DSWD conducts orientation for Listahanan validation workers

Cagayan de Oro — The Department of Social Welfare and Development here recently conducted an orientation cum training for Area Supervisors and Enumerators who will be assigned during the validation phase of the Second Round Assessment.

One hundred eight enumerators and 530 Area Supervisors were rehired and oriented for the one month validation period scheduled within the month of October.

Local Verification Committees composed of the local chief executives, local social welfare and development officers, planning officers, and representatives from civil society organizations will also be oriented on their roles during the validation.

Initial lists of poor households based on the conducted assessment will be posted in strategic locations in the barangays for the people in the communities to provide feedback.

It is also in this phase when families who were not yet visited by the enumerators will be given the chance to appeal, be assessed and lodged on their complaints and grievances to the Local Verification Committee (LVC).

The public is encouraged to participate during the validation process to ensure that the database for poor households in the region will be accurate, correct, and viable.

Listahanan is a targeting system of the DSWD that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. It serves as the basis for potential beneficiaries of various social protection programs of the Department and partner agencies.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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Pantawid Child: opportunities were opened for me

photo jinky gomezCagayan de Oro City — Jinky Gomez, a 15 year-old student of Molugan National High School of El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental disclosed that the Department of Social Welfare and Development has opened here bigger opportunites for her.

Gomez, a resident of Amoros, El Salvador City, some 17.2 kilometers off west of this city, said her  being a Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Child of 2014 has earned her trust and confidence from her teachers.

“As far as I remember, our English teacher told me when they picked me as the contestant of the Regional Oratorical Contest to memorize a three-page speech in two days saying, ‘Langga, you don’t have to worry because you are a national speaker.’

Gomez, who represented Northern Mindanao in the Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Child in 2014, told the more than 3,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries during the celebration of the National Family Day 2015 on October 4, 2015 that, “Truly Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program has helped our family a lot in terms of financial assistance.”

Gomez family became beneficiary of the program in 2011.

“Before 2011, I witnessed the bitter taste of what poverty has brought us. I saw how my parents struggled for our school allowance, projects, school fees, food, and many more,” she said.

Gomez added that despite the challenges she face, she never stopped from schooling. Instead, she stand firm and persevere to achieve her goals.

A ninth of the 10 members of the family, Gomez’s father is a jeepney driver while her mother is a housewife.

“This has been the primary reason why my older siblings were not able to pursue college education. They go to work at an early age to help my parents sustain our daily necessities,“ she said.

Call to support Pantawid Pamilya

Gomez urged legislators to support the program by passing the conditional cash transfer bill at the lower house.

She said the program has made beneficiaries responsible in their community, has encouraged students to stay in school, and has found job.

“This program invests on youth to achieve the change we desire in our society. Kaya natin ang pagbabago,” she added.

Today, there are 283,150 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao.

Pantawid Pamilya is the national government’s initiative of cutting the intergenerational cycle of poverty by investing in education and health of poor families, especially of their children aged 0 to 18 years old.

Each family-beneficiary receive a maximum of P1,400 per month to enable them to send their children to school, and to health centers on a regular basis to monitor their children’s health.

Written by Oliver B. Inodeo

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DSWD, DILG equip trainers on social protection handbook

DSWD, DILG equip trainers on social protection handbook

Cagayan de Oro — The Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of the Interior and Local Government here met with local planning officers, DILG provincial officers and local social welfare and development officers, yesterday, October 5, 2015, to capacitate the latter on the Social Protection (SP) Handbook, a material prepared by the DSWD.

The SP Handbook serves as the primary reference manual in implementing social protection interventions from national to local government level. It is envisioned to empower and capacitate local government units, civil society organizations, and government agencies implementing SP programs and projects by providing guidelines in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating SP interventions.

DSWD, with its mission to develop, implement, and coordinate social protection and poverty reduction solutions for and with the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged, partnered with local government units and national government agencies to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness in advocating, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating social protection programs at the communities.

According to Manuel M. Borres, Assistant Regional Director for Administration, the DSWD will continuously provide technical assistance to the local government units who are the front-liners in providing social services to the communities and families. “We are capacitating our LGUs so that they will be fully equipped in giving standardized and quality social services to the people,” Borres says.

One of the DSWD’s strategic goal is to Increase the number of provinces with majority of their cities / municipalities having a fully-functioning LSWDO to 40 provinces by 2016.

 

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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3,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to celebrate National Family Day in CDO

DSC_0084Cagayan de Oro City — Over 3,000 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will attend this year’s National Family Day dubbed as “Tuloy ang Pagbabago!” at Pelaez Sports Center here on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

Hosted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the event will highlight the positive contribution of poor families in uplifting their lives through responsible parenting, family development, community participation, community volunteerism, and sustainable livelihood. It will also recognize the support of various national government agencies and non-government organizations which have helped improve the lives of the beneficiaries.

The event will also serve as a celebration among children beneficiaries who became recipients of education and health assistance from the national government.

In partnership with other national government agencies, the DSWD implements the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program as an investment on human capital among poor families by assisting them in their children’s health and education, and in strengthening family and community development.

Through Pantawid Pamilya, the DSWD provides  cash grants amounting to a maximum of P1,400 per poor family for their children’s health and education, provided that they comply with certain conditions set by the Program such as enrolling their children to school, sending them for periodic check-ups, and attendance to Family Development Sessions facilitated by the DSWD and its partners.

