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DSWD assists LGUs in disaster response

With Typhoon Glenda already on land, all members of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Quick Response Teams (QRTs) at the regional level and the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams at the provincial level along the typhoon’s path are now on field to assess the impact of the disaster and to assist local government units in disaster response.

These teams continue to send in reports to the Office of the Secretary-Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (OSEC-DROMIC) at the Central Office.

As of 6 a.m. in the Bicol Region where ‘Glenda’ made a land fall, 31, 422 families or 137,259 persons from Albay, Catanduanes, and Masbate have evacuated to 64 evacuation centers.

Others areas along ‘Glenda’s’ path

In Eastern Visayas, 5,335 families or 7,318 persons were displaced coming from 39 barangays in nine municipalities and two cities. Some 221 houses have been reported damaged. DSWD-Field Office VIII activated its Operation ANGKAS (Alliance of Networks for Stranded Center) to assist strandees at Allen Port in Northern Samar.  Hot meals were provided by the local government unit, while 2,000 food packs & bus transportation for two days will be provided by the Field Office.

In Central Luzon, in Aurora, 27 families or 133 persons are now staying at the evacuation centers at the Angara Hall, Methodist Church, and Ibunan National High School.

In Bulacan, 45 families or 124 persons were displaced. They are now staying at the evacuation centers at the Obando National High School and Salambao Elementary School.

In Pampanga, 47 families or 187 persons are now staying at Pavillion evacuation center.

In Zambales, 16 families or 54 persons are now staying at the North Central Elementary School.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), 150 families with 750 individuals were displaced.

With office work suspended in government offices at NCR, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman has directed all personnel of the Department involved in disaster response and in the provision of essential services to report for work and be on full alert 24/7. ###


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DSWD leads event for persons with disabilities

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)  through its attached agency, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), will lead the celebration of the 36th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week from July 17-23.

With  the theme, “NDPR 2014: Talino at Paninindigan: Pasaporte sa Kaunlaran”,  the NDPR Week highlights government’s efforts to address issues affecting persons with disabilities (PWDs) and at the same time recognize their role in nation building.

The theme encourages PWDs to be determined in using their God-given talents and knowledge to be successful in their chosen fields of endeavour.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman assured that PWDs are not left behind in the country’s journey to inclusive growth by benefitting from various programs and services of the Department.

Under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,  as of June 28, a total of 209,191 families with PWD-members are included in the program.

Other DSWD programs for PWDs  are Tuloy Aral Walang Sagabal (TAWAG), Early Detection, Prevention,  and Intervention of Disability (EDPID),  Comprehensive Program for Children/Persons with Disabilities, and Substitute Family Care Service at the different residential centers in Regions I, III, VII, IX, and NCR.

DSWD also offers livelihood training, capital assistance, and employment to PWDs through its Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop.

“We should always ensure that PWDs have regular access to social protection programs. At the same time, we should respect, promote, and protect their dignity, rights, and welfare. PWDs have the same  rights as others. They must be able to enjoy these on an equal basis with non-PWDs,” Sec. Soliman emphasized.

To drumbeat the week long celebration, various activities are lined up such as wreathlaying ceremony at the Mabini Bust in Pasay City,  fora, exhibits, fun games, musical play, sports tournament, mass, and the launching of the Apolinario Awards.

Proclamation No.361 declares the third week of July as NDPR Week culminating on the birthdate of the sublime paralytic, Apolinario Mabini, on July 23. ###

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DSWD readies nearly 80,000 family packs for ‘Glenda’ victims

As Typhoon ‘Glenda’ intensifies and about to make a landfall later today, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured that prepositioned relief goods are enough in areas along the typhoon’s path.

A total of 78,722 family food packs, 755,404 assorted food items, and 506,260 assorted non-food items are also prepositioned at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City and in DSWD-Field Offices I (Ilocos Region), II (Cagayan Valley), III (Central Luzon), IV-A Southern Luzon), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and National Capital Region (NCR).

With ‘Glenda’ threatening to directly hit the Bicol Region, DSWD-Field Office V has prepositioned a total of 2,244 family food packs, 189,764 assorted food items and 55, 224 assorted non- food items ready for distribution to local government units (LGUs).   Likewise, an additional 150 sacks of rice was allocated to the province of Catanduanes ready to be withdrawn anytime.

As of 11 a.m. today, some 1,000 passengers have been stranded in the seaports of Matnog and Pilar, Sorsogon.

Members of DSWD Quick Response Team (QRT) said that they are in touch with their counterparts at the local level to ensure that relief goods are ready for dispatch to the affected areas.

In its latest Bulletin issued by PAGASA, Typhoon Glenda is expected to make landfall over the Albay-Sorsogon area this evening.

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 3 was hoisted in five provinces in the Bicol Region including Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Burias and Ticao islands in Masbate, and Northern Samar in the Visayas.

Preps in E. Visayas

With Signal Number 3 hoisted over  Norther Samar, the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Field Office VIII said that its Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Team in the province is closely coordinating with the local disaster risk reduction councils in the provincial and municipal levels.

It is currently loading 2,000 family food packs to be transported to Northern Samar.

To date, the Department received report from its SWAD Team in Norther Samar  of on-going evacuation of unknown number of families in Laoang.

