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DSWD Chief, other Cabinet members lead delivery of gov’t services in Lanao del Norte

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista delivers his message for beneficiaries of financial assistance at Kapatagan Public Market. 

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista joined Cabinet members in a series of events held in Lanao del Norte on November 24 to extend social protection services to indigent families in the province.

Upon his arrival, the Secretary graced the launching of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2) Program in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte wherein the DSWD will extend aid to returning families from the National Capital Region (NCR) and provide assistance in their reintegration and resettlement at their places of origin.

Secretary Bautista also led the provision of financial assistance, under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), to 100 indigent families in Kauswagan and 200 market vendors in Kapatagan who are economically affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the interventions that will be provided by the Department in BP2 Program are transportation assistance, Transitory Family Support Package, Livelihood Settlement Grants, transitory shelter assistance, and psychosocial support. In addition, the beneficiaries will also be involved in building self-sustaining community projects through the community-driven development (CDD) strategy of Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), core program of the DSWD.

Through Kalahi-CIDSS, community members actively participate to identify and prioritize their community’s problems and  allow them to design, implement, and manage solutions to their priority problems. It focuses on providing people-centered development by providing development assistance, capacity-building, and implementation support to poverty-disadvantaged and disaster-affected municipalities

About 10,000 families nationwide are targeted to benefit from the BP2 Program in the coming years.

Meanwhile, the Secretary joined Senator Lawrence “Bong” Go and other Cabinet members including Department of Budget and Management Secretary Wendel Avisado, Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo D. del Rosario, Presidential Communications Operation Office Secretary Martin Andanar, Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Emmanuel Piñol, and Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Commissioner Greco Belgica in the launching of the new Malasakit Center in Kapatagan Provincial Hospital. During the event, the Department, through its Field Office X, extended financial assistance worth Php3,000 to 46 patients currently admitted in the said hospital.

As the lead social welfare agency, DSWD remains committed to support the measures of the Duterte administration to ensure balanced regional development through the provision of quality social welfare programs to all Filipinos in need of assistance. ###

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SLP: promoting Swak na Local Products, a webinar

Online selling has been long practiced by businesses in the advent of the internet. Different platforms are available in maximizing reach to potential buyers. With more people having access to social media, it has been the most flexible marketplace for online sellers. Despite its great potential, only few people understand how the social network can work in advantage for micro-entrepreneurs.

The webinar is to capacitate our program participants on better engagement and selling of their products through their own business pages.

It is initiated under the Sustainable Livelihood Program on the conduct of a webinar about online selling through social media entitled “SLP: promoting Swak na Local Products” through Google Meet link. The activity is in line with the week-long Likhang Hiraya celebration of DSWD Field Office 10. Target participants are program participants and field workers in improving product-selling and reaching more potential buyers. Resource person is Ms. Piper Ramboanga, online marketing consultant and founder of a consultancy group that provides technical advises to SMEs.

The activity serves as culminating activity of Likhang Hiraya, the photo exhibit and product display of SLP. Photos are exhibited at Lim Ket Kai Mall and Ayala Centrio Mall. Products are sold online through the Facebook page DSWD Region X to avoid crowding in public places.

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Cooking-demo using SLP products conducted in celebration of Likhang Hiraya

The Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD Field Office 10 has supported micro-enterprises that include food production and has been featured by the Local Government Units at their respective Negosyo Centers under the Department of Trade and Industries (DTI). In promoting such outputs, the agency initiated a cooking-demonstration using SLP products through Facebook livestream.

Culinary Chef Hannah Lei Tiro shares her creativity and cooking skills in using SLP products on her new recipe “Chicken Binagoongan with Kiping Flakes”. The cooking-demo is part of Likhang Hiraya celebration.

Culinary Chef Hannah Lei Tiro, from Culinary Institute of Cagayan, crafted a recipe “Chicken Binagoongan with Kiping Flakes” using Spicy Alamang by TAMA CFB 4Ps SLPA, and Cassava Crisps “kiping” by Raquel Montalba, a Pantawid grantee from Camiguin. The output is a spicy, savory dish that is easy to cook. The recipe and procedure is available at the Facebook page.

