP2 aims to balance and promote regional development by ensuring that relocated families from the National Capital Region (NCR) are given better livelihood opportunities and adequate social services when they return to their home provinces.

The returning families will be assisted to start anew in their province through the provision of different interventions or packages that will enable them to have enough resources to thrive during the transition period of their relocation under the BP2 program.

Among the interventions that are being provided to beneficiaries include transportation and relocation assistance which ranges from P3,000 to P35,000; transitory family support package of P10,000 to P70,000 to cover for the family’s food and non-food essentials during the transition period; livelihood settlement grants, transitory shelter assistance, and psychosocial support for the family-beneficiaries, among others.

The families will also be enjoined to participate in the community grants and projects that will be provided and implemented by the BP2 program in their respective communities and provinces to secure their inclusion in the development of their community and improve their access to various resources, services, and opportunities.

One of these community interventions is the DSWD’s Kapit Bisig Laban Sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS). Through Kalahi-CIDSS, 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.

For 2021, the BP2 program intends to send 2,000 families back to their respective home provinces. Some 834 families are scheduled for send-off in the coming months.

Moreover, an additional 811 families have already been assessed as eligible by the DSWD BP2 team. The send-off schedules for these families are currently being processed by the BP2 program in coordination with the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the respective beneficiaries’ receiving LGUs.

DSWD will continue to support the implementation of the BP2 Program by ensuring the provision of social protection programs that will facilitate balanced regional development. ###

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DSWD’s ceremonial vaccination: One step towards protecting its personnel from COVID-19

DSWD personnel get their first dose of anti-Covid 19 vaccine during a ceremonial vaccination on June 16 at the East Avenue Medical Center.

As part of the initiative to protect its personnel from COVID-19, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) started the first leg of vaccination for its frontliners on June 16 at the East Avenue Medical Center.

Through the partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), the DSWD was able to vaccinate 100 employees from the Program Management Bureau and Crisis Intervention Unit as it kicked off the symbolic vaccination of the Department’s A4 population.

Ma. Lilian Malig-On, 55, was one of the DSWD personnel who was inoculated during the ceremonial vaccination. She believed that the opportunity to get the jab was important not only for herself but also for the people she encounters in her daily work as a social worker.

“Unang-una ‘yong protection at the same time para kapag haharap tayo sa kliyente, both of us are safe,” she said.

Following the protocol, the personnel registered at the DSWD website and signed the consent form; underwent vital signs monitoring; and was assessed by the attending physician before the vaccination. Likewise, the vaccinees had to stay at least 15 to 30 minutes at the vaccination area, depending on the physician’s assessment, for observation.

Protecting staff, residents of care facilities.

Prior to the symbolic vaccination, the Department, in its continuing effort to ensure the safety of the personnel and residents of its Centers and Residential Care Facilities’ (CRCFs) during the pandemic, reported that 1,191 staff and residents from 43 CRCFs have already been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Some 871 personnel from various CRCFs nationwide and 320 elderly residents from the Haven for the Elderly in CALABARZON and the Golden Reception and Action Center for the Elderly and Other Special Cases (GRACES) in Quezon City have been inoculated.

The vaccination roll-out was done in partnership with concerned local government units (LGUs) where the CRCFs are located.

DSWD pledges to continue to prioritize the welfare and safety of its clients and personnel by ensuring that they are properly provided with the right information on the government’s vaccination program. ###

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4Ps Act 2nd year commemoration culminates with recognition of beneficiaries, partners

From left to right: Allan Peligrino;  4Ps National Program Manager and Director Gemma Gabuya; Assistant Secretary for Specialized Programs and 4Ps Deputy Project Director, Assistant Secretary Rhea Peñaflor; and Chok Reyes are all smiles after a successful celebration of the second year of enactment the of 4Ps Act 

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) weeklong celebration for the second year anniversary of the 4Ps Act or Republic Act  No. 11310, concluded with the recognition of its exceptional beneficiaries and model implementers on June 11. 

With the theme, ‘SaMa Sama tungo Sa Matatag at Sa Matagumpay na Pamilyang Pilipino!’ the culminating activity served as a venue for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the lead implementing agency of 4Ps, to acknowledge the important contributions and convergence of beneficiaries and partner agencies in achieving the goals of the program.

“The activity today is for us to celebrate these milestones and to further offer our commitment to our one and only goal of making our beneficiaries achieve an improved level of well-being,” 4Ps National Program Manager and Director Gemma Gabuya emphasized in her message. 

