PNoy thanks, praises DSWD: You create change

President Benigno S. Aquino, III, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and DSWD Assistant Secretary Noel Macalalad, Chairperson of DSWD’s 65th Anniversary Committee with John Ramon Gadia ( left), Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary; Rosario Andres Resulta, beneficiary of Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens; and, Mary Grace Pagaran, Pantawid Pamilya Manila City Link during the anniversary celebration of the Department in Malacanang.

President Benigno S. Aquino, III, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and DSWD Assistant Secretary Noel Macalalad, Chairperson of DSWD’s 65th Anniversary Committee with John Ramon Gadia ( left), Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary; Rosario Andres Resulta, beneficiary of Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens; and, Mary Grace Pagaran, Pantawid Pamilya Manila City Link during the anniversary celebration of the Department in Malacanang.

No less than President Benigno S. Aquino, III commended the management and employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) when they made a courtesy call at the Malacañang Palace to celebrate the agency’s 65th anniversary.

Ang bawat butil ng malasakit ninyo sa inyong kapwa-Pilipino sa kasalukuyan, paglaon, ay magbubunga ng mas malaki pang pagbabago… Talaga pong kayo ang gumagawa ng pagbabago. Muli, maraming salamat po sa inyo (Every ounce of your concern to your fellow Filipinos in the present will eventually yield even bigger changes. Truly, you create change),” Pres. Aquino said.

As a sign of appreciation, the President announced the provision of a P10,000 anniversary bonus to regular, casual, and contractual employees of DSWD’s Central and Field Offices who have rendered at least one  year of service until January 3, 2016.

“Napakahirap ikahon sa iisang linya ang kabuuang ambag ninyong social workers sa ating bayan. Pero kung papansinin natin ang simpleng logo ng DSWD… mayroong mga kamay na tangan ang isang puso, na sumisimbulo sa bukas-palad ninyong pag-aalay ng sarili para sa kapwa (It is difficult to capture in one line the collective contribution of social workers to our country. But if we will notice the simple logo of DSWD… there are hands holding a heart which symbolize your generous offering of yourselves),” he added.

The President likewise praised Sec. Corazon Juliano-Soliman for being on call “25 hours a day, 8 days a week” without “overtime or incentive bonus”.

However, Sec. Soliman passed on the recognition to her co-workers in the Department.

Nagagawa ko lamang ito sapagkat nand’yan ang mga kasamahan ko na ibinibigay ang higit pa sa kanilang trabaho (I am only able to do my job because of my colleagues who give more than what their jobs require them),” Sec. Soliman enthused.

She likewise acknowledged the hard work and passion of the staff that led to the government being able to assist 4.4 million households through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, 1.1 million individuals through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), and some 3.8 million households through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (Kalahi-CIDSS-NCDDP).

Umiikot ang kwento natin sa pakikipagkapwa at bayanihan, sa pag-akay at pag-alalay sa mga nangangailangan, at sa pagsabay sa kanilang magpursige upang manumbalik ang tiwala nila sa kanilang sariling kakayanan (Our story revolves around forging relationships and cooperations, guiding and assisting the needy, and joining them as they persevere to regain their trust in their own capacities),” Sec. Soliman related.

Beneficiaries spoke

Also present during the event were beneficiaries and Field Office staff who gave testimonials in front of the President.

Tarlac resident and Social Pension beneficiary Lola Rosario Resulta, 78, expressed her gratitude to the Department for not only providing services, but also initiating innovations that speed up the delivery of these services.

“Dati po nahihirapan kaming pumunta sa bayan at pumila para makuha ang aming pension. Ngayon ay door-to-door na ang delivery ng aming pension kaya’t napakalaking ginhawa sa amin(Before, we have a hard time going downtown and lining up to get our pension. Now it is already being delivered door-to-door, which is really a big relief for us),” she narrated.

Lola Rosario uses her pension to buy medicine and food, so she does not have to depend on her children, who already have families of their own.