Chicken is a staple dish among Filipino households. Infusing it with SLP products inspires viewers to be creative and enjoy a unique savory dish that is easy to make.

Photo exhibits can be found at Ayala Centrio Mall and Lim Ket Kai Mall.

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DSWD FO-10 conducts Christmas Decor-making using SLP products

People are having their houses decorated and trees lighted up as the Christmas Season is bringing cheer to Filipino households. Since budget is tighter to buy new ornaments, DIY ones can be made right at the comfort of their homes. A Christmas decor-making session with Ms. May Rose Estrada of Glee Nasbah crafts was initiated by the Sustainable Livelihood Program in using products made the program participants and recyclable materials in transforming them to whimsical decorations. Aside from promoting local products, it also encourages viewers to be more eco-conscious by recycling household items into something decorative or useful. The activity was conducted through Facebook livestream.

Ms. May Rose Estrada shares her craft-making skills in making Christmas decorations in using SLP products and recycled materials.

Likhang Hiraya: Pangarap Patungong PagSibol is an SLP product display and photo exhibit. Banking in the power of images as a communication tool, this activity aims to further educate and engage the general public’s interest in SLP by showcasing the different products from the different SLP associations and individual participants, as well as exhibiting powerful images of the program’s works through the different SLP projects. This display and exhibit shall capture positive, creative, and inspiring images of SLP projects, products, and participants.

Bikog plates transformed into centerpieces or wall decor but simply adding ornaments. The bikog plates are from Lanao del Norte.

Photo exhibit can be viewed at Lim Ket Kai Mall and Ayala Centrio Mall until December 4, 2020. Products are available for orders online, pick up at the regional office or delivery by local courier.

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DSWD Field Office 10 launches Likhang Hiraya

Likhang Hiraya: Pangarap Patungong PagSibol is a product display and photo exhibit by the Sustainable Livelihood Program, showcasing the best of what our program participants have gained through the different modalities. This is a nationwide event with localized initiatives in the implementation.

Likhang Hiraya: Pangarap Patungong PagSibol

For the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10, Likhang Hiraya is celebrated this December 1-4, 2020 through a photo exhibit in 2 mall and online selling of products. Photos on the program implementation and participants from the micro-enterprise and employment facilitation tracks are displayed at Lim Ket Kai Mall and Ayala Centrio Mall. A virtual opening program was done through Facebook livestream with Mr. Rhandy Ladoroz, SLP Regional Program Coordinator , giving insights on the significance of Likhang Hiraya, while Mr. Kaysher Dantalmura, SLP Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, sharing a briefer on what SLP is all about. This year’s product exhibit participants were presented coming from different municipalities of Region 10. Orders have to be made online which is then picked up from the office or have it delivered straight to their homes through a local courier.

SLP expressed through the stories of our program participants on the gains and success brought to their lives.

Virtual mini shows are slated for each day in keeping the interest and awareness of the public. Decoration-making and cooking demonstrations using SLP products are slated each day with invited resource persons. A webinar on online selling by an expert online marketing specialist will serve as culminating activity. Target participants are selected SLP participants and associations with established products and SLP field workers.

Mr. Rhandy Ladoroz, SLP Regional Program Coordinator, sharing the significance on the conduct of Likhang Hiraya. Products made by SLP participants are the main highlight of the event in supporting local enterprises.

This is a first of its kind in conducting a product exhibit, adapting to the health pandemic. Economic activities are being flexible in stemming transmission by going online and offering delivery of their products. This applies as well for SLP in supporting the local products as we love to say “Buy locally, support a Filipino family.” Available products are posted at the Facebook page of DSWD Region X.

Spicy Alamang 200g by TAMA CFB 4Ps SLPA from Naawan, Misamis Oriental for Php 100.00 only. This is just one of the many products available for sale.

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DSWD does not hold raffle draws, warns public against fake FB posts

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) denied that it is holding raffle draws or giving away cash prizes online and warned the public against fake Facebook posts promoting such activity.

This came in the wake of reports regarding multiple Facebook posts claiming that DSWD is giving away P50,000 to P60,000 from its Social Amelioration Program. According to a report received by the Department, the posts are phishing for information by asking netizens to send their full name, address, and contact number to another FB account.

