DSWD Officials sign Anti-Corruption Manifesto

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista and the rest of the DSWD Officials sign the Anti-Corruption Manifesto as a gesture of commitment to adhere to the principle of good governance through corrupt-free public service.

Officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, under the leadership of Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista, sign the Anti-Corruption Manifesto during the launching of the “Tokhang Laban sa Korupsiyon,” held today, May 27, 2021, by the Philippine Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

The “Tokhang Laban sa Korupsiyon” campaign aims to strengthen the government’s efforts to stop irregularities in all national government agencies.

By signing the Anti-Corruption Manifesto, the DSWD Officials expresses its support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to weed out corruption in the government and adhere to the principle of good governance.

Director Mari-Flor A. Dollaga, Regional Director of the DSWD Field Office X, also participated in the signing of the Manifesto, a gesture of her commitment that transparency, honesty, and corrupt-free transactions and services is upheld in the Field Office assigned for Northern Mindanao.

This commitment is guided by the Department’s core value – “Serbisyong walang puwang sa katiwalian; Patas na pagtrato sa komunidad.”

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DSWD, JJWC highlight gains of Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act on 15th year of enactment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and its attached agency, the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council will mark the 15th anniversary of the enactment of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (JJWA) or Republic Act 9344, as amended, on May 20, 2021, with the theme, “JJWA: Patuloy sa Pagtataguyod sa Karapatan ng mga Bata sa Bagong Normal!”The theme reflects the continuing goal of the DSWD, JJWC, and all other stakeholders in promoting the welfare and upholding the rights of children at all times.Under the JJWA, children at risk (CAR) and children in conflict with the law (CICL) are given hope and a second chance to restore their lives and dignity, and to start anew and create a better future for themselves.Gains throughout the yearsSince the enactment of JJWA in 2006 and the passage of Republic Act (RA) 10630 in 2013 which amended and strengthened RA 9344, DSWD and JJWC have persevered to ensure the full implementation of the law.Prior to the enactment of the law, children committing petty crimes or status offenses were treated similarly as adult offenders.From 1995 to 2000, a total of 52,576 children were in detention or under custodial setting while an average of 10,515 children were being arrested every year with few cases being resolved.Likewise, majority of jails all over the country do not have a separate detention facility for children.The CICL then suffered from different kinds of abuses especially under custody or detention, but the enactment of JJWA have altered this picture, reaching a landmark on child protection law.The law mandates the adoption of the principle of restorative justice, prohibiting the detention of children in jails, providing juvenile offenders prevention programs at the local level, introducing diversion, and strengthening rehabilitation, reintegration, and aftercare programs.JJWA also seeks to establish a protective environment for children, so that they will not commit crimes or be victims of crimes.In 2020, JJWC monitored a total of 1,079 children from BPAs and other youth care facilities that were reintegrated into the community.The DSWD, JJWC, and child protection advocates strongly encourage the local government units to continue to uphold children’s rights through appropriate interventions, and ensure the full implementation of the law, especially in the new normal.Meanwhile, the JJWC reported the many efforts it has taken to ensure the full implementation of the law. These include enhancement in various aspects of its mandate focusing on Policy Formulation and Program Development, Research and Information Management, Advocacy and Social Mobilization, Technical Assistance to Stakeholders, and Monitoring and Evaluation.The DSWD and JJWC remain committed in promoting and protecting the rights of CAR and CICL under a restorative justice and welfare system. ###

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DSWD serves nearly 700,000 persons in crisis 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured the public of its continuous support for persons in difficult circumstances through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

As of April 30, 2021, the Department has served 688,590 clients nationwide under AICS with over P2.8 billion total amount disbursed.

Through AICS, clients are given medical, burial, transportation, food, non-food assistance in the form of outright cash for other support services to individuals and families in crisis situation.

The Department said that most of the assistance sought after by clients, to date, were cash and food assistance, and psychosocial help.

AICS is a regular program of the Department that serves as an immediate response to aid in the recovery of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals or families during unexpected life situations such as illness or death of a family member, natural and human-induced emergencies, and other critical incidents.

The aid is delivered through the various Crisis Intervention Units (CIUs) at the DSWD Central Office, Field Offices, and Social Welfare Development (SWAD) satellite offices located in the provinces. ###

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DSWD leads the NCFF in joining the global community in celebrating the families

As the Chair of the National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led the Filipino nation in joining families worldwide to celebrate the International Day of Families (IDF) on May 15, 2021.

The IDF is yearly celebrated every 15th of May following a United Nations General Assembly resolution in 1993.  This year’s focal theme is “Families and New Technologies.”

On the occasion of the 2021 IDF Celebration, the NCFF conducted an online family forum on May 17, 2021 with the sub-theme “Pagpapatibay ng Pamilyang Pilipino sa Panahon ng Pandemya Gamit ang Makabagong Teknolohiya,” for a timely discussion of the current situation of the Filipino families.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista opened the online family forum and welcomed the family advocates, the members and representatives of the NCFF composed of National Government Agencies and Civil Society Organizations.

Providing insights on the how families will be able to cope or rise above the challenges of the pandemic, keynote speakers for this significant event were former Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and current Public Relations Officer- International Relations Committee and Chair of the YWCA Founder’s Federation of the Philippines Inc., Dr. Nona S. Ricafort and Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso represented by Ms. Ma. Asuncion “Re” Fugoso of the Manila Department of Social Welfare.

Furthermore, panelists were invited to share their insights, experiences about aspects of family life and the positive use of modern technology during the pandemic.  Among the panelists were: Assistant Secretary Alexa Danille Dayanghirang of the National Youth Commission (NYC); Director Margarita Ballesteros of the Department of Education (DepEd); Mr. Emmanuel Mirus Ponon, Executive Director of the ASEAN Youth Advocates Network  and a volunteer coach of the National Youth Commission;  Mr. Raul Socrates Banzuela, Executive Director of the Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA); Ms. Marissa A. Domingo, President of the 2018 Liwayway Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Association; Mr. Santaner T. Iray, Chief Trainer of DRUG-CHECK-Philippines; and, Rev. Fr. Anthony Chan P. Olaguer, Parish Priest of San Jose De Trozo Parish.

Also on this occasion, the NCFF launched the National Search for Natatanging Pamilyang Pilipino which aims to recognize families that have upheld and demonstrated Filipino values in their way of life, maintaining family cohesiveness and well-being despite the challenges.

The online family forum was conducted via zoom hosted by Unilab, an NCFF member organization, and livestreamed via the Unilab’s official Facebook account and shared in the DSWD official Facebook account @dswdserves. ###

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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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November 2021