Sec. Soliman addresses participants of int’l conference on disaster response, calls on better coordination

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman speaks before the participants to the recently held Disaster Response Dialogue Global Conference with the theme "Improving trust and cooperation for more effective humanitarian responses."  In her keynote message, Secretary Soliman stressed the need to come up with an organized, strengthened, and enhanced system of collaboration between government and international partners for a more effective and comprehensive disaster response.  (Photo courtesy of Department of Foreign Affairs)

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman speaks before the participants to the recently held Disaster Response Dialogue Global Conference with the theme “Improving trust and cooperation for more effective humanitarian responses.” In her keynote message, Secretary Soliman stressed the need to come up with an organized, strengthened, and enhanced system of collaboration between government and international partners for a more effective and comprehensive disaster response.  (Photo courtesy of Department of Foreign Affairs)

“In disaster operations, trust is the foundation of an effective working relation.”

This was the thrust of the message of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman earlier this week to the participants of the Disaster Response Government Dialogue Global Conference hosted by the Philippine Government in partnership with the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) which is chaired by Australia.

For her, in the landscape of humanitarian response, trust paves the way for cooperation needed between governments, donor institutions, and non-government organizations implementing approaches and strategies that help rebuild the lives of people affected by disasters.

“The success of any working relationship depends on the ability of different sectors to trust one another,” Sec. Soliman said

With the theme “Improving trust and cooperation for more effective humanitarian responses”, the event was participated in by representatives from international non-government organizations, donor-countries in various disaster operations worldwide, and key persons working in the department/ministry responding to disaster situations from different countries.

‘Yolanda’ experience

Sec. Soliman also shared the Department’s experience during disaster operations for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.

She said that the magnitude of ‘Yolanda’s’ destruction was so vast that there was room for everyone to attend. This however created a logjam in attending to the needs of the survivors.

The large number of donors and new actors led to spending at least three weeks in meeting new faces, leveling off expectations, discussing working protocols and setting up procedures among other things.

“The lack of familiarity with each other made it difficult,” she said.

A lesson she shared from the disaster operations was that experiences and expertise will be most effective if practiced with proper understanding, and proper grasp of the context of the situation by those coming in to help.

“The surge of compassion and desire to help expressed by foreign agencies must be balanced with an understanding of the situation and capacities of the country they will support,” she added.

Sec. Soliman suggested that the approach of the donors/international organizations be tailor-fit to the context of the country and should encourage the use of in-country resources.

“We need support for the local agencies rather than bringing in people from foreign offices who have yet to familiarize themselves with the political and cultural climate of the country and the affected areas,” she stressed.

Sec. Soliman also took the opportunity to thank all the institutions, organizations, and countries which helped and continue to help in the relief, recovery and rebuilding of areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Donation accountability issues

The Secretary also mentioned that the influx of donors at the height of the ‘Yolanda’ disaster operations posed a challenge to the country especially in ensuring that the contributions/donations are effectively utilized.

She also noted that while the financial assistance was overwhelming, a good part of the donation was given outside formal protocols and bypassed procedures and consultation with local authorities in using these to respond to the needs of survivors.

“Most funds from donor-countries in the relief phase went through United Nations agencies and international organizations, yet, the public asked government to account for it,” Sec. Soliman cited.

She said that to avoid this, all UN agencies and international organizations should coordinate officially with the government for a place within the overall coordinated disaster response.

Policy recommendations

As the core objective of the conference, the participants conducted a workshop to come up with policy recommendations for establishing and strengthening a more effective coordination between the disaster-affected country and the international humanitarian aid organizations or donor-countries.

The policy recommendations, which would be further studied, will provide a platform for a better and more effective working relationship towards the important task of rebuilding the lives of the families affected by disasters.

