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Dialogue on DSWD’s Supplementary Feeding and Social Pension conducted

Cagayan de Oro City – 204 representatives from various towns in Northern Mindanao joined in the consultation dialogue held here last May 23-24, 2013, where the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X presented the updates of its Supplementary Feeding Program and Social Pension Program.

Composed of 71 municipal accountants, 40 Local State Auditors and 93 local social welfare officers, the dialogue was also attended by a representative of Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) in which the Social Pension Program will enter into agreements with them along Door-to Door delivery scheme for the Senior Citizens to be piloted in Gingoog City and El Salvador City starting June 3, 2013.

The activity was highlighted with the discussions on the Omnibus Guidelines in the Implementation of Supplementary Feeding Program, Administrative Order No.03 Series of 2011 “Operational Procedure in the Implementation of the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, and Administrative Order No. 4 series of 2012 “Procedure in Processing Replacements for Beneficiaries of Social Pension” (Addendum of AO No.3).

The said guidelines were presented to trace out gaps, hindering factors, strengths to gauge further improvement of the program implementation likewise to fast track the prompt liquidation of transferred funds to the Local Government Units for a better and smoother operation of the program.

Written by Rechel Grace Ceniza, Nutritionist / Dietician (posted 5/31/2013)

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DSWD clarifies issues on distribution of Emergency Shelter Assistance

Cagayan de Oro City – To answer queries made by Sendong survivors of Barangay Consolacion, this City, on the selection of beneficiaries and distribution of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), the Department of Social Welfare and Development clarifies the assistance can only be provided through certain qualifications.

Under Administrative Order No. 17, Series of 2010, which is the Omnibus Guideline on Shelter Assistance, the Emergency Shelter Assistance is only applicable to those families who are not recipients of any other housing assistance from any other agency.

“Based on our assessment and validation through the families’ access cards in Barangay Consolacion, a number of them have already received housing assistance from other sources such as International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Red Cross, thus, are not qualified for the ESA,” Ms. Daisy Ramos, a DSWD social worker, said.

Among the qualifications to receive ESA as well include families that have limited resources that prevent them from repairing or reconstructing their permanent shelter units. The monthly income of a family of six in an urban area, which is in this case – Cagayan de Oro – should also be below P10,000.00, depending on the National Statistics Coordination Board’s statistic report on food threshold.

Moreover, the Omnibus Guideline also highlights that the families who can benefit from the assistance are those with or without land ownership property but situated in safe areas, and those who are not willing to be resettled and opt to stay in the same location but compliant with the safety requirements.

The amount of the ESA can only be determined upon the assessment of the DSWD social workers. They base their assessment on the qualifications and their living conditions.

The DSWD emphasizes that only a maximum of P5,000.00 shall be given to those families whose houses were assessed as partially damaged, and a maximum of P10,000.00 for families whose houses were assessed as totally damaged.

The DSWD however clarifies that some may receive an amount lesser than P5,000.00 or P10,000.00 depending on the need and living condition of the families.

“As much as we want to accommodate all the communities’ demand, we are still bound by the policies and guidelines of the ESA. Rest assured, there are still other DSWD social services and social protection programs available to the communities of which they can avail,” Ms. Ramos said.

 

Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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139 youths graduate from Cash for Training

139 youths from the towns of Tagoloan, Villanueva, Jasaan, Claveria, Balingasag, and Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental recently graduated from the Cash for Training, a joint program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Training courses completed by the students included Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Electrical Installation and Maintenance and Computer Hardware Servicing.

The Cash for Training Program aims to help the youth, including the out-of-school, to have a decent job of their own in the future. The DSWD provides allowance while on training at TESDA Regional Training Center at Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

After the students’ graduation, they were also provided with tool kits to be used in their respective field of endeavor.

Students gave their testimonies by expressing their thanks to DSWD and TESDA for helping them and those who cannot afford to go to school to pursue vocational courses. The municipal officials also gave their kudos to DSWD and TESDA and expressed their hope that the program will continue in order to help more out-of-school youths in the region.

Written by Manuel M. Borres, Chief Administrative Officer, and Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer

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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.

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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 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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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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