The road towards mutually inclusive growth: DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program

The rally to work towards mutually inclusive sustainable growth continues as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) underscores how strategic partnerships between businesses and underprivileged communities promote mutually inclusive growth through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

Today, November 28, through a national public forum  entitled “Bangon Kabuhayan: Philippine Businesses for Inclusive Growth through Harnessing Sustainable Livelihoods”, DSWD will seek to put the spotlight on the goals, opportunities, and practices between SLP and its partners.

SLP began in 2011 and it designs its projects to mainly increase the communities’ sense of dignity, yield long-term results for all actively participating stakeholders, and maintain consistence with both communities and partner establishments. SLP, however, prioritizes participants who are underprivileged, which are legitimately identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, the main objectives of SLP are providing sufficient and sustainable source of income, giving equal opportunity to gain resources for their needs and skills, and to help people recognize and understand the “new normal”.

  “Given that DSWD’s pledge at large is geared towards providing capabilities-building and developing strategic and sustainable partnerships, we recognized that there is a need to educate people how times have changed nowadays,” says Secretary Soliman.

 “Natural disasters come and go—that’s the new normal. Therefore, we need to be resilient, pro-active, and of course, resourceful to gain back our footing,” she adds.

SLP Director Georgina Ann Hernandez likewise shares that cash assistance, cash grant, and rehabilitation assistance are given to those who will be affected by disasters.

Just last year, when Typhoon Yolanda struck, SLP and its partners worked on assisting the families who were affected by the disaster.

Because of its commitment to seeding sustainable prosperity, SLP trains the communities to contribute to production and labor markets by utilizing available resources and accessible market. Through the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) approach, they are given the option to take either a Micro-Enterprise Development Track or an Employment Facilitation Track. Both programs also provide social preparedness, furthered skills training, and ultimately, sustainable sources of income.

“The income-generating programs inside SLP are designed to create products that consumers have a natural or constant demand for. We also make sure that the communities are independent enough and the corporate social integration programs are holistic and impactful,” Dir. Hernandez explains.

She adds that these programs wouldn’t be holistic without partnering with different institutions.

“That’s why we tap other institutions to help us make integrated training programs from a different point of view. This can help enhance the skills of the communities, to expand their opportunities, and to teach them trust their own capabilities,” she says.

Seeding economic prosperity is a major facet in all these efforts. But given a closer look, what SLP really does is it hones individuals to be independent, proud of what they do, and it believes their actions benefit the community at large. This applies not only to the adopted communities, but also to the different internal and external stakeholders that took part in the program and know they have made a sustainable contribution to the society. ###

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DSWD preps relief for ‘Queenie’-hit LGUs

A total of 116,815 family food packs amounting to more than P30.7 million has been prepositioned by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ready for distribution to augment the resources of local government units (LGU) affected by Tropical Depression Queenie.

Apart from the food packs, the Department also set aside almost P7 million in standby funds for the purchase of emergency relief supplies.

As of 10 a.m. today, DSWD has recorded a total of 224 families or 1,023 persons affected by the weather disturbance, all from CARAGA Region where “Queenie” made landfall yesterday.

Fifteen evacuation centers were immediately opened by local government units (LGU) in the region providing temporary shelter to  206 families or 899 persons who fled their homes due to heavy rains and flooding.

The evacuation centers are located in the towns of San Jose and Dinagat in Dinagat Islands; Socorro and Dapa in Surigao del Norte;  and, Hinatuan, Cagwit, and Bayabas in Surigao Del Sur.

DSWD-CARAGA Director Minda Brigoli said they are closely coordinating with LGUs for the needs of the affected families.

The Field Office has 12,000 family food packs ready to augment the resources of affected LGUs, and another 16,000 family food packs on stockpile.

To date, the Quick Response Teams of DSWD-Field Offices along the typhoon’s path have been activated and continue to coordinate with LGUs for immediate provision of appropriate assistance to affected families.
Based on the latest weather report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) the track of Queenie is along Regions IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, and CARAGA. ###

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DSWD opens social media accounts for ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ campaign

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, launches today the official Facebook page and Twitter account of the ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ campaign to gather and share stories of positive change from the beneficiaries, workers, partners, and even the public.

The ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ is an information and empowerment campaign that aims to communicate the change (pagbabago) the Department’s beneficiaries experience through its programs and services, particularly the Pantawid Pamilya.

Anecdotes, statements, blogs, videos and photos that reflect the positive changes brought about by Pantawid Pamilya in the lives of the beneficiaries can be shared and found at the Facebook page fb.com/KayaKoPH and the Twitter account @KayaKoPH.

Partners and stakeholders can also share their thoughts and experiences in implementing the program.

“What we usually hear about the program are criticisms of from people who really do not know much about how it works. With this campaign, we hope to bring out the benefits of the program, as manifested by these stories of pagbabago. We want to amplify the voices of our beneficiaries, our partners, and our workers,” said DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

The Pantawid Pamilya, the Philippine Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), is a human development program that invests in the health and education of children aged 0-18.

It utilizes the CCT scheme where the beneficiaries receive cash grant provided that they send their children to school, get preventive health check-up, and the parents attend the monthly Family Development Session (FDS).

The FDS is a unique component of the Pantawid Pamilya. Through it, parents and or guardians learn how to respect and care for each of the members of their family. Topics discussed include effective parenting, husband and wife relationships, child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, gender and development, and home management.

Through the FDS, parents are empowered and informed of their rights as individuals as well as their obligations that they need to fulfil not only as husband and wife but also as parents.

