DSWD launches ProdukTodo e-Commerce platform

From left to right: Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) National Program Manager Restituto Macuto, Resellee Chief Executive Officer Marc Concio,and Shopmasy/ RAF International Forwarding Phils. Inc. Marketing Manager Nancy Marquez inspect the featured products of SLP participants during the launching of the e-Commerce platform, “ProdukTodo.”

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), launched its e-Commerce/Online Marketing Platform dubbed as “ProdukTodo” on December 22 at the DSWD Central Office.

ProdukTodo is one of the strategies of SLP to mainstream the products of its participant by providing market linkages and advantageous networks through the application of concepts and principles of social marketing, e-commerce, and other technology-aided methodologies.

Likewise, ProdukTodo serves as the platform, staging area, and market facilitator for eligible and good quality products and services of the SLP Associations and individual program participants.

In his message, DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista highlighted the importance of the initiative to fully support and facilitate the positive changes in the participants’ livelihood development efforts.

Sa pamamagitan ng ProdukTodo, mas malawak ang mararating ng mga produkto ng ating mga participants at magkakaroon sila ng pagkakataon upang mas mapagbuti ang kanilang mga kaalaman, kakayahan, at kasanayan sa mga negosyong kanilang napili at nasimulan,” said the Secretary.

He also congratulated and thanked the implementers of the SLP, together with their partner stakeholders – the Shopmasy and Resellee, for their steadfast efforts in pursuing innovation to address the challenges of translating human capital into gainful financial contributions that will benefit the clients of the Department.

As DSWD’s lead strategy in building capabilities and bridging livelihood opportunities to its target communities and individuals, the SLP has been on a persistent endeavor to further strengthen its network of support and relevant interventions in the context of livelihood development.

As of October 2020, there are 7,778 families provided with assistance under the different modalities of SLP nationwide.

Through SLP, the Department will continue to ensure the provision of gainful livelihood opportunities to members of the poor and marginalized sectors. ###

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DSWD commits continuous aid to informal sector workers in tourism sector

(From left to right) Philippine Tour Operators Association, Inc. President Mr. Cesar Cruz; Light Rail Transit Authority Deputy Administrator Paul Chua; Department of Trade and Industry Small Business Corporation Officer Ms. Grace Dalisay; National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Rose Edillon; NEDA Undersecretary Mike de la Rosa; Department of Social Welfare and Development Assistant Secretary Rhea Penaflor; Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers, Inc. President Joel Pascual; Department of Tourism (DOT) VII Regional Director Shalimar Tamano; DOT-Tourism and Promotion Board Chief Operating Officer Atty. Anthonette Velasco-Allones; and Bohol Governor Arthur Yap pose during a press briefing on December 8, 2020 held at the Bellevue Hotel, Panglao Island, Bohol as part of the Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions, and Exhibitions and Events (MICE+E) Familiarization Trip to Bohol organized by the TBP on December 7 – 10. 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) committed to continue to assist informal sector workers in the tourism industry whose livelihood have been severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

This was emphasized by DSWD Assistant Secretary for Specialized Programs Rhea B. Peñaflor  during the recently concluded “Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions, and Exhibitions and Events (MICE+E) Familiarization Trip” to Bohol organized by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) on December 7 – 10, 2020. The activity was attended by the stakeholders and representatives from the member-agencies of the government’s National Task Force on Recovery. 

“Sustainable Tourism is an important driving force, our fuel to socio-economic development and poverty reduction. It generates employment both in formal and informal sectors,” Assistant Secretary Peñaflor said as she discussed the role of sustainable tourism in the country’s way to recovery during a press conference held in Panglao, Bohol on December 8.

According to the Assistant Secretary, eligible families from the informal sectors whose livelihood were affected by the pandemic are given Livelihood Assistance Grants (LAG) under the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program, one of the agency’s social protection programs.

In Bohol alone, DSWD Field Office VII reported that a total of 2,803 families with grants amounting to P17, 910,000 have been provided with LAG, as of November 4, while an additional 1,206 families with a requested allocation of P18,890,000 are targeted to be served and are awaiting the implementation of the program. 

“We commit to the Department of Tourism – Tourism Promotions Board to provide support through our social protection programs like Livelihood Assistance Grants to these informal sector workers whose livelihood were affected by the pandemic,” Assistant Secretary Peñaflor added.

The MICE+E Familiarization Trip to Bohol aimed to validate and inspect the general preparedness of the tourism industry in the new normal, as part of the government’s recovery efforts.

The National Task Force on Recovery, led by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), is mandated to focus on the development of programs, projects, and innovative delivery mechanisms applicable to the new normal. DSWD is a member of the Task Force and sits as the Chair of the Sub-Task Group on Social Recovery.###

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DSWD Chief, other Cabinet members lead delivery of gov’t services in Lanao del Norte

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista delivers his message for beneficiaries of financial assistance at Kapatagan Public Market. 

