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DSWD press statement on damaged goods for Mayon evacuees

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) expressed regret over the inclusion of 33 food packs containing spoiled canned goods and expired noodles in the 22,350 food packs distributed to Mayon evacuees over the weekend, adding that they will immediately be replaced so as not to compromise the food needs of the people.

The Department however clarified that it is not 21 sacks as previously reported.

Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that DSWD will investigate why the incident happened when the goods were only newly procured.

She has also ordered the review the agency’s procurement process and its established warehouse, handling, and logistic practices to institute the necessary corrective actions.

Based on the result of the initial investigation conducted by the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), the canned goods got damaged in transit due to the weight and bulk of the relief supplies piled in the trucks.

The Department on the other hand has set to find out with the supplier why there are expired noodles included from the newly purchased goods.

APSEMO still however recognized that there is no perfect delivery, especially of relief goods during disasters.

Sec. Soliman emphasized that DSWD, in coordination with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), remains committed to provide safe food to evacuees for the duration of their stay in evacuation centers.

She likewise indicated that this incident will not happen again in the next relief delivery caravans for Mayon, whose second batch of five trucks carrying 4,050 food packs left DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) for Legazpi City at 4 am this morning.###

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DSWD extends livelihood aid to family of robbed young pandesal vendor

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now processing the provision of P10,000 livelihood assistance to the family of the 11-year old pandesal vendor who was robbed of his P200 earnings by still unidentified man in Caloocan City last week.

“The assistance will be released within the week to enable the family to start their own livelihood project so that the boy will no longer have to sell pandesal,”  DSWD Secretary Coarazon Juliano-Soliman said.

The mother of the young boy said that they we will use the livelihood assistance  to put up a burger, fishball, kikiam, and squidball business in front of their house.

Earlier, when DSWD learned about the incident, a social worker immediately went to his house to provide psycho-social to the child to help him cope with the traumatic experience.

DSWD also provided the family with food packs and P2,000 initial financial assistance.

Sec. Soliman also disclosed that his family has been a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary since 2013, receiving cash grants from the government.

The Caloocan City government also offered assistance and will help to pursue the case against the perpetrator. ###

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CCT is an investment on kids’ future, effect on poverty is not immediate—Sec. Dinky

Responding to questions on the impact of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program posed yesterday during the Finance Committee hearing for the proposed budget of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for 2015, Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that the program is not meant as a poverty reduction effort that will be felt immediately by the poor.

“It is an investment in human capital for the children of the poor to have a fighting chance to be part of inclusive growth,” Sec. Soliman further explained.

Pantawid Pamilya provides monthly cash grants of P500 for health and P300 per child in elementary or P500 per child in high school with a maximum of three qualified children per household for their educational and nutritional needs. They have to comply to program conditions of sending their children to school, bringing them to health center for check-ups, and attending Family Development Sessions (FDS).

The goal of the program is to send children to school and for them to finish high school to give them a greater chance of getting employed, thus,  breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty in their clans.

“The investment in the children’s education  would only be fully felt ten years from since the program started, when the children have graduated and have been gainfully employed,” Sec. Soliman said.

The investment in health, on the other hand, would ensure that children are healthy and capable of finishing their studies.

Sec. Soliman stressed that Pantawid Pamilya is contributory to poverty reduction but is not the lone solution.

“We are also providing entrepreneurial support to beneficiaries through capital assistance and capability building as an exit strategy to prepare them to start their own sources of livelihood after the program,” Sec. Soliman said.

Overhead costs

Explaining the 11 % increase in the overhead costs of the program, Sec. Soliman said that some P8.5 billion is being proposed to pay the salaries of contractual employees who will facilitate FDS and manage special cases that local DSWD offices would be unable to perform.

It will also cover a study to assess the impact of the program.

The amount is P3.5 billion higher than last year’s P5 billion overhead cost.


Sec. Soliman said that the CCT budget of P64.7 billion is at its peak in 2015 and 2016 as the Department moves toward achieving its 5.3 million target beneficiaries.

