We ask for our Rights (Children’s Rights to Education and Health)

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nhts-pr malitbog studentsDubbed as the “Home of Future Millionaires,” the municipality of Malitbog certainly has a lot to boost of.  Located 40 kilometers from the regional capital-Cagayan de Oro City, Malitbog is home to a number of residents most of whom are actively engaged in agriculture.

Along with its rich agricultural produce, it also has in its bosom the cleanest river in region 10: the Siloo River. Despite its remote topographical location, the people of Malitbog, particularly the Local Government unit of Malitbog, has always been receptive to change and development.  It has opened its doors to new ideas, strategies, and systems of the government. One of which is the utilization of the NHTS-PR data for the implementation of various social protection programs and services in their locality.

The NHTS-PR or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are and is being spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.  It aims to address poverty reduction through a scientific and target- focused strategy.

After it has executed a Memorandum of Agreement with the DSWD, the municipality of Malitbog used the NHTS-PR data that has been shared to them particularly in the updating of their Comprehensive Land Use Plan for 2012-2013.

The Municipal Comprehensive Land Use Plan (MCLUP) is an authoritative and legitimate document projecting a better quality of life for the people through its various programs, projects, and activities designed for local governance, socio-economic, and infrastructure.  Through the NHTS-PR database utilization, they are assured to have an adequate and accurate land use data.

The NHTS-PR data also ensured that they have the updated data needed for allocation of national and local funds in the local government unit.

The data was also utilized to identify their beneficiaries for the Livelihood Assistance under Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD).  This is a component project under the Mindanao Rural Development Program of the Department of Agriculture with the World Bank as the donor entity.

The World Bank has extended a total funding allocation of 7.5 million wherein 10 associations with 448 member beneficiaries were  organized,  listing of which were based on the NHTS-PR data shared to the Local Government Unit of Malitbog.

These beneficiaries are presently engaged in draft animal dispersal, banana production, post-harvest facility, goat production, cassava production, chicken production and corn production.  The municipality was also a recipient of three farm-to-market roads under the Municipal Rural Development Plan.

Another significant use of the NHTS-PR data was in the identification of 50 families for the socialized housing project of the National Housing Authority.  This project was designed for the homeless/landless giving priority to families living in hazard prone areas.

The data was also the basis for replacement of senior citizens availing social pension as well those beneficiaries qualified for livelihood assistance such as the Sustainable Livelihood Program (formerly SEA-K) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Forty out-of-School Youths, who were identified from the list, have also availed the Cash for Training Program of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and DSWD as well as the endorsement of four family heads for employment to the Department Of Public Works and Highways.  In addition to this, the LGU of Malitbog was also able to recommend 63 students for scholarhship grants  under the Priority Development Fund.

As Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of Malitbog, Ms. Norma Mabatid considers the data as very useful and informative as far as identifying deserving beneficiaries is concerned.

This is a clear manifestation of how the NHTS-PR data can be very useful and significant in addressing the needs of the locality through its various programs and services.  Through the utilization of the data, Local Government Units can assure to the constituents that programs and services are being rendered to those deserving poor households.

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7.2 M CCT children enrolled this school year


MANILA, Philippines – About 7.2 million children benefitting from the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program were among the 21 million preschoolers, elementary and high school students who trooped to public schools during the opening of classes last week.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said the number of enrollees under the CCT program has increased by 200,000 from 7 million in 2012.

Soliman said these children now have higher chances of having a better future.

“I hope they remain compliant to the conditions of the program to avail themselves of the benefits and be able to continue their studies,” she said.

The program provides educational grants of P900 monthly to poor families with three qualified children, provided they attend school and incur only three absences per month.


For school year 2012-2013, approximately 98 percent of the beneficiaries attended school at least 85 percent of the time.


“It is important that the household-beneficiaries stay in the program by continuing to comply with its conditions, otherwise they will be removed as beneficiaries. We do not want them to waste the opportunity to have proper education, improved health and better quality of life,” Soliman said.

As of May 29 this year, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is being implemented in 1,627 cities and municipalities in 79 provinces in all 17 regions where a total of 3,912,718 households are already enrolled, exceeding the target of 3,809,769 for 2013.

Of the total households, 41.75 percent or 1,633,712 come from Luzon, while 37.81 percent or 1,479,399 are from Mindanao and 20.44 percent or 799,607 from the Visayas.

By Rainier Allan Ronda (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 11, 2013 – 12:00am

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Foreign couples adopt Filipino children with DSWD’s help

More and more couples from around the world are now all eyes with love for Filipino children that are legally available for adoption.

Recently, two couples from Indiana, United States of America, and Zaragosa, Spain visited the Regional Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) to finally meet their adopted children.

RSCC is a residential facility for children under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The children-residents whose age range from zero to seven years old are declared open for adoption.

Under Republic Act 8043, also known as the Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1998, an alien or a Filipino citizen permanently residing abroad may file an application for inter-country adoption of a Filipino child under certain qualifications that uphold the welfare and rights of the Filipino child. Among them is that the adopter must be at least twenty-seven (27) years of age and at least sixteen (16) years older than the child to be adopted and If he or she is married, his/her spouse must jointly file for the adoption;

With the capacity to act and assume all rights and responsibilities of parental authority under his national laws, the adopter shall undergo appropriate counseling from an accredited counselor in his/her country;

Moreover, the foreign adopter must also come from a country with whom the Philippines has diplomatic relations and whose government maintains a similarly authorized and accredited agency and that adoption is allowed under his/her national laws;

If found qualified, the adopter may file for adoption with the Philippine Regional Trial Court having jurisdiction over the child, or with the Inter-Country Adoption Board, through an intermediate agency, whether governmental or an authorized and accredited agency, in the country of the prospective adoptive parents.

Adoption has been one of the processes being actively advocated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The policy of the State is to provide every neglected and abandoned child with a family that will provide such child with love and care as well as opportunities for growth and development.

Written by Delia Maravillosa, Social Officer II, and Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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