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More evacuation centers open for ‘Mario’ evacuees

As heavy rainfall brought about by Tropical Storm Mario continues, there are now 146 evacuation centers providing temporary shelter to 13,247 families or 61,167 persons from Central and Southern Luzon, Bicol Region, Central Visasyas, and the National Capital Region (NCR), as of 3 pm.

In NCR, from 16 evacuation centers this morning, there are now 113 evacuation centers providing temporary shelter to 10,320 families or 51,772 persons. Twelve of the 17 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila have evacuation centers. Cities of Quezon, Caloocan Marikina have  the most number with 22 each.

n Central Luzon, 16 evacuation centers are open serving 963 families or 3,629 persons.

In Southern Luzon, seven evacuation centers are now providing shelter to 1,762 families or 5,360 persons.

Bicol Region has five evacuation centers serving 164 families and Central Visayas also has five serving 38 families.

To date, some 2,700 family food packs  have been provided to Quezon City; 2,000 to Marikina City; 1,500 to Caloocan City; and, 1,000 to Manila.

Likewise, 850 family food packs were extended to Rodriguez and 700 packs to San Mateo both in Rizal province.

DSWD social workers continue to assist LGUs in the management of evacuation centers.  ###

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DSWD releases P6.6 -M worth of aid for Mayon evacuees

Legazpi City, Albay -  The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided P6.6 million worth of assistance to the province to meet the needs of  families who fled their homes due to the increasing unrest of Mt. Mayon.

This includes essential kits, family food packs, assorted food items, and  non-food items.

Likewise,  the National Resource Operations Center (NROC)  in Pasay City delivered to DSWD-Field Office V food and non-food items worth P8,501,350 consisting of 1,890 sacks of NFA rice; 10,000 pieces of malong; 10,000 pieces of mosquito nets; 10,000 pieces of plastic mats; and, 10,000 pieces of dust masks.

NROC is the command center and national warehouse of DSWD where disaster operations are monitored, and relief goods are stored and re-packed.

As of 3 pm,  some 29 evacuation centers remain open serving 7,394 families or 32,333 individuals.

Members of the Social Welfare and Development Teams continue to work with disaster risk reduction management councils and local government units to monitor the situation and to assist in the management of evacuation centers.  ###

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DSWD leads National Family Week celebration

Families nationwide are urged to celebrate the National Family Week from September 20-26.

“This is an opportune time to strengthen family unity and relationships especially for those families who went through difficult times because of the series of disasters,” Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

The National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF), chaired by DSWD and composed of member-agencies of the government, non-government organizations, and faith-based groups, will  spearhead the celebration.

This year’s event carries the theme “Celebrating the Filipino Families: Resilient and Caring” which gives recognition to the Filipino families’ indomitable spirit and compassion, to which the Philippines is globally known for.

The event is a yearly celebration in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 60 signed on September 28, 1992 and Executive Order No. 241 dated June 9, 1995.

The NCFF has lined up various activities to mark the weeklong event.

In recognition of the emerging issues being faced by the Filipino family, DSWD will conduct the 3rd Family Conference on September 24 in Valenzuela City. Family advocates from different government agencies, local government units, and  civil society organizations will come together and discuss issues such as family disaster preparedness, child pornography, and influence of drugs in the family, among others.

Also a highlight of the Family Week celebration is the program recognizing model Filipino families through the Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino Awards to be held on September 26 at Valenzuela City.

Culminating the event is a Family Day Caravan on September 28 (Sunday) at the Philippine Sports Arena, Pasig City from 10:00am-12:00nn.

The caravan, with the theme “Sama-samang Pagdiriwang ng Magandang Pagbabago sa Buhay ng Pamilyang Pilipino” is a simultaneous gathering of family-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program  from different regions nationwide.

It  pays tribute to the resilient Pantawid Pamilya families who never lost hope amid challenges, proving that poor families when given the opportunity can indeed help themselves improve their lives.

The NCFF also supports the observance of the “Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day”every 4th Monday of September as declared by  Presidential Proclamation No.326 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino in January 2012.   This enjoins all  families to spend meal  times together with their members. ###

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25 evacuation centers set-up in ‘Mario’-hit areas

As Tropical Storm Mario continues to batter Central Visayas and expanded its reach to Luzon including Metro Manila,   the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has recorded  94,747 families or 436,539 persons affected by the weather disturbance.

