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DSWD releases more shelter aid for ‘Yolanda’ survivors in W. Visayas

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has recently released an additional P391 million in Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for families whose houses were damaged by Typhoon Yolanda in four municipalities in Aklan, one in Iloilo, and another in Negros Occidental.

Of the amount, P15.1 million was released for 505 families in Lezo, P10.7 million for 358 families in Tangalan, P5.5 million for 184 families in Nabas, and P16.9 million for 566 families in Ibajay all in Aklan.

Meanwhile, P242.3 million was transferred to the local government unit (LGU) of Carles, Iloilo for 8,079 families while P100.2 million was released to the LGU of Sagay City, Negros Occidental for 3,342 families.

The LGUs will schedule and conduct the distribution of the cash assistance to their constituents while the DSWD will be monitoring the release of the funds to the beneficiaries.

DSWD will give priority to families with totally damaged houses whose incomes are below P15,000 and those who have not received shelter assistance from local or international organizations. They will receive P30,000 each.

ESA provides cash assistance of P30,000 and P10,000 to families whose houses were partially or totally damaged, respectively.

To date, the Department has already released a total of P2.5 billion ESA funds in Western Visayas region covering the following LGUs:

Libacao, Lezo, Tangalan, Nabas, Kalibo, and Ibajay

Culasi, Pandan, and Tibiao

Pontevedra, Roxas City, Panay, Tapaz, and Pilar

Ajuy, Concepcion, Lambunao, Sara, Alimodian, Cabatuan, San Rafael, Estancia, and Carles

Negros Occidental
Manapla, EB Magalona,and Sagay City

ESA provides cash assistance to families whose houses were partially or totally damaged by ‘Yolanda’ for the purchase of construction materials to repair or reconstruct their homes.  It is intended for families who have not received any shelter assistance from the government or private sector. ###

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Three LGUs bag child-friendly Presidential Awards

Sec. Soliman, Sec. De Lima, Usec. Panadero, and Usec. Belizario congratulate Davao City Administrator Jhopee Avancena-Agustin (first photo), Santiago City Mayor Joseph Salvador Tan (second photo), and Tagaytay City Congressman Abraham Tolentino (third photo) as they receive their Presidential Awards for being child-friendly local government units.

Sec. Soliman, Sec. De Lima, Usec. Panadero, and Usec. Belizario congratulate Davao City Administrator Jhopee Avancena-Agustin (first photo), Santiago City Mayor Joseph Salvador Tan (second photo), and Tagaytay City Congressman Abraham Tolentino (third photo) as they receive their Presidential Awards for being child-friendly local government units.

In recognition of the efforts of local government units (LGUs) to create a child-friendly environment, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)  through its attached agency, Council for the Welfare of Children, conferred the 2014 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities.

Davao City won as the Most Child-Friendly Highly Urbanized City, Santiago City won as the Most Child-Friendly Independent Component City, and Tagaytay City won as the Most Child-Friendly Component City during the awarding ceremony recently at the Philippine International Convention Center.

The Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities was initiated by DSWD pursuant to Executive Order No.184 issued on December 13, 1999.

It was conceptualized with the goal of encouraging LGUs to initiate more programs to promote children’s rights to survival, development, protection, and participation as well as to ensure child-friendly governance.

Child-friendly governance demonstrates that LGU policies, programs, and interventions are implemented which resulted in lower infant and maternal deaths; awareness on teenage pregnancy; increased participation and lesser dropouts in schools; and, more protective services for victims of child abuse, exploitation, and discrimination, among others.

Each of the winners received a Presidential Trophy and P500,000, which were awarded by DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Austere Panadero, and Health Undersecretary Vicente Belizario, Jr.

Sec. Soliman, on behalf of President Benigno S. Aquino III, congratulated and commended the awardees.

“Mahalaga na ang bawat isa sa atin, lalong lalo na ang nasa barangay at munisipyo, ay maigting na protektahan at itaguyod ang karapatan ng mga bata (It is imperative that each of us, especially those in the barangays and municipalities, is able to contribute in protecting and supporting the rights of the child),” Sec. Soliman said.