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista joined Cabinet members in a series of events held in Lanao del Norte on November 24 to extend social protection services to indigent families in the province.

Upon his arrival, the Secretary graced the launching of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2) Program in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte wherein the DSWD will extend aid to returning families from the National Capital Region (NCR) and provide assistance in their reintegration and resettlement at their places of origin.

Secretary Bautista also led the provision of financial assistance, under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), to 100 indigent families in Kauswagan and 200 market vendors in Kapatagan who are economically affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the interventions that will be provided by the Department in BP2 Program are transportation assistance, Transitory Family Support Package, Livelihood Settlement Grants, transitory shelter assistance, and psychosocial support. In addition, the beneficiaries will also be involved in building self-sustaining community projects through the community-driven development (CDD) strategy of Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), core program of the DSWD.

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. It focuses on providing people-centered development by providing development assistance, capacity-building, and implementation support to poverty-disadvantaged and disaster-affected municipalities

About 10,000 families nationwide are targeted to benefit from the BP2 Program in the coming years.

Meanwhile, the Secretary joined Senator Lawrence “Bong” Go and other Cabinet members including Department of Budget and Management Secretary Wendel Avisado, Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo D. del Rosario, Presidential Communications Operation Office Secretary Martin Andanar, Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Emmanuel Piñol, and Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Commissioner Greco Belgica in the launching of the new Malasakit Center in Kapatagan Provincial Hospital. During the event, the Department, through its Field Office X, extended financial assistance worth Php3,000 to 46 patients currently admitted in the said hospital.

As the lead social welfare agency, DSWD remains committed to support the measures of the Duterte administration to ensure balanced regional development through the provision of quality social welfare programs to all Filipinos in need of assistance. ###

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DSWD does not hold raffle draws, warns public against fake FB posts

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) denied that it is holding raffle draws or giving away cash prizes online and warned the public against fake Facebook posts promoting such activity.

This came in the wake of reports regarding multiple Facebook posts claiming that DSWD is giving away P50,000 to P60,000 from its Social Amelioration Program. According to a report received by the Department, the posts are phishing for information by asking netizens to send their full name, address, and contact number to another FB account.

DSWD urged the public to only refer to the Department’s official Facebook account, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Twitter account, @dswdserves; and to the DSWD website, dswd.gov.ph for updates and official information on its program and services.

The Department appealed to the public to be vigilant and to refrain from participating in dubious activities perpetrated on social media by unscrupulous individuals. ###

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DSWD supports call to strengthen PH’s pension system amid pandemic

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) supports move to strengthen the social pension system for indigent senior citizens in the country to better protect the elderly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the increasing needs for health and daily subsistence of older persons, several bills have been filed in both houses of Congress that aim to increase the monthly social pension for indigent senior citizens, which is currently at P500.00 per month as provided for under Republic Act (RA) 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

The Department emphasized that indigent seniors in the country are in need of more assistance, especially in the midst of the current crisis caused by the pandemic. The proposed increase in the pension benefit will be a big help to augment the needs of poor seniors, who are among the sectors that are mostly-affected by the current crisis. The proposed measures also complement the efforts of DSWD to better protect the rights and promote the welfare of the elderly amid the pandemic.   

Meanwhile, DSWD’s programs and services for older persons shall be transferred to the newly-created National Commission of Senior Citizens as mandated by RA No. 11350 which was signed on July 25, 2019. The Commission will undertake the various developments, both on programs and the administrative aspects, specifically the country’s pension system to better protect the elderly from various cases.

DSWD, in coordination with local government units, implements the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens provided for under RA 9994. The program provides monthly stipend amounting to P500 to indigent senior citizens to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs. It is distributed on a semestral basis at P3,000 per semester or P500 per month for six (6) months.

The law specifies that seniors qualified to receive social pension are those who are frail, sickly or with disability; without any pension from other government agencies; and without a permanent source of income or source of financial assistance/compensation to support their basic needs.

DSWD emphasized that it will support and implement measures that would be passed by the Congress in the provision of additional benefits and privileges to senior citizens, as it recognizes the contributions of older persons in nation-building, providing the foundation and laying the groundwork for today’s society. ### 

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2020 National Children’s Month celebration – DSWD urges LGUs to prioritize protection of children amid pandemic

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), and National Youth Commission (NYC), lead agencies for the National Children’s Month (NCM) celebration, encourage all sectors to work together in building a safer and more caring environment for all children, as the nation celebrates the 28th NCM this November.

Republic Act 10661 declaring November as NCM commemorates the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on November 20, 1989, and seeks to instill its significance in the Filipino consciousness.  The Philippines is a signatory to the CRC, which is the first binding universal treaty solely dedicated to the protection and promotion of children’s rights. Section 3 of RA 10661 designates DSWD, CWC, and NYC as lead agencies in the preparation and implementation of an annual program of activities celebrating NCM.