The Secretary, however, disclosed that after the Aquino Administration, the budget will slowly taper off as some 25,000 beneficiaries  are expected to exit from the program next year.

To date, there are  4,332,411 households enrolled in the program. ###

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Pedals of hope

Helen and kids try the brand new trisikad her family received from DSWD.

Helen and kids try the brand new trisikad her family received from DSWD.

Valle Hermoso, Negros Oriental- After losing her husband in a fatal accident four years ago, Helen Balasabas Ombrero, 47, has doubled her efforts to fulfill her responsibilities to her six children.

Such is  a huge task for a petite mother who stands 4’10 tall, but Helen is not complaining.

Helen earns a living by doing farm duties like tilling the field and planting corn and root crops. She also collects fire woods she can sell.

Helen only earns an average from P100 to P150 a day, clearly not enough for her family’s daily needs. Her income doing farm duties could not also suffice for her to send all her children to school.

Another setback, Helen shared, is when she has to take care of anyone of her children  when he or she gets sick. This would mean sacrificing a day’s work in order for her to attend to her sick child.

The family also lost their house in a fire last year, which has worsened the family’s living conditions. After the incident, some of Helen’s kids were even seen begging on the streets.

Gains from Pantawid

Helen saw hope when she became a member of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program because she now receives cash grants that help her send Susan, 15, and Myrna, 11, to school.

Pantawid Pamilya is one of the core poverty reduction programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that focuses on human capital investment through the provision of health and education cash grants to eligible poor households.

According to this town’s municipal link Emmalinda Alarcio, Helen has been actively joining Pantawid Pamilya Family Development Sessions (FDS), which had improved her views in life as she became more aware of her responsibilities towards her children.

FDS is a gathering of 25-35 parent-beneficiaries, as part of the program conditionalities which they should comply to continue receiving the cash grants, where they discuss topics that aim to strengthen and enhance their parental roles.

Livelihood support

Helen’s optimism remained high, especially that her family was among the 31 recipients of brand new trisikads provided by DSWD through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

SLP is a community-based capacity building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of program participants. It is implemented through the Community-Driven Enterprise Development (CDED) approach, which equips the program participants to actively contribute to production and labor markets by making use of available resources and accessible markets.

The beneficiaries of the brand new trisikads are members of the Vallehermoso Trisikad Association (VALTA). A trisikad is a regular bicycle mounted to a sidecar costing P9,345.

“Mapasalamaton kaayo ko nga nakadawat ko niining bag-o nga trisikad kay akong bana sauna usa ka trisikad driver. Samtang nagpa-abot kos akong kinamagulangang anak nga tua pa sa Cebu ako lang usa ang mugamit niini para naa me panudan  (I am very grateful with this new trisikad because my late husband used to be a trisikad driver. Now, we have our own trisikad. In the meantime, I will be the one to drive this to earn a living while waiting for my second child to arrive from Cebu),” Helen said.

Moreover, Helen is also optimistic that she can send her other kids to school now that they no longer rent a trisikad.

During the turn-over ceremony, the President of VALTA, John Anog, vowed that they will take care of the trisikads adding that members have agreed to pool in P20 from their income as monthly dues for maintenance.

The group also plans to acquire more units to help other members of the organization get their own trisikads.

Bobby Fat, 41, who is also a recipient of trisikad, expressed his deep appreciation because he had longed wish of buying his own unit.

Aside from being a trisikad driver, Bobby also does farming to support his five children.

DSWD- Field Office VII Director Mercedita Jabagat graced the turn-over rites together with Mayor Joniper Villegas, and Angelo Tiongson representing Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo.

Dir. Jabagat encouraged the beneficiaries to make good use of the units as they are the first in the region to have received such aid.

“I hope the next time I visit here, the trisikads are still in good condition. I also challenge VALTA to set an example for other groups to follow,” she said.