Through the event, model local government units (LGUs) implementing 4Ps were given the ‘Gawad Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan’ or GAPAS award. The award was given to Licab and Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija as the top implementing LGUs for the year 2019 and 2020, respectively. Likewise, Pilar in Bohol Province was accorded with the Model Convergence Award.

Moreover, Best Innovative 4Ps Projects of the different DSWD Field Offices were recognized. Most of these were focused on sustainable livelihood, communal and urban gardening, education, skills training, and psychosocial intervention that help in community development. These projects were based on the lessons from their regular Family Development Sessions (FDS).

The Department also cited  the five Best Parent Leaders per region, who exerted exceptional effort in making sure that their member-beneficiaries are compliant to the 4Ps’ conditionalities of sending their children to school, undergoing health check-ups, attending FDS; assisting in program implementation; and implementing their own advocacies to benefit their community. 

Furthermore, model implementing-DSWD workers from Central and Field Offices were recognized as ‘Natatanging 4Ps Kawani.’

During the event, former 4Ps National Advisory Council and National Technical Working Group members as well as development partners, such as the United Nations Children’s Fund, Asian Development Bank, World Bank Group, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Australian Government, were acknowledged for their support to the program.

“I can attest to the hard work of our colleagues to ensure the smooth working relationship between local governments, national government agencies, private sector, civil society, non-government organizations, and other stakeholders to guarantee that the shared vision of improving the lives of the program beneficiaries is attained,” Assistant Secretary Rhea Peñaflor stated as she read the message of Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista. 

Meanwhile, the fifth edition of the 4Ps Operations Manual, which carries the tasks and responsibilities of the National Program Management Office down to the regional and local implementing partners, was launched to provide quality services and guide the social workers and employees in the implementation of the program. 

The Department vowed to continue to ensure that the 4Ps is on track with its goal as the national anti-poverty program of the country as stipulated in the 4Ps Act. ###

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4Ps graduation: Building self-sustaining families, communities

As the flagship program of the government in human capital investment, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) continues to achieve its goal of uplifting the lives of Filipino families and helping in the country’s poverty reduction efforts.

On June 10, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as the lead implementing agency of 4Ps, has once again gained a modest feat towards this goal as it held a virtual graduation ceremony for 197 household-beneficiaries of the program that have already attained self-sufficient status.

“Higit sa anupamang datos o numero, ang pinakamahalaga sa departamento ay ang malaman na may mga magtatapos sa 4Ps dahil kaya na nilang tumayo sa sarili nilang mga paa,”  DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said.

Dubbed “Pugay Tagumpay,” the ceremony was part of the weeklong celebration, from June 7 to 11, of the Department for the second year anniversary of the signing into law of the 4Ps Act.

Based on the 4Ps National Program Management Office, some 24,043 households from the different regions have graduated from the program, since year 2020 up to June 8, 2021.

Lea Rebuta from CARAGA Region, was among the graduating beneficiaries and is now into a freelance cake business.  As one of the leaders in their community, her advocacy is to continue helping other beneficiaries achieve their desired well-being.

 “Ang major plan ko ay ipagpatuloy ang advocacy para sa kabutihan ng benepisyaryo ng 4Ps, kahit wala na sa programang ito” (My major plan is to continue my advocacy for the betterment of other 4Ps beneficiaries, even I am not part of the program anymore), Lea said during the round table discussion.

Moreover, she shared that one of the lessons she learned during her tenure in the program was the importance of saving money for the future. This was after Financial Literacy was discussed to them during one of their Family Development Sessions (FDS).

Now, their community has ‘Alkansiya Program’ wherein member-beneficiaries save money regularly until December. She believed that this may teach others to become self-sustaining individuals, thereby contributing to community development.

“Kung kaya ko makatawid sa kahirapan, kaya rin nila” (If I can, they can overcome poverty also), she reminded the beneficiaries.

To be considered as a self-sufficient household, the family-beneficiary should have enough income at the time of graduation; is able to cope with their daily needs; and has achieved the first two levels of Social Worker Development Indicators (SWDI), which are Survival and Subsistence Levels, respectively.

The graduates will now be monitored by their respective local government units (LGUs) and for possible provision of other appropriate assistance to enable them to sustain or further improve their economic status.

During the ceremony, the LGUs pledged to have an after-care monitoring program to check the status of the families as part of the sustainability plan of the households upon their exit transition from the program.

