DSWD appeals anew to seniors to send representatives to claim aid

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) appealed anew to senior citizens and persons with disability (PWDs) to avoid going out of their homes to claim their financial assistance from the local government units (LGUs) but, instead send their authorized representatives.

The different LGUs in the NCR Plus bubble are currently distributing the financial assistance to their qualified constituents. While there are LGUs that are conducting house-to-house distribution  of the aid, especially to vulnerable sectors like senior citizens and PWDs, others have opted for big venue payouts where beneficiaries need to line up.

The DSWD explained that seniors and PWDs may send younger and healthier members of their families as their authorized representatives to claim their aid. To claim the aid, the representatives may need to show their ID, the senior citizen’s ID,   and the authorization letter signed by the elderly-beneficiary.

Meanwhile, the DSWD also reminded organizers of relief distribution drives to properly coordinate with concerned LGUs to ensure the proper and orderly conduct of the activities, especially if there are participants from the vulnerable groups.

The DSWD said that senior citizens and PWDs are the most vulnerable to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even the resolution issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases emphasized that those 60 years old and above and have health risks are advised to stay at home amid the pandemic.

The Department continues to put premium on the safety and welfare of the older persons and PWDs especially during this ongoing global health crisis. ###

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Day Care children to receive milk supplement from DSWD Field Office X

To protect Filipino children from malnutrition, the Department of Social Welfare and Development shall provide milk to toddlers under five years old who are enrolled in Child Development Center (CDCs) and Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) groups under its Milk Feeding Program.

In coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA), National Dairy Authority (NDA), and the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), the Milk Feeding Program shall be piloted on May 5, 2021 in Cagayan de Oro City with 2,891 child beneficiaries, and in Iligan City with 1,914 child beneficiaries.

Despite the decreasing trend of undernutrition and wasting among Filipino children under five years old, stunting is still persistent among them while overweight and obesity among this age group remains a rising threat.

Referred to by the Department of Science and Technology Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) as the “Triple Burden of Malnutrition,” this health problem among toddlers pushed the government to create strategic initiatives to address the malnutrition in this particular age group.

The milk supplementation to the child beneficiaries in CDCs and SNPs will be in addition to their regular meals under the DSWD’s Supplementary Feeding Program. Further, the Milk Feeding Program is also a support to the local dairy industry that will contribute to the sustainable economic activities of the local farmers. ###cpt

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Over 30,000 patients get DSWD financial assistance through Malasakit Centers

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) served a total of 30,584 patients in 2020 through the Malasakit Centers established in hospitals utilizing a budget of close to P95 million.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop located in various hospitals of the Department of Health, Philippine General Hospital, and other public hospitals natiowide where indigent patients as well as those who are currently financially incapacitated can access medical and financial assistance from various government agencies such as the DSWD, PhilHealth, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, among others.

It is a one-stop shop so that those needing help need not proceed to the respective offices of government agencies but may avail of their services simultaneously in one venue and it applies a zero-balance billing system.

For patients staying in a hospital without a Malasakit Center , they may be referred to the nearest hospital where a Malasakit Center is operating.

The DSWD has assigned one social worker in every Malasakit Center to assess and assist the applicants.

At present, there are 102 hospitals nationwide with Malasakit Centers, 56 are in Luzon 22 are in Visayas and 24 in Mindanao. 

With the Malasakit Center, the DSWD, together with other partner-agencies, is able to reach out to more individuals in crisis situation, especially during this pandemic. ###

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10K beneficiaries to graduate from 4Ps in Northern Mindanao

10,203 household beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is set to graduate from the program this year in Northern Mindanao.

Of the number, Bukidnon has 2,472 households, Camiguin, 161; Lanao del Norte, 3,146, Misamis Occidental, 1,795, and Misamis Oriental, 2,629.

Kenneth Haze S. Lustre, Regional Project Coordinator of 4Ps of DSWD Field Office X, said these families will be delisted from the program due to attrition or those whose households no longer have eligible children for monitoring.

The program has been implemented since 2008 in Northern Mindanao, with beneficiaries receiving the cash grants for more than 10 years, provided they have children from age zero to 18.

Lustre added that some of the exiting households have voluntarily waived because their financial status has improved.

“Majority of these households have improved well-being since the government has invested in their children’s education and health,” said Lustre.