The Field Office will also implement the project in other towns in the region, which were hit by Typhoon Yolanda. ###

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DSWD, NDRRMC turn over relief supplies to Albay

DSWD Sec. Soliman (center) with (from L-R) DENR Sec. Paje, DOH Sec. Ona, DILG Sec. Roxas turning over relief supplies to Elenita Olandes, one of the evacuees from Guinubatan, Albay. Witnessing the turn-over are Albay Governor Salceda and Guinubatan Mayor Ongjoco.

DSWD Sec. Soliman (center) with (from L-R) DENR Sec. Paje, DOH Sec. Ona, DILG Sec. Roxas turning over relief supplies to Elenita Olandes, one of the evacuees from Guinubatan, Albay. Witnessing the turn-over are Albay Governor Salceda and Guinubatan Mayor Ongjoco.

Guinobatan, Albay -  Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman flew here over the weekend to witness the turn over of food packs and other relief supplies to Albay Province.

The relief supplies were brought to this town through the Ligtas Mayon Caravan organized by the DSWD and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on October 11.

The caravan which carried some P9.4-million worth of relief supplies composed of

food packs, malong, mosquito nets, mats, water containers, hygiene kits, and medicines, reached this town early Sunday morning, October 12. A  blessing ceremony was held before these were turned over.

It was followed by a ceremonial distribution of relief supplies to selected evacuees with Sec. Soliman and other cabinet secretaries, namely: Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, Health Sec. Enrique Ona, Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje, and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, witnessing the activity.

Sec. Soliman emphasized that the caravan was made possible through the cooperation of member agencies of the NDRRMC.

“We not only want the evacuees to be safe but also to be comfortable and have enough food in their stay in the evacuation centers,”  Sec. Soliman said.

For his part, Sec. Roxas shared that it was President Aquino’s desire to ensure that the needs of the evacuees are addressed.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda, on the other hand, expressed his thanks to the national government saying, “The food packs are more than enough to augment the daily needs of the evacuees especially now that PHILVOCS has warned of an explosive Mayon eruption anytime.”

“This is a reflection that the national government genuinely cares for the people,” Gov. Salceda added.

Meanwhile, Guinobatan Mayor Ann Yap Ongjoco expressed her gratitude to the national government for being pro-active.

Evacuees also expressed their gratitude to the national government for not neglecting them.

Arlene Mar, 55, an evacuee from Barangay Muladbucad said, “Mula noong unang araw pa lang na kami ay nandito, hindi nagkulang ang DSWD sa pagbigay ng suporta at assistance  (From day one that we were brought in the evacuation center, DSWD has never failed to extend its support and assistance).”

The cabinet secretaries visited an evacuation center here and in Camalig where they interacted with the evacuees. ###

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Humanitarian caravan for Mayon evacuees now on the way to Albay

A DSWD truck carrying food packs leaves NROC.

A DSWD truck carrying food packs leaves NROC.

Some P9.4-million worth of food packs and other non-food items are now on their way to Guinobatan, Albay via the Ligtas Mayon Caravan organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other member-agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

A fleet of 36 trucks from DSWD and the military left DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC) past noon today. It is expected to arrive in Guinobatan early morning of Sunday, October 12 where it will be unloaded.

The unloading of goods will be witnessed by DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano- Soliman, Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas, Health Sec. Enrique Ona, Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin, and Sec. Edwin Lacierda.

Trucks carrying water containers, hygiene and family kits, and essential medicines from the Department of Health are among the convoy.

Sec. Soliman said that the caravan reflects the convergence of NDRRMC member-agencies in responding to the needs of the families who fled their homes due to the imminent eruption of Mayon Volcano, and are now staying in evacuation centers.

It provides augmentation support to the resources of the provincial government of Albay for the evacuees.

Around 12,700 families or 55,000 individuals are now staying in 44 evacuation centers around the province. ###

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DSWD, NDRRMC to send humanitarian caravan for Mayon evacuees

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) organized a caravan dubbed as Mt. Mayon Humanitarian Response Assistance Caravan this weekend, Oct. 11 and 12.

