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Rehab assistance to Zamboanga siege victims continues – Sec. Soliman

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman recently visited Zamboanga City to monitor the progress of the rehabilitation efforts for those affected by the siege that happened in the city on September 2013.

“I want to personally ensure everyone that no one is forgotten. We from the national government, with all our partners, will continue to provide assistance until we have built back better for all the victims,” she affirmed as she chaired the Local Inter-agency Committee (LIAC) meeting held at the Zamboanga City Hall.

Although the Secretary was quick to admit that the December 15 deadline of moving all evacuees in the Zamboanga Grandstand was not met, she still believes that the efforts of the local government, national agencies and international humanitarian organizations should be recognized.

“From almost 2,800 families residing at the Grandstand in January 2014, there are now just around 1,300. Some we have already moved to permanent shelters, while others to temporary shelters as they await the permanent ones. This is still a very significant accomplishment,” she pointed out.

The Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Complex, or the Grandstand, became the biggest evacuation center at the height of the armed tension last year when a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front stormed the city.


Aside from the setback in the construction of houses, Sec. Soliman also confirmed other circumstances contributing to the delay.

“Another major factor causing delays are certain cultural concerns have just been brought to the attention of the authorities. For example, there are more or less 300 families who cannot go to a certain transitional area because of clan conflict. So they would not move out of the evacuation center,” she shared.

There have also been instances of evacuees not wanting to transfer to temporary shelters for fear that they will not eventually be given permanent houses.

“We constantly clarify to the displaced families, especially those relocated to transitory sites, that those are just temporary. They will still have to be transferred to permanent, more sturdy houses, although most have noted that the bunkhouses are already better than what they had before” she commented.


According to the National Housing Authority, they target to finish all permanent shelter by middle of 2015 as the projects are currently in various stages of completion. On the other hand, DSWD intends to relocate everyone in the evacuation centers to transitory sites by January 2015.

Furthermore, Sec. Soliman explained that according to the local government, not all who are still staying at the Grandstand were actually victims of the siege.

For them, DSWD offers other services such as the Balik-Barangay and Balik-Probinsiya program where they are provided financial assistance so they can return to their places of origin.

“We do this because those who will only be awarded permanent houses are those really affected by the siege and are already previously listed on the database of the local government,” she expounded.

On Tuesday, the Secretary attended the turnover of 40 bunkhouses and 14 single detached housing units in Masepla, Mampang constructed by the 52nd Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army with funding support from the DSWD and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Beyond physical

To date, the Department has already provided a total of P438.75 million worth of assistance to all affected families.

This includes P95.5 million which covered for expenses for the transitional shelters and P8.75 million for the DSWD programs for movement of families such as the Balik-Probinsiya, Balik-Barangay, House Rental and Home Materials Assistance (HOMA) Programs.

Some P318 million was spent on the provision of food packs and non-food items, implementation of the cash and food-for-work programs, and delivery of other basic series such as financial and educational aid.

The Department likewise continues with the conduct of livelihood programs. A total of P16.5 million has been utilized to cover the capital seed funds and the conduct of skills trainings.

“We have given out capital funds for businesses like seaweed farming, fish vending, candle making, food processing, rice retailing, among others,” she continued.

The city government likewise reported that it is working with concerned national agencies and international organization to continue to ration water and provide electricity using generator sets to transitory sites.

Though these physical necessities of the affected families should immediately be met, Sec. Soliman pointed out that more beyond the provision of their daily needs should to be done.

“The durable solution still is the rebuilding of the trust of all the Zamboangueños, all the ethnicities, all the religions. We should remember the peaceful diversity alive in the city before, as perfectly represented by the famous vinta sails – a beautiful piece created by a harmonious patching together of different colors and textures,” she reminded all. #

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DSWD to launch campaign on giving children in conflict with the law a chance to change

“Children in conflict with the law (CICL) deserve a second chance to become productive members of society.”

This is the message of the three cinema plugs produced by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which shall be launched on Saturday, December 20.