As of 10 am,  some 25 evacuation centers  are open providing temporary shelter to 1,276 families or 6,406 persons.

In the National Capital Region (NCR),  there are 16 evacuation centers of which ten are in  Quezon City serving 317 families or 1,583 persons, four in Manila housing 410 families or 2,050 persons, and  two in Marikina with 126 families or 630 persons.

In Rizal Province, four evacuation centers are operational serving 385 families or 1,925 persons.

In Central Visayas which experienced heavy rainfall since yesterday,  five evacuation centers remain open.

More evacuation centers will open as reports from local government units (LGUs) will come in.

DSWD-Field Offices along ‘Mario’s’ path are on alert status with standby funds amounting to P35 million for the purchase of emergency relief supplies.

Some 91,531 family packs are also prepositioned in these Field Offices ready to augment resources of affected LGUs.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that members of the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams continue to coordinate with LGUs  to determine the extent of the disaster and to identify other appropriate services needed by affected families. ###

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DSWD preps relief for Mayon evacuees

Legazpi City, Albay – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and concerned local government units (LGUs) are closely monitoring the increased volcanic activities of Mt. Mayon following its Alert Level 3 status.

As of 4 am, some 4,742 families or 21,092 individuals from the municipalities of Camalig, Daraga, Guinobatan, Malilipot, and Ligao, and Tabaco City are now staying in 18 evacuation centers.

DSWD already provided a total of P735,172 worth of family food packs, assorted food items, and assorted non-food items to the Province of Albay.

DSWD-Field Office V had already prepositioned 2,000 family packs for augmentation to areas that may be affected by the eruption of Mt. Mayon.  It also has standby funds amounting to P5,165,014.43 for the purchase of emergency relief supplies.

Moreover, some 119,726 assorted food items worth P4,039,345.70 and other non-food items worth P14,807,887.73 are being earmarked and are ready to augment resources of  LGUs, if needed.

Governor Joey Salceda has requested for augmentation assistance from DSWD that includes 8,964 bags of rice to feed some 10,546 families for 17 days. ###

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Once-bereaved mother finds solace through volunteer work

Charina shares her involvement in the Kalahi-CIDSS project.

Charina shares her involvement in the Kalahi-CIDSS project.

A once-bereaved mother said that becoming a volunteer for a project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has helped her forget the pain of losing two of her four children.

Charina David from Paliparan III, Dasmarinas, Cavite, lost a child who had cerebral palsy. And soon after, another child died driving the grief-stricken mother to gambling.

“Natuto po akong magsugal para lamang makalimutan ang sakit na dala ng pagkamatay ng aking dalawang anak  (I learned to gamble to temporarily forget the pain of losing my two children),” Charina narrated before officials and employees of the

DSWD, where she was invited to share how she gained renewed strength from the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Japan Social Development Fund-Livelihood for Vulnerable Urban Communities (JSDF-LVUC).

JSDF-LVUC is implemented in urban areas to provide livelihood support for communities affected by poverty.

Using the community-driven development (CDD) strategy of Kalahi-CIDSS, residents identify what livelihood interventions they need. In the case of Dasmariñas, interested residents were provided trainings in refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) servicing, dressmaking, and consumer electronics.

At the same time, they also got infrastructure projects, specifically the improvement of a 285.15 km concrete line canal with a provision of 1,265.34 linear meter canal cover, and declogging of 29,743.2 linear meter line canal.

According to Charina, being involved in the Kalahi-CIDSS as Chairperson of the Community Sub-Project Management Implementation Committee (CSPMIC) positively changed her life.

“Dahil sa pagiging abala ko bilang volunteer sa KALAHI-CIDSS, naging malakas ang aking loob, nakalimutan ko ang aking pinagdadaan, at nagkaroon ako ng tiwala sa aking sarili  (Because of KALAHI-CIDSS,  I became empowered, I overcome my depression,  and gained self-confidence),” Charina enthused.