Aside from the three major winners, 18 LGU-finalists were also recognized, namely:

1st to 3rd Class Municipal category

Roxas, Isabela; Surallah, South Cotabato; Bacnotan, La Union; Mauban, Quezon; and, Aleosan, North Cotabato

4th to 6th Class Municipal category

Balete, Batangas; Mahatao, Batanes; Dumalneg Ilocos Norte; and Tanudan, Ifugao

Component City category

Ilagan City, Dipolog City, and Palayan City

Highly Urbanized City category

Pasig City, Bacolod City, Puerto Princesa City, and Cagayan De Oro City

Independent Component City Category

Dagupan City and Cotabato City

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Gov’t launches accelerated anti-poverty initiative

During the launching of the Accelerated and Sustained Anti-Poverty Program in Cebu, Sec. Soliman presents the various government programs that will address poverty.

During the launching of the Accelerated and Sustained Anti-Poverty Program in Cebu, Sec. Soliman presents the various government programs that will address poverty.

The government is making rounds in various regions across the nation to launch the Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program (ASAPP) initiated by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board – Social Development Committee and the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster, chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The program aims to significantly reduce poverty incidence in a sustainable manner. It targets that by 2016, poverty incidence will be down by 18-20 percent.  This will be done by creating employment opportunities, including self-employment for the poor.  It will be implemented in cities and municipalities that have the potential to grow economically, but may be constrained by having a population with limited skills, limited expansion opportunities for businesses, and huge in-migration.

The government is working closely with the private sector and local government units (LGUs)  to operationalize the program particularly on the provision of business and job opportunities to target households.

Recently, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras, and Economic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director General Arsenio Balisacan launched the program in Cebu.  Governor Hilario Davide III welcomed the three cabinet officials.

During the launch, Sec. Soliman presented the administration’s commitment to address poverty in the country.

In her presentation, she said that the Philippine government’s response to poverty is seen through the lens of human development. This response is embodied in  the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster Framework, which boils down to two things: expanding people’s choices, and capacitating them to access these choices to ensure inclusive growth.

“All of these are realized through employment and livelihood; education; health; and, asset reform or the equitable distribution of resources, housing, and food security,” Sec. Soliman said.

She added, “These steps are meant to bring out the human in us so that we can create a society that cares for one another, where development is a process that protects and promotes equal opportunities,  empowerment of the people,  good governance, equity, and restorative justice in order to transform society.”

For his part, Sec. Balisacan presented the Rationale for the ASAPP while NEDA Assistant Director General  Rosemarie Edillon discussed the ASAPP Framework.

Dubbed as ‘Salubungan’, the activity was attended by representatives of various national government agencies, civil society organizations, private sector and LGU officials of Sta. Fe, Tuburan, and Dalaguete which are the target areas for implementation in Cebu.

Other launchings

Aside from the launching in Cebu, ASAPP was also launched in Pangasinan, Camarines Sur, Negros Occidental, Leyte, Davao del Sur, and Sulu.

There will also be project launchings in Quezon, Iloilo, and Zamboanga Del Sur. ###

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DOTA addict turns into a youth church leader

In an event organized by the DSWD-NCR for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, Emmanuel shares how he was transformed from a DOTA addict to a youth church leader.

In an event organized by the DSWD-NCR for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, Emmanuel shares how he was transformed from a DOTA addict to a youth church leader.

Like many youth in this computer age, 16-year-old Emmanuel John Ilagan of Sta. Mesa, Manila is a computer game fanatic.

Dati akong laman ng kalsada o computer shop at laging kasama ang barkada sa paghahamon ng away at pustahan pagdating sa paglalaro ng DOTA o Defense of the Ancient (I used to spend my time on the streets or inside computer shops with my friends, trying to pick fights. I also spent much of my time betting on and playing the computer game DOTA or Defense of the Ancient),” Emmanuel narrated.

DOTA is a famous computer game which has notoriously been reported as the reason why many youth cut classes from school. Due to its violent nature, the game has also led to gang fights.

Emmanuel affirmed that he used to spend too much time on the internet until he became a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

He is grateful that his family was included in the program. The cash grants provided by the program has helped them meet their food and educational needs, which his parents can hardly afford.

His father is a carpenter, while his mother does laundry work in their neighborhood. Together, the family earns around P3,000 per week of hard labor, but still not enough to cover the expenses of the family with five children.

Emmanuel’s family is just one of the 245,628 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Metro Manila.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor families, primarily those with children aged 0-18. It provides cash grants to partner-beneficiaries who comply with the conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health centers for checkups, and attending the monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS).