The dialogue was first initiated in 2011 by Switzerland through its Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), and Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to bring together governments and humanitarian organizations involved in international disaster response to improve trust and mutual cooperation. ###

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Sec. Soliman addresses participants of int’l conference on disaster response, calls on better coordination

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman speaks before the participants to the recently held Disaster Response Dialogue Global Conference with the theme "Improving trust and cooperation for more effective humanitarian responses."  In her keynote message, Secretary Soliman stressed the need to come up with an organized, strengthened, and enhanced system of collaboration between government and international partners for a more effective and comprehensive disaster response.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman speaks before the participants to the recently held Disaster Response Dialogue Global Conference with the theme “Improving trust and cooperation for more effective humanitarian responses.” In her keynote message, Secretary Soliman stressed the need to come up with an organized, strengthened, and enhanced system of collaboration between government and international partners for a more effective and comprehensive disaster response. (Photo courtesy of Department of Foreign Affairs)

“In disaster operations, trust is the foundation of an effective working relation.”

This was the thrust of the message of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman earlier this week to the participants of the Disaster Response Government Dialogue Global Conference hosted by the Philippine Government in partnership with the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) which is chaired by Australia.

For her, in the landscape of humanitarian response, trust paves the way for cooperation needed between governments, donor institutions, and non-government organizations implementing approaches and strategies that help rebuild the lives of people affected by disasters.

“The success of any working relationship depends on the ability of different sectors to trust one another,” Sec. Soliman said

With the theme “Improving trust and cooperation for more effective humanitarian responses”, the event was participated in by representatives from international non-government organizations, donor-countries in various disaster operations worldwide, and key persons working in the department/ministry responding to disaster situations from different countries.

‘Yolanda’ experience

Sec. Soliman also shared the Department’s experience during disaster operations for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.

She said that the magnitude of ‘Yolanda’s’ destruction was so vast that there was room for everyone to attend. This however created a logjam in attending to the needs of the survivors.

The large number of donors and new actors led to spending at least three weeks in meeting new faces, leveling off expectations, discussing working protocols and setting up procedures among other things.

“The lack of familiarity with each other made it difficult,” she said.

A lesson she shared from the disaster operations was that experiences and expertise will be most effective if practiced with proper understanding, and proper grasp of the context of the situation by those coming in to help.

“The surge of compassion and desire to help expressed by foreign agencies must be balanced with an understanding of the situation and capacities of the country they will support,” she added.

Sec. Soliman suggested that the approach of the donors/international organizations be tailor-fit to the context of the country and should encourage the use of in-country resources.

“We need support for the local agencies rather than bringing in people from foreign offices who have yet to familiarize themselves with the political and cultural climate of the country and the affected areas,” she stressed.

Sec. Soliman also took the opportunity to thank all the institutions, organizations, and countries which helped and continue to help in the relief, recovery and rebuilding of areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Donation accountability issues

The Secretary also mentioned that the influx of donors at the height of the ‘Yolanda’ disaster operations posed a challenge to the country especially in ensuring that the contributions/donations are effectively utilized.

She also noted that while the financial assistance was overwhelming, a good part of the donation was given outside formal protocols and bypassed procedures and consultation with local authorities in using these to respond to the needs of survivors.

“Most funds from donor-countries in the relief phase went through United Nations agencies and international organizations, yet, the public asked government to account for it,” Sec. Soliman cited.

She said that to avoid this, all UN agencies and international organizations should coordinate officially with the government for a place within the overall coordinated disaster response.

Policy recommendations

As the core objective of the conference, the participants conducted a workshop to come up with policy recommendations for establishing and strengthening a more effective coordination between the disaster-affected country and the international humanitarian aid organizations or donor-countries.

The policy recommendations, which would be further studied, will provide a platform for a better and more effective working relationship towards the important task of rebuilding the lives of the families affected by disasters.

The dialogue was first initiated in 2011 by Switzerland through its Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), and Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to bring together governments and humanitarian organizations involved in international disaster response to improve trust and mutual cooperation. ###

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Pantawid Pamilya children-beneficiaries become active child rights advocates

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino children-beneficiaries Diosa Mae Descalzota and Joshua Estonilo emceed the program during the kick-off activity of the 22nd National Children’s Month celebration held at Luneta recently. Both are active child rights advocates.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino children-beneficiaries Diosa Mae Descalzota and Joshua Estonilo emceed the program during the kick-off activity of the 22nd National Children’s Month celebration held at Luneta recently. Both are active child rights advocates.

