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DSWD calls on public to validate list of poor families

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman urges the public to validate the initial results of the 2nd round of assessment of poor families or the Listahanan which will be made available this November.

The Department, which conducted an assessment of 15.3 million households since April this year, will post announcements in conspicuous areas within barangays such as markets, schools, and churches regarding posting of the initial list of poor at the barangays and city/municipal halls.

“We need the public to participate in making sure that the final list will be accurate, complete, and reliable,” Sec. Soliman said.

Families are encouraged to appeal or notify the Listahanan Area Supervisor at the barangay should they find the list incomplete.

The DSWD has partnered with Local Government Units (LGU) and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) in organizing a Local Validation Committee (LVC) that will act on complaints and appeals received.

Those who were not assessed but appealed during the validation phase, will be visited by a Listahanan enumerator.

“This activity is a very important part of the Listahanan project cycle especially since the final list will become the basis for identifying those who will become beneficiaries of government programs and services,” Sec. Soliman added.

Executive Order 867 series of 2010 has mandated national government agencies to use the Listahanan database.

Most notable national government programs that provide assistance to the Listahanan-identified poor are the Department’s own conditional cash transfer program known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Indigent Program. ###

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DSWD pours in P154M for livelihood of ‘Yolanda’ survivors in N. Cebu

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) has released P154,160,000 to fund the livelihood projects of some 21,462 survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in Northern Cebu.

SLP is a community-based capacity building effort that seeks to improve the program participants’ socio-economic status.

Under the SLP, the Cash for Building Livelihood Assets (CBLA) and Livelihood Assistance Grant (LAG) was implemented.

The CBLA provides immediate cash assistance to affected families in exchange for community-based labor to repair, rehabilitate, and/or develop physical and natural resources that will be used for productive and profitable microenterprises.

For this project, each worker (one qualified worker per family) is provided with a daily allowance equivalent to the existing regional daily wage for a maximum of 15 days.

The following are examples of projects funded under the CBLA:

* Development, rebuilding, or rehabilitation of agriculture and coastal resources
* Development and/or rehabilitation of common service facilities such as trading posts, milling centers, solar dryers, etc.
* Development or rehabilitation of physical assets to open up access to natural assets where the former is necessary to bring out the products of poor families to the market.
* Protection of productive livelihood assets such as mangrove planting/rehabilitation, tree planting, etc.

In Northern Cebu, beneficiaries were engaged in the rehabilitation of mangroves, maintenance of communal gardens and pig pens, set-up of sugar mill (muscovado), and construction of small fishing boats.

On the other hand, the LAG aims to strengthen the resiliency of affected communities in managing disaster-resilient, market-driven, and resource-based livelihood through the provision of livelihood grants. These grants could be used to establish common livelihood facilities, conduct livelihood skills training, and provide start-up capital, and will be managed by
SLP Associations or other accredited organizations. Under LAG, the funds were transferred to the local government units.

Projects undertaken by beneficiaries under LAG included Bigasan ng Barangay, Farming and Trading, Hog Production, General Merchandise and Basic Hardware Supply, and skills training for swine fattening.

The 16 towns that received funding for the implementation of CBLA and LAG were:

LAG_CBLA funds

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that the provision of livelihood assistance was among the priority recovery and rehabilitation efforts undertaken by the Department to ensure that ‘Yolanda’ survivors will regain economic stability. ###

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COA cites DSWD internal audit office

The Commission on Audit gives a nod to the internal audit processes of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), saying that they find these as evidence-based, precise, and well-organized.

DSWD’s Internal Audit Service (IAS) conforms to the Philippine Government Internal Audit Manual (PGIAM) as reviewed by the Commission on Audit’s Quality Assurance Review Team (COA-QART) as part of the project “Engagement of an Independent Quality Assurance for the Review of the DSWD-IAS.”

The Quality Assurance Review (QAR) is one of the strategies to ensure that IAS achieves its goal of quality performance and service delivery, through the review of a reliable and independent audit body.

Headed by Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza, the COA-QART review covered the organizational components of IAS to include its management, staff, and processes.

The COA review also focused on IAS’s effectiveness in carrying out its mission and mandate to support the objectives of the Department and improve its operational management.