Under the Social Pension Program, beneficiaries receive P500 per month, which is released quarterly. This year, the Department has worked for the expansion of the program to cover indigent senior citizens from 60 years old. In 2015, the program has assisted 939,609 seniors

For his part, John Ramon Gadia shared that he owes the recognition of being the 2015 Pantawid Pamilya Exemplary Child of National Capital Region to the “exemplary government employees” of DSWD.

Now a student in a Science High School, he thanked the President and the administration for expanding the coverage of Pantawid Pamilya until high school.

Tinutupad [ng Pantawid Pamilya] ang aming mga pangarap na makaranas ng de-kalidad na edukasyon. Higit pa, binibigyan po nito ang mga mahihirap ng opurtunidad sa buhay – opurtunidad na magkaroon ng ginhawa at makaramdam ng kalinga (Pantawid Pamilya fulfills our dream to experience quality education. Moreover, it provides us opportunity in life – opportunity to experience providence and ease in life),” John Ramon touchingly uttered.

Mary Grace Pagaran, Pantawid Pamilya Manila City Link, on the other hand, credited the fulfillment of her dream to work in DSWD to the administration’s expansion of the Department’s programs.

She likewise took the chance to defend the agency’s beneficiaries.

Iniisip ng karamihan na tamad ang ating mga benepisyaryo. Pero sa totoo lang, sila ang pinakamasipag na gumigising sa umaga at kumakayod buong araw. Sadyang kulang lamang sila sa oportunidad na maiangat ang kanilang sarili. Ito ang iniaalay ng ating pamahalaan sa kanila – pag-asa (Most people think our beneficiaries are lazy. In reality, they are among the most industrious, who wake up early in the morning and work the whole day. They just lack the opportunity to improve their lives. This is what our government gives them – hope),” she said.

Sec. Soliman said that this event is recognition of how DSWD programs have significantly contributed to Pres. Aquino’s “Daang Matuwid” leadership.

She assured that as the Department enters another milestone in public service, its workforce will continue to thread the straight path through its “matapat, mabilis, mahusay, at magiliw (honest, fast, efficient, and courteous) brand of service.###

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DSWD to public: Report child abuse cases to authorities

As the agency mandated to promote and protect children’s rights and well-being, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and its attached agency, the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), call on the public to become part of the solution to prevent child sexual abuse in their own families and communities.

The call was made as the nation observes the 20th National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAAW) on February 8-13, 2016, with the theme, “I AM THE SOLUTION”.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman stated, “It is the responsibility of every citizen to be vigilant and immediately report abuses committed against children in their families and communities to the authorities.”

Sec. Soliman also reiterated the importance of implementing Presidential Decree 603 which mandates that every city and municipality in the Philippines should have a Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) as one way to help curb all forms of abuse against children.

The BCPC is a council organized at the barangay level that ensures the promotion and protection of children’s well-being and welfare. Ideally, a functional BCPC creates a caring environment wherein children fully enjoy their rights, are protected and reared in a society that provides wholesome and proper child development.

The BCPC shall also be responsible for the proper and effective implementation of public programs for children and the maintenance of database system at the barangay level.

To usher in the week-long celebration, more than 600 children, youth, parents, and officials from Quezon City local government unit, national agencies, and non-government organizations (NGOs) will participate in the kick-off activity of the event on February 8, 2016 at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.

The kick-off will be highlighted by a video campaign with people and stakeholders’ expressions of commitment and support to end sexual abuse among children, and by the presentation of the study entitled “They Shamed Me: A Baseline Study on the Vulnerabilities of Street Boys to Sexual Exploitation in Manila”.

A series of activities will also be held from February 7 to 13, including Safer internet Day Campaign led by the Stairway Foundation, a partner non-government organization of DSWD and CWC; and, a Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Exploitation of Children study in the National Capital Region, among others. ###

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Indigent seniors already receiving cash aid through social pension – DSWD

Amid the proposal of Vice President  Jejomar Binay to include senior citizens, age 60 to 64 years old, in the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman clarified that indigent members of the elderly sector are already covered by the Social Pension Program of the agency, as prescribed by the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

Under the program, indigent seniors receive a monthly cash grant of P500, which is distributed quarterly.

