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DSWD extends educational aid to over 40,000 students

As the lead agency in social protection, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) places emphasis in ensuring that indigent and underprivileged children and youth avail of opportunities to go to school.

One form of intervention being provided by the Department is through the provision of educational assistance under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS). This is part of DSWD’s effort to provide immediate services to people who are in crisis or emergency situations.

The educational assistance helps defray the school expenses and the cost of sending children to school, such as school tuition fees, school supplies, transportation allowance, and other school-related expenses.

The program has assisted 42,363 children for the first quarter of 2015.

“With school opening scheduled for next month, we are fast-tracking our assistance to needy children and youth to enable them to enroll, since we have always believed that education is the key in lifting themselves and their families out of poverty.

“However, this is limited financial assistance designed to augment the poor students’ immediate needs especially if the family is presently in crisis and is unable to raise the needed amount to continue sending their children to school,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Julian-Soliman emphasized.

The amount of assistance that can be extended to clients ranges from P3,000 to P 25,000, based on the assessment of the social worker.

To avail of educational assistance, the client has to go through the screening process wherein he or she has to submit the appropriate documents to the social worker, who will in turn conduct the interview and assessment and recommend the release of assistance.

Clients can avail of assistance once every three months. However, for clients who have been previously assisted, a social case study report might be required by the social worker. The case study report will establish whether the client is still in crisis or not.

Those seeking educational assistance should present the following requirements: enrollment assessment form or certificate of registration, school ID of the student/beneficiary, barangay certificate of residency/indigency and any valid ID of the client, and referral letter, if applicable.

Applicants may go to any Social Welfare and Development Satellite Office, an extension unit of the DSWD which serves as an action center at the provincial level that immediately responds to cases of individuals and families in crisis situations.

A social case study report prepared by the LGU social worker/medical social worker, or a social case summary prepared by a registered social worker is required by the CIU to support assessment and recommendation of assistance. ###

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DSWD aims for a hassle-free donation experience for foreign donors

With the onset of the typhoon season, many well-meaning individuals – especially those living abroad – usually send donations to the country to help the victims of calamities.

To ensure that donors will have a worry-free experience, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reiterated that it has policies to ensure that the applications for duty-free and VAT-free entry of foreign donations given during calamities will be managed and processed smoothly.

The DSWD, as the social welfare and development arm of the government, is the certifying office for foreign donations that will be covered by duty-free and VAT-free entry.

DSWD works with the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) which issues the clearance for duty-free and VAT-free entry for donations made during a state of calamity.

“While foreign donated relief goods are free from import duties and taxes, there are policies and processes governing the exemption; and failure to abide may result in non-entitlement,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

Sec. Soliman urged prospective consignees, or those entities responsible for the receipt of foreign shipments, to inform their donors of the different requirements that they should comply with and the procedures that they have to undergo to avoid problems with the donation process.

DSWD-registered Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWADAs) are qualified to become recipients of duty-free donations.

Private organizations that want to avail of duty-free entry should apply for registration as SWADA with the DSWD to avail of the privilege. Organizations that are not registered can still become recipients of foreign donations but will not be processed for duty-free entry.

Storage fees

DSWD noted that goods are confiscated or held at the Bureau of Customs if consignees do not comply with the requirements and if they include unacceptable items.

For donations that arrive at the pier, consignees have six days to process the release papers. After six days, a storage fee of P5,000 per day for each container van will be charged.

On the other hand, donations that arrive at the airport should be released on the same day. Otherwise, these will be charged with storage fees by the kilo or computed per cubic meter, whichever is higher.

Acceptable donations

Foreign donations should be limited to food and non-food items such as mats, blankets, shoes, medicines, soap, and cooking and kitchen utensils.

Food commodities should have a remaining lifespan of at least a year with sanitary and phytosanitary compliance.

Donations of used clothing is strictly prohibited in order to safeguard the health of the people and maintain the dignity of the nation. The importation of used clothing is banned by the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines and Republic Act No. 4653.