As a result of the review covering the period from January 2013 to July 2014, the COA-QART issued the overall opinion that “the DSWD-IAS operations conform with the standards set by PGIAM’s National Guidelines on Internal Control System (NGICS), as well as the International Standards for the Practice of Professional Internal Auditing (ISPPIA).” The COA-QART also concluded that IAS adheres to the Code of Ethics.

As part of its goal of good governance, the Department continuously strengthens its internal audit service to ensure transparency and quality operations of programs and projects. ###

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DSWD, ADB undertake housing project for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

Hilongos, Leyte – Some 297 survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in this town received P70,000 each for the construction of their new homes under the Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with local government units (LGUs) and with funding support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The beneficiaries, who lost their homes at the onslaught of ‘Yolanda’, were identified by the ADB. They come from Barangays San Agustin, Baliw, San Antonio, Utanan, and San Juan.

During the recent turn-over ceremony, Hilongos Mayor Albert Villahermosa explained to the beneficiaries that they could no longer be eligible for the DSWD’s Emergency Shelter Assistance since they already received aid under CSAP. Leyte Governor Dominic Petilla and Vice-Governor Carlo Loreto were also present at the ceremony.

CSAP provides disaster affected families with permanent shelter units that can withstand typhoons with wind velocity of up to 220 kilometers per hour and earthquakes up to intensity 4. These are also constructed in safe relocation areas. 

Under the CSAP, beneficiaries have to group themselves into five or 10 and help each other finish their houses. They will be paid P195 per day for 10 days, through the Cash for Work, to ensure that they will meet their daily needs while constructing their houses.  

The core houses measure five meters by four meters.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that despite other disasters that the government is attending to, rehabilitation in ‘Yolanda’-affected areas are in full swing. ###

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‘Freedom from Poverty Day’ celebration successful

Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Director (XII) Bai Zorahayda T. Taha (2nd left with hijab) with Secretary Corazon ‘Dinky’ Soliman (2nd from right) and South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes during the recent celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty attended by more than 6,000 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. (Mindanao Examiner Photo – Mark Navales)

Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Director (XII) Bai Zorahayda T. Taha (2nd left with hijab) with Secretary Corazon ‘Dinky’ Soliman (2nd from right) and South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes during the recent celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty attended by more than 6,000 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. (Mindanao Examiner Photo – Mark Navales)

KORONADAL CITY – Thousands of mostly poor people joined the recent celebration of “Freedom from Poverty Day” held at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center here.

Many of those who participated in the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty came from “SOCSKSARGEN” which stands for South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City in central Mindanao, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), its organizer.

It said majority of those who attended the event are beneficiaries of the government’s conditional cash transfer program called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, also called 4Ps.

DSWD Director Bai Zorahayda Taha said the event also showcased various local products made by the beneficiaries themselves.

“This significant event was highlighted by different testimonies of our partner-beneficiaries that also resulted in massive awareness to the public about how they survive poverty and shared their achievements and success as recipients of this government program for the poor,” Taha told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.

She said the success of the celebration was largely due to the month-long preparation by the 4Ps beneficiaries. DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman was also present in the celebration and so was South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes.

“We have prepared for this a month ahead in order to prepare our beneficiaries to showcase their local products, market them and let the public become aware of the offshoots of their hard work through the help of Sustainable Livelihood Program, a livelihood program for the poor,” Taha said.

Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas was present in the event along with other government officials and other resource speakers to witness the gain of the 4Ps, spoke on relevant topics that helped advocate programs for the poor.

Roxas, who graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University and the Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, worked as an investment banker, mobilizing venture capital funds for Small and Medium Enterprises.

In his speech, Roxas spoke on Small and Medium Enterprise Development and urge 4Ps beneficiaries to continue protecting the integrity of business.

“This is our way to escape from poverty. Through the government’s capital fund assistance that comes without interest, you are provided with an opportunity to gain extra income and promote your locally made products. This is a manifestation of your hard work and I affirm that greatness in you,” he told the huge crowd.

Roxas also acknowledged the achievements of Cerena Sumatra, a widow and Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary from North Cotabato’s Arakan town who became an empowered mother and parent leader in their community.


The 52-year old Sumatra, in her testimony, thanked the DWSD and the Aquino government for the religious implementation of the 4Ps that helped millions of poor people in the country.

