Archive | November, 2012

Pantawid Pamilya contributes to national health care program – Secretary Soliman

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman (center) answers questions from reporters during the Media Forum on Maternal Healthcare at the Sulo Riviera Hotel, Quezon City.  Two former Health Secretaries,  Dr. Alberto Romualdez and Dr. Esperanza I. Cabral also served as resource persons

Maternal healthcare and health service delivery system in the country were the agenda tackled during the Secretary’s Cup, a media forum organized by the University of the Philippines National Health Institute (UP-PNHI) and Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP).

As speaker, Secretary Dinky Soliman presented the impact of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program on Maternal and Child Health. According to Secretary Soliman, the Pantawid Pamilya program contributes to the national health care program or “Kalusugang Pangkalahatan” of the government by ensuring that all Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are registered with Philhealth. Pantawid Pamilya program also ensures that pregnant mothers get pre and post natal care, mothers should bring their children to health centers for immunizations, weight and height monitoring and preventive check-ups.

To date, Pantawid Pamilya has 3,085,798 registered beneficiaries.   Of the P20 billion cash grants released from January to October this year, P10.3 billion was for health of mothers and children beneficiaries.  ###

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Homeless street family bonds for the first time

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman (center), Undersecretary Parisya Taradji and DSWD-NCR Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan (left) listen as Mr. Rolando Masayda shares his experiences and learnings during the 3-day Family Camp for homeless street families at Island Cove in Cavite.


It may just be a three-day camping, but for a homeless street family, it is so far the best three days in their lives.

“Nagpapasalamat po talaga ako sa ating pamahalaan, partikular sa DSWD sa pagbibigay sa amin (street families) ng pansin at mapabilang sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.    Masayang-masaya po kami ng aking mga anak dahil sa tatlong araw namin dito sa family camp ay na-experience namin na makatulog sa maganda at air-conditioned na tulugan, gayundin ang makakain ng mga masasarap na pagkain tatlong beses sa isang araw,” (I am thankful to the government, especially to the DSWD for giving us attention and be part of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.  I and my children are also very grateful that we participated in this 3-day family camp because we experienced how to sleep in a comfortable and air-conditioned room, and eat delicious food three times a day),  Mr. Rolando Masayda, a father of three children and a beneficiary of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) Program for homeless street families, said.

Mr. Masayda also narrated that “Malaki din ang pasasalamat ko sa activity na ito dahil ako’y nakapaglaan ng maraming oras na makapag-bonding sa aking mga anak. Tunay ko pong naipadama sa kanila ang aking pagiging ama.  Sa totoo lang po hindi ko napaglalaanan ng oras ang aking mga anak gaya ng ginawa ko sa kanila dito sa family camp, dahil ang oras ko po ay nagugugol ko sa pangangalakal sa lansangan upang mayroon akong maipakain sa aking mga anak. Dahil sa activity na ito natutuhan kong pahalagahan ang aking mga anak. (This activity proved to be very helpful because I spent more bonding time with my children.  I rarely spend time with them because I am looking for opportunities to earn so that I can buy food for them.  With this activity, I really felt good inside that I was able to show how much I care for my children).

Mr. Masayda is one of the 300 street families from the National Capital Region who participated in the 2nd batch of the Family Camp for Homeless Street families at the Island Cove in Cavite. The first batch was held on November 6-8 while the third and last batch is on-going from November 27-29. Around 900 homeless street families participated in the family camp.

The family camp provides an opportunity for the street families to experience various activities geared towards character building and personality development.

The services offered during the three-day camp include: family development session, skills training, spiritual enhancement, gender sensitivity, empowerment training, forum on children’s rights, story-telling sessions, supervised neighborhood play, film showing, seminar on harmful effects of illegal drugs, zoo tour and swimming.

The MCCT for Street Families covers poor families who were not included in the regular Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program because of their mobile lifestyle and indefinite residence.

The MCCT provides a complete package of assistance to the street families which are not limited to education and health grants, but also include safe and responsive housing assistance with access to social services and economic opportunities for the improvement of their living conditions.

The street families under the MCCT project will also receive monthly cash grants for health and education, provided that they comply with the modified conditionalities.

