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DSWD continues to assist street families who joined the camping in Batangas

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that the street families who were taken to Nasugbu, Batangas participated in the out-of-town activity for their inclusion in government programs, and not because they were being “hidden” during the Papal visit.

“It was not for keeping them out of sight,” Sec. Soliman said. “We do reach out to families even before the announcement of the pope coming.”

The MCCT orientation and registration family camp is conducted annually by the DSWD and its partner LGUs. This activity has been done in Aug 2011, Dec 2011, May 2012, and May 2014.

Some 99 families or 427 individuals from Manila, Paranaque, and Pasay – particularly in areas along Roxas Boulevard to NAIA – attended the activity this year.

“They will be registered in the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer Program for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF) which provides a complete package of assistance to street families, including responsive shelter programs, with access to social services, and economic opportunities for the improvement of their living conditions,” Sec. Soliman said.

Aside from the orientation on MCCT, activities during the five-day event were modular discussion on basic literacy and life skills enhancement for the adults and character building for the children. The adults also discussed topics such as understanding me as a person and as a parent, the difference between men and women, and family relations.

The children, on the other hand, had a lecture and video presentation on personal hygiene, values caravan, and film showing.

There were also recreational activities applying what they have learned from the activities.

Not all street families were taken to Batangas. Many were still present along Taft and MH Del Pilar, Malate to see the Pope during his 5-day visit to the Philippines.

“We cannot hide poverty. We cannot hide it from the pope, it’s here,” Sec. Soliman said.

In the National Capital Region, some 2,479 families have already been registered in the MCCT-HSF since 2012.

Sec. Soliman emphasized that the government’s aim “is to get the street dwellers off the streets, give them decent shelter and employment/livelihood opportunities to ensure that they are given a fighting chance.”

“There are no legal means to get people off the streets, but we believe that majority of street dwellers will change their lives once provided with a little help. Mahalaga na maramdaman nila na tinatrato silang tao ng pamahalaan (It’s important that they feel that the government is treating them humanely),” Sec. Soliman ended. ###

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DSWD to award top LGU data users

Sixteen local government units nationwide were selected as finalists in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) first Gawad Listahanan.

Gawad Listahanan is an award conferred to local government units (LGUs) that have registered the most number of beneficiaries of their locally-funded programs in the Listahanan database of poor families.

The Listahanan is an information management system that makes available to national government agencies, local government units, and other social protection stakeholders a comprehensive list of poor families in need of assistance.

In 2009, the Listahanan conducted an assessment that covered 10.9 million households. Of this, 5.2 million households were identified as poor.

In 2010, Executive Order 867 was issued to mandate all national government agencies to use the Listahanan database as the basis for their programs and services.

Since then, the 5.2 million households have been beneficiaries of national government programs such as Philhealth Indigent Program, and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, among others.

Currently, the Listahanan has 1,203 data users. The majority of which are LGUs.

Those nominated in the first Gawad Listahanan are programs of LGUs that provide services such as financial assistance, scholarships and provision of health and medical, among others.

Finalists for the Municipal Category are Cuenca, Batangas; Dalaguete, Cebu; Jaen, Nueva Ecija; Pandan, Catanduanez; Cabatuan, Ilo-Ilo; Aparri, Cagayan; Malalag, Davao del Sur; and, Asuncion, Davao del Norte.

For the City Category, the finalists include Escalante and El Salvador.

For the Provincial Category, the finalists are Ilocos Norte, Aurora, Palawan, Oriental Mindoro and Ilo-Ilo.

The final awarding and announcement of winners for the 1st Gawad Listahanan will be made on January 28, 2015 at the DSWD Batasan Complex, during the celebration of the Department’s  64th Anniversary.

The awardee for each category will receive a plaque citing the highlights of their contribution and significance of their partnership with the Department and a cash prize of P50,000. ###

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Be part of local development, DSWD urges Filipinos

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) urges Filipinos to join local development activities within their communities so they can become active participants in nation building.