She also hoped that even without the grant from 4Ps, the exiting beneficiaries will continue to live the values and practices learned from the program through the Family Development Session (FDS).

After graduation, beneficiaries will be turned over to the Local Government Units (LGU’s) for the aftercare services based on the Kilos-Unlad Framework.

Kilos Unlad is a social case management strategy that aims to guide the households in achieving improved well-being, stepping out of poverty, and employing individual/family cooperation.

The LGU’s will continue to monitor and even assist in the provision of support interventions as outline in the approved sustainability plan.

Turn-over of exiting 4Ps beneficiaries from DSWD Field Office X to the LGU’s will be from April to June this year in Northern Mindanao.

The agency has formally started turning-over of exiting beneficiaries to the LGU on April 22 where 105 grantees were handed to the San Fernando LGU of Bukidnon.

Momentarily, Northern Mindanao has 254,802 active 4Ps households.

Impact evaluation report

On the Impact Evaluation Report produced every three years by the agency and partner organizations World Bank, Australian Aid, and Asian Development Bank, it indicated the success of 4Ps in keeping Filipino children healthy and in school.

Some of the key findings of the study cited that the Pantawid Pamilya program encourages trial use of modern family planning methods, promotes facility-based deliveries and access to professional postnatal care, and improves children’s access to some key health care services.

Among Pantawid beneficiaries, the study said about nine in 10 households are covered by the PhilHealth insurance program.

It also mentioned that Pantawid Pamilya keeps older children in school and Pantawid children work seven days less in a month compared to non-Pantawid children.

It added that Pantawid Pamilya increases households’ investments in education, does not encourage dependency or spending more on vice goods, and allows parents to aspire for a better future for their children.

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DSWD welcomes 4Ps gains in 3rd impact evaluation report

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD welcomes the results of the third impact evaluation (IE3) on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).

By virtue of Republic Act 11310 or the 4Ps Act, an impact evaluation will be conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) every three years after the effectivity of the Act to assess the implementation of the 4Ps. The amount of cash grant provided can also be adjusted upon recommendation of PIDS to the National Advisory Council every six years after the effectivity of the Act.

4Ps is the national poverty reduction strategy and a human capital investment program of the Philippine government, with DSWD as the lead agency. Eligible household-beneficiaries are entitled to receive cash subsidies provided that the conditions on health, nutrition, and education are followed.

The program also provides psychosocial and psycho-educational interventions through the Family Development Session (FDS) to improve and sustain the program beneficiaries’ well-being leading them towards program exit. This will foster necessary behavior for parents to adequately perform the duties and responsibilities, particularly in investing in their children’s future.

Desirable impacts

The IE3, which was conducted from 2017 to 2018, indicated that, “the program has desirable impacts on education and health of children and pregnant women.” It also gathered positive results on household welfare such as income and food security, community participation, and awareness of basic means to mitigate vulnerabilities such as disaster preparedness among adults; and, strong determination of children to complete and succeed in school, despite of the challenges.”

Among the specific gains of the program include: the 1) positive impact on enrolment of children aged 12 to 17 yrs. old; 2) Decrease of hunger incidence among 4Ps 3) increased awareness and modern use of family planning methods among program beneficiaries; 4) increased prenatal care services and skilled birth attendance among women beneficiaries; 5) increased access to child care services such as deworming, vitamin A supplementation, and visitation of health facilities for weight monitoring; 6) improved household welfare; and 7) increased participation in community and community development activities among beneficiaries.

Moreover, the study also showed that 4Ps does not encourage dependency. Beneficiaries do not have higher spending on vice goods such as alcohol, tobacco, and gambling compared to non-4Ps beneficiaries.

The result of the IE3 also validates the earlier findings of the program being on track in keeping children healthy and in school, as well as positive change in behaviors.

Through the result of the IE3, DSWD believes that it will further help reinforce the creation of policies and programs to alleviate poverty in the country. ###

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DSWD among top performing agencies in PAHAYAG survey

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) welcomes the findings of the first quarter survey result of PAHAYAG which showed that it is among the top performing agencies with a 57 percent approval rating.

PAHAYAG is an independent and non-commissioned survey made by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. About 1,500 respondents participated in the poll which was conducted from March 20 to 29.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista attributed this honor to all employees of the Department whom he calls the “angels in red vest’ for their  dedication to deliver social welfare services despite the risks of Covid-19.