The conditions that they should comply with are: parents should ensure that their children do not stay or work on the streets; parents/guardians should participate/attend the Family Life Education and Counseling, and Family Development Sessions conducted in their locale; children should be attending any mode of learning, either regular school, Alternative Learning System (ALS), School on Wheels or Supervised Neighborhood Play; parents/guardians should bring their children to health centers for immunizations, weight and height monitoring and preventive check-ups; and household beneficiaries must stay in alternative residences after identification, relocation and/or provision of shelter assistance for them.

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Highlights of CY 2011 Audit Findings / Observations and Recommendations (COA Exit Conference – July 24, 2012)

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DSWD explains COA Report

The Pantawid Pamilya related-findings contained in the 2011 Consolidated Audit Report on Official Development Assistance (ODA) Projects ( are lifted from the 2011 Consolidated Annual Audit Report (CAAR) on the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) prepared by the Commission on Audit.  DSWD received its copy last 20 November 2012 and is required to submit “a status report on the actions taken on the audit recommendations within 60 days from the date of receipt thereof…”.  DSWD management responses to the COA findings are likewise incorporated in the CAAR report and we will circulate the full copy once COA makes it available on its website.   For the record, these findings were already raised by various news organizations utilizing draft COA reports in the past months, and DSWD has issued various press releases on these matters, which we are providing once again, in response to the currently circulating news reports.

Unaccounted Disbursements

As of October 31, 2012,  only P174,713,938 remains unliquidated from the P3.77 billion cash grants distributed in 2011 to eligible and compliant beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya.

The DSWD continues to coordinate with Landbank of the Philippines to submit supporting documents such as acknowledgement receipts duly signed by beneficiaries in the payroll list, bank debit advices, and certified list of paid beneficiaries, to speed up the liquidation of the remaining balance.

Questionable purchases of mobile phones and planners

The DSWD said that the purchase of mobile phones was deemed necessary to monitor the program but the Department is accepting the COA recommendation and is working with the concerned Field Office to resolve the matter with the involved staff.

On the 2011 planners, the DSWD cited limitations on the procurement of goods and services especially those that are time-bound.  With this, the Department initiated steps such as the creation of the Procurement Service, creation of two Bids and Awards Committee, inclusion of effective procurement management as part of performance standards for  all offices and units, strengthening systems to ensure linkage of financial, operational and procurement planning, strict monitoring and reporting procurement up to the management and executive levels, review of policies and procedures on procurement, and ongoing capacity building program for procurement personnel.

Selection of  qualified households

Poor households are selected using the National Household Targeting System (NHTS-PR) which utilizes the proxy means test (PMT). PMT is a statistical model that estimates the income per capita of households based on proxy means variables such as those from the 2003 Family Income Expenditure Survey (FIES) and Labor Force Survey, household composition and size, housing conditions, tenure status, ownership or assets, education and occupation of household members, access to services and regional variable.  PMT is found to be the most appropriate targeting mechanism for developing countries such as the Philippines where there is a large informal labor sector and no nationally aggregated database available to cross check incomes and assets.

The DSWD said that the reported inclusion/exclusion errors in the identification of CCT beneficiaries are already addressed by the Pantawid Pamilya National Program Monitoring Office (NPMO) – Grievance Redress System (GRS).  The system allows complaints from excluded or delisted households, or the public regarding the inclusion of non-poor individuals to the program. Complaints desks are also set-up during community assemblies. Re-assessment and validation surveys are also being done by the NHTS-PR to correct inclusion and exclusion errors in the identification of beneficiaries. This in an on-going process.

As of 24 October 2012, a total 47,878 households have already been delisted from the program. This figure includes those households who have been delisted under the Grievance Redress System such as those who have voluntarily waived from the program, those validated to have engaged in fraudulent acts, those validated as inclusion errors and those also found to have been ineligible for the program due to regular income/financial capacity.

Failure to conduct Family Development Sessions

The field offices concerned (FO 3 and IV-A) had already submitted the attendance sheets and other supporting documents  to the COA and this has been cleared during the exit conference between COA and DSWD held last  August 22,2012.

