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DSWD turns over P157M shelter assistance to ISFs

 Informal settler family-beneficiaries of the Micro Medium Rise Buildings witness the blessing of the housing units.

Informal settler family-beneficiaries of the Micro Medium Rise Buildings witness the blessing of the housing units.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officially awards residential units to 21 family-beneficiaries of the Estero de San Miguel Pilot Project on Shelter Assistance and Disaster Risk-Reduction and Management.

The disaster prevention shelter assistance is a joint project undertaken by the DSWD, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Urban Poor Associates (UPA), and the Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Legarda, Inc. (NML).

As part of the project, five micro-Medium Rise Buildings (mmRBs) were constructed with the project cost amounting to P157 million.  Four (4) of the said buildings are for the housing assistance of the identified Informal Settler Families (ISFs) who reside in danger zones and one building serves as a multi-purpose building.

The shelter assistance is provided to the urban poor especially those who live in danger zones along the various esteros and creeks in Metro Manila.

As part of national government’s disaster prevention initiatives, its primary objective is to ensure safe and flood-resilient permanent housing for the ISFs.

Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman shared that this joint project “is a result of the lessons learned by government from strong typhoons like ‘Milenyo and Ondoy.’  With the safe residential units, the ISFs will now be protected against the “new normal.”

In addition, the Secretary addressed the ISFs to take care of their new shelters.  The Secretary added that the shelter assistance project was made possible as a result of the NMLI’s persistence to make government accountable.

Thus, she emphasized to the family-beneficiaries to continue advocating for their rights with the new Administration. ###


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Pantawid Pamilya boosts local economy according to research study

The findings of a research study done by the team of Dr. Lourdes S. Adriano, a former professor at the University of the Philippines, for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were discussed during the  Public Forum entitled, “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program: Stimulus to Local Economic Growth?” held jointly by the DSWD, Ateneo School of Governance (ASoG), and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at the Ateneo University on June 23.

The study was carried out with support from the Australian Embassy.

In her message during the forum, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said, “We hope this study can help the incoming administration to further improve the program.”

“If there is one good thing that we can turn over to the new administration, it is evidence-based policy making, planning and evaluation,” Sec. Soliman added.

The research study used quantitative and qualitative methodology to  determine the nature, form, and degree of the economic impact of the Pantawid Pamilya cash grant expenditures on the local economy.  The study covered the provinces of Masbate, Camarines Norte, and Albay.

The study was divided into five parts namely; Household Economy, Economic Sector: Bicol Rice Value Chain; Economic Sector: Flea Market Case Study; Regional and Macro Perspective; and  Integration of Recommendations.

The key findings of the study are:

Household Level Analysis

  1. For food items, the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are consuming more cereals, in general, and more rice, in particular, than non-beneficiaries. For non-food items such as clothing, health, education, utilities, communications and recreational goods, the patterns of spending are shown to be generally higher among Pantawid beneficiaries compared to non-beneficiaries.
  1. The overall pattern in terms of savings and other forms of investments shows that Pantawid beneficiaries are saving and investing more than the non-Pantawid Pamilya counterparts.
  1. In terms of key economic decisions made by the household, the results showed that women in Pantawid Pamilya households are more active in the decision making on household marketing and budgeting. This demonstrates that the program does not  only affect the behavior of the households in terms of consumption but has also enhanced the women’s role in the decision making on marketing and budgeting.
  1. The benefits of Pantawid Pamilya is not limited to its direct material benefits. It was found out that the program influences aspirations, which in turn determines the future behavior of the beneficiaries. The study showed that beneficiaries are more optimistic in terms of their children achieving more in life than their parents. Further, beneficiaries have higher social aspirations compared to non-beneficiaries.

Economic Sector Analysis (Rice Value Chain)