In a room full of children, 12-year-old Joshua Estonilo, a Grade VI student from Western Bicutan, Pasig City, easily stands out.

Soft-spoken yet articulate, Joshua was chosen as winner of the Search for the Huwarang Bata ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The annual search is held in connection with the celebration of the 22nd National Children’s Month with the theme “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga!”

The theme emphasizes the rights of every child to a meaningful participation in the decision-making processes at all levels including the family, community, barangay, organization, and society.

Joshua said that the award he received fueled his desire to excel even more in his studies and be successful someday.

Recently, he was also chosen as one of the advocates promoting children’s rights.

To prepare for this task, Joshua attended the Training of the Pool of Advocates on Cyber Pornography and Children’s Rights held recently at Bayview Park Hotel.

Organized by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), an attached agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the three-day training honed the speaking and writing skills of  20 selected children recommended by local government units,  residential and community-based centers and facilities managed by local government units and non-government organizations, and schools.

 Opportunities

Joshua receives his award as Huwarang Bata ng Pantawid Pamilya during last year's Search in NCR.

Joshua receives his award as Huwarang Bata ng Pantawid Pamilya during last year’s Search in NCR.

Doors to opportunities opened up for Joshua  when his family became a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilya,  the government’s flagship poverty reduction program which invests in children’s future by ensuring that they are kept healthy and in school.

A consistent honor student since Grade I, Joshua is the youngest among the three children of Jose and Lina Estonilo of Barangay Western Bicutan, Pasig City.

 “Ang Pantawid Pamilya ang nagsilbing inspirasyon ko upang magsikap ako sa pag-aaral at maging top 1 (The Pantawid Pamilya program served as my inspiration to persevere in my studies and become a top 1 honor student),” he stated.

Moreover, Joshua realizes the importance of education in achieving his dreams.

“Napakapalad ko po at nabigyan ako ng ganitong pagkakataon na makapag-aral sa kabila ng aming kahirapan. Alam ko pong ito ang susi upang makaahon kami sa kahirapan (I am very fortunate to have been given this opportunity to study despite our being poor. I know this is the key so we could get out of poverty),” Joshua said with conviction.

Maturity

Diosa shows off her talent during the screening of the Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya child.

Diosa shows off her talent during the screening of the Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya child.

The value of education as a tool towards empowerment and success is also shared by 15-year-old Diosa Mae, from Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City.

 Diosa Mae was also one of the contenders in the Search for Huwarang Bata ng Pantawid Pamilya last year.

Like Joshua, Diosa is a consistent honor student.  A third year high school student, she displays an amazing maturity when she explained how she handles life’s daily grind.

 She considers the trials and hardships that she encounters as part of God’s plan for her, never losing sight of her goal to finish her studies.

With such strength of character, it is no wonder that Diosa was also chosen by CWC as one of the advocates promoting children’s rights.

“Isa sa mga natutunan namin bilang benipisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya ay ang manindigan sa aming mga karapatan. Ang pagkakapili sa akin bilang isa sa mga child advocates ay maituturing ko pong isang napakagandang oportunidad upang maipaalam namin sa publiko ang mga karapatang ito  (One of the things I learned as a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya is to stand up for our rights. I consider being chosen as one of the child advocates as a great opportunity to inform the public about these rights),” Diosa said.

Joshua and Diosa are just two of the 10,964,254  million  Pantawid Pamilya children-beneficiaries who now have the chance for a brighter future.

Pantawid Pamilya provides monthly cash grants of P500 for health and P300 per child in elementary or P500 per child in high school with a maximum of three qualified children per household for their educational and nutritional needs. They have to comply to program conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health center for check-ups, and attending Family Development Sessions (FDS). ###

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Pantawid Pamilya children-beneficiaries become active child rights advocates

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino children-beneficiaries Diosa Mae Descalzota and Joshua  Estonilo emceed the program during the kick-off activity of the 22nd National Children’s  Month celebration held at Luneta recently. Both are active child rights advocates.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino children-beneficiaries Diosa Mae Descalzota and Joshua Estonilo emceed the program during the kick-off activity of the 22nd National Children’s Month celebration held at Luneta recently. Both are active child rights advocates.