DSWD urged the public to only refer to the Department’s official Facebook account, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Twitter account, @dswdserves; and to the DSWD website, dswd.gov.ph for updates and official information on its program and services.

The Department appealed to the public to be vigilant and to refrain from participating in dubious activities perpetrated on social media by unscrupulous individuals. ###

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DSWD supports call to strengthen PH’s pension system amid pandemic

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) supports move to strengthen the social pension system for indigent senior citizens in the country to better protect the elderly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the increasing needs for health and daily subsistence of older persons, several bills have been filed in both houses of Congress that aim to increase the monthly social pension for indigent senior citizens, which is currently at P500.00 per month as provided for under Republic Act (RA) 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

The Department emphasized that indigent seniors in the country are in need of more assistance, especially in the midst of the current crisis caused by the pandemic. The proposed increase in the pension benefit will be a big help to augment the needs of poor seniors, who are among the sectors that are mostly-affected by the current crisis. The proposed measures also complement the efforts of DSWD to better protect the rights and promote the welfare of the elderly amid the pandemic.   

Meanwhile, DSWD’s programs and services for older persons shall be transferred to the newly-created National Commission of Senior Citizens as mandated by RA No. 11350 which was signed on July 25, 2019. The Commission will undertake the various developments, both on programs and the administrative aspects, specifically the country’s pension system to better protect the elderly from various cases.

DSWD, in coordination with local government units, implements the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens provided for under RA 9994. The program provides monthly stipend amounting to P500 to indigent senior citizens to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs. It is distributed on a semestral basis at P3,000 per semester or P500 per month for six (6) months.

The law specifies that seniors qualified to receive social pension are those who are frail, sickly or with disability; without any pension from other government agencies; and without a permanent source of income or source of financial assistance/compensation to support their basic needs.

DSWD emphasized that it will support and implement measures that would be passed by the Congress in the provision of additional benefits and privileges to senior citizens, as it recognizes the contributions of older persons in nation-building, providing the foundation and laying the groundwork for today’s society. ### 

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DSWD Secretary Bautista graces Lanao del Norte events

In a series of events held in towns Kauswagan and Kapatagan Lanao del Norte, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista, together with DSWD-10 Regional Director Mari-Flor Dollaga-Libang and DSWD Undersecretary Aimee Neri met with stakeholders, program beneficiaries and government partners working in collaboration with the DSWD in carrying out development programs by the government.

Secretary Bautista graced the official launching of the Balik Probinsiya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2) Program in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte wherein DSWD will play a vital role in assisting LGUs of bringing back families from the National Capital Region (NCR) who decided and/or qualified to return to their respective hometowns and resettlement areas to start a new life after COVID-19. BP2 aims to decongest urban poor communities in the NCR and achieve a balanced regional development by providing opportunities for returning Filipino families and boosting countryside development. Kapatagan is the pilot municipality of BP2 in the country and serves as a model community for the achievement of the program’s objectives.

DSWD will provide financial assistance to families in their Transportation, Transitory Family Support Package, Livelihood Settlement Grants, moreover, taking part in building self-sustaining, prosperous communities with the delivery of projects through the Community-driven development (CDD) strategy of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. Within the next two years, 10,000 families are targeted to be fully integrated to communities and resettlement areas in the provinces.

Secretary Bautista also attended the distribution of financial assistance to 100 indigent families in Kauswagan and 200 market vendors in Kapatagan who are economically affected by the impact of the current pandemic. Each family received Php3,000 through DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

Together with Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and cabinet secretaries, Secretary Bautista attended the launching of the Malasakit Center in Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, serving as a one-stop-shop for individuals seeking financial help from their medical needs and hospitalization bills. The center employs personnel from DSWD, Philhealth, PCSO and other agencies to assist Filipinos in time of their distress. During the occasion, DSWD extended financial assistance worth Php3,000 to 46 patients currently admitted in the said hospital.

The visit of the Secretary has been instrumental to improving the programs and services of the Field Office seeking to deliver prompt and quality service to its clientele in Region 10.  

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