“Bilang isang Community Volunteer ng JSDF-LVUC  Project, nagkaroon ako ng kaalaman tungkol sa aming barangay, katulad ng pagsusuri kung ano ang aming kalagayan, pati na  ang  mga suliranin kung kaya’t ito ay nagkaroon ng solusyon sa pamamagitan ng proyekto (As a community volunteer of JSDF-LVUC Project, I gained knowledge about the situation in our barangay, such as analyzing our problems and coming up with solutions through the project),” Charina shared.

“Sa pag-implement ng project ay nakasalamuha ko ang iba’t ibang tao,  kabilang po rito ang mga local na opisyal ng aming LGU (In implementing the project, I mingled with all kinds of people, including our local officials),” she continued.

Being productive

Charina also emphasized that because of Kalahi-CIDSS, she became productive.

Aside from being the CSPMIC Chairperson on Infrastructure, she was also one of the beneficiaries of a skills training program, graduating from the dressmaking course of the Technical Education and Skills Development  Authority (TESDA).

“Natutunan naming mahalaga po palang makilahok tayo upang magkaroon ng kaalaman sa ating pamayanan. Salamat sa Kalahi-CIDSS, naging maayos at maganda ang aming buhay  (We learned that it is important to be involved so we would know what is going on in our community. Thanks to Kalahi-CIDSS, our lives became better),” she concluded.

“Kaya pala nating lampasan ang lahat ng ating pinagdaraanan basta mayroon tayong makabuluhang gawain sa halip na magbisyo (We can rise above our depression as long as we focus our attention on worthwhile endeavors rather than to drown ourselves into vices),” Charina said.

Urban CDD

Originally exclusively covering rural areas, Kalahi-CIDSS began its urban CDD pilot through JSDF-LVUC in 2011 in Barangay Ligtong III in Rosario, Cavite and in three communities in Malate, Manila.

As of September 15,  Kalahi-CIDSS JSDF-LVUC was able to implement 46 sub-projects, of which 17 are infrastructure sub-projects and 29 are vocational technical skills training sub-projects, benefiting 4,494 individuals from nine barangays in four municipalities in Cavite, five barangays in  two municipalities in Laguna, and  three barangays in Malate, Manila.

Ten barangays in Malabon and six in Muntinlupa are also undergoing pre-implementation activities for the program. ###

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DSWD assures ‘Yolanda’ survivors still in tents to have safer homes by yearend

Sec. Soliman responds to issues regarding the implementation of the Department’s programs and service during the recently held press conference.

Sec. Soliman responds to issues regarding the implementation of the Department’s programs and service during the recently held press conference.

Quezon City – In a press conference on Monday, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano–Soliman assured Typhoon Yolanda survivors who are still living in tents that they will be transferred to transitional shelters by yearend.

To date, around 1,719 displaced families are still living in tents and makeshift houses.

Some 4,241 families have already  transferred to  transitional shelters.

Sec. Soliman said that  DSWD is currently constructing 1,200 units of transitional shelters amounting to P68 million in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

At the same time,  it  is also currently working on the Core Shelter Assistance Program for the survivors of ‘Yolanda’ in Regions IV-B, V, VII, and VIII.  Around 10,733 permanent shelter units are currently being constructed with a budget  of P715.3 million

Sec. Soliman added that only one evacuation center located in San Fernando Central  Elementary School in Region VIII remains open providing temporary shelter to 84 families.

Donations disbursed

She also asserted that the allegation that DSWD has not spent the more than P700 million cash donations it received is not true.

She  said that about 90% of the total P1,121,890,457.41 local and foreign donations for ‘Yolanda’ survivors  were already disbursed to DSWD-Field Offices as of August 28.

Only P117 million is the remaining balance and about P54 million of which has also already been allocated as additional funding for rehabilitaion efforts in the DSWD’s Field Offices.

She clarified that the COA report is as of December 31, 2013, and at this time, the DSWD was at the height of conducting relief operations and was still utilizing government funds.

The Secretary also explained the issue of rotten goods saying that this is not new. It happened on the first week of December 2013.

“We reported this to COA in December and already responded to the questions from the media then,” she maintained.

She added, “Although this was an unfortunate event, the damaged goods, which is only .17% of the over four million food packs we distributed, did  not affect the overall relief operations.”

