694 ka mga family food packs gi apod-apod ngadto sa mga kaigsuonang Muslim sa Opol

DSWD Field Office X brings in 694 family food packs to the Muslim communities in Opol, Misamis Oriental in support to its Local Government Unit.

Sa pagtambayayongay sa National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Region X ug Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office X, natunol ang lain pang 694 ka mga family food packs ngadto sa mga kaigsuonang Muslim sa lungsod sa Opol, Misamis Oriental.

Ang pagpang apod-apod alayon sa tumong ug tinguha sa NCMF nga matabangan ang mga kaigsuonang Muslim nga anaa sa gitawag nga informal sectors kansang naapektuhan ang panginabuhian tungod sa pandemiya.

Dugang pa niini, ang maong mga FFPs maoy mahimong konsumo sa matag pamilya hilabina sa kasamtangang pagsaulog sa Ramadan.

Matag kahon dunay sulod nga upat ka delata nga tuna flakes, duha ka delata nga sardinas, upat ka delata nga corned beef, lima ka sachet sa 3-in-1 nga instant coffee, lima ka sachet sa powdered cereal drink, ug unom ka kilo nga NFA rice.Ang maong kalihukan gitambungan nila ni (gikan wala padulong tuo sa una nga litrato) Kagawad Emmanuel Bersabal, Kapitan Clementino Utacan Jr., Atty. Cabib Abdul (Home Owners President sa Vamenta), Ced Cabaraban (DSWD DRMD Staff), NCMF Regional Director Dr. Abdulnasser Masorong Jr., ug NCMF Acting Settlement Division Chief Abdul Mohaimen Hamid.

Ang DSWD mapasalamaton sa mga ahensiya ug LGUs nga kanunay mutapik ug makigtambayayong alang sa kalambuan sa katawhan sa tibuok Northern Mindanao nga walay pili ug diskriminasyon.

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Listahanan 3 nears completion, key to identify ‘deserving’ beneficiaries for social welfare programs

The third National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) also known as Listahanan 3 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) nears completion as it now goes through the Validation and Finalization Phase wherein initial lists of poor households (ILPH) are posted in barangays for community review.

The Listahanan 3,  which was temporarily suspended due to the pandemic but resumed in June 2020,  targeted over 15.6 million households to be assessed. Of which, more than 14.4 million Filipino households have been assessed, to date, by Barangay and Local Verification Teams.

The resumption is supported by IATF-EID Resolution No. 65, which recognizes Listahanan as a critical government service and considers its field workers as authorized persons outside of residence, and, therefore, allowed for inter-zonal and intrazonal travels.

Meanwhile, the DSWD gives opportunity for the public through community validation to review, make corrections to their household information, and file appeals after the initial list has been posted.  The Department further ensures to resolve general inquiry, grievances on exclusion, inclusion complaints, requests for correction of information, and transfer of residence.

As of April 2021, the Department has received over 3.67 million grievances nationwide. Of this figure, 76.22% or more than 2.8 million appeals are subject for household re/assessments.  In terms of magnitude, Field Offices VI, CALABARZON, and XII remained to have the greatest number of grievances received across regions.

The DSWD targets to finish the complete process on the last quarter of year 2021. Once finalized, the Listahanan can help the government and stakeholders in the private sector identify deserving beneficiaries for their social protection programs and services.  This is in accordance with the provisions of Executive Order 867, series of 2010, which mandates all national government agencies to use the Listahanan as the centralized database of poor households in the country

The Department, however, clarifies that the list does not guarantee a household to be included in social protection programs.

Listahanan 2

Initially, the data gathered during the second Nationwide Household Assessment or Listahanan 2 was used as reference by the Commission on Higher Education for the provision of Tertiary Education Subsidy to qualified beneficiaries. All identified poor households are likewise automatically enrolled in PhilHealth’s indigent program.

The DSWD also partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) in the implementation of WFP’s shock-responsive social protection programs. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources used Listahanan 2 data for its national fisheries program planning and prioritization in the provision of assistance and services to poor fisher folks.