In a room full of children, 12-year-old Joshua Estonilo, a Grade VI student from Western Bicutan, Pasig City, easily stands out.

Soft-spoken yet articulate, Joshua was chosen as winner of the Search for the Huwarang Bata ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The annual search is held in connection with the celebration of the 22nd National Children’s Month with the theme “Bata Kasali Ka, Ikaw ay Mahalaga!”

The theme emphasizes the rights of every child to a meaningful participation in the decision-making processes at all levels including the family, community, barangay, organization, and society.

Joshua said that the award he received fueled his desire to excel even more in his studies and be successful someday.

Recently, he was also chosen as one of the advocates promoting children’s rights.

To prepare for this task, Joshua attended the Training of the Pool of Advocates on Cyber Pornography and Children’s Rights held recently at Bayview Park Hotel.

Organized by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), an attached agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the three-day training honed the speaking and writing skills of  20 selected children recommended by local government units,  residential and community-based centers and facilities managed by local government units and non-government organizations, and schools.

 Opportunities

 Joshua receives his award as Huwarang Bata ng Pantawid Pamilya during last year's  Search in NCR.

Joshua receives his award as Huwarang Bata ng Pantawid Pamilya during last year’s Search in NCR.

Doors to opportunities opened up for Joshua  when his family became a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilya,  the government’s flagship poverty reduction program which invests in children’s future by ensuring that they are kept healthy and in school.

A consistent honor student since Grade I, Joshua is the youngest among the three children of Jose and Lina Estonilo of Barangay Western Bicutan, Pasig City.

 “Ang Pantawid Pamilya ang nagsilbing inspirasyon ko upang magsikap ako sa pag-aaral at maging top 1 (The Pantawid Pamilya program served as my inspiration to persevere in my studies and become a top 1 honor student),” he stated.

Moreover, Joshua realizes the importance of education in achieving his dreams.

“Napakapalad ko po at nabigyan ako ng ganitong pagkakataon na makapag-aral sa kabila ng aming kahirapan. Alam ko pong ito ang susi upang makaahon kami sa kahirapan (I am very fortunate to have been given this opportunity to study despite our being poor. I know this is the key so we could get out of poverty),” Joshua said with conviction.

Maturity

Diosa shows off her talent during the screening of the Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya  child.

Diosa shows off her talent during the screening of the Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya child.

The value of education as a tool towards empowerment and success is also shared by 15-year-old Diosa Mae, from Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City.

 Diosa Mae was also one of the contenders in the Search for Huwarang Bata ng Pantawid Pamilya last year.

Like Joshua, Diosa is a consistent honor student.  A third year high school student, she displays an amazing maturity when she explained how she handles life’s daily grind.

 She considers the trials and hardships that she encounters as part of God’s plan for her, never losing sight of her goal to finish her studies.

With such strength of character, it is no wonder that Diosa was also chosen by CWC as one of the advocates promoting children’s rights.

“Isa sa mga natutunan namin bilang benipisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya ay ang manindigan sa aming mga karapatan. Ang pagkakapili sa akin bilang isa sa mga child advocates ay maituturing ko pong isang napakagandang oportunidad upang maipaalam namin sa publiko ang mga karapatang ito  (One of the things I learned as a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya is to stand up for our rights. I consider being chosen as one of the child advocates as a great opportunity to inform the public about these rights),” Diosa said.

Joshua and Diosa are just two of the 10,964,254  million  Pantawid Pamilya children-beneficiaries who now have the chance for a brighter future.

Pantawid Pamilya provides monthly cash grants of P500 for health and P300 per child in elementary or P500 per child in high school with a maximum of three qualified children per household for their educational and nutritional needs. They have to comply to program conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health center for check-ups, and attending Family Development Sessions (FDS). ###

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Healthier life awaits day care kids through feeding program

Five year-old Ian Pal is a picture of a healthy, happy child.