  1. The Pantawid Pamilya cash grants along with the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the local government units (LGUs) create a multiplier effect in the local economy of Bicol estimated to be 7.87 and 3.49 for the first and second income deciles, respectively. Also, it was found out the Pantawid Pamilya cash grants for Bicolanos can potentially generate an additional P18 to 40 billion revenue for the local economy.
  1. There is a significant increase in the number of registered agricultural-related businesses in the three locales of the study. Total capitalization of all registered agriculture businesses increased from about P1.65 million in 2005 to about P13.27 million. Total sales are rose from a measly amount of P3.645 million in 2005 to P119.23 million in 2015.
  1. Rice consumption behavior of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who are not rice farmers, has changed in terms of quality as manifested by the shift from NFA rice to commercial rice. According to the respondents, the cash grants, along with the relatively lower prices of commercial rice, enabled them to afford better quality commercial rice.
  1. There are changes in behavior and action of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries toward other rice stakeholders. They increased their access to credit from rice retail stores because of the predictable streams of income coming from the Pantawid Pamilya cash grants. Beneficiaries have forged a stronger relationship with retail stores through a “suki relationship” over time. Rice Value Chain (RVC) players confirmed slight increase in their incomes when Pantawid beneficiaries became group buyers. In turn, rice retailers and wholesalers have extended credit and other special arrangements to Pantawid rice consumers to encourage them to buy.

Flea Market Case Study

  1. It is now a common sight to see the operations of a flea market near the site where the Pantawid Pamilya cash payouts are being made. The case study shows that the operations of the flea market is a manifestation that the extra income received from the Program can perk up local economic activities since most products being sold in the flea market come from the locality or neighboring areas. Even merchants not participating in the flea market, such as pharmacy store, mini-grocery, and school supplies shops, gained from the expenditures of Pantawid beneficiaries.
  1. The municipality derived extra revenues from flea market traders by imposing market rental fees collected by a designated market collector. The positive contribution of these extra revenues generated is highly visible in Libon where the successful operation of the Libon Town Center (LTC) is partly supported by the fees generated from the market rentals where various merchants sell their wares particularly during payout days.

These findings reinforce that Pantawid Pamilya can transform not only the lives of its beneficiaries, but also the communities  where they live,” Sec. Soliman emphasized.

On the other hand, Dr. Fermin Adriano, member of the research team said that Pantawid Pamilya should be combined with other economic enhancing efforts to achieve optimal impact. ###

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Asipulo celebrates community-driven development during fiesta

Every year, the municipality of Asipulo in Ifugao celebrates their town fiesta called Kulpi’d Asipulo by showcasing their culture and tradition.

This year’s theme is​, “Celebrating culture and community development”, a declaration of their triumphs in community-driven development (CDD), which they experienced through their implementation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The ‘little people’ and CDD

Asipulo’s Kalahi-CIDSS journey began in 2003 when they first engaged with the program. Since then, they became a partner and active implementer of CDD.

CDD is a development approach that provides control of process, resources and decision-making to communities. It is the strategy employed by Kalahi-CIDSS.

Director Benilda “Chi” Redaja, National Program Manager of Kalahi-CIDSS was invited as a keynote speaker during the Kulpi. As part of the celebration, Dir. Redaja visited Barangay Nungawa for the turnover and  the installation of ceremonial marker for their Amduntog-Duit core road improvement project, which was constructed through Kalahi-CIDSS and built through the volunteerism and hard work of the villagers.

Lakay Salcedo, one of the village volunteers,  defined his CDD experience as “life changing”. He expressed that they nearly quit on Kalahi-CIDSS because of its tedious procedures. However, while thinking of changing the course of their lives, they persevered and sacrificed, managing to complete six cycles with Kalahi-CIDSS.

With the paved roads and pathways in her barangay, Celia Dulnuan, one of the women-volunteers shared that she could now wear her shoes and high heeled sandals to attend meetings and social events. She also observed that hauling of vegetables became easier and faster, saying that they can now directly deliver their produce in Bambang, Nueva Viscaya, which increased their income.

Salcedo Pugong, a 60-year-old veteran described his people as “little people”, meaning a humble village with small population. The barangay has 607 residents with 112 households.

To this line, Dir. Redaja had this to say: “I thought that there is nothing small about these people who have known too much deprivation and yet have refused to give up. There is nothing small about their acts of generosity when they give their time and energy to build these beautiful roads that will be their pathway to more opportunities.”

She added that more than the physical structure they built, the people of Nungawa “stand tall for their indomitable spirit when they fought hard to gain both voice and vote” to be prioritized in Kalahi-CIDSS.

The Kulpi’d Asipulo and CDD

Traditionally, Kulpi’d Asipulo is held every April to commemorate the noble achievements of their ancestors. It is a celebration for a fruitful and bountiful rice harvest, wherein every household prepares rice wines. The fiesta is also an opportunity to show the cultural customs and traditions of the Ifugaos.

With the presence of CDD in the area, the traditions have evolved to include the celebration of their efforts, achievements and dreams of the communities in Asipulo. For example, a ceremonial marker installation at the six Kalahi-CIDSS projects in the municipality was held as part of the Kulpi.