Moreover, the DSWD itself utilized the database in targeting beneficiaries for its various programs and services, such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens.

In addition, the Department was able to conduct a pilot off-site over-the-counter payout for the Unconditional Cash Transfer Program grants for some NCR beneficiaries by employing the Listahanan last July 2019.

The DSWD remains committed to come up with a credible database so that those most in need of government assistance are reached and served accordingly. ###

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DSWD offers mental, psychosocial support to public via online platforms

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launched on April 30 the WiSUPPORT or the “Wireless Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Individuals and Families Affected by COVID-19 and other Crisis Situations”. The project will be pilot-tested in the National Capital Region, Central Visayas, and CARAGA.

As a social technology innovation, WiSUPPORT will use 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 the DSWD WiSUPPORT service providers.  

Learning and Development activities for service providers will also be conducted to ensure proper management of cases. 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 Department of Health (DOH) and National Center for Mental Health (NCMH). 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.

In his message during the launch, DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista emphasized that the WiSUPPORT is one of the Department’s measures to ensure that the general state of mental well-being of the public is prioritized amid the pandemic.

“The constant worry and fear of being infected by the virus and economic concerns of providing for their families, coupled with family conflicts and disasters amid the pandemic have brought anxiety, mental, and emotional distress to a lot of people. Hence, as the lead agency in social protection, and as part of the DSWD’s COVID-19 response and recovery plan, the Department sought more accessible ways for the provision of psychosocial support to Filipinos affected by the pandemic,” Secretary Bautista explained.

Among the target clientele of WiSUPPORT are Overseas Filipinos (OFs) in Distress, children in need of special protection (CNSP), senior citizens, women in especially difficult circumstances (WEDC), persons with disability (PWDs), family heads and other needy adults (FHONA), and other individuals and families in distress.

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

The DSWD pledged to continue to coordinate with appropriate mental health providers and organizations to become more responsive to the needs of the population, especially during the ongoing health crisis. ###

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DSWD mitunol og 245 hygiene kits sa mga IPs nga estudyante

Si Edgar Requilme, Social Welfare and Development Team Leader sa Department of Social Welfare and Development nagpaabot sa mensahe ni Director Mari-Flor Dollaga ngadto sa mga lumad sa probinsya sa Bukidnon kabahin sa padayong pag-amuma sa kahimtang sa mga IPs sa tibuok Northern Mindanao.

Mitunol og 245 ka mga hygiene kits ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office X ngadto sa mga IPs nga mga estudyante nga nagtungha sulod sa usa ka tunghaan sa mga lumad didto sa Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.

Ang pagpanghatag sa mga hygiene kits gi-atol sa pagsaulog sa adlaw sa pamuo sa tibuok kalibutan. Tumong sa kalihukan nga ma-abagan ang mga estudyanteng IPs sa Luyungan Indigenous Peoples High School sa nasangpit nga dakbayan sa pag-atiman sa ilang lawas samtang anaa sa sulod sa dormitoryo sa tunghaan.

Mandato sa ahensiya ang patabang sa mga vulnerable communities sama sa mga lumad pinaagi sa pagdalit og serbisyo ngadto kanila, ilabina karong panahon sa pandemya. Kauban sa DSWD sa paghatod og serbisyo ang sakop sa Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict 10, sama sa National Intelligence Coordinating Agency 10 ug Department of Education 10, ug organisasyon sa mga nagtungha sa kursong abogasiya. Ang kalihukan tipik ug bahin usab sa mga paningkamot sa RTF-ELCAC 10 nga molungtad ang kalinaw ug kalamboan sa tibuok Northern Mindanao, ilabina ang mga dapit nga apektado sa kagubot.

Ang DSWD magpadayon sa paghatag og serbisyo sa katawhan aron maundang ang kagubot ug matagamtaman ang malahutayong kalinaw ug kalamboan.

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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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May 2021