Values formation

His transformation came after attending the values formation activities conducted by I-Help, a partner-civil society organization (CSO) of the DSWD in the implementation of FDS.

FDS is conducted monthly by DSWD and partners from non-government organizations, private sector, and civil society organizations. It serves as a venue where topics on effective parenting, husband and wife relationships, child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, gender and development and home management, active citizenship, and electoral education are discussed.

Attendance to FDS is one of the conditions to continue receiving the cash grants under the Pantawid Pamilya.

Isang beses ay nag-invite po ang I-Help sa mga magulang na dumadalo sa FDS na ‘yung kanilang mga anak na kabataan ay puwedeng uma-attend sa Youth Fellowship nila at ‘yun po ang nagdulot ng magandang pagababago sa aking buhay. Napakalaking pagbabago po sa aking pagkatao (I-Help informed parents attending the FDS that their teenage children can also attend the Youth Fellowship. That was the turning point in my life. My attendance to the activity really created a positive change in my lifestyle),” he emphasized.

Today, Emmanuel is slowly quitting from his computer game addiction. Instead of spending his time in computer shops, he now busies himself as a church youth leader where he teaches his fellow teenagers about the bible and how to be more responsible.

This coming school opening, Emmanuel will enroll at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines where he will take up Bachelor of Arts in Filipinology.

Emmanuel is among the more than 300,000 Pantawid Pamilya youth who graduated from high school this March, and who have been given a fighting chance to achieve a better life.

In 2013, the DSWD expanded the coverage of the program to include the 15-18 age bracket to ensure that the children-beneficiaries will graduate from high school, and have a higher rate of employability.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman expressed gratitude to CSOs like I-Help that continue to partner with the Department by providing avenues where Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are able to recognize their strengths and potential.  ###

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PHILIPPINES: World Bank cites Secretary Soliman, Six Others for Leadership in Social Accountability

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 – DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and six other leaders from government, civil society and the private sector worldwide were recognized today for their work in promoting social accountability as a means to eradicate poverty and promote inclusive growth in their respective countries.

In an official ceremony held at the World Bank headquarters hosted by Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President for Change, Leadership and Innovation of the World Bank, the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) gave for the first time six regional awards and a lifetime award for social accountability to the following:

  • Oded Grajew Oded Grajew – Founder and General Coordinator, Rede Nossa Sao Paulo (civil society organization) – Brazil, lifetime award;
  • Ibrahim Tanko Amidu – Programme Manager, STAR-Ghana (civil society organization) – Ghana, Africa Region;
  • Corazon Juliano-Soliman – Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development (government) – Philippines, East Asia Pacific Region;
  • Gonzalo Hernandez Licona – Executive Secretary of CONEVAL (government) – Mexico, Latin America & Caribbean Region;
  • Iftekhar Zaman – Executive Director, Transparency International Bangladesh (civil society organization) – Bangladesh, South Asia Region;
  • Aicha Ech-Chenna – Founder, Solidarite Féminine (civil society organization) – Morocco, Middle East & North Africa Region; and
  • Maia Sandu – Minister, Ministry of Education (government) – Moldova, Europe & Central Asia Region

Hosted by the World Bank, the GPSA is a global partnership that brings together organizations that promote transparency, responsive government, citizen participation in policy decision-making and implementation. GPSA has programs for knowledge and learning, capacity building, partnership, funding and grants.

“Secretary Soliman walks the talk: she translates the practice of social accountability and transparency into concrete strategic activities, which she implements with great commitment and passion” World Bank Country Director Motoo Konishi. “Amid dissenting voices and criticisms, she opens the door for collaboration, participation and dialogue, inviting people to voice and discuss their concerns. Under her leadership, civil society organizations have been involved in the implementation and monitoring of the conditional cash transfer program “Pantawid Pamilya” and the DSWD and more than 50 civil society organizations have entered into a budget partnership agreement whereby the CSOs monitor the budget of the department.”

Secretary Soliman catalyzed genuine engagement between citizens and local government in the country’s community-driven development program, where citizens plan, implement, and evaluate their own local development interventions. The program covers 850 municipalities benefitting 27 million poor people.