The three cinema plugs are part of the “Give a Second Chance to Children in Conflict with the Law” campaign of the Department for this sector. These will be shown in SM cinemas in Metro Manila for one week during the Metro Manila Film Festival from December 25 to 31, and in selected movie theaters in Cagayan de Oro, Cebu City, and Davao City.

The 30-seconder campaign plugs  entitled The Road to Diversion of the CICL,  Second Chance, and Batang May Sala (A Child Committing a Crime) depict the bright future that awaits CICL who have been rehabilitated through government interventions.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that these plugs would make the public aware about the importance of rehabilitating CICL  than sending them to jail.

She added,  “More than looking at the CICL with anger and rebuke, let us look at them with understanding, as most often, they themselves are victims of circumstances.”

This strengthened campaign for the welfare and development of CICL is in support to Republic Act (RA) No. 10630 or the “Act Strengthening the Juvenile Justice System in the Philippines”.

RA 10630 amended RA 9344 or the “Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006”.

The Secretary appeals to the public to report and/or refer a CICL to the local social welfare and development office, or to call the DSWD CICL hotline number (02) 9517433 or the JJWC hotline number (02) 921-9065 for  proper handling and management. ###

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“Kaligtasan ng mga bata, pahalagahan ngayong kapaskuhan” Stop child mendicancy – DSWD

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman urged the public to make this Christmas season safe for children by refraining from giving any amount of money to those caroling on the streets.

Children begging for alms in the guise of caroling on the streets is a common scene this holiday season.

DSWD and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), an attached agency of the Department and the highest policy making body on children continue to advocate the “Anti-Mendicancy Law of 1978” saying that the holiday season should not be a reason to stop enforcing the law.

“Caroling on the streets is risky, especially to children who squeeze themselves between vehicles and tap on car windows, or those who jump from one public utility vehicle to another . They are unmindful of the dangers to their life and limb,” Sec. Soliman said.

Presidential Decree 1563 otherwise known as “Anti-Medicancy Law of 1978” provides an integrated system for the control and eradication of mendicancy.

However, the penalties for mendicants and those giving alms directly to the mendicants are only P500 and P20, respectively.  With such small penalty under the 35-year old law, there is a growing call to repeal it.

Sec. Soliman said the government is serious in enforcing existing laws against child mendicancy because we really want to keep children off the streets.

She advised the public that if they want to help mendicants, they can channel their assistance through agencies and licensed/accredited non-government organizations, or to religious institutions.

As part of the efforts of the Department to keep children off the streets this Yuletide season,  DSWD-National Capital Region (NCR) has been conducting, since the start of the month, Christmas activities at various activity centers in the 17 local government units.

CWC also calls on stakeholders, parents, guardians, and caregivers to ensure that children will not be engaged in  risky activities especially this season.

 At the local level, the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) and the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) should  report to proper authorities the presence of children beggars in their locality.

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33,000 DSWD-identified poor fisherfolk to get livelihood aid

More than 33,000 poor fisherfolk identified through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Listahanan shall be prioritized in a livelihood support program of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR).

The program, known as the Targeted Actions to Reduce Poverty and General Economic Transformation (TARGET) in the fishery sector, aims to provide poor fisherfolk with fishing boats, motor engines, aquaculture inputs, and farm implements.

In addition, it shall enforce Executive Order 154 series of 2014 which sanctions or penalizes illegal fishing in the country.

The implementation of TARGET is in line with President Benigno S. Aquino III’s social agenda of poverty alleviation and inclusive growth in sectors with a high poverty incidence that include the fisherfolk sector, which has a poverty incidence of 39.9%, the highest among the nine basic sectors based on the 2012 Official Poverty Statistics. This means that four out of 10 fisherfolk are poor.

DA Secretary Proceso Alcala said that improving the lives of the 33,000 poor fisherfolk will reduce 4% of the poverty incidence.

“We are supportive of the goals of TARGET program. We believe that converging the government’s resources on the Listahanan-identified poor will translate to a higher impact on poverty reduction,”  DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. It makes available to national government agencies, local government units, and other social protection stakeholders a comprehensive list of poor households as a basis for beneficiary identification.

In 2011, the Listahanan identified around 3.3 million poor farmers, foresters, and fisherfolk.