Other partner agencies, on the other hand, also vowed to continuously assist the graduating beneficiaries in their journey to become self-sustaining individuals through the provision of livelihood assistance, skills training, and scholarship for their children.

The DSWD commits to assist more families achieve self-sufficiency through the 4Ps and its other programs and services to be able to contribute in building poverty-free communities. ###

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DSWD’s Yakap Bayan turns deviant to public servant

Motivational writer, William Arthur Ward, left this beautiful quote “Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.”

For Jack Angco, however, curiosity did not lead him to learning, but took him down the path of drug dependency. This wrong path that he took brought him and his family pain, before he learned his lesson.

“May nakilala ako na isang pusher na nagbebenta  ng shabu. Bumili ako sa kanya dahil sa curiosity kung ano ba magiging epekto sa akin ng paggamit ng shabu” (I met a pusher who peddles shabu. I bought from him out of curiosity about the drug’s effects), Jack shared.

For Jack, everything went downhill after that simple try at taking illegal drugs.

Jack’s sister recounted the worse times of their family life with him becoming a drug dependent.  Accordingly, Jack started stealing from their parents.  He even went as far as pretending to be studying but his tuition fee just went to  illegal drugs.

She shared that, at first, community members who knew Jack was into drugs were hesitant to tell their father, who was then the barangay captain in their village of Pangyan, Davao City.

Worst time

Jack affirmed her sister’s story.  He went on to say that being under the influence of drugs brought out the worst in him. He also lost several of his material possessions.

“Nalugi ang negosyo ko at iyong mga naipundar kong gamit at mga alahas ay isa-isang nawala.  Nawala din ang relasyon ko sa pamilya ko. Nasira noong gumagamit ako ng droga” (I lost my business, jewelry, and other material things which I bought.  I also lost my good relationship with my family as a result of my drug dependency), he recalled.

He narrated that he noticed his behavior changed, especially at times when he wanted to use illegal drugs, but had no money to buy some. 

“Kapag wala na ako makunan ng pera, humihingi na ako sa kapatid ko at sa mama ko. Tapos, pag hindi magbigay ay magagalit ako agad”  (When I have no more money, I will ask from my sister and mother, and I get mad if they do not give me anything), he continued.

He was in this deplorable situation for a long time until he started hearing about the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government.  Jack started thinking about taking the first step towards change.

Yakap Bayan paves the way for change

Jack finally decided to stop using illegal drugs.

“Na-realize ko hanggang ganito na lang ba ang kaya kong gawin sa buhay? Paano na lang kaya ang kinabukasan ko?” (I realized my situation and asked myself if this is what I want for my life?  What will be my future?), he stated.

When he learned about the Yakap Bayan Program for Recovering Persons Who Used Drugs (RPWUDs) like him, he took the opportunity to help him reintegrate with his family and community.

“Pinakamahalaga kong natutunan sa Yakap Bayan ay kung paano pahahalagahan ang buhay ng isang tao at hindi natin dapat aksayahin” (The most important lesson I got from Yakap Bayan was to give importance to life and not to waste any moment),  Jack said

YBP is a holistic intervention to assist RPWUDs in their recovery journey from surrendering to aftercare, and social reintegration to their families and communities. It entails the provision of aftercare services, such as relapse prevention sessions, counselling sessions, health and fitness therapy, spiritual interventions, and skills training, among others, to improve the well-being and social functioning of RPWUDs.

Pangyan Barangay Captain, Bartolome Carillo, shared that the former drug dependents were at first scared of undergoing government’s intervention program, but they now see the positive effects of the program on their lives and their family.

From an illegal drug user to a public servant

Pangyan Barangay Kagawad Rogelio Gumban, on the other hand,  pointed out that the Yakap Bayan Program was a big help in regaining the trust and confidence of community members for RPWUDs. With the transformative help of the program, RPWUDs, like Jack, were given the chance to become respected members of the community.

Jack was elected as one of the Barangay Councilors in their village, and his advice to stay away from all forms of illegal drugs is heeded by the youth as his advocacy is focused on the prevention of substance use.

DSWD Undersecretary Jose Antonio Hernandez, champion of the Yakap Bayan Program, said, “the program envisions a better nation where we take back our communities, and break the intergenerational curse that has besiege the country for a couple of decades of drug menace.”

He emphasized that the Yakap Bayan Program provides a transformative chance to the former drug dependents, and also ensures a system of interventions to keep the future generation away from illegal drugs, in line with the vision of President Rodrigo Duterte of a drug-free nation. ###

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