As chair of the Philippine Cabinet Cluster on Human Development and Poverty Reduction, Secretary Soliman helped promote collaboration among government agencies for poverty reduction. These include the bottom-up budgeting approach where 300 to 400 of the poorest municipalities developed their own community-level poverty reduction and empowerment plans.

These plans were subsequently included in the rural development and conditional cash transfer budgets of six national agencies: the departments of social welfare, education, health, agriculture, agrarian reform, and environment.

Secretary Soliman also mobilized regional development councils to work with local government units in ensuring the registration of the poor in the government’s national household targeting system database. The database is used in identifying families that participate in the conditional cash transfer program.

The country’s CCT program covers more than 4 million households, benefitting at least 11 million children 0-18 who are able to stay in school and have regular health checks. This April and May the first generation of 400,000 children supported by the CCT program, graduated from secondary education.

“Secretary Soliman made available to the public relevant data about the department’s programs and activities. Reports and information are available in the department’s website, which the public can access. Even data from the national household targeting system are accessible to everyone,” said Mr. Konishi.


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The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), an initiative of the World Bank is pleased to announce the winners of the first GPSA Award for Leadership in Social Accountability. The winners are respected leaders in social accountability, and this award serves as a celebration of their achievements in the field.

In an Award Ceremony and Cocktail hosted by Sanjay Pradhan, World Bank Vice President for Leadership, Learning, and Innovation, on May 12, the GPSA awardED seven individuals in government and civil society organizations for their outstanding contributions, influence and impact in the field of social accountability as a means to eradicate poverty and foster shared prosperity.

There are six regional winners – each representing a geographic region: Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. There is also one special Lifetime Achievement award winner.

The award ceremony happened on the first day of the broader GPSA Forum, a two-day event (May 12-13) which focuses on the shifting paradigm in social accountability towards a citizen-centric governance approach. Learn more about the GPSA Forum here:

The winners are:

AFRICA REGION: Ibrahim Tanko Amidu – Programme Manager, STAR-Ghana (CSO) – Ghana
EAST ASIA & PACIFIC REGION: Corazon Juliano-Soliman – Secretary of Social Welfare and Development (Gov) – The Philippines
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN REGION: Gonzalo Hernández Licona – Executive Secretary, CONEVAL (Gov) – Mexico
SOUTH ASIA REGION: Iftekhar Zaman – Executive Director, Transparency International Bangladesh (CSO) – Bangladesh
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA REGION: Aicha Ech-Chenna – Founder, Solidarite Feminine (CSO) – Morocco
EASTERN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA: Maia Sandu – Minister of Education (Gov) – Moldova
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Oded Grajew – Founder and General Coordinator, Rede Nossa Sao Paulo (CSO) – Brazil

To learn more about the GPSA Forum & Award Ceremony, please visit our website:

ghanaIbrahim Tanko Amidu
STAR-Ghana (CSO) Ghana

Ibrahim Tanko Amidu brought together development practitioners and CSOs to learn and support each other in implementing new participatory approaches to development. His greatest achievement has been focusing STAR-Ghana on supporting the piloting of innovative strategies linking citizens’ voices into governance processes. This has led to the adoption by the Parliament of social accountability approaches in its interface with citizens, while CSOs have increased their capacity to engage with government and promote social accountability approaches in the governance of social services delivery.

solimanCorazon Juliano-Soliman
Department of Social Welfare

Secretary Soliman led the task of promoting synergy and inter-operability in government agencies through bottom-up approaches, and coordinating agencies’ work with local government with focus on the poorest localities and families. Under her leadership, the program was expanded nationwide to become the National Community-Driven Development Program, becoming best practice not only in the Philippines but also worldwide. Secretary Soliman also leads efforts to strengthen accountability among civil society organizations and champions the empowerment of marginalized Filipinos through Pantawid Pamilya, the Philippines’ Conditional Cash Transfer program.

liconaGonzalo Hernández Licona

Gonzalo Hernández Licona is head of CONEVAL, an independent council created by the Mexican Congress to produce official data on poverty in Mexico and to regulate and coordinate the evaluation of social programs and policies. Hernández Licona, together with his fellow council members, has played a key role in creating a culture of results-based social policy-making in Mexico, has expanded the Council’s mandate to include the sub-national state-level, and has installed an open data policy in which citizens not only have access to results, but can full access to data and methods to scrutinize and replicate results.

zamanIftekhar Zaman
Transparency International Bangladesh (CSO)