“By participating in these activities that are critical to the development of their own communities, ordinary citizens can be heroes in their own way,” said DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

This was said in reference to the “bayanI Ka!” Awards of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the Department’s biggest poverty alleviation programs.

Kalahi-CIDSS uses the community-driven development (CDD) strategy, an approach that engages citizens in local development so that they themselves will be the ones to determine and implement what interventions they need that will help their communities respond to issues affecting their poverty situation.

By engaging citizens as volunteers and local government units, national government agencies, civil society organizations, and other relevant groups as partners, Kalahi-CIDSS ensures that every member of the community has a personal stake in development and should play roles to promote this.

The “bayanI Ka!” Awards are intended to recognize citizens, local government units at the provincial, municipal, and barangay levels, and program staff in their involvement in nation building, within their capacity, through their participation in Kalahi-CIDSS, which was scaled up into a national community-driven development program in 2013.

Winners of the “bayanI Ka!” awards come from varying backgrounds, such as Catherine Asi, a Muslim woman from Lanao del Norte who was instrumental in helping resolve peace issues between Christians and Muslims in the town of Kauswagan, and Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel, who provides continuous support and encouragement for the mayors within his province to implement Kalahi-CIDSS because he believes in the power of citizen involvement.

Through the “bayanI Ka!” Awards, DSWD hopes to show Filipinos that everyone, and not just those directly involved in development, can actively participate and perform critical roles in development, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, or profession. ###

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DSWD celebrates Filipino resiliency, empowerment on its 64th anniversary

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) greets 2015 with renewed hope and enthusiasm as it celebrates its 64th founding anniversary on January 26-30 with the theme, “DSWD@64: Tuloy sa Pagbangon at Pag-unlad”.

The theme reflects how the Department continues to serve and encourage the disadvantaged and vulnerable to rise above adversities and achieve an improved quality of life.

“We 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,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

She  assured that the  Department will continue its legacy of  “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 added that the anniversary is a  timely occasion to thank the Department’s employees who have gone the extra mile to serve those in need.

Among the highlights of the celebration will be the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) for outstanding DSWD employees, and Loyalty Awards, which recognizes officials and employees who have rendered 10-40 years of service.

Partners and stakeholders will also be recognized through the PaNaTa Ko Sa Bayan Awards.

The week-long anniversary celebration will kick-off with a flag-raising ceremony on January 26, to be followed by a Thanksgiving Mass, exhibit on DSWDs performance governance scoreboard and  strategic goals, sportsfest, games, and a DSWD Got Talent competition to be participated in by employees of the Department’s Central and 16 Field Offices.

Awarding for the various competitions will cap the celebration. ###

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DSWD conducts anew investigation on alleged maltreatment at Manila LGU facility

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman has sent anew a validating team to check the veracity of a report relayed by a GMA news reporter on alleged abuse and maltreatment of a 10-year-old boy-resident of the Manila Reception and Action Center (MRAC).

The news reporter submitted the transcription of her by-chance interview with the 10-year-old boy at the gate of the center. The boy claimed that he was being physically abused. However, it was not clear in the interview who was hurting him.

Last night, DSWD-NCR Field Office Director Alice Bonoan who led the validating team proceeded to the center to investigate the incident.

It was learned that the 10-year-old boy has already been re-integrated with his family in San Roque, Pandacan, Manila.

Dir, Bonoan said the she will send a social worker to conduct a validation visit to the child’s family in Pandacan, Manila to see and assess his condiion and that of the family.

“We are now transferring the children-residents to other DSWD-licensed NGOs and DSWD managed facilities,” Sec. Soliman said. Manila RAC will be temporarily closed to give the City Social Welfare and Development Office of the City of Manila the time and space to repair and rehabilitate the center as well as enhance their capacity to care for the children.

There are two children at the RAC who claim to be residents of Bahay Tuluyan in Quezon Province. DSWD is now facilitating their return to the center.

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DSWD now hiring staff to do survey of poor families

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is in need of 47,644 field workers to implement the Listahanan 2nd nationwide assessment.