She explained that DSWD already made changes in the handling of the goods to ensure that such spoilage will not happen again, citing the establishment of additional  warehouses for relief goods in Subic, Davao, and Cebu.  The main warehouse of the Department,  the National Resource and Operations Center (NROC), is based in Pasay City.

She also mentioned that prepositioned food packs in these warehouses have been increased to 30,000 packs at any given time to ensure that there will be goods to be distributed immediately during a disaster.

Not dole-out

Also in the press conference, Sec. Soliman shared updates on the Pantawid Pamilya and responded to issues concerning the program.

Latest report showed that the compliance rate of the beneficiaries vis-à-vis the program conditionalities of sending their children to school, bringing them to health center, and participation to the Family Development Session is high at 93.7%,  96.6%,  and 95%, respectively.

“Such high compliance by the beneficiaries shows  that Pantawid Pamilya is not a dole out and does not lead to dependency because the families know their responsibilities,” Sec. Soliman explained.

Pantawid Pamilya now covers total households of  more than 4.1 million.

As the program expanded  to cover 0-18 year-old children, there are now  11,104,427 children-beneficiaries. The expansion in the age coverage ensures that children will graduate from high school and will have better chance of employment.

As for the P5 billion unliquidated Pantawid Pamilya funds incurred by Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost), the Secretary stressed that as of present, only around P532-million remains unliquidated and that it is not lost.

“Distribution of cash grants and liquidation are two different process. It does follow that because the money has not been liquidated yet, people can assume that it did not reach the rightful beneficiaries,” she stressed.

She explained that Philpost was tapped by Land Bank of the Philippines in order to reach far-flung Pantawid Pamilya households.

Although Landbank already terminated its contract with the postal company in June, Philpost is  still liquidating the remaining amount.

Call for fair reporting

Sec. Soliman also appealed to the media for fair reporting.

She said that when the newspaper that broke out the news released its report on the COA findings, DSWD was not asked to give its side, the same with Landbank and Philpost.

She also faced head-on the call of some sectors for her to quit.

“It is not hard for me to quit, as I already did this  before,  especially if my values and principles are compromised. But at this point, I don’t want to be distracted because there are a lot of things to do,” Sec. Soliman said.

The Secretary stressed, “I listen to all comments, suggestions and recommendations.  Kung merong dapat itama, aming itatama (We will make the necessary corrections if there are mistakes).” ###

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Philippines: World Food Programme Clarification On Yolanda Response Funds

WFP Statement to offer clarification on recent media coverage regarding the use of its funds in the response to Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.

MANILA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) wishes to offer clarification on recent media coverage regarding the use of its funds in the response to Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.

WFP is an organisation funded entirely by voluntary contributions from governments, companies and private individuals. WFP takes accountability to its donors and beneficiaries very seriously.

Like all humanitarian organizations involved in the response to Yolanda, WFP worked in close coordination with and under the leadership of the Government of the Philippines, in particular in direct cooperation with the Department for Social Welfare and Development.

In partnership with DSWD, as well as through NGOs and other UN agencies, WFP reached nearly 3 million people with food assistance, nutrition support and cash transfers. The partnership was driven by a common objective of providing much-needed food assistance to typhoon survivors.

As a part of these activities, WFP transferred US$6 million to DSWD to provide assistance to some 500,000 food insecure people in 60 municipalities through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, or “4Ps“, cash transfer programme. Families received PHP 1,300 on top of their usual Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program cash grant from WFP, plus a one-month supply of rice. WFP conducted standard monitoring activities – both through its own staff and through third-party monitors – to ensure that cash distributions reached their intended recipients.

Through the humanitarian community’s Food Security and Agriculture Cluster, WFP conducted regular consultations with relevant stakeholders including the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Agrarian Reform, as stated in WFP’s Situation Report #24 of 27 February 2014. However, no funds were channelled through these government bodies.

WFP would like to underline that its activities are related to the mandate of providing food and nutrition assistance to those in need, as well as organising logistics and telecommunications services for the humanitarian community during emergency response. WFP is not involved in providing shelter assistance under the Government’s Work and Financial Plan, which coincidently is also known as WFP.

Reposted from the website of World Food Programme

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