Lacking qualitative performance indicators

On the report that the program lacked qualitative performance indicators which will measure the improvements brought about by the program on health and education, specifically increase in enrollment and frequency of visits to health centers– the COA had difficulty in understanding that these are not part of the output indicators monitored by program implementers on a bi-monthly basis as part of its compliance verification system.  The outcome indicators identified for the program were already submitted to the DBM, who leads the technical working group for the Oversight of Pantawid Pamilya implementation. In addition to this, the World Bank and ADB, as development partners, prescribe inclusion of qualitative indicators in overall program design and are embedded in all loan documents that the Department has to comply with. Finally, as part of its monitoring framework, the DSWD in partnership with the World Bank, conducts impact evaluation every two years.

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman assured the public that the DSWD is adopting measures to improve the implementation of the CCT program.

“We are continuously reviewing and improving policies and systems as well as implementing key strategic measures to ensure transparency and judicious management of funds,” Secretary Soliman said. ###

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One out of five women, aged 15-49, has experienced physical violence, 14.4 percent of married women have experienced physical abuse from their husbands; 37 percent of separated or widowed women have experienced physical violence, according to Department of Social Welfare and Development, quoting the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey conducted by the National Statistics Office.

In 2011, some 15,104 cases of domestic violence were recorded by the Women and Children Protection Center of the Philippine National Police. The 2011 figure is 5,619 cases more than the 2010 figure of 9,485 cases. For 2012, some 12,948 cases were recorded covering January to August.

“Violence against women is one of the challenges the world is facing today. It has turned into a pervasive human rights violation. It violates the fundamental freedom of women and impedes the development of their full potential,” Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman said.

In an effort to address the growing phenomenon of violence against women (VAW) especially in the Asian region, member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will gather for the Training Workshop on Strengthening Capacities of Communities, Practitioners and Policy Makers to Address Violence Against Women (VAW) on November 27-29 in Manila.

The training is part of DSWD’s commitment to advance the goals of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25.

The three-day training workshop is organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It will be participated in by social workers, law enforcement officers and non-government organizations (NGOs) involved in managing cases of victims-survivors of violence against women, from the ten ASEAN member-states, namely; Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines.

The gathering aims to provide a venue for participating countries to share their initiatives, strategies, gains, challenges, and recommendations on strengthening capacities of communities, practitioners and policy makers in addressing VAW focusing on victims-survivors,  perpetrators and  enabling mechanisms.

The workshop hopes to identify common approaches that service providers and practitioners can adopt to effectively address violence against women in the Asian region.

ASEAN member-states have been undertaking different measures to study and address violence against women. At the national level, measures undertaken include legislation and legal reform, action plan formulation, implementation of programs and projects, setting up of referrals and linkages and working closely with NGOs.

Previously, the Philippines conducted two ASEAN Training Workshops, in 2003 and 2005, as part of the strategies to address VAW collectively undertaken by the ASEAN member-states. The previous activities sought to strengthen effective mechanisms to prevent domestic violence, and increase the competency of ASEAN member-countries in addressing the gaps on VAW interventions focusing on the treatment and rehabilitation of the perpetrators of domestic violence.

“This time, we need to focus on the service providers and stakeholders, particularly on strengthening the capacities of communities, practitioners and policy makers as the next step to eliminate violence against women.  We are looking forward to a fruitful sharing of ideas and strategies that will effectively eliminate this social malady in the Asian region,” Secretary Soliman emphasized. ###

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DSWD Donation Accounts


Account Number : 3124-0055-81
Bank Address : Land Bank of the Philippines, Batasan Branch, Constitution Hills, Quezon City


Account Number : 3122-1011-84
Bank Address : Land Bank of the Philippines, Batasan Branch, Constitution Hills, Quezon City

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Report streetchildren for rescue via twitter @savestreetkids – DSWD

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman shows the card bearing the twitter account for rescue of streetchildren in NCR @savestreetkids during her recent press conference


Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman encouraged the public  to help report sightings of streetchildren in Metro Manila through the DSWD twitter account for rescue of streetchildren @savestreetkids.

“Through this twitter account, the public may now report sightings of streetchildren by tweeting to us where they exactly saw these children. They can use the format: savestreetkids at / exact name of street / nearest landmark/ Metro Manila City/time of sighting.  Updates will be posted within eight hours in our twitter account on whether  the streetchildren have been rescued. They will then be brought to  reception action centers  of  local government units  and to DSWD managed-centers to determine where they came from and to be provided with appropriate services and interventions,” Secretary Soliman explained.