He was playful all the time that he and his grandfather, Pedro Pal, Jr., were waiting for their turn to speak before officials and staff of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during their flag ceremony on Moday at the Central Office in Batasan, Quezon City.

Pedro was to share how Ian become the active child that he is today through the help of the Department’s Sustainable Feeding Program (SFP).

SFP is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals to currently enrolled day care children as part of the DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Program of the government.

But Ian was not always attentive and healthy, narrated his grandfather. He was frail and sickly until his enrolment at the Luzviminda Yakap Center in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

Before he was enrolled at  the day care center  in June, Ian only weighed 13 kilos. After three months as a beneficiary of the feeding program, his nutritional status visibly improved, his weight steadily increasing from 13 to 15 kilos.

The feeding program at the center continues enabling Ian to further gain weight and improve his nutritional status.

Asked what his favorite food are, the little boy promptly answered, “Gulay po kagaya ng kalabasa (I like vegetables, like squash),” Ian said.

Strong LGU support

Luisa Figues from the Quezon City Social Services Development Department (QC-SSDD) cited the support being provided by the local government unit (LGU) as instrumental to the program’s success.

Figues said that the Quezon City LGU has value added to the feeding program by providing free uniform, school bags, and schools supplies to the day care pupils.

“Malaking tulong talaga ito sa amin dahil karamihan sa mga pumapasok sa day care center ay mahihirap na bata (This is really a big help to us since majority of those enrolled at day care centers are poor children),” Figues explained.

The LGU also conducts Parent Effectiveness Service (PES) sessions to help parents  become more aware of their critical roles in their children’s development.

On the other hand, seminars on urban gardening  are also conducted  to serve the nutritional needs of the children, ensuring a steady food supply, specifically fruits and vegetables.

“Kung makapagtatanim sila ng mga prutas at gulay sa kanilang bakuran, malaking tulong na ito upang magkaroon sila ng mapagkukunan ng pagkain para sa kanilang pamilya. Maari rin nilang ibenta ang kanilang maaani na dagdag kita para sa kanila  (If they can plant fruits and vegetables in their backyard, this is already a big help to provide food for their families. They can also sell their harvests, which will serve as their additional income),“Figues stated.

Nationwide implementation

To fully implement the SFP, DSWD downloads the funds to each recipient LGU, which shall procure the needed goods with proper supporting documents as required under the existing budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

The LGUs shall take full responsibility in the proper disbursement and liquidation of funds for the program’s implementation.

The program intends to cover more than two million beneficiaries for school year 2014-2015.

In the National Capital Region alone, about 161,528 day care children are currently benefiting from the program.

Convergence to fight hunger

Amid efforts to address hunger and poverty, DSWD partnered with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Department of Agriculture (DA) with technical support from Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme to engage poor households and work closely with the rural communities through the Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) project.

Under this initiative, the required food items that will be programmed for procurement during the 120 days feeding program will be supplied by existing Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Organizations (ARBO) in the agrarian reform communities (ARC) engaged in food production for their respective day care centers.

This scheme will benefit both the local farmers and the beneficiaries of the feeding program. The PHAP is being piloted in Regions V, VIII, and IX.

“With this program, we are helping solve hunger among young children. This is also part of government’s efforts to change the attitude and behaviour of its beneficiaries instilling in them the willingness to change for the better,” Sec. Soliman emphasized. ###

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Healthier life awaits day care kids through feeding program

Children at the Luzviminda Yakap Day Care Center, enjoy their nutritious meal.

Children at the Luzviminda Yakap Day Care Center, enjoy their nutritious meal.

Five year-old Ian Pal is a picture of a healthy, happy child.

He was playful all the time that he and his grandfather, Pedro Pal, Jr., were waiting for their turn to speak before officials and staff of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during their flag ceremony on Moday at the Central Office in Batasan, Quezon City.

Pedro was to share how Ian become the active child that he is today through the help of the Department’s Sustainable Feeding Program (SFP).

SFP is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals to currently enrolled day care children as part of the DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Program of the government.