The Kalahi-CIDSS projects were also turned over to the Barangay Local Government Units during the program in April.

“The paved roads are a testament of your hard work and the triumph of your participation. I am privileged to have witnessed this important milestone in the life of a village in Asipulo,”  Dir. Redaja said.

“Your stories are an inspiration for those of us in government who share your dream of a better life,” she continued.

Institutionalizing the CDD approach

In 2013, through the leadership of Mayor Armando Domilod, the municipality institutionalized the community-driven development approach through Executive Order  No. 14, which organizes the Community-Driven Development and Poverty Alleviation Program, otherwise known as the Pan Aamungan (convergence) Program.

As of now, Asipulo is the only municipality in the Cordillera that has institutionalized the community-driven development process through local legislation. ###

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Sec. Soliman received Outstanding Professional Award from PRC

prcDepartment of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman was recognized on June 22 as the Outstanding Professional of the Year Award (Outstanding Social Worker) by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), in acknowledgement of her life work in the social work field.

The Outstanding Professional of the Year Award is given by PRC annually since 1997, to recognize the achievements and services of professionals in their respective fields of endeavor.

During the awarding ceremony held at the Manila Hotel, Sec. Soliman was also conferred the Eric Nubla Excellence Award, besting other Outstanding Proffesional Awardees this year.

The Nubla Award is given to a single professional who embodies the values of professionalism, integrity, responsibility, competence and excellence that PRC stands for.

Sec. Soliman was honored for her commitment, dedication and exemplary service as DSWD secretary from 2001 to 2005, and 2010 to 2016.

“I am grateful for these recognitions which PRC bestowed on me. I shall treasure as I step down as DSWD Secretary,” Sec. Soliman shared.

She added, “Though I am leaving the Department, I will always be always be social worker and will continue to work towards the empowerment of the poor and vulnerable sectors of society.” ###

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Sec. Soliman receives Order of Lakandula Award

President Benigo Simeon Aquino III recently conferred the Order of Lakandula Award with the rank of Gold Cross Bayani to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, along with other Cabinet Secretaries.

The President gave the award to the Secretaries to recognize their civil and political merit.  He also took the time to express his gratitude for the efficient public service rendered by the officials during his term.

In his message, the President said, “Without complaint and with boundless enthusiasm, you energized the bureaucracy and made an impact on the lives of our people. You saw the hopes and dreams of our countrymen and turned them into tangible realities. You took what many considered to be impossible, and made it possible.”

Pres. Aquino also thanked the awardees and said that as his term ends, they can all leave office with “[their] heads held high, because [they’ve] done right for the Filipino people.”

For her part, Sec. Soliman  expressed her gratitude for the recognition bestowed by the President.

“We are in public service for the Filipino people.  I, for one, am one with the President as he led the nation in instituting ‘daang matuwid’ (right path).”

“I am proud to be part of the PNoy Administration, a team composed of sincere public servants, all willing to go the extra mile to respond to the needs of the Filipinos,” added Sec. Soliman.

She also said that her time in public office may be ending by June 30, but her public service continues, in one way or another.

“My mission to render my best for the good of this nation will not end,” she said.

Aside from Sec. Soliman, other awardees were outgoing Secretaries Joel Villanueva, Bro. Armin Luistro, Rene Almendras, Janet Garin, Ramon Jimenez, Mario Montejo, Voltaire Gazmin, Rosalinda Baldoz, and Rogelio Singson. ###

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DSWD, partners to present results of study on Pantawid Pamilya’s impact on economy

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will hold a public forum to present the results of the research study entitled, “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program: Stimulus to Local Economic Growth?”, on Thursday, tomorrow, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at  the Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

Led by the study consultant, Dr. Lourdes S. Adriano, the research study’s main objective is to determine qualitatively and quantitatively the nature, form, and degree of the economic impact of the Pantawid Pamilya cash grant expenditures on the local economy.  Its overarching thesis is that the provision of regular and predictable cash grants to poor households in the context of malfunctioning or nonexistent markets can generate positive productive and economic impacts.