Malaki talaga ang naitulong ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program sa amin dahil may 3rd year college po ako ngayon na nakapasok sa expanded Students Grants In Aid Program For Poverty Alleviation taking up Bachelor In Secondary Education, Major In Biology. Ang isa, ay First Year Bachelor In Secondary  Education , Major In Mathematics, isang high school at isa ang elementarya.”

Sa ngayon, nakapag-move on na rin ako. Kahit sa sobrang hirap ng buhay , tinitiis ko ang lahat makapagtapos  lang ang apat na anak ko  sa pag-aaral para makamit nila ang tagumpay . Dahil naniniwala po ako, sa kasabihan na hindi hadlang ang kahirapan sa tagumpay. Sa namumuno ng DSWD at Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program ako ay buong pusong nagpapasalamat,” Sumatra said.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo was also present in the event and she shared some best practices that foster partnerships and convergence being implemented in her province.

“We have this partnership project with Department of Agriculture and local government units and the farmers and that provide farmers the access to resources of the government to improve productivity and promote food security and just like to the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya in SOCSKSARGEN, the government needs the full cooperation of the partner beneficiaries in order to truly feel the fruits of convergence,” Robredo said.

Other beneficiaries also shared their own testimonies which served as an inspiration to the others in the pro-poor program.

Alma Lintongan, from Sultan Kudarat province, said: “I have learned many things from being a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary. I was chosen as a community health team member in our barangay, I have learned the importance of family planning, and I was also chosen to be the voice of our community by being a member of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team.”

She added: “Pantawid Pamilya has empowered me as a person and I have my strengths and talents. When I became a recipient of Sustainable Livelihood Program, our family no longer relied from loan sharks or borrowing money with high interest rates because our group was given the chance to avail of capital fund assistance of 190, 000 pesos and now we have a roll back of 106, 000 pesos already that may help other beneficiaries who needed the funds.”

Another beneficiary, Chita Sulan, from South Cotabato’s Lake Sebu, said she is also satisfied and happy with the 4Ps. “Hirap na hirap kaming tustusan ang aming pang araw-araw na panangangailangan. Bilang ina ng tahanan, bawat araw ay nag-iisip at nagtatanong at umaasa din na sana makapagtapos kahit isa man lang sa aking mga anak sa college para makaahon sa kahirapan. Hindi nagtagal mayroong survey noong 2009 at nakasali po ako. Napalundag ako sa saya at nasabi sa aking sarili salamat po Panginoon dahil nakita niyo ang aking kalagayan at nadinig ang aking panalangin.”

Ngunit ng dumating ang 4Ps, malaki ang pagbabago ngayon dahil sa programa. Nagpapasalamat ako sa assistance sa edukasyon at sa kalusugan ng aking pamilya. Hindi na ako namomroblema gaya ng dating wala pa ang programa. Tunay na nakakatulong ang programa ng Pantawid Pamilya sa lahat na aspeto ng aking buhay,” she said in Tagalog.

Noralie Gregorio Tin, of Midsayap town in North Cotabato province, said she, too, is thankful to the government’s anti-poverty program which is being implemented by the DSWD.

“Because of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, my self-esteem increased. I am no longer ashamed now. Before, my husband was just the one who decides, but now, I am able to be involved in the decision making within our family,” Noralie said.

She said the program has changed her life and provided her family the needed financial aid among that allowed them to better rooms for greater improvements. “The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a blessing which we never ever expected to come into our life,” said Tin, who is now involved in different activities within their community.

The event was also supported by the army and troops provided free haircuts among other services. A cultural presentation and other programs were also presented by the DSWD.

The DSWD under Taha, with the support of the local government units and other partners, have accomplished more than its target as far as 4Ps is concerned in the region. (Mark Navales)

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Rapid assessment teams off to Aurora, Nueva Ecija

As an initial step towards recovery and rehabilitation from the aftermath of Typhoon Lando,  the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Response Cluster, with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as vice-chair, ​has deployed today six teams to undertake rapid damage and needs assessment (RDANA) in worst-hit provinces of Aurora and Nueva Ecija as initial areas to be covered.

The result of the RDANA will be the basis of the recovery and rehabilitation programs and services to be extended to the disaster victims.

The teams are composed of representatives from different government agencies led by the Office of Civil Defense and  DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine National Police, as cluster co-leads, and the humanitarian clusters of the Humanitarian Country Team of the United Nations and International Organizations.