This year’s celebration focuses on upholding the rights of children during the COVID-19 pandemic with the theme, “Sama-samang Itaguyod ang Karapatan ng Bawat Bata sa Panahon ng Pandemya.”

The theme aims to promote the protection of all children and their rights, provide practical support to parents and caregivers on how to care for children and themselves during the pandemic, empower children to protect themselves and report the experience of abuse, and guide LGUs to efficiently deliver their expected roles and functions. It is anchored on the UN CRC and the goals of the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) to progressively realize the rights of children.

DSWD cited that the 2015 Philippine National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children revealed that 80% of Filipino children and youth were experiencing any forms of violence in all settings, whether in the home, school or community. Specifically, 3 in 5 or 66% of children ages 13 to below 18 years experienced physical abuse, 3 in 5 or 58% experienced psychological abuse, while 19.1% experienced sexual abuse, which commonly happened in the home perpetrated by either of their parents, siblings, step-parents or by their grandparents or neighbors.

The 2015 NBS-VAC is the first ever national prevalence study on violence against children in the country and no repeat study has been conducted yet.

DSWD also chairs the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP), created by virtue of RA 9775 or the “Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009.”

In this time of pandemic, the DSWD, as chair of IACACP, emphasized that it is even more crucial to closely monitor the safety of children even inside their homes.

It also encouraged the community to be vigilant and immediately report to the authorities all forms of abuses against children through the Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP) Hotline (02) 8931-9141 or send text message Text DSWD <space> blockchildporn<space> URL address and send to 2327or Text blockchildporn <space> URL address and send to 0918-9122813. 

The DSWD urges all local government units, through the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC), to be vigilant in monitoring cases of child abuse in their respective jurisdictions, particularly during this pandemic.

LCPC is responsible for the implementation of the National Strategic Framework Plan Development for Children in the local level. The LCPC partners with LGUs in crafting plans, programs, and activities in creating secure, healthy, and child-friendly communities.

To promote the month-long celebration, a series of online activities, such as virtual contests and webinars have been lined-up.

The Department affirms its commitment to uphold the welfare of Filipino children through the Department’s various programs, services, and policies, and strengthened coordination with partner-agencies, non-government organizations, and LGUs. -30-

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DSWD intensifies its monitoring, deduplication and validation schemes in the implementation of ESP

WE WANT TO DO IT RIGHT. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 always make rooms for improvement. It understands that while the demands of its programs and services has greatly increased, it also has to enhance, improve, and find better ways and schemes to serve its clients in accordance to existing laws and guidelines.

In the implementation of ESP, the DSWD intensifies its monitoring, deduplication and validation schemes to ensure that government resources are received by qualified individuals.

Further, the DSWD strengthens partnerships with national government agencies involved in the implementation of ESP, and the local government units who identifies qualified beneficiaries based on the program guidelines.

Yesterday, November 23, 2020, DSWD Undersecretary Aimee Neri and Director Mari-Flor Dollaga, Regional Director of DSWD-10 monitor the distribution of emergency subsidy to 268 low-income families in Barangay Kalasungay, Malaybalay City.

The beneficiaries received P6,000 each as the government’s support to enable them to purchase emergency needs such as food, medicines, and other necessities.

The Department also welcomes suggestions from the public but also ensures that all its processes and activities are accountable and are anchored on existing laws and guidelines.


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Ang DSWD dako ang pagrespeto sa mga katigulangan, labi na kadtong mga kabus, huyang ug adunay balatian

“Mano po.” Kultura sa matag Pilipino ang taas nga pagtratar ug pagrespeto sa katigulangan. Busa ang gobyerno naghatag usab og respeto ngadto sa mga lolo ug lola, hilabi na ang kadtong mga kabus, huyang, ug duna nay mga balati-an, pinaagi sa paghatag ug tabang pinansyal alang sa ilang mga panginahanglanon sama pagkaon ug tambal.

Gahapon, Nobyembre 23, 2020, ang DSWD team nga gipangulohan ni Undersecretary Aimee Neri ug Director Mari-Flor Dollaga mihatag sa ilang pagrespeto ngadto kay lola Antonio Cajardo, 85 anyos, ug lola Dominga Sagubay, 78 anyos, ug mitunol sa ilang tabang pinansyal nga mukabat og P3,000, yawat makatabang kini sa ilang pagpamalit sa ilang tambal.

Ang maong tabang pinansyal ubos sa Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC) Program, usa ka regular nga programa nga giimplementar sa DSWD alang sa mga katigulangan nga kabus, huyang, ug masakiton, og walay laing gigikan sa suportang pinansyal.

Sa SPISC, ang matag kwalipikadong senior citizen makadawat og P500 matag bulan, ug madawat kini matag unom ka-bulan.


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