Iftekhar Zaman has been instrumental in advocating for transparency and good governance, despite shrinking social space for dissent in Bangladesh. Under his leadership TIB has catalyzed several institutional, legal and policy and established a country wide network of over 6,500 anti-corruption platform of volunteers as Committees of Concerned Citizens and Youth Engagement & Support. TIB has created forums and mechanisms through which citizens can raise their opposition to corruption.

chennaAicha Ech-Chenna
Solidarite Fèminine (CSO)

Aicha Ech-Chenna has dedicated over 50 years of her life to defend the cause of single mothers and their children in Morocco, where children conceived outside marriage are considered illegitimate and have no rights. Ms. Ech-Chenna not only defends mothers and children’s dignity and civil recognition but also offers them a chance to be fully integrated in Moroccan society. Her activism has helped establish the right of single mothers to be the legal guardians of their children. She has changed the conception of Moroccan society toward single mothers and put the authorities face-to-face with their reality, expanding the role of local authorities in the protection of children.

sanduMaia Sandu
Ministry of Education

An economist by training, and a holder of MA degree from Harvard, Maia Sandu, Minister Sandu employs a systemic and rational approach in trying to raise the quality of education in a cost-effective way. Apart from the recently adopted new Education code, her signature policy has been the enforcement of strict anti-cheating rules during high school graduation exams, which made her a national hero among many supporters from society. She works to engage NGO and citizens in the education debate by encouraging their role in monitoring the quality of education service delivery.

grajewOded Grajew
Rede Nossa Sao Paulo (CSO)

Oded Grajew is a Brazilian businessman and serial social entrepreneur. He is one of the founders of Brazil’s corporate social responsibility movement and has focused on strengthening democracy in Brazil throughout his trajectory. He has founded and led several instituions including PNBE, the Abrinq Foundation for Children and Adolescents’ Rights, ANDI, the Ethos Institute of Business and Social Responsibility, the World Social Forum and the Our Sao Paulo Network. The Our Sao Paulo network aims to engage society and governments in promoting a more sustainable, democratic and fair country with a better quality of life for citizens. The Network is an important political and social force during these years, uniting around 700 organizations in order to promote fundamental changes in the city of Sao Paulo.

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DSWD, NCFF join global community celebrate International Day of Families

The National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF) chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) leads the nation as it celebrates the International Day of Families with the rest of the world on May 15.

The International Day of Families is celebrated yearly in accordance with the Proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. The event is a reflection of the importance of families to the international community.  It also provides an opportunity to promote awareness on issues and concerns relating to the family.

This year,  the theme for the celebration is  ”Men in charge? Gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families.”

In line with this, DSWD will hold a forum tomorrow,  May 13, with around 200 policy makers and family advocates from the different NCFF member-agencies such as Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (DepEd), National Youth Commission (NYC), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and civil society organizations like the Kaisahang Buhay Foundation, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, and Pro-Life, among others. This will be held at the Cultural Hall of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Cubao, Quezon City.

Topics for discussion during the forum are: Complementary Roles of Men and Women, Mothers and Fathers in Contemporary Families by Atty. Jo Aurea Imbong of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP); Children’s Rights in Family Laws by Atty. Jeremy Gatdula of the University of the Asia and the Pacific; and, How Millennials see the Family in the Age of Social Media by NYC Commissioner Earl Saavedra.

“Families are important to our society. They are the foundation of a  strong nation. We must work hard to strengthen our families especially that issues and challenges continue to surface and threaten family unity such as human trafficking, migration, and intergenerational poverty, among many others,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said. ###

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Evacuees return home, DSWD to assist them start anew

As Typhoon Dodong moved farther away from the Philippine Area of Responsibility,   all evacuation centers in areas affected by the typhoon have been closed, according to disaster teams of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which have been assisting local government units  (LGUs) on disaster preparedness and response.

All evacuees have returned home after their communities have been declared safe by local officials.

DSWD-Field Offices in affected regions continue to coordinate with the LGUs to determine the extent of the disaster and to identify the needs of the affected families to help them return to normalcy.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman commended all DSWD disaster teams for the preparations made and the immediate response provided to LGUs which lead to minimal casualty and damages.

DSWD is head of the Food and Non-Food Cluster and the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster  of the Response Pillar under the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). ###

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