To facilitate the issuance of certification for duty-free entry, DSWD requires the following documents:

  • Authenticated Deed of Donation from the Philippine Consular Office of the country of origin with the accompanying certificate as to fitness of food and medicine for consumption and compliance with the country of origin’s sanitary and phytosanitary standards;
  • Notarized Deed of Acceptance;
  • Copy of valid DSWD Registration, License and/or Accreditation Certificate;
  • Shipping documents such as original and/or duly certified true copy of Bill of Lading or Airway Bill and Packing List;
  • Plan of Distribution which should be approved by the concerned DSWD-Field Office;
  • In case of medicines, a certification of the Department Health-Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the commodities are allowed for free distribution and use by the intended beneficiaries without the need of a prior prescription and that these are safe for human consumption;
  • Notarized distribution report on the latest shipment previously received by the applicant; and,
  • In case of relief items other than food and medicines, proof of prior agreements or approved arrangement with appropriate government agencies.

These documents should be submitted in three copies to the concerned DSWD-Field Office for assessment at least two weeks prior to the scheduled arrival of donations in the country.


The application form together with the requirements shall be filed by the consignee at the DSWD-Field Office where the intended distribution of goods shall take place. The processing fee is P1,000.

The DSWD-Field Office shall review the application and requirements within three working days upon receipt.

Approved applications shall be forwarded to the DSWD Central Office for final review and evaluation. Otherwise, the application shall be returned to the applicant for further compliance.

The Central Office shall give its final evaluation on the application three days upon receipt from the Field Office.

If approved, the Central Office shall prepare the endorsement letter to the Office of the President-Presidential Management Staff (OP-PMS)  indicating that the foreign donations to the concerned consignee may be allowed duty-free entry;  conforme letter addressed to the applicant that they should comply with the post-facilitation requirements; and, letter to the concerned DSWD-Field Office informing them of the approval of the application and requesting them to monitor the actual distribution of goods.


During a state of calamity, especially for disasters of the same magnitude as Typhoon Yolanda, the government opens a One-Stop-Shop to process foreign donations instead of securing clearance from the PMS.

Concerned government agencies such as the DSWD, DOF, DOH, Department of Foreign Affairs, and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council are housed in one roof to facilitate the release of the donations. ###

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DSWD’s poverty alleviation program completes 7,531 community projects

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to involve communities in their own development through the Community-Driven Development (CDD) strategy employed by the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the Department’s anti-poverty programs.

CDD is an approach that engages citizens in local development so that they will determine and implement what interventions that will help their communities respond to issues affecting their poverty situation.

These interventions include the construction of community projects such as farm-to-market roads, footbridges, day care centers, solar dryers, school buildings, health centers, water systems, and small irrigation systems, among others.

From 2011 to April 15, 2015, some 7,531 community projects have been completed through the various modalities under Kalahi-CIDSS, which include:

  • Kalahi-CIDSS Additional Financing, which expanded the first phase of Kalahi-CIDSS, covering 176 municipalities in three years.

Under this project, a total of 2,329 community projects have been completed, benefiting 595,582 households. The project ended in May 2014.

  • Kalahi-CIDSS Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Project, funded through a $120 million grant from MCC. With the funding, Kalahi-CIDSS was able to expand its reach to additional municipalities in Luzon and Visayas.
  • Australian Grant project from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which aims to improve access of targeted poor communities to early childhood learning and development activities by supporting the construction or rehabilitation of day care centers and classrooms in areas which have Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program partner-beneficiaries.

DFAT provided two grants to Kalahi-CIDSS. The first, amounting to P405 million, which ended last May 2014, was used for the construction of 626 classrooms. This was immediately followed by the second grant, which amounted to P487 million, which was used to support the construction of 468 classrooms and daycare centers.

  • Japan Social Development Fund-Livelihood for Vulnerable Urban Communities (JSDF-LVUC) Project, which aims to improve the employment and livelihood opportunities of 3,750 households in 75 targeted urban poor communities in and around Metro Manila and adjacent provinces.