Three teams will cover the towns of Baler, Casiguran, Dinalungan, and Dilasag in Aurora. Likewise, three teams will cover the municipalities of Zaragoza, Cabanatuan, Aliaga, and San Antonio in Nueva Ecija.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said, “We must now focus on recovery and rehabilitation of the devastated areas, and this will take an inter-agency effort.”

As of 2  pm today, a total of 257,934 families or 1,287,269 persons have been affected of which 24,231 families or 109,605 persons are inside 432 evacuation centers managed by LGUs.

A total of ₱26,559,528.98 worth of relief assistance has been provided to affected families where ₱17,782,382.48 came from DSWD, ₱8,754,346.50 came from the LGUs, and ₱37,800 from the NGOs in Regions I, II, III, V and CAR.

An additional 1,000 family food packs were delivered today to Casiguran via a C-130. Another 1,000 family food packs were delivered to Baler, Aurora via a ten-wheeler truck. ###

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Disaster team from NDRRMC Response Cluster deployed to Aurora Province

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) Response Cluster sent today a Rapid Deployment Team which will look into the additional augmentation assistance needed by the areas affected by Typhoon Lando in Aurora Province.

The 8-member team flew this morning via a C-130 plane.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mel Sarmiento, and NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Alexander Pama joined the group.  The three executives will oversee the setting up of the humanitarian/disaster response hub in the Province by the Response Clusters team.

The team is composed of representatives from the Emergency Telecoms; Search, Rescue and Retrieval; Camp Coordination and Camp Management; Food and Non Food; Internally Displaced Persons’ Protection; Health; Education; and Logistics Clusters.

The group shall proceed to Casiguran, Aurora and shall coordinate with the designated Responsible Officer (RO) or Incident Commander (IC).  It shall establish response hub which will work under the direction of the Incident Command Post of Casiguran, in coordination with the other incident commands of the other affected municipalities. Once set up, the group will stay in the area for a maximum of fifteen (15) days.

“The team will be there to augment the efforts of the local government units (LGUs)​.  The LGUs​ will still be the lead in the disaster operations,” Sec. Soliman explained.

Usec. Pama, on the other hand, said that the base is just in Casiguran because the town has an airstrip enabling easier access, but the team will also provide augmentation to other towns in the province.

The province of Aurora suffered the wrath of Typhoon Lando which made a land fall in Casiguran, one of the towns affected.

As of 1 am today, a total of 4,961 families or 23,411 persons in the province have been affected by the typhoon.  Some 62 evacuation centers remain open in the province serving 3,730 families or 18,066 persons. The evacuation centers are being managed by the municipal LGUs.

As of press time, DSWD has provided P941,755.20 worth of relief assistance to the provincial government.

The team also brought with them non-food items for the province as requested by the provincial government. ###

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More than 400 evacuation centers remain open

As Typhoon ‘Lando’  continues to move  Northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said today that 494 evacuation centers serve as temporary shelter for 23,661 families or 106,771 persons in Regions I, II, III,  and CAR as of 20 October 2015, 2PM.

Of this number, 33 evacuation centers remain open in the provinces of Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan; 123 in Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino; 324 in Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga,Tarlac, Zambales; and 14 in Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Kalinga and Mountain Province.

To date, a total of 121,893 families or 560,754 persons are affected.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that the Department is committed to serve the evacuees until the evacuation centers are closed down by the LGUs.

To date, a total of ₱8,459,895 worth of assistance has been provided where ₱5,993,028 came from  DSWD and ₱2,466,867 from LGUs of Regions I, II, III, V and CAR.

The DSWD-National Resource Operations Centers (NROC) has already released 51,596 family food packs which were received by DSWD-Field Offices I, II, III, NCR, and CAR to augment LGU resources. Another  5,652 packs  are in transit to the affected regions.

Repacking of family food packs continues at NROC with volunteers composed of military personnel, staff of the Bureau of Fire Protection, and beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

For today, some 17,440 family food packs have been produced by the volunteers, ready for delivery to affected LGUs.

DSWD disaster teams who have started to assess the extent of the typhoon reported that a total of 5,787 houses were damaged in Regions I, II, III and CAR, with 351 totally damaged  and 5,436 partially damaged. ###

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