DSWD chief flies to Catanduanes, extends aid to Typhoon Rolly victims

(Left Photo) Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista inspects the boxes of family food packs for families affected by Typhoon Rolly in Catanduanes.
(Right Photo) DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista hands over a family food pack to a resident of Barangay Francia, Virac, Catanduanes.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D.  Bautista flew to Catanduanes today to extend assistance and oversee the  disaster relief operations for families affected by Typhoon Rolly.

Upon arrival,the Secretary proceeded to the municipality of Virac where he led in the  distribution of relief supplies to residents of Barangay Francia.

After Virac, he went to one of the barangays of Bato municipality via Air Force helicopter as the area was difficult to reach being one of the hardest hit towns in the  province. The Secretary, together with Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua, distributed  family food packs (FFPs).

With the assistance of the Office of the Civil Defense and the Philippine Air Force (PAF),  the Secretary initially brought 1,320 FFPs as resource augmentation assistance to the provincial government.

As of press time, around 3,000 FFPs, 400 pieces of 20-liter bottled water, and 3,944 small  bottled mineral water from Maynilad are being loaded to a Coast Guard vessel for dispatch to Catanduanes.  A C295 aircraft is scheduled to fly tomorrow to the said Province to deliver 3,000 FFPs and 80 pieces of laminated sacks.

At present, DSWD-Field Office V, in coordination with the provincial government, is  conducting Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment to determine exact damage brought  about by the disaster and to identify appropriate interventions that will be provided to the  affected families to help them further cope with their difficult situation. One intervention  being considered is the conduct of Food-for-Work.

Meanwhile, as of 6PM today, the Department has already provided more than P5.3 million worth of assistance to affected localities in Regions NCR, II, MIMAROPA, and V.

Aside from Bicol Region, the Department, through its National Resource Operations Center  (NROC), delivered 2,300 FFPs in the regional warehouse of Field Office (FO) III and 1,700  FFPs in Fort Magsaysay Hub Satellite Warehouse.

DSWD FO III also provided relief augmentation composed of 200 hygiene kits, 200  sleeping kits, and 200 family kits in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. There is also an ongoing hauling of 1,000 FFPs to Calumpit, Bulacan and 1,000 FFPs to Masantol,  Pampanga.

DSWD assured that the Department has sufficient resources to sustain its ongoing disaster  operations for Typhoon Rolly with more than P877 million stockpile and standby funds  ready to be used.

In a related development, concerned DSWD Field Offices are also making advance  preparations for Tropical Storm Siony through the continuous repacking of relief goods and  close coordination with LGUs along the storm’s track.

DSWD is thankful for the continuing trust expressed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to  government agencies leading the relief and response operations for Typhoon Rolly. DSWD  also relayed its gratitude to members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), LGUs, and private partners who are extending aid to  immediately address the needs of affected localities. ###

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DSWD assists localities hit by Typhoon Rolly

As the lead agency in the Food and Non-Food Cluster during disaster response and as part of its Technical Assistance and Resource Augmentation function, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to provide relief support to local government units (LGUs) to  help them meet the needs of their constituents affected by Typhoon Rolly.

As of 6AM, November 2, more than P164,000 worth of relief assistance were initially provided by DSWD, through its Field Office (FO) V, to the province of Albay.

DSWD is  also sending 3,500 family food packs (FFPs) to the provinces of Catanduanes and Camarines Sur, through the assistance of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Logistics Cluster. In addition, the Department is  delivering 500 modular tents to be used by internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in Bicol Region.

Likewise, the National Resource Operations Center (NROC), the Department’s main disaster hub, augmented 31,500 kilograms (kg) of rice to DSWD FO CALABARZON, and 10,000 pieces of 6-kg rice packs to DSWD FO I.

Aside from relief goods, the Department is also providing psychosocial intervention to the affected families in the regions battered by Typhoon ‘Rolly’ to help them cope with their traumatic experience.

On the other hand, as head of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster, DSWD monitors the situation of evacuation centers set up by LGUs.  DSWD social workers are also deployed in the temporary shelters to guide LGUs in ensuring that evacuees are served and proper protocols are observed. As of press time, more than 10,000 families or almost 40,000 individuals are staying in 601 evacuation centers.

Meanwhile, DSWD also started its preparations for Tropical Storm ‘Siony.’ The Department assured the public that it still has sufficient resources to aid localities along the track of the new storm.