But Ian was not always attentive and healthy, narrated his grandfather. He was frail and sickly until his enrolment at the Luzviminda Yakap Center in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

Before he was enrolled at  the day care center  in June, Ian only weighed 13 kilos. After three months as a beneficiary of the feeding program, his nutritional status visibly improved, his weight steadily increasing from 13 to 15 kilos.

The feeding program at the center continues enabling Ian to further gain weight and improve his nutritional status.

Asked what his favorite food are, the little boy promptly answered, “Gulay po kagaya ng kalabasa (I like vegetables, like squash),” Ian said.

Strong LGU support

Luisa Figues from the Quezon City Social Services Development Department (QC-SSDD) cited the support being provided by the local government unit (LGU) as instrumental to the program’s success.

Figues said that the Quezon City LGU has value added to the feeding program by providing free uniform, school bags, and schools supplies to the day care pupils.

“Malaking tulong talaga ito sa amin dahil karamihan sa mga pumapasok sa day care center ay mahihirap na bata (This is really a big help to us since majority of those enrolled at day care centers are poor children),” Figues explained.

The LGU also conducts Parent Effectiveness Service (PES) sessions to help parents  become more aware of their critical roles in their children’s development.

On the other hand, seminars on urban gardening  are also conducted  to serve the nutritional needs of the children, ensuring a steady food supply, specifically fruits and vegetables.

“Kung makapagtatanim sila ng mga prutas at gulay sa kanilang bakuran, malaking tulong na ito upang magkaroon sila ng mapagkukunan ng pagkain para sa kanilang pamilya. Maari rin nilang ibenta ang kanilang maaani na dagdag kita para sa kanila  (If they can plant fruits and vegetables in their backyard, this is already a big help to provide food for their families. They can also sell their harvests, which will serve as their additional income),“Figues stated.

Nationwide implementation

To fully implement the SFP, DSWD downloads the funds to each recipient LGU, which shall procure the needed goods with proper supporting documents as required under the existing budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

The LGUs shall take full responsibility in the proper disbursement and liquidation of funds for the program’s implementation.

The program intends to cover more than two million beneficiaries for school year 2014-2015.

In the National Capital Region alone, about 161,528 day care children are currently benefiting from the program.

Convergence to fight hunger

Amid efforts to address hunger and poverty, DSWD partnered with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Department of Agriculture (DA) with technical support from Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme to engage poor households and work closely with the rural communities through the Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) project.

Under this initiative, the required food items that will be programmed for procurement during the 120 days feeding program will be supplied by existing Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ Organizations (ARBO) in the agrarian reform communities (ARC) engaged in food production for their respective day care centers.

This scheme will benefit both the local farmers and the beneficiaries of the feeding program. The PHAP is being piloted in Regions V, VIII, and IX.

“With this program, we are helping solve hunger among young children. This is also part of government’s efforts to change the attitude and behaviour of its beneficiaries instilling in them the willingness to change for the better,” Sec. Soliman emphasized. ###

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DSWD press statement on damaged goods for Mayon evacuees

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) expressed regret over the inclusion of 33 food packs containing spoiled canned goods and expired noodles in the 22,350 food packs distributed to Mayon evacuees over the weekend, adding that they will immediately be replaced so as not to compromise the food needs of the people.

The Department however clarified that it is not 21 sacks as previously reported.

Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that DSWD will investigate why the incident happened when the goods were only newly procured.

She has also ordered the review the agency’s procurement process and its established warehouse, handling, and logistic practices to institute the necessary corrective actions.

Based on the result of the initial investigation conducted by the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), the canned goods got damaged in transit due to the weight and bulk of the relief supplies piled in the trucks.

The Department on the other hand has set to find out with the supplier why there are expired noodles included from the newly purchased goods.

APSEMO still however recognized that there is no perfect delivery, especially of relief goods during disasters.

Sec. Soliman emphasized that DSWD, in coordination with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), remains committed to provide safe food to evacuees for the duration of their stay in evacuation centers.

She likewise indicated that this incident will not happen again in the next relief delivery caravans for Mayon, whose second batch of five trucks carrying 4,050 food packs left DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) for Legazpi City at 4 am this morning.###

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