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Regional Profile of Poor Households Distributed

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) Unit of DSWD Field Office 10 have distributed copies of the Regional Profile to all the Municipal Social Welfare Officers and Municipal Planning Officers in region 10 as well as to the various partner Agencies who have executed Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development. This includes Philhealth, the Department of Agriculture, National Economic Development Authority, Department of Health, and all the Congressional Representatives of Region 10. Through the utilization of the NHTSPR data, these partner Agencies and congressional representatives would be able to deliver various social services to those who need them the most. Media partners were also provided with copies of the Regional Profile . This will serve as a valid point of reference for the media particularly in writing articles relating to NHTSPR as well as in tackling issues and concerns about the Project . Distribution of Regional profile also forms part in the advocacy of the NHTSPR within the region. (Mitzie S. Santiago-AAV)

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Foreign couples adopt Filipino children with DSWDโ€™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,ย 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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DSWD conducts Social Protection Development Report and Risk and Vulnerability Assessment

Cagayan de Oro City – To update government offices on the current poverty situation in the region, the Field Office 10 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development recently presented its Social Protection Development Report and Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (SPDR / RVA) last May 23, 2013 here.

Twenty-seven participants attended the activity composed of social workers coming from across the region, representatives from National Statistics Coordination Board, Departments of Health, Natural Environment and Natural Resources, Education, and Agriculture, and Philippine National Police.

The SPDR is a tool used by the social welfare department in identifying the risks and vulnerabilities faced by individuals, families, and communities in the country in order to guide the agency in determining which among these risks and vulnerabilities are prioritized given the government’s limited resources.

The Department also uses this tool for effective planning and budget processing as well as for policy formulation and program development.

According to Morena Fernandez, Chief of the Policy and Plans Division of the Field Office, the SPDR guides the agency and all the social welfare and development offices across the region in undertaking risk-response relating to the assessment of the poverty situation in the various provinces.

Written by Linda Canguit, Planning Officer, DSWD-X and Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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Regional Profile of Poor Households Distributed

Copies of the Regional Profile generated from the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) were distributed to local social welfare officers and planning officers from various towns in Northern Mindanao recently.

According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the agency that developed the NHTS-PR, the Regional Profile will serve as a reference for the local officers to determine appropriate social protection programs in their localities.

The NHTS-PR was developed to formulate a uniform set of criteria for identifying poor households in the country through scientific means. It also facilitates in the sharing of high quality database to public and private social protection stakeholders, and reduce leakage or inclusion of the non-poor and under-coverage or exclusion of the poor in the social protection services.

DSWD Partners such as Philhealth, Department of Agriculture, National Economic Development Authority, Department of Health, and all the congressional districts in the region also received the Regional Profile which, the DSWD hopes, will help them in identifying appropriate beneficiaries of their social protection programs.

Written by Mitzie S. Santiago, NHTS-PR AA, and Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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