This project funded three types of community projects: livelihood and enterprise development, training for employment and small infrastructure, and cash-for-work.

  • Kalahi-CIDSS-Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan, a project in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), aims to improve access to quality basic social services and responsive, transparent and accountable local government in conflict-affected barangays (CABs).

From its first implementation in 2011, PAMANA has constructed 2,782 community projects.

  • Kalahi-CIDSS Bottom-up Planning and Budgeting is a process which has the component of the government’s anti-poverty strategy. It is an approach to make planning and budgeting in local and national governments more participatory through the involvement of grassroots organizations and communities.

As of April 2015, a total of 234 community projects have been completed.

  • Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) aims to alleviate the plight of the poor by rebuilding the infrastructure and sources of livelihood, providing access to emergency support and early recovery systems and ensuring resilience during future disasters.

A total of 399 barangays in 13 municipalities in the province of Samar, Eastern Samar, and Leyte are covered by the JFPR Project.

Around 1.8 million households are now reaping the benefits of the community projects implemented through Kalahi-CIDSS.

“It is interesting to note that the program has tremendously altered the perspective of our beneficiaries. Before, people in the communities are only aiming on how to survive daily. Now, they are contributing and involving themselves in the improvement of their communities,” said Sec. Soliman.

National Community-Driven Development Program

Last year, DSWD expanded Kalahi-CIDSS into a national scale with the implementation of the KALAHI-CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP).

It aims to empower communities in targeted poor and disaster-affected municipalities to achieve improved access to services and to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, implementation, and disaster risk reduction and management.

As of April 2015, a total of 668 municipalities with 16,091 barangays located in 57 provinces across 14 regions are already covered under the program.

The total allocation for the expanded Kalahi-CIDSS is P43.9 billion, sourced from World Bank and Asian Development Bank loan assistance, and national government funding.

It will be implemented from 2014 until 2019, covering a total of 19,647 barangays in 847 municipalities located in 58 provinces and 14 regions to benefit 5.3 million households. ###

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Over 700,000 poor families now assisted to have sustainable sources of livelihood

The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to improve the socio-economic status of poor families by creating more employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Since its implementation from January 2011 to April 2015, SLP served a total of 723,090 families, of which 620,874 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries were linked with public and private partners for either microenterprise development or employment facilitation.

For the first quarter of this year, a total of 41,376 families were already served by SLP from its 2015 total target of 378,822.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that to complement the cash grants provided by Pantawid Pamilya to the beneficiaries, DSWD also provides them with sustainable livelihood support through SLP to ensure that they will continue to improve their economic well-being.

A community-based capacity building program, SLP increases the economic opportunities of the families through the different modalities that it offers such as skills training, seed capital fund, pre-employment assistance fund, and the cash for building livelihood assets. It is implemented through the Community-Driven Enterprise Development Approach which equips program participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets. ###

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DSWD calls on the public to strengthen unity of Filipino families

“It is important that government and civil society work together to strengthen and protect Filipino families amid societal issues like poverty and human trafficking, among others.”

This was the message of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman as the Department led the nation in the celebration of the International Day of Families (IDF) on May 15.

The IDF is celebrated yearly in accordance with the Proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. The event is a reflection of the importance of families to the international community.  It also provides an opportunity to promote awareness on issues and concerns relating to the family.

As the chair of the National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF), DSWD held a family forum on May 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Cubao, Quezon City.

The forum was attended by some 200 policy makers and family advocates from the different NCFF member-agencies such as the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, National Youth Commission (NYC), National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Department of Health, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and civil society organizations like the Kaisahang Buhay Foundation, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, and Pro-Life, among others.

Atty. Jo Aurea Imbong of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines, discussed the “Complementary Roles of Men and Women, Mothers and Fathers in Contemporary Times” which focused on gender equality, as well as equal responsibility and opportunity within the family.