The presentation of the results of study will be divided into five topics as follows:

  • Household Economy
  • Economic Sector: Bicol Rice Value Chain
  • Economic Sector: Flea Market Case Study
  • Regional and Macro Perspective
  • Integration of Recommendations

Impact evaluation studies on Pantawid  Pamilya showed evidence of the program’s effectiveness in achieving education and health outcomes.  There are also indications of potential positive spillover effects of the program to the local economy particularly, in the areas of work motivation, labor allocation, savings, and access to credit. It has been observed that the huge transfer of cash to the poor and poor areas of the country has produced unintended economic impacts or the “ripple effects” both at the household and local economies.

With the scaled up implementation of CCT, the need to understand these unintended impacts on attaining inclusive growth have become increasingly important to government decision makers and planners. A greater understanding of these economic and productive impacts of CCT can contribute to broadening the policy menu for the inclusive growth strategy.

“Pantawid Pamilya has made significant gains in the last six years, and I am confident that the next administration will continue the program. Research studies, such as this, will also serve as guide to further improve the program,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said. ###

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DSWD cites milestones under Aquino administration

DSWD Sec. Soliman beams as she interacts with members of media during her last press briefing this afternoon where she disccussed the various milestones achieved by the Department during the Aquino Administration.  She thanked the media for their support to her  six years of leadership at the Department.

DSWD Sec. Soliman beams as she interacts with members of media during her last press briefing this afternoon where she disccussed the various milestones achieved by the Department during the Aquino Administration. She thanked the media for their support to her six years of leadership at the Department.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) highlighted the agency’s accomplishments for the past six years under President Benigno S. Aquino III’s administration in the areas of social protection as a priority agenda, enhancing and increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the bureaucracy, demand-driven expansion of programs, quality response in the context of the “new normal”, and sustainability of the gains

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, the Department made significant gains in prioritizing social protection programs which include Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), and the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS).

“The Department was able to harmonize the implementation of the core poverty reduction programs to more effectively reach and assist intended beneficiaries,” Sec. Soliman said.

Through its convergence strategy, the Department continues to empower and develop the capacities of program beneficiaries toward resilience benefitting 4,409,819 million Pantawid Pamilya households, some 144,895 of whom are parent-leaders; and, a total of 491,992 community volunteers.

The Social Operational Framework was likewise approved in 2012, defining social protection and its components which constitute policies and programs that seek to reduce poverty and vulnerability to risks and enhance the social status and rights of the marginalized by promoting and protecting livelihood and employment, protecting against hazards and sudden loss of income, and improving people’s capacity to manage risks.

For more effective targeting of poor households, the Listahanan database which shows who and where the poor are was launched and operationalized.  In its second assessment conducted in 2015, Listahanan established that 1.5 million Pantawid Pamilya families were able to move up from poverty.

Mainstreaming and strengthening delivery mechanisms and processes through decentralization and the use of Information Technology (IT) also simplified implementation and monitoring of social protection programs.

Towards a more effective bureaucracy

Another milestone is enhancing and increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the bureaucracy through financial re-engineering to meet the growing demands, restructuring the bureaucracy, workforce development, and performance management, embedding the Matapat, Mahusay, Magiliw leadership brand,  embracing IT as a management tool and strengthening integrity management.

Moreover, the status of workers was improved through the creation of 11,000 contractual positions.

Demand-driven expansion of programs

To give children beneficiaries a fighting chance for employability, the coverage of Pantawid Pamilya was extended to cover 15-18 years old in accordance with the K-12  curriculum of the Department of Education (DepEd) which adds two years to basic education. Approximately two million children were included in the program.

Likewise, Pantawid Pamilya achieved its 4.4 million target coverage based on Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and created the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT), an innovation to reach out to the most vulnerable sectors including the homeless and indigenous peoples.

To help Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and other poor families have a sustainable means of livelihood, the Self-Employment Assistance for Kaunlaran (SEA-K) revolving fund was expanded to Employment Facilitation and Microenterprise Development tracks of the Sustainable Livelihood Program.

From January 2011 to May 2016, SLP served a total of  1,279,572 families where 1,095,836 are Pantawid Pamilya families and 183,736 are non-Pantawid families assessed as poor through the Listahanan.

Of this total, 864,015 Pantawid Pamilya families were served through microenterprise development. The remaining 174,784 Pantawid Pamilya families were facilitated for employment. Micro enterprise or small–scale business enterprise include hog, chicken and goat raising; rice farming, buying and selling of charcoal, agri-tourism, and multi-grains retailing.

Meanwhile, the Kalahi-CIDSS National Community Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP) was enhanced from an agency program to a national government program. A total of 5,098,617 households have benefited from 21,102 completed sub-projects.