The National Family Day will also present the provincial “Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya” from the municipalities of Don Carlos in Bukidnon, Catarman in Camiguin, Kolambugan in Lanao del Norte, Jimenez in Misamis Occidental, and Cagayan de Oro City.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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DSWD: Protect children during emergencies

Cagayan de Oro City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development is reminding its partners and the public to uphold the welfare of children and to ensure their protection and security especially during emergencies or crisis situations.

According to Delia Maravillosa of the DSWD, the Department saw the need to enhance strategies and systems to improve services for the children who are at risk during disasters. “That is why we are tapping our non-government partners to help us out in ensuring that children are safe and are being attended to,” says Maravillosa during the conduct of the DSWD’s orientation with non-government organizations on child protection during emergencies held today, September 29, 2015, here.

Non-government organizations and civil society groups have been active partners of the DSWD in providing rehabilitation interventions to children.

It can be recalled that last December 2011, Tropical Storm Washi, locally known as “Sendong” hit this city, affecting hundreds of children psychosocially, physically, economically, and even socially. A DSWD report cited that many of these children were displaced and were traumatized by the disaster.

DSWD shared such lessons to the non-government organizations during the forum where strategies were created to make the children safer and secured at the onset of any disaster.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

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DSWD celebrates 41st Nutrition Month 2015 in Northern Mindanao

received_992586280773359Northern Mindanao — The Department of Social Welfare and Development here together with its four centers: the Regional Haven for Women, Home for Girls, Regional Reception and Study Center for Children and the Rehabilitation Center for Youth recently conducted celebratory activities in line with the Annual Nutrition Month which focuses on addressing overweight and obesity. This year’s theme is “Timbang Iwasto, sa Tamang  Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo!”

Activities that were conducted involved the DSWD clients to cooking contests, outdoor activities for physical fitness, quiz bees, poster making contests, lectures on Basic Nutrition and Importance of Healthy Diet, Proper Hygiene and Sanitation.

The “10 Kumainments” was promoted during the Monday Convocation of all the employees in the DSWD here with the distribution of advocacy materials to the staffs coupled with a lecture on Healthy Weight Management.

The Field Office employees are challenged that despite the pressures at work, they have to make positive decisions towards consumption of healthy diets and be physically active to prevent non-communicable diseases as a result of overweight and obesity.

The DSWD is an active advocate on proper nutrition for all sectors of the society.

Written by Rechel Grace Ceniza ND1, DSWD

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DSWD to meet with LGUs, FSCAP to discuss pension for senior citizens

Northern Mindanao — Local social welfare and development offices and offices for the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP) here will be getting their hands full this year as they partner with the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the implementation of the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens.

Local social welfare officers and FSCAP presidents will meet with the DSWD for the first two weeks of August this year to determine their roles in the implementation of the Social Pension. The DSWD will orient them on the various administrative orders relative to the program in Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, and Misamis Occidental.

The Social Pension is the national government’s initiative to augment the needs of indigent senior citizens in compliance to Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act.

The Social Pension provides P500 per month to each qualified senior citizen for his or her medications, food, and other necessities that are important to their well-being.

Qualified senior citizens are those aged 66 years old and above and are not beneficiaries of any other social pension such as GSIS and SSS. They also need to have a certification of indigence issued by their barangay office or local social welfare and development offices located at their municipal or city office.

The Field Offices, City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers under the Local Government Units, and Office of Senior Citizens Affairs validate the qualifications of the senior citizens. Even Barangay Officials, FSCAP, Senior Citizens Organizations, NGOs, youth volunteers, barangay health workers, and other groups also assist us in the validation.

If qualified, the senior citizens may apply at the City or Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office under the local government unit. They can also apply at the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA). They are required to bring their Office of the Senior Citizens Association (OSCA) ID and proof of date of birth.

Today, there are now more than 48,000 senior citizens in Northern Mindanao who are receiving social pension from the DSWD.

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, DSWD

 

 

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Photo Enthusiast bags award for DSWD Photo Contest

"Kwarto" is Mario Christian Micabalo's winning entry to the Listahanan Photo Contest held last this month. The photo shows how a DSWD enumerator interviews a household to be included in the data of who and where the poor are in the country. (Photo by Mario Christian Micabalo)

“Kwarto” is Mario Christian Micabalo’s winning entry to the Listahanan Photo Contest held last this month. The photo shows how a DSWD enumerator interviews a household to be included in the data of who and where the poor are in the country. (Photo by Mario Christian Micabalo)

Northern Mindanao — The Department of Social Welfare and Development here recently awarded Mr. Mario Christian Micabalo of Cagayan de Oro as the regional winner for the Listahanan at Work: Identifying Families in Need of Special Protection Photo Contest.

He was awarded with Php10,000 and a round-trip ticket to Manila to witness the National Launching of the Listahanan Data, with free hotel accommodation. His photo will also be exhibited during the special event.

The Listahanan Photo Contest was aimed at promoting transparency on the process of identifying the poor and raise awareness and understanding on  activities involved in the assessment . This activity  involved an orientation of the assessment  and an excursion in areas where participants took pictures of the actual assessment.

Listahanan  is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are.  As per  Executive Order 867 series of 2010, the assessment will be conducted once every four years.  It is a very vital undertaking as it will define the quality of data and information for the database that will serve as basis for beneficiary selection of national government programs and services for the next four years. The first assessment was done in 2009.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, DSWD

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