“We are closely coordinating with LGUs and non-government organizations (NGOs) to monitor streets where there is high concentration of streetchildren. The children will be invited to the barangays especially this Christmas season. Activities will be held at the barangay level to keep the children off the streets,” the Secretary added.

The streets where there is high concentration of street children are: Roxas Boulevard in Manila; Kalayaan Road, Barangay E. Rodriguez and Quezon Avenue in Quezon City; Balintawak area in Caloocan City; Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City; Greenhills, Ortigas in San Juan City; Kapasigan in Pasig City; Madrigal Avenue, Alabang in Muntinlupa City; and along NAIA Road in Parañaque City. Based on a Rapid Appraisal conducted by the DSWD, more than 4,000 streetchildren were identified in these areas.

Secretary Soliman also said that the DSWD is implementing the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) program that benefits homeless streetfamilies. The Secretary stated that this is being pilot tested in Metro Manila but will soon be  implemented nationwide.

One of the activities under the MCCT  is a series of family camps for the 900 streetfamily-beneficiaries wherein they will participate in productive activities, such as games, skills enhancement  and family development sessions.

The MCCT extends cash and housing assistance to homeless streetfamilies provided that they comply with the conditions of the program.

The conditions that they should comply with are: parents should ensure that their children do not stay or work on the streets; parents/guardians should participate/attend the Family Life Education and Counseling, and Family Development Sessions conducted in their locale; children should be attending any mode of learning, either regular school, Alternative Learning System (ALS), School on Wheels or Supervised Neighborhood Play; parents/guardians should bring their children to health centers for immunizations, weight and height monitoring and preventive check-ups; and household beneficiaries must stay in alternative residences after identification, relocation and/or provision of shelter assistance for them. ###

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DSWD Leads Signing of Implementing Rules and Regulations on Foster Care Act

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman will lead the Ceremonial Signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the “Foster Care Act of 2012” or Republic Act No. 10165 at the DSWD Central Office, Batasan Hills, Quezon City on November 19, 2012.

The Foster Care Act of 2012 adheres to the State policy to provide every child who is neglected, abused, surrendered, dependent, abandoned, under sociocultural difficulties, or with special needs with an alternative family that will provide love and care as well as opportunities for growth and development.

Likewise, the State recognizes that in most cases, a child will benefit more from foster care than institutional care

Secretary Soliman said that with the passage of the Foster Care Act of 2012, the government will now be able to provide temporary care for children who cannot live with their own parents because of neglect, abuse or a family crisis.

“This law supports the DSWD policy on de-institutionalization of children, wherein immediate transfer of children from institutions to an alternative family or independent living is encouraged,” she emphasized.

Foster care is a very nurturing alternative parental care for abandoned, neglected, orphaned children and other children with special needs, among others, Secretary Soliman added.

The law also provides assistance and tax incentives to foster parents, child caring agencies, and donor institutions.

Under the law, those who wish to become a foster parent must be: of legal age; at least sixteen (16) years older than the child unless the foster parent is a relative; must have a genuine interest, capacity and commitment in parenting and is able to provide a familial atmosphere for the child; must have a healthy and harmonious relationship with each family member living with him or her; of good moral character; physically and mentally capable and emotionally mature; have sufficient resources to be able to provide for the family’s needs; willing to further hone or be trained on knowledge, attitudes and skills in caring for a child; and must not already have the maximum number of children under his foster care at the time of application or award.

Further, the law provides that a foster parent may adopt his or her foster child if they possess all the qualifications as provided for by Republic Act No. 8552, otherwise known as the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998 or Republic Act No. 8043, otherwise known as the Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1995.

RA 8552 specifies that a Filipino citizen of legal age, of good moral character, has not been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude, emotionally and psychologically capable of caring for children, at least sixteen (16) years older than the adoptee, and who is in a position to support and care for his/her children in keeping with the means of the family, may be eligible for domestic adoption.

Under RA No. 10165, foster parents will be with the support care services such as counselling, training on child care and development, respite care, skills training and livelihood assistance.

In addition, foster parents may be entitled to personal tax exemption and additional exemption for dependents.

Further, the law also states that a non-government organization (NGO) accredited by the DSWD  which provides foster care to children shall be exempted from paying tax on its income as an organization under the provision of Section 30 of the Tax Code of the Philippines.

Qualified NGOs may likewise apply as a donee institution that will entitle them to receive donations. ###

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