The 33,000 beneficiaries of TARGET constitute 30% of 166,000 Listahanan-identified poor fishermen who are also registered in BFAR’s Fisherfolk Registry System (FishR).

The DSWD is set to update the Listahanan database in 2015. In its second assessment, the DSWD will get detailed information on the type of occupation of each individual who will be assessed.

“A detailed information on occupation, including fishing, will surely be helpful in the implementation and  targeted delivery of government social protection initiatives,” Sec. Soliman added. ###

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Taho vendor, wife proud to send dozen kids to school, named as NCR’s model family

Sec.Soliman, other officials and employees, applaud Aling Estrelita as she shares her testimony.

Sec.Soliman, other officials and employees, applaud Aling Estrelita as she shares her testimony.

“Ang magandang bagay sa edukasyon ay isa itong pamana na hindi kailanman maaagaw sa iyo (The beautiful thing about education is that it is a legacy no one can take away from you).”

This is the principle adhered to by couple  Abdon Palarca, 53, a taho vendor,  and  Estrelita Palarca, 49, of Malanday, Marikina City, as they endured hard work to ensure the education of their 12 children.

Currently, five of their children have their own careers, three of them are already in college, two are in high school,  and the two younger kids are in elementary.

With three qualified children, the Palarca Family became beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in 2012.

This year, the Palarca Family was chosen as the 2014 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Beaming with joy and pride, Aling Estrelita spoke with confidence in front of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, other officials, and employees during the flag ceremony in Central Office, Batasan Complex, on Monday.

She even made a joke saying that every time she speaks in a group, she would say that she has 12 children and the reaction will always be the same – Wow!

But the ‘wow’ becomes even louder when she mentions that almost half of them are working while the others are also in school.

She shared, “Wala kasi akong natapos dahil sa hirap ng buhay at nangako ako sa sarili ko na lahat ng aking mga anak ay pag-aaralin ko kahit alam kong mahirap. Ayoko na danasin nila ang hirap na pinagdaanan ko (I was not able to finish school because of poverty. I promised myself that I will do my best to send all of them to school. I do not want them to suffer the same hardships I went through).”

Aling Estrelita recalled that before their family became Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary, she usually borrows money from various people.

“Hindi sapat ang kita namin sa pagtitinda ng taho at iba pang kakanin para mapag-aral ang aming mga anak kaya kailangan humiram ng pera (Our income from selling taho and native cakes is not enough to send our children to school that is why we had to borrow money),” she narrated.

Aling Estrelita is thankful that Pantawid Pamilya came right on time. She said that the program greatly changed their lives.

Aside from the support of Aling Estrelita’s five children who are working, she related that her children’s monthly allowance from Pantawid Pamilya significantly helped them with their daily needs in school.

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 centers for check-ups, and attending Family Development Sessions (FDS).

Aling Estrelita expressed hope that Pantawid Pamilya will be a permanent program of the government to help more poor parents, like them, send their children to school.

With a little more patience of waiting, Abdon and Estrelita would be able to fulfill their promise of giving education to their dozen kids.

Community involvement

Aside from being able to send their children to school, another reason why the Palarca Family was chosen as model family was because of Aling Estrelita’s active involvement in community affairs.

Aling Estrelita said that her regular attendance to Pantawid Pamilya’s FDS inspired her to become active in the community.

At the FDS, parent-beneficiaries learn and discuss about responsible parenthood, home management, financial management, and interpersonal relationships, among others.

 Aling Estrelita admitted that one of her dreams is to also  inspire other parents.

To do this, she became a Parent Leader of Pretty Moms, a group of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in their barangay.

 She said that being a leader is a fulfilling experience.

With 28 members in the group, Aling Estrelita was surprised how she was able to manage the group.

She was also able to initiate various community activities.

 “Dati, talagang ma-pasensya na akong tao pero ngayon sa tingin ko mas humaba pa ang pagiging pasensyosa ko. Bilang isang lider, kailangan kasi ang pasensya para mas epektibo ang teamwork at samahan sa grupo kasi iba-iba ang personalidad ng mga miyembro sa grupo  (I think that I am more patient now. As a leader, I should be patient to ensure effective teamwork and harmonious relationship in the group),” Aling Estrelita expressed.