The caravan aims to provide augmentation support to the resources of the provincial government of Albay to address the needs of families who fled their homes due to the potential hazards of a volcanic eruption, and are now staying in evacuation centers.

Around 12,700 families or 55,000 individuals are currently staying in 44 evacuation centers around the province.

A fleet of 31 trucks loaded with food packs; tins of ready-to-eat food; and, pieces of blankets, malong, mats, and mosquito nets will leave the National Resource Operations Center (NROC), DSWD’s main warehouse in Pasay City, for Guinobatan, Albay before noon tomorrow, Oct. 11.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that the caravan is a joint effort of NDRRMC member-agencies and also in response to the appeal for support of Albay Governor Joey Salceda.

The food packs will be unloaded in Guinobatan on Sunday, October 12, to be witnessed by Sec. Soliman, Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas, Health Sec. Enrique Ona, Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin, and Sec. Edwin Lacierda.

The officials will also visit an evacuation center in Guinobatan to interact with the evacuees. ###

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DSWD cited as first to contribute GIS maps to nat’l mapping agency

Ms. Pam Clavio-Galenzoga presenting for KC-NCDDP. NAMRIA thanked and congratulated the KC-NCDDP for being the first agency to contribute their maps in the NAMRIA geoportal.

Ms. Pam Clavio-Galenzoga presenting for KC-NCDDP. NAMRIA thanked and congratulated the KC-NCDDP for being the first agency to contribute their maps in the NAMRIA geoportal.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was recently recognized by the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) for being the first government agency to contribute its Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps to the latter’s geoportal.

This recognition was given during the Philippine Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) GIS Conference, held  recently at the EDSA Shangri-La.

The conference gathered users of ESRI, the leading GIS software brand headquartered in Redlands, California. The attendees included corporations, government agencies, and members of the academe.

Mapping to improve monitoring system

During that same conference, the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Service-National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP), one of the poverty alleviation strategies of  DSWD, presented how it uses geo-tagging and GIS mapping to improve its monitoring system of its sub-projects.

KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is the expansion into a national scale of operations of the community-driven development (CDD) approach, which was tried and proven effective by Kalahi-CIDSS. It targets the coverage of 847 of the poorest municipalities in the country.

As a CDD program, KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP gives citizens control over decisions and resources to enable them to develop solutions to their community’s pressing problems, particularly those that are poverty-related. In most instances, these come in the form of small-scale infrastructure, such as pathways, bridges, school buildings, health stations, soil erosion or flood control sub-projects, and community production facilities like solar driers.

According to Pamela Clavio-Galenzoga, the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP GIS Specialist, geo-tagging the sub-projects will allow program implementers, which include the DSWD and its partner government agencies, local government units, and the community residents themselves, to closely monitor the status of their sub-projects.

First government agency

NAMRIA thanked DSWD for being the first government agency to submit its data, and encouraged the other agencies to follow the DSWD’s lead in being open about data sharing.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman acknowledged the recognition of NAMRIA, adding that DSWD’s geo-tagging mechanism was initiated to serve as a mechanism to strengthen the capacity of poor and vulnerable communities, which are what the program covers.

She also said that the submission of the GIS data sets and other geographic information to NAMRIA will also link with the Philippine Statistics Authority, which can then support the convergence of anti-poverty initiatives of the national government, as the information will be made available to other agencies. By making the data open, the gaps in development interventions can be identified and duly addressed.

“Through data and information sharing, we will be able to develop programs and policies that will best respond to the needs of Filipinos, especially those who are affected by and vulnerable to poverty,” Sec. Soliman said.

Sec. Soliman said that making the data available is also a way for KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP to tighten its transparency and accountability mechanisms, adding that she hopes that the geo-tagging and GIS mapping technology can be used to further empower the citizenry by making them more aware of and involved in the development of their villages.

“We hope to make this technology accessible to barangays to empower them to take part in inclusive, sustainable, and community-driven development,” she said.###

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