“Pantawid Pamilya is essentially an investment in our student’s future. It is for our children. The Social Pension Program, on the other hand, specifically addresses the medical and other personal needs of our indigent elders. That is the difference between the two programs,” Sec. Soliman.

In the first year of its implementation, only those 77 years old and above were covered by the Social Pension Program due to the limited funds approved by the legislature.

Cognizant of the needs of seniors, DSWD has been expanding the program yearly.  For 2016, indigents 60 years old and above, who meet the criteria, can already benefit from the program.

Qualified to receive monthly pension are seniors who are:  frail, sickly, or with disability; without pension from Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), Armed Forces & Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (AFPMBAI), and other insurance companies; and, without any permanent source of income or regular support from his/her relatives.

This year, a total of 1,368,941 seniors nationwide are covered by the program with a budget allocation of  P8,711,203,000.

Meanwhile, on the remarks of the Vice President that audit observations in the Pantawid Pamilya continue to be reported  by the Commission on Audit (COA), Sec. Soliman reiterated that the concerns were already resolved with the COA.

Sec. Soliman stressed that the auditors were merely seeking documentation of program implementation and did not state actual misuse or misappropriation of funds.

“The COA audit observations do not mean that there were irregularities. These are part of the government’s check-and-balance mechanisms to enhance its operations,” Sec. Soliman pointed out.

On the Vice President’s statement that there are a lot of unqualified recipients in the program, Sec. Soliman clarified that Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are identified through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan, which is a database that shows who and where the poor are in the country, and not through local or national government officials. ###

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DSWD continues legacy of excellent public service on its 65th anniversary

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman leads officials and staff for an interaction with President Benigno S. Aquino​, III​ in Malacanang today as the culminating activity for the 65th Founding Anniversary of the agency.

Sec. Soliman said that this event in Malacanang is a recognition of how DSWD programs have significantly contributed to President Aquino’s Daang Matu​wid​ brand of governance.

She assured ​that as the Department enters another milestone in public service, it vows to continue to thread the straight path through “matapat, mabilis, mahusay, at magiliw na paglilingkod (honest, fast, efficient, and courteous service)” in the implementation of social protection and poverty reduction programs and projects.

Sec. Soliman said that for over 65 years, even under various leadership, the DSWD has remained true to its commitment of empowering people to create positive changes in their lives.

One manifestation of this commitment is the positive transformation in the lives of some 1.5 million family- beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who now have improved well-being. This was based on the second round of assessment of poor families conducted during the last quarter of 2015.

Meanwhile, highlights of the anniversary celebration held last week included the awarding of recognition to partners, stakeholders, and employees in helping the Department with the work of caring for the disadvantaged sector.

Through its PaNata Ko sa Bayan Awards, DSWD recognized the notable works of partners from civil society organizations, Local Government Units, People’s Organizations, volunteers, and donor institutions.

The Department also cited the cooperation of its partner-beneficiaries in showing that the programs and services of DSWD are truly worth the investment, like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Outstanding and loyal employees were also recognized for their excellent performance and long years of dedicated service to government.

“We also dedicate our anniversary celebration to all our partner-beneficiaries who, with their resiliency, continue to create positive changes in their lives, and to our stakeholders and development partners who remain committed to help us perform our mandate,” Sec. Soliman stated.

Sec. Soliman added that the anniversary is a timely occasion to enjoin the DSWD Family to walk the extra mile to serve others.

The event carried the theme “DSWD@65: Mga Kwentong Tagumpay Tungo sa Masaganang Pagbabago”.

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Families of slain SAF commandos receive livelihood aid

More than P4.5 million worth of livelihood assistance has been released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to the families of the Special Action Force (SAF) police officers who were killed during the clash with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in 2015.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that the amount will fund the proposed livelihood projects of the families of the SAF personnel.