As of the latest report of the Disaster Response Management Bureau (DRMB), the Department maintains stockpiles and standby funds amounting to more than P842,000,000. Of which, more than P254,000,000 are standby funds available at the Central Office and FOs. Moreover, 280,785 FFPs were prepositioned in strategic locations across the country.

DSWD remains in close coordination with the concerned LGUs to ensure that all the needs of the affected families are met. ###

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DSWD activates disaster teams for Typhoon ‘Rolly’

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and all its disaster response teams along the track of Typhoon ‘Rolly’ are now activated and on alert status to respond to any eventuality that may occur due to the weather disturbance.

According to the Department’s Disaster Response Management Group (DRMG), Quick Response Teams (QRTs) are ready for deployment to assist local government units (LGUs) to render immediate and timely disaster response to their constituents.

Likewise, emergency equipment have been prepared to ensure communication among disaster teams during disaster operations.

As of the 6PM, October 31 report, DSWD maintains stockpiles and standby funds amounting to more than P884,000,000. Of which, more than P304,000,000 are standby funds available at the Central Office and Field Offices. Moreover, 260,164 family food packs (FFPs) were also prepositioned in strategic areas across the country.

Meanwhile, the Department also reminded citizens to remain vigilant and alert on the possible effect of the typhoon and to cooperate with their respective LGUs to ensure their safety. ###

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DSWD Chief monitors preparations for Typhoon ‘Rolly’ and Tropical Storm ‘Siony’

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista gets a briefing from  disaster teams of DSWD Field Offices CALABARZON (left) and MIMAROPA (right) on the disaster preparedness being undertaken by the Field Offices for Typhoon ‘Rolly’ and the approaching Tropical Storm ‘Siony’ during a field visit on November 1.  

The DSWD Chief ensured that the two DSWD Regional Offices have sufficient stockpiles and standby funds for augmentation to requesting local government units (LGUs) heavily hit by Typhoon Rolly. ###

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DSWD, PCOO, PIA join forces to help IPs and vulnerable sector in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon

Indigenous peoples and other vulnerable sector of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon received family food packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development today, October 23, 2020, in response to the request of Mayor Anthony Uy and endorsed by the Presidential Communications Operations Office to assist IPs and other vulnerable sectors especially those affected by the difficulties brought about by the pandemic.

The distribution of the food assistance was done during the conduct of “Explain, Explain, Explain: Pagdu-aw sa Bukidnon,” which is facilitated by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

In the activity, the DSWD also took the opportunity to explain to the residents of Impasug-ong the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), also known as Listahanan.Listahanan is a data management system run by the DSWD that generates the list of poorest households in the country. 

Generated through household assessment and validation, the list of poorest households shall be the basis for national government agencies, local government units, and social service providers in identifying potential beneficiaries of their social protection programs.

In Region 10, the DSWD already assessed 894,290 households of which more than 83,000 are validated.

The DSWD aims to complete and finalize the list by first quarter of 2021, which will then utilized by DSWD and shared to other national government agencies, local government units, and non-government organizations providing social services and those implementing social protection programs. 

The “Explain, Explain, Explain: Pagdu-aw sa Bukidnon” was graced by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, PIA Undersecretary Ramon Cualoping, DSWD Assistant Secretary Rhea Peñafor, and DSWD Spokesperson Director Irene Dumlao. ###cpt

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DSWD 8888 hotline responds to public concerns amid COVID-19 crisis

In an effort to bring the government closer to the people and to ensure unhampered public service despite the pandemic, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) emphasized that, together with its Field Offices, it will continue to effectively address the concerns of the public through  its 8888 Citizens’ Complaint Center.

8888 is a 24/7 public service hotline to allow the citizens to report poor frontline service delivery and corrupt practices in all government agencies.

DSWD disclosed that from March to September 2020, the Department processed 12,905 tickets for various requests, inquiries, and complaints from the public.

Of this number, 7,600 tickets were all related to the emergency cash subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) which ranked as the top concern every month during the period. Among the issues raised were inclusion and exclusion in the SAP, complaints about irregularities in the local government units, and inquiries regarding the release of the subsidy for waitlisted beneficiaries.

Despite the pandemic, the Center maintained a hundred percent referral rate from March up to the succeeding months.

Apart from continuously managing the 8888 hotline, the Citizens’ Complaint Center also responds to phone calls and attends to walk-in clients.