Meanwhile, NYC Commissioner Earl Saavedra gave a timely discussion of the family in the age of social media. He focused on the effects of social media to families, and gave emphasis on the usage of the internet by the youth.

“Families are important to our society. They are the foundation of a strong nation. We must work hard to strengthen our families especially since issues and challenges continue to surface and threaten family unity,” Sec. Soliman said.

Family-focused programs

The Secretary stressed that DSWD continues to give importance to the family through its programs and services.

Some of the programs which aim to strengthen and protect families are the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, and the National Community-Driven Development Program, among others.

These programs give importance to strengthening the foundation of the Filipino family, especially through the Family Development Sessions (FDS) held under the Pantawid Pamilya.

Parent-beneficiaries are asked to attend monthly FDS sessions wherein topics discussed include responsible parenting, gender equality, child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, and home management.

DSWD also conducts Parent Effectiveness Seminars to ensure that parents participate in their child’s development, and the Department also provides continued counseling sessions for both the child and the parents.

Moreover, the Department supports and advocates for positive disciplining of their children. ###

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450,000 Listahanan households to benefit from DOE’s electrification program

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and DOE Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla sign a memorandum of agreement on the implementation of the Nationwide Intensification of Household Electrification (NIHE) project.  As a partner agency, the DSWD shall provide a list of potential household beneficiaries for the NIHE project using the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and DOE Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla sign a memorandum of agreement on the implementation of the Nationwide Intensification of Household Electrification (NIHE) project.
As a partner agency, the DSWD shall provide a list of potential household beneficiaries for the NIHE project using the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) signs a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Energy (DOE) for their partnership in the implementation of the National Intensification of Household Electrification (NIHE) project.

NIHE is project that intends to provide basic electricity services to poor households with no access to electricity. This initiative by the DOE is in line with the implementation of their 2014-2017 Household Electrification Development Plan (HEDP), which aims to achieve 90% household electrification by 2017.

As a partner agency, the DSWD shall provide a list of potential household beneficiaries for the NIHE project using the Listahanan, or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. It makes available to implementers of social protection programs a comprehensive socio-economic database of poor families identified through objective and verifiable means.

Based on the 2011 data of Listahanan, at least 2.6 million poor households nationwide have no access to electricity.

“We deemed that the said database is a powerful tool in the efficient targeting of beneficiaries for the electricity connections under the NIHE Project,” DOE Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla said.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman added, “This is an opportunity for the DSWD and the DOE to converge their efforts and resources to improve the lives of the poor.”

The NIHE program, which will run from 2015 to 2017, will prioritize 450,000 poor households who are residing in forty-six (46) selected provinces and are also beneficiaries of the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

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DSWD’s second family assessment ongoing nationwide

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has deployed more than 20,000 field staff nationwide to kick-off the 2nd round of assessment of the Listahanan  or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. It makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a socio-economic database as basis for identifying beneficiaries of their programs and services.

These field staff have been assigned to collect data from families using the traditional paper and pen in rural barangays all over the country.

“We prioritized remote and hard-to-reach areas to ensure that its residents will be included in the database and given an opportunity to benefit from a social protection program or service,” stated DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

All households in rural areas will be enumerated, while assessment in urban areas will be done in pockets of poverty or areas in the barangay where clusters of poor reside. Field staff who will be assigned in these areas will use a mobile device as data collection tool.

Around 27,000 more field staff will be trained and deployed to complete the assessment of 15.3 million households within 11 months.

“Results of this assessment will provide the department an update on the poor households who were identified in the 1st assessment,” Secretary Soliman said.

It may be recalled that in 2009, the DSWD conducted the first assessment which resulted to the identification of 5.2 million poor households out of the 10.9 million assessed.

These households have since become beneficiaries of the Philhealth Indigent Program. Some 4.4 million households have also been enrolled in the Pantawid Pamilya program.

Households are asked to cooperate in the assessment by providing true and accurate information to the enumerators. They may also send their complaints to the DSWD hotline number 0918-9122813 if they have observed irregularities in the conduct of the assessment. ###

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