The DSWD is also grateful for the Filipino people’s trust and pledges to continue to ensure the delivery of  its “maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo” especially to the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized sectors amid the pandemic.

Despite a number of its personnel being affected by COVID-19, the Department continues to serve the public through its various social protection services that assist poor and vulnerable families meet their needs. These include the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation, provision of family food packs to local government units, Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and Sustainable Livelihood Program, among others.  ###

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DSWD, United Nations Representative hold dialogue to strengthen child protection amid ongoing pandemic

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently held an online dialogue with United Nations (UN) Special Representative on Violence Against Children (VAC) Dr. Najat Maalla M’Jid to discuss pertinent measures to strengthen child protection systems amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The high-level dialogue, chaired by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, provided a platform to discuss policies and enhancement mechanisms to address VAC concerns. Likewise, it highlighted the status of the implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action to End Violence Against Children (PPAEVAC), which is the blueprint towards building a safe, nurturing, and protective environment for children.

During his speech, Secretary Bautista urged the participants to ensure that the government’s priorities to eliminate all forms of violence against children are realized, despite the difficulties brought by the pandemic. 

“Protecting and promoting the welfare of children is not only a duty we pledge to fulfill but also a moral obligation we firmly stand by. In staying true to our commitment, we realize that the opportunity to effect change – from the micro to macro levels across all aspects – is a crucial foundation in cultivating an accepting and empowering environment for our children to grow with principled visions, and eager and passionate heart,” Secretary Bautista said.

“Being faced with the present-day crisis, greater risks were posed as we continue with our intensified efforts to guarantee that every child is shielded from harm. Hence, the conduct of this dialogue is a necessary development to present and discuss challenges and initiatives, highlighting the key progress of the country, in accelerating “the end violence against children” agenda in the Philippines and to define key priorities for 2021 and beyond,” the Secretary added.

The dialogue, was also attended by UNICEF Philippines, Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), other national government agencies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and child representatives who shared inputs on the risks posed by the pandemic and the need to provide adequate and quality physical, social, mental, economic, health, and legal programs and services.

During the dialogue, the DSWD vowed to continue to collaborate with concerned stakeholders to scale up existing mechanisms to improve VAC reporting, referral, and data collection, as well as the prioritization and expansion of protection services for children.

The Department also assured that the commitments in the PPAEVAC are fulfilled by advancing systems, programs, and policies that will protect children from all forms of abuses, violence, and discrimination. ###

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DSWD Field Office X secures 373 hygiene kits for its COVID-19 and disaster response

The Department of Social Welfare and Development receives hygiene kits to send out to Northern Mindanao communities affected with the current pandemic.

373 hygiene kits arrived today, April 5, 2021 from the National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau of the Department of Social Welfare and Development intended for communities in need.

Pursuant to DSWD Administrative Order No. 1, series of 2019, or the Management Reorganization of the DSWD Central Office, the National Resource and Logistics Management Bureau (NRLMB) is assigned for managing relief goods (food and non-food items) and volunteers assisting NRLMB and other production hubs (NRLMB, 2019).

DSWD Field Office X will be sending hygiene kits to families in Northern Mindanao through their local government units.

As the Regional counterpart of the NRLMB, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X Resource and Logistics Management Unit, headed by Mr. Ramiel A. Guinandam, personally received and secured the initial 373 hygiene kits with the coordination and assistance of its service provider, the Cebu Pacific.

This relief supply is composed of toiletries that can be used for approximately one (1) month by the displaced individual and families following the standard composition set by the Department of Health (DOH). This shall be distributed by the DSWD when the requirement exceeds the DOH’s resources. The Hygiene Kit is composed of the following:

● 5 pieces toothbrush

● 4 pieces toothpaste

● 1 bottle shampoo

● 4 pieces bath bar soap

● 2000 grams laundry bar soap

● 4 packs sanitary napkin

● 1 piece comb

● 1 piece of disposable shaving razor

● 1 piece nail cutter

● 1 piece bathroom dipper

● 1-piece 20L square plastic bucket with cover and plastic handle

There are 3,000 hygiene kits and 5,000 family kits that are expected to be delivered, however with the availability of slots per service provider (whether airfare/seafare) and the staggered terms of delivery, the DSWD FO X is yet to receive the complete number of kits.

The DSWD is mandated to provide resource augmentation to local government units who are direct service providers to families and communities affected in disaster and/or human-induced hazards.

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November 2021