“We hope that with the launching of these social media accounts, the public will be able to understand and appreciate the program better,” Sec. Soliman stated.  ###

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[Good Morning Boss] Panayam kay ASec. Javier Jimenez ukol sa mga programa ng DSWD

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Kidney patient hopes for recovery with DSWD’s continuing medical assistance

Assec. Jimenez hands over to Ella the guarantee letter for her dialysis treatment.

Assec. Jimenez hands over to Ella the guarantee letter for her dialysis treatment.

“Nagpapasalamat ako at may mga ahensiya tayo ng pamahalaan katulad ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) na handang tumulong sa mga taong nangangailangan  (I am thankful that there are government agencies like the DSWD which are ready to help people in need),” Ellen Ibabao, 35, from Pandacan Manila, shared to officials and staff of the DSWD during the flag raising ceremony on Monday. 

Ellen is suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease Stage V, and had to immediately undergo hemodialysis treatment twice a week at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City. This disease renders the kidneys to fail to function adequately in filtering waste products in the blood.

She found out she had this ailment when she was about to renew her contract in Japan as a singer in 2005.  She worked in Japan for only six months.

Ellen narrated that she was not able to save money from her work abroad since she has to support her mother who was sick then.

“Nalulungkot ako sa aking kalagayan. Ayaw kong makipag-usap kahit kanino, maski sa aking mga kapamilya at kaibigan (I felt sad about my condition. I did not want to talk to anybody, not even to my family and friends),” Ellen confessed.

But when her condition worsened, Ellen decided to seek for help.

It was in 2009 when Ellen started her dialysis treatment and she needed P3,000 twice a week for this.

“Lahat po ng ahensya na dapat kong lapitan ay nalapitan ko para maipagpatuloy ang aking gamutan. Bukod po sa DSWD, nakalapit na din po ako sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Senate, at House of Representatives upang makahingi ng medical assistance (I sought help from different agencies to continue my treatment. Aside from DSWD, I went to PCSO, Senate, and the House of Representatives),” Ellen continued.

Ellen has been receiving assistance from the DSWD through the Assistance for Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) for her medical treatment since 2009.

AICS is a program implemented by the DSWD-Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) for the needy. Aside from medical help, services under the AICS include transportation, burial, food and non-food, and educational assistance.

As of August 31, some 102,981 clients nationwide have been assisted with more than P334 million already disbursed.

Meanwhile, DSWD Assistant Secretary Javier R. Jimenez handed over to Ellen a check worth P18,000 to cover her four sessions of hemodialysis treatment payable directly to NKTI.

“Lubos po akong nagpapasalamat sa DSWD dahil sa na tulong na ito. Malaki ang pag-asa ko na ako ay gagaling (I am thankful to DSWD. With this help, I have high hopes that I will recover from this ailment).” Ellen enthused.

Those who are in similar situation as Ellen may call the DSWD-Crisis Intervention Unit at 951-74-33 or 931-81-05 loc. 508 for the requirements  on the availment of assistance. They can also call the nearest DSWD Field Office in their locality. ###

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Kidney patient hopes for recovery with DSWD’s continuing medical assistance

Assec. Jimenez hands over to Ella the guarantee letter for her dialysis treatment.

Assec. Jimenez hands over to Ella the guarantee letter for her dialysis treatment.

“Nagpapasalamat ako at may mga ahensiya tayo ng pamahalaan katulad ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) na handang tumulong sa mga taong nangangailangan  (I am thankful that there are government agencies like the DSWD which are ready to help people in need),” Ellen Ibabao, 35, from Pandacan Manila, shared to officials and staff of the DSWD during the flag raising ceremony on Monday. 

Ellen is suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease Stage V, and had to immediately undergo hemodialysis treatment twice a week at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City. This disease renders the kidneys to fail to function adequately in filtering waste products in the blood.

She found out she had this ailment when she was about to renew her contract in Japan as a singer in 2005.  She worked in Japan for only six months.

Ellen narrated that she was not able to save money from her work abroad since she has to support her mother who was sick then.

“Nalulungkot ako sa aking kalagayan. Ayaw kong makipag-usap kahit kanino, maski sa aking mga kapamilya at kaibigan (I felt sad about my condition. I did not want to talk to anybody, not even to my family and friends),” Ellen confessed.

But when her condition worsened, Ellen decided to seek for help.

It was in 2009 when Ellen started her dialysis treatment and she needed P3,000 twice a week for this.

“Lahat po ng ahensya na dapat kong lapitan ay nalapitan ko para maipagpatuloy ang aking gamutan. Bukod po sa DSWD, nakalapit na din po ako sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Senate, at House of Representatives upang makahingi ng medical assistance (I sought help from different agencies to continue my treatment. Aside from DSWD, I went to PCSO, Senate, and the House of Representatives),” Ellen continued.

Ellen has been receiving assistance from the DSWD through the Assistance for Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) for her medical treatment since 2009.

AICS is a program implemented by the DSWD-Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) for the needy. Aside from medical help, services under the AICS include transportation, burial, food and non-food, and educational assistance.

As of August 31, some 102,981 clients nationwide have been assisted with more than P334 million already disbursed.

Meanwhile, DSWD Assistant Secretary Javier R. Jimenez handed over to Ellen a check worth P18,000 to cover her four sessions of hemodialysis treatment payable directly to NKTI.

“Lubos po akong nagpapasalamat sa DSWD dahil sa na tulong na ito. Malaki ang pag-asa ko na ako ay gagaling (I am thankful to DSWD. With this help, I have high hopes that I will recover from this ailment).” Ellen enthused.

Those who are in similar situation as Ellen may call the DSWD-Crisis Intervention Unit at 951-74-33 or 931-81-05 loc. 508 for the requirements  on the availment of assistance. They can also call the nearest DSWD Field Office in their locality. ###

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