DSWD encouraged the public to continue to use the 8888 hotline, as well as its other grievance platforms, to ensure prompt resolutions to public grievances and to provide feedback on the actions taken on citizens’ concerns. ###

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DSWD, NCFF thank Office of the President for support to Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day

The National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF), chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), thanked the Office of the President for issuing Memorandum Circular No. 80 signed by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, which suspended work in government offices in the Executive Branch by 3:30 PM onwards on September 28, to allow government employees to celebrate the Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day. 

The Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day is a yearly celebration held every fourth Monday of September pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 326, series of 2012.

The celebration, which is held in conjunction with the annual celebration of the National Family Week, emphasizes the importance of having a common family meal to encourage parents to stay connected with their children and understand the challenges they face.

According to Proclamation No. 326, one of the meaningful traditions of Filipinos is the common family meal where all family members are present to signify their unity and thanksgiving. 

A common family meal also provides an opportunity to enhance family communication and serves a venue where members can express affirmation of each other and share a positive experience of joy and love.

Aside from spending common family mealtime, DSWD also encouraged families to use this special day as a chance to reflect on the importance of their families in their lives, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and on how they can further strengthen their bond so that they withstand the many unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic. ###

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DSWD calls for stronger family interventions in 15th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Secretary Joseline Niwane, Philippine ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) leader, addresses the attendees of virtual meeting of the 15th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum last September 21.

Leading this year’s 15th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) GO-NGO Forum on September 21, the Philippines, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), enjoined delegates and partners in strengthening families as basic units providing essential support to all citizens.

Following the theme, “Strengthening Family Resilience and Solidarity: Braving the Adversity and Adapting to the New Normal,” the 15th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum highlighted the important roles of families as well as recommendations on how the ASEAN can support them to become resilient and active partners in nation and regional community building. The ASEAN GO-NGO Forum is part of the three-day virtual meeting of the 16th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) and Related Meetings hosted by the Philippines this year.

In her opening remarks, PH SOMSWD Leader and DSWD Assistant Secretary Joseline Niwane underscored the importance of family resilience amidst the current pandemic.

With the adverse effects brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic, our children, women, and elders, among other vulnerable groups of our society in the region, bear the brunt of this crisis,” she said.

Leading this year’s 15th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) GO-NGO Forum on September 21, the Philippines, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), enjoined delegates and partners in strengthening families as basic units providing essential support to all citizens.

Following the theme, “Strengthening Family Resilience and Solidarity: Braving the Adversity and Adapting to the New Normal,” the 15th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum highlighted the important roles of families as well as recommendations on how the ASEAN can support them to become resilient and active partners in nation and regional community building. The ASEAN GO-NGO Forum is part of the three-day virtual meeting of the 16th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) and Related Meetings hosted by the Philippines this year.

In her opening remarks, PH SOMSWD Leader and DSWD Assistant Secretary Joseline Niwane underscored the importance of family resilience amidst the current pandemic.

With the adverse effects brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic, our children, women, and elders, among other vulnerable groups of our society in the region, bear the brunt of this crisis,” she said.

Assistant Secretary Niwane also added that it is “of significance that the conditions of the family are looked into – especially with how they play a central role on the coping mechanisms of our people. As deeply rooted in our culture and traditions to sustain our close family ties, the sudden shift in our lifestyles may have contributed to changes in the present family dynamics, affecting individuals’ well-being, as further amplified by the fear and anxiety due to today’s situation,”.

Meanwhile, Alternate Chair of the National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF) and DSWD Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan shared the Philippine experiences particularly on good practices and mechanisms for the promotion and protection of Filipino families. Undersecretary Ilagan also shared areas for cooperation in the national and regional levels which can reinforce policies and programs to keep families strong and resilient.

Among the areas for cooperation that she mentioned were providing new knowledge and skills training for social workers and development workers working with families; mapping and implementing programs and services  to protect families, improve their well-being, and promote their rights collectively and individually; opening avenues for  exchange of information and  good practices; and allocating budgetary items  for the implementation of programs and services for the family, nationally or locally.

Through the forum, DSWD hopes that more opportunities for sustained partnerships between public and private sectors in the ASEAN region will transpire, especially in the formulation of more responsive, more inclusive, and sustainable social protection systems that will safeguard all families, particularly the poor and vulnerable sectors of society. Anchored on cohesiveness, responsiveness and cooperation, it is with anticipation that recommendations from the forum will be realized and put into positive actions.  ###

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