Meanwhile, in her message, Sec. Soliman said that the story of Palarca Family is a living proof that Kaya ng Pinoy ang Pagbabago (the Filipino can initiate change in their own lives).

“Kahanga-hanga ang ipinakitang sipag, tiyaga at lakas ng loob nina Estrelita at kanyang asawang itaguyod ang pag-aaral ng kanilang mga anak. Hindi biro ang mag-paaral ng labingdalawang anak. Tiyak ko na ang kanilang kuwento ng pagbangon at pagbabago ay magsisilbing inspirasyon ng nakararami (Estrelita and her husband’s hard work, determination, and courage to ensure the education of their children is truly inspiring. It is not easy to send 12 children to school at the same time. I am sure that story of striving for positive change will serve as an inspiration to other poor families to also strive),” Sec. Soliman stated.

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DSWD receives donation from Japan gov’t for ‘Ruby’ survivors

Sec. Soliman and Amb.Ishinawaka seal the partnership after the signing ceremony. With them are JICA Rep. Niwa and DSWD Undersecretary ParisyaTaradji.

Sec. Soliman and Amb.Ishinawaka seal the partnership after the signing ceremony. With them are JICA Rep. Niwa and DSWD Undersecretary ParisyaTaradji.

“In times of need, we express our gratitude to friends like the Japanese Government for donating goods which will help us as we begin the early recovery phase of our disaster operations in Typhoon Ruby-hit areas.”

This was the statement of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman during the signing ceremony on Monday of the deed of donation and acceptance of the goods donated by the Japan Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for ‘Ruby’ survivors.

The donation includes blankets, sleeping pads, plastic sheets, water purifier, and collapsible water containers worth 22 million yen or P8.2 million.

JICA Chief Representative Noriaki Niwa and Japan Ambassador to the Philippines Kasuhide Ishinakawa turned over the goods to Sec. Soliman.

Amb. Ishinakawa commended the Philippine Government’s proactive measures during the typhoon, particularly the pre-emptive evacuation of families in critical areas.

He said, “Prevention pays… We should redouble our efforts in investing in disaster risk management to protect the vulnerable sector, particularly the poor living in disaster-prone areas.”

He likewise assured the Secretary of the continued support of the Japanese government.

 “As the Philippines’ neighbor and development partner for many years, we offer our support in the typhoon recovery efforts,” he added.

Sec. Soliman said that the donation will mainly go the affected families in Eastern Samar, the province hardest hit by ‘Ruby’.##

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Disaster assessment teams to be deployed in ‘Ruby’-hit areas

The Typhoon Ruby Response Pillar of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) has created Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) teams to assess damages caused by the typhoon in Regions IV-B, VI, and VIII.

Aside from damage assessment, their tasks also include gathering of information on the hard-to-reach affected areas, to ensure that everybody is assisted.

Each team is composed of representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), among others.

Earlier, the CARAGA-based Regional Disaster Response Team successfully conducted its RDANA in the provinces of Surigao Del Norte and Dinagat.

Regional teams are also currently undertaking RDANA in the provinces of Samar, Marinduque, Romblon, and other areas in Regions IV-B and VII.

Meanwhile, the Response Pillar announced that provision of relief support will continue until end of December 2014, especially food assistance for Eastern Samar which is the hardest hit area.

Early recovery initiatives such as repairs of damaged houses and construction of bunkhouses or temporary shelters will start before the year ends.

The Disaster Response Cluster had also prepared the timeline for a comprehensive relief and early recovery plan for all affected regions. ###

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Police officer protects, serves through DSWD program

SPO1 Edward C. Mandalunes put a whole new dimension to the traditional police credo, “To serve and protect”, when he decided to serve as one of the volunteers of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP), one of the poverty alleviation programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Barangay Lapasan in Cagayan de Oro City.

Despite his heavy responsibilities as a police officer, he still chose to volunteer assuming as the Community Sub-Project Management Chairperson, the de facto leader of all the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP volunteers, no less.