These comprise of 1,277 area coordinators, 6,383 area supervisors, 31,908 enumerators, 4,038 encoders and 4,038 verifiers, who will be tasked to collect information from 15.3 million households in 1,490 municipalities and 144 cities nationwide.

The Listahanan is an information management system that makes available to national government agencies, local government units, and other social protection stakeholders a comprehensive list of poor families in need of assistance.

The area coordinators will supervise and train area supervisors who are tasked to lead a team of enumerators.

The enumerators will conduct family interviews using the Family Assessment Form (FAF).

The FAF is a four-page questionnaire with 52 variables that are pertinent in determining a household’s welfare level. Encoders will input the data collected by the enumerators to the Listahanan database, while verifiers will check if the data entered are consistent and accurate.

Applications may be submitted via e-mail or delivered personally to the nearest DSWD Regional Office or at the Social Welfare and Development Team office in the province. Interested individuals are encouraged to check the DSWD Regional Office websites for details. The e-mail addresses of the different DSWD Regional Offices are:

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Applicants will undergo a series of examinations and interviews to ensure that the most qualified individuals will be hired. Once hired, they will be given intensive training on their specific roles in the assessment. They will also be deployed in areas where they are not from to ensure objectivity in conducting the assessment.

“The qualifications for these jobs are tight. This is because we want to work with competent, dedicated and honest individuals who can assure us that the data they’ll collect will be of the highest quality, complete, and accurate,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

Through this assessment, a new batch of poor and near-poor families will be identified and prioritized for appropriate programs and services. It will also enable the Department to track changes or developments in the lives of poor households who were identified in the previous assessment.

In 2009, the DSWD conducted the first nationwide assessment that resulted in the identification of 5.2 million poor households out of the 10.9 million assessed.

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Capiz towns get P694.7-M for emergency shelter assistance

Gov. Tanco (2nd from left) and Panay Mayor Dante Bermejo (third  from left) together with DSWD and LGU staff during the turn over of check.

Gov. Tanco (2nd from left) and Panay Mayor Dante Bermejo (third from left) together with DSWD and LGU staff during the turn over of check.

Three municipalities of Capiz yesterday received a total P695.7 million for the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for Typhoon Yolanda survivors.

Broken down, P477,600,000 was released for 15,920 families with totally damaged houses in Roxas City; P173,610,000 for  5,637 families with totally damaged houses and 450 families with partially damaged houses in Panay; and P43,570,000 for 4,457 families with partially damaged houses in Pontevedra.

The checks were turned over to the municipal treasurers with Capiz Governor Victor Tanco, Panay Mayor Dante Bermejo, and towns’ respective municipal and city social welfare and development officers witnessing the turnover.

The LGUs will be releasing the aid to the families.

The ESA is being released by the agency as part of the rehabilitation efforts to help ‘Yolanda’ survivors rebuild their homes.

The amount of P30,000 is intended for those with totally damaged houses while P10,000 will be released for those with partially damaged houses.

Permanent houses

DSWD has also turned over some P7 million to Pilar town, also in Capiz, for the construction of permanent housing units for 100 family-survivors of ‘Yolanda’ through the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP).

CSAP is a rehabilitation program which aims to provide structurally strong shelter units that can withstand 180-220 kph wind velocity to families whose houses were totally destroyed by natural and man-made calamities

The DSWD provides funds for implementation of the project with a counterpart from the local government unit. ###

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DSWD to recognize modern-day heroes of community development

Rey Jaboneta, a person with disability from Barangay New Panay in Maragusan, Compostela Valley is one of the winners of the 1st ‘BayanI Ka’ Awards of KALAHI-CIDSS

Rey Jaboneta, a person with disability from Barangay New Panay in Maragusan, Compostela Valley is one of the winners of the 1st ‘BayanI Ka’ Awards of KALAHI-CIDSS.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to conduct the first “bayanI Ka!” Awards on January 23 at the AIM Conference Center in Makati City, to recognize representatives from various sectors in their initiatives for community development through their participation in the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP), one of the Agency’s biggest poverty alleviation programs.