As of January 2016, DSWD has released cheques to 25 dependents with varying amounts corresponding to their livelihood proposals. The projects include poultry/hog raising; setting up of mini-grocery, bakeshop, internet cafe and computer shop; sale of aromacology products; and, food preservation, among others.

The livelihood assistance for 12 more dependents is now being facilitated by concerned DSWD Field Offices for immediate release to the family members.

Likewise, DSWD Field Offices are now securing signatures on the Deed of Donations and Memorandum of Understanding with 29 other dependents for the immediate processing of their cheques.

Aside from livelihood aid, DSWD also provided the relatives of the SAF members with financial and burial assistance through its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) Program, and psycho-social counselling. Meanwhile, the elder parents were included in the agency’s Social Pension Program.

Sec. Soliman committed to continue assisting the families by providing monitoring and technical assistance in the management of their livelihood projects. ###

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DSWD Chief warns against repacking of gov’t relief

Following a report that relief goods marked with the agency’s name are being repacked in a city in Central Luzon, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman stressed that it is illegal to do so and perpetrators may be charged administratively.

“One of the reasons why we improved our packing of relief goods from plastic bags to sealed boxes is to ensure that every pack has the right amount of rice and number of canned goods. The boxes should be directly distributed by local government units (LGUs) to the beneficiaries,” Sec. Soliman explained.

A standard DSWD relief pack contains six kilos of rice; eight tins of sardines, corned beef or meatloaf; and, coffee and creamer. It can sustain a family of five to six members for two to three days.

Sec. Soliman emphasized that LGUs need not repack the goods in order to extend their supply. Should they need more, they can request for additional supplies from the DSWD Field Office in their region.

In cases where the boxes get wet, Sec. Soliman said, “LGUs should inform us about the condition of the boxes so that we can provide them with new items as replacements. They should not sort or repack.”

Sec. Soliman said that delivery of relief supplies continues in some areas affected by Typhoon Nona since there are still families staying in evacuation centers. ###

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P4.8-M evacuation, crisis center soon to rise in Negros Oriental

In an effort to strengthen assistance for women victims of violence and families affected by disasters, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has partnered with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the local government unit  of Amlan in Negros Oriental for the construction of a women’s crisis center cum evacuation center  in the town.

The construction of the two-storey building will entail the amount of P4,842,950.58 coming from the combined resources of the DSWD which allotted P2 million through its Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) process, DILG, and the LGU of Amlan.

BuB aims to ensure that funding requirements for the development needs of municipalities and cities are included in agency budget proposals. It promotes inclusive participation in community development by empowering civil society organizations (CSOs) to be engaged in the budgeting process.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and Amlan Mayor Bentham de la Cruz led the recently-held groundbreaking ceremony for the facility.

“We are happy with this new development for Amlan as this will help us strengthen our campaign to end violence against women and children (VAWC) and reduce the risks during disasters,” Sec. Soliman said.

For his part, Mayor de la Cruz said that the soon-to-be constructed facility is the realization of a dream to have a center that will cater to victims of violence from the town.

The facility  is expected to be completed by middle of this year. ###

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DSWD funds mudcrab project of ‘Yolanda’ survivors

photo1Survivors of Typhoon Yolanda from Barangays Sto Nino, Sagrada, Quezon, and Old Busuanga in Busuanga, Palawan check on their mudcrab pens constructed in mangrove areas in their community.

The construction of the mudcrab pens was funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), which provided P754,000 under the ‘Yolanda’ Recovery and Rehabilitation Program (YRRP).

Through SLP, some 100 ‘Yolanda’ survivors underwent Skills Training on Mudcrab Fattening and Culturing to equip them the necessary knowledge as they set up their livelihood project.

SLP is a community-based capacity-building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of its participants. It is implemented using the Community-Driven Enterprise Development approach which enables participants to contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets. ###

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