His reason for doing so? He believes that being a public servant means that he has the duty to devote his time and energy in community development.

Driven to help

Edward is known throughout his neighborhood in Sitio Lazaro as a good man.

As a police officer, he has constantly proven his commitment to public service as a law enforcer.  As a family man, he is known for being a loyal husband and a good father to his four children. As a community resident, he has gained the respect of his peers in their community because of his leadership skills and his selfless desire to help.

Being a volunteer is in keeping with his personality as someone who is ready and willing to help his fellow residents, despite the demands of his public profession.

As a program that uses the community-driven development (CDD) strategy, KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP, originally known as Kalahi-CIDSS, involves residents by ensuring that they themselves have the power to identify, implement, and manage the sub-projects that address their village’s most pressing needs.

Having seen for himself that his neighbors  are badly in need of jobs so that they can adequately support their families, Edward took it upon himself to lead the implementation of their Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project.

Barangay Lapasan is one of the two communities chosen as the pilot sites for the urban CDD pilot implementation in Misamis Oriental, the other one being Barangay Puntod.

The urban CDD pilot was conducted by Kalahi-CIDSS to gauge the applicability of the CDD strategy in the urban setting. Prior to this, the program was exclusively implemented in rural areas.

Working as a team

Edward and 117 other volunteers planned what the best intervention would be for their community. They eventually chose the provision of capability-building trainings for interested residents so they can develop skills that will allow them to land in well-paying jobs.

As one who was used to leadership, Edward knew that he would be bearing a huge responsibility as the BSPM Chairperson, not just because of the tasks he would be given, but also because of the responsibilities inherent to a head.

He said, Isip pangulo, kinahanglan mamahimo ko nga sumbanan sa akong mga kaubanan. Akong giseguro nga akong gibuhat ang akong gipamulong. Dili man kapugngan nga adunay mosupak; kinahanglan pasensyoso ug abli akong panghunahuna aron makapangulo ko nga epektibo (I believe that as a leader, I should be a good example to everyone. I make sure that I practice what I say. It is inevitable that some people resist change, but I know that one has to be patient and open-minded so that you can lead effectively).

” Nonetheless, Edward admitted that he experienced several challenges as a community leader, so much so that there were times that he wanted to quit volunteering. His neighbors, however, always made him change his mind.

“Nalipay kami nga si SPO1 Edward Mandalunes ang among pangulo tungod may respeto ‘mi niya ug maka-disiplina usab siya namong mga miyembro, ilabina kay dako nga suliran ang sugal ug mga bisyo sa among kumonidad (We are glad that SPO1 Edward Mandalunes is our head volunteer because our members respect him and he can impose discipline to the community members, considering that gambling and different forms of vices are problem sin our area),” a co-volunteer shared.

As such, Edward continued serving through KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP.

He said, “Kay nakita nako nga gusto sa akong mga silingan nga ako nga mangulo ug aduna sila’y pagsalig kanako, mao nga naka-desisyon ko nga magpabilin sa pagpatuman sa programa (Seeing my neighbors wanting me to lead them and that they believed in me was enough for me to decide to stay with the program).

” Edward’s efforts, along with his fellow volunteers, bore fruit when the 118 residents were trained in and graduated from trainings in pharmacy servicing, motorcycle repair, housekeeping, dressmaking, and facilitation for janitorial services.

According to Edward, KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP helped his village. He saw for himself how people close to him were able to land jobs after their training through the program.

Nagtrabaho na ang akong mga silingan sa mga nagkalain-lain nga kompanya. Ang uban gahulat nalang sa ilang mga papelis nga aprobahan aron makasulod og trabaho sa housekeeping didto sa gawas sa nasud (My neighbors are now working with different firms. The others are also about to fly abroad to do housekeeping jobs and they are just waiting to their papers to be finalized),” he said.

He continued, “Dahil bilang volunteers, nakakatulong kami sa aming komunidad na silay mabigyan ng maayos at maginhawang buhay (As volunteers, we were able to help our community so that residents can have good and comfortable lives).”

“Kaya pala namin ang pagbabago (We can make change happen)”, Edward concluded.### -

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