Called the “bayanI Ka!” Awards, the event will recognize ordinary citizens, local government units (LGUs) at the barangay, municipal, and provincial levels, and program staff who have gone beyond what is expected of them in their involvement in KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is a program that seeks to help alleviate poverty through the community-driven development (CDD) strategy, a development approach that puts power back in the hands of the people by giving them the opportunity to make informed decisions on locally identified options for development and manage resources to implement sub-projects that address needs identified by communities themselves. It is the scaling up of Kalahi-CIDSS, which started in 2003.

‘bayanI’ campaign

The “bayanI Ka!” Awards is part of the “bayanI” information campaign of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP, which promotes the involvement of Filipinos in community development, regardless of their age, gender, educational attainment, and status, by encouraging them to put their community (bayan) before their own selves (“I”).

The “bayanI Ka!” Awards pays special focus to the areas KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP deems important: community participation, local governance, peace, gender, and disaster risk reduction and mitigation (DRRM).

Special awards are also given for the Best Youth, Best Senior Citizen, Indigenous People (IP), and Best Person with Disabilities (PWD)-Volunteers.

LGUs are also recognized for the promotion of good governance, transparency, and accountability.

Seventeen awards will be given on January 23, with the awardees coming from different parts of the country.

Among the awardees is Rey Jaboneta, a PWD from Barangay New Panay in Maragusan, Compostela Valley, who led his community in their Kalahi-CIDSS implementation, allowing them to construct classrooms and a livelihood center. This provided a new opportunity for his fellow residents to generate more income through the center and during the construction phase and establish a school facility for the children in the community.

Another winner is Catherine Asi of Barangay Delabayan in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, the “bayanI ka!” Awardee for Gender.

Her leadership in KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP helped settle the conflict between Muslims and Christians in her region, leading them to work together to complete their Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project.

Santos Balilid, a B’laan from Barangay Sinapulan in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat, won the “bayanI ka!” Award for IP Welfare. When he was nominated as the leader of the Kalahi-CIDSS’ volunteers in their village, he used this opportunity to promote the welfare of his fellow B’laans to ensure that they will not be left behind in development.

The Environmental Movement for Earth (EMFE) is a winner in the environmental protection and DRRM category.

The group was founded by Mark Bangco through his volunteer work in Kalahi-CIDSS, where he learned about the importance of environmental protection and its impact on their community in Barangay Simborio in Pamplona, Negros Oriental. The organization is comprised of students at the elementary, high school, and college levels and out-of-school youths who work together not only to participate in Kalahi-CIDSS, but also to conduct initiatives such as information and clean-up drives and tree planting activities to help protect their community from environmental hazards.

The Brgy. Pulo Water System (BAPWASA) in San Antonio, Quezon is an awardee for volunteerism. Through the initiatives of the BAPWASA, which was organized through Kalahi-CIDSS, the community is able to enjoy having clean drinking water.

Silvino Lubos in Northern Samar was chosen as a “bayanI Ka!” Awardee for Peace Promotion. Through the leadership of Mayor Edmund S. Gillamac, they were able to complete their Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects and advocate for transparency despite peace and security issues.

Other LGU awardees are Surigao del Sur under Gov. Johnny Pimentel and Mayor Eldwin M. Alibutdan of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay for their promotion of CDD, good governance, and transparency.

Spokespersons for community development

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, the awardees of the “bayanI Ka!” represent the new breed of Filipinos who are willing to go beyond themselves in order to support their communities.

“These are people who, without being paid for their involvement in KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP, give their time, their talent, and even their resources just so they can help their communities rise from poverty,” said Soliman.

She continued, “These awardees prove that there is a hero waiting to be discovered in everyone – all it takes is the genuine desire to help.”

The “bayani Ka!” awards will serve as the closing activity for the Unified Program Review and Evaluation Workshop, which looks into the convergence of the big-ticket programs of the DSWD: KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). ###

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