Further, a greater number of senior citizens are now benefitting from the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens through lowering of the age requirement to 60.

As of May 2016, a total of 938,530 beneficiaries have already received social pension. The Department is targeting 1.3 million beneficiaries for this year.

The DSWD also strengthened and enhanced policy frameworks for vulnerable sectors through the attached agencies and sectoral programs.

Responding to the “new normal”

For more effective and efficient response to the increasing severity of disasters brought about by the “new normal” phenomenon, the Department came up with initiatives such as, clearer and documented standard operating procedures, linking of disaster response to early recovery and rehabilitation,  conduct of Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA), and deployment of  Quick Response Teams (QRTs) in areas affected by disasters.

Likewise, through partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (UN-WFP), the DSWD launched the Mechanized Repacking System, a modernized repacking system which speeds up the production of emergency family food packs. The system is now operational at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City and the recently-inaugurated Visayas Disaster Response Center in Mandaue City, Cebu.

The Assistance for Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) has assisted 1,570,390 clients with P4.72 billion disbursed for medical, educational, and other financial assistance to help beneficiaries cope with their emergency needs.

Sustaining the gains

The Department has been actively lobbying the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) legislation to ensure that the gains achieved by Pantawid Pamilya will continue to be pursued.

“We are already seeing these gains with the first batch of CCT and Expanded Student’s Grant-in-Aid Program (ESGP-PA) graduates.  In 2015, a total of 13,469 out of 333,673 Pantawid Pamilya high school students  graduated with honors, while 93 out of 3,138 ESGP-PA scholars reaped academic excellence awards including one magna cum laude and 59 cum laudes,” Sec. Soliman stated.

Other initiatives include mainstreaming the community-driven development (CDD) strategy in local governance, programming for the 1.5 million near-poor as assessed by Listahanan, partnerships with civil society organizations (CSOs) through the Bantay, Tulay, Gabay, Kaagapay Framework, and strengthening of the accreditation guidelines.

The Department is also pursuing data warehousing through the National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) and Information Communication and Technology Management Service (ICTMS).

“This will enable program implementers to efficiently monitor the progress made by beneficiaries,” the Secretary added.

Overall,  Sec. Soliman is confident that all these gains achieved by the Department under the leadership of Pres. Aquino will serve as a strong foundation that can be used as leverage of the incoming administration to meet the continuing challenge of breaking inter-generational poverty and improve the rigor and vigor of the bureaucracy. ###

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DSWD prepares for rainy days

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has bared its preparatory efforts for the onset of the rainy season and La Niña.

These include the Department’s standby capacities through its stockpiling of relief commodities, human resources, logistical facilities and standby funds. The Department will also beef up its available stocks of food and non-food items.

DSWD is Vice-Chair for Response of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and also the lead agency of the Food and Non-Food Cluster, Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster, and IDP Protection Cluster under the humanitarian cluster system of the Council.

As of June 10, DSWD Central Office and its 17 Field offices have a total of P956,057,439.21 standby funds which can be used to purchase emergency relief supplies.

Aside from these, a total of P524,339,722.80 worth of stockpile of relief items including 406,709 family food packs, food and non-food items are available at the 17 Field Offices which can be distributed/prepositioned to local government units (LGUs) that will be affected by typhoons or flooding.

There are 67 national level Quick Response Teams (QRTs)  across the regions that are ready for mobilization anytime. Another 18 QRTs, in addition to the Social Welfare and Development Teams , Provincial and Municipal Actions Teams are also on alert to render augmentation support for relief and response operations.

Complementing these DSWD teams are organized and trained  private volunteers who are also on standby for mobilization and deployment to assist in disaster operations. Likewise, the parent-leaders of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program serve as standby workforce for repacking and relief distribution.

In terms of logistical facilities, DSWD manages 18 regional warehouses that maintain 30,000 family food packs as prepositioned items at the field office or LGUs.

On top of these, the two disaster response center hubs of the Department – the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City in the National Capital Region and the Visayas Disaster Response Center in Cebu City – are open 24/7. These hubs boast of mechanized systems that speed up the production of the required family food packs.

The combined  production of the two mechanized system hubs  reaches 100,000 packs a day enough to respond to the needs of 500,000 people for three days.

Meanwhile, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman assured the public that the Department continues to strengthen its mechanisms to ensure fast and efficient delivery of relief supplies to areas that will be affected by the rainy season. ###

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