It  likewise received report of a total of 1,450 individuals/passengers stranded at Port of Allen, Northern Samar.

In Tacloban City, a total of 290 families with 1,096 individuals who are currently living in tents in Brgys. 58, 88, 89, and 90 were evacuated to safer grounds. Hot meals were provided by the local government unit (LGU) to the evacuees.

DSWD said it will augment the city government’s resources with some 500 food packs, 500 blankets, and 2,500 bottled water.

As of presstime, DSWD has not received report of evacuees in Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran and in other parts of Leyte.

Field Office VIII has an available stockpile of 7,528 food packs and 22,500 rice packs stored at  its hub here. A standby fund worth P1,017,444.99  is also available. ###

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DSWD disaster teams along ‘Glenda’s’ path remain on alert

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced that all Quick Response  Team (QRT) in the Field Offices along the path of Tropical Storm Glenda have been activated and continue to be on alert status to monitor the extent of the disaster and to assist local government units (LGUs) in responding to the needs of the affected families.

With ‘Glenda’ intensifying in strength, DSWD, as of 5 pm, has prepositioned a total of 35,918 family food packs, 45,473 assorted food items, and 105,601 assorted non-food items ready for distribution to LGUs.

In Bicol Region where Signal Number 2 has been hoisted over five areas, a total of 2,000 family food packs and P2.5 million-worth of rice has been prepositioned for Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, and Masbate.

In Northern Luzon,  34 disaster operation volunteers under the Bayanihang Bayan Program and 50 skilled volunteers from from the military and the academe are ready for duty. A total of 339 evacuation centers are also identified around the region.

In Cagayan Valley, a surge team with 12 members knowledgeable in disaster management and psycho-social processing was created and ready for deployment. DSWD has identified 65 evacuation centers.

In Central Luzon, 8,242 family food packs and 2,800 sleeping kits were prepositioned to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) offices in Aurora, Bulacan, Olongapo, Tarlac, and Zambales.###

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DSWD preps relief for Typhoon Glenda

With Typhoon Glenda already within the Philippine Area of Responsibility, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has readied food and non-food relief assistance to augment resources of local government units (LGUs)  along  the typhoon path.

DSWD-Field Offices in Northern and Central Luzon which are along  ‘Glenda’s’ path have  prepositioned 78,608 family food packs for immediate distribution to LGUs.

These Field Offices also have a total of 209,875 assorted food items and 101,326 non-food items.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman has directed all concerned Field Offices to continue to coordinate with the LGUs in their respective areas to ensure that the needs of the affected families will be immediately addressed.

Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Teams at the municipal level are now on field to monitor the extent of the typhoon.

For its part, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has also issued “blue alert” status where half of the personnel of all regional and municipal disaster risk reduction management offices, the regional offices of Civil Defense and other concerned government agencies should be at their posts to monitor the situation. ###

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DSWD refutes claim of neglecting ‘Yolanda’ survivors

Asec. Cabrera (center) explains a point to the leaders of the demonstrators.

Asec. Cabrera (center) explains a point to the leaders of the demonstrators.

“The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to help survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas.”

This was the clarification made by DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma B. Cabrera in response to the claims of militant groups who said that no services has been provided to the survivors.

Asec. Cabrera met with Congresswoman Luz Ilagan who led GABRIELA, People Surge, and KADAMAY in their demonstration at the DSWD grounds on Tuesday.

She further explained that to date, the Department still goes on providing various forms of assistance, other than food support, to the victims.

Continuing aid

She added that DSWD has been distributing food packs with 25-kilogram rice packs every 15 days as needed, especially to families still residing in evacuation centers.  The 25-kilogram rice is a transition from the 3 and 6-kilogram rice packs that were distributed during the first weeks after ‘Yolanda’.

As of June 24, the Department has provided a total of 4,524,838 food packs in Eastern Visayas.

Moreover, a total of 11,486 families with damaged houses in the region were provided with shelter kits by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in close coordination with DSWD. These kits are composed of GI Sheets, U nails, common wire nails, hammer and hand saws which were distributed in partnership with concerned local government units.

The Department also implemented Cash-for-Work activities pouring in P14.6 million to pay some 30,289 individuals who rendered community work.

DSWD also began implementing the Cash-for-Assets Rebuilding Program aimed at helping rebuild the sources of livelihood of survivors like mangroves, benefiting 146,951individuals.

As part of the Department’s rehabilitation efforts, DSWD is implementing the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) to construct 6,000 units of core shelters amounting to P420 million.  The construction of such shelters is in partnership with the Habitat for Humanity and close coordination with the National Housing Authority (NHA).

The Department also provided pedicabs to 113 beneficiaries, and motorized bancas to 226 families. Livelihood assistance is also being provided by the Department to more than 5,300 beneficiaries.

In response to the needs of the child-survivors, the Department continues the implementation of the Supplementary Feeding Program to benefit 13,334 children.

Also, DSWD provided toys to the children through the “Wish Upon a Star” project, as well as distributed materials for the conduct of play and art therapies.

Recently, the Department also launched the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP) to address the concerns of the ‘Yolanda’ areas.  Under KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP, classrooms and day care centers will be constructed in typhoon-hit municipalities.


Asec. Cabrera also explained to the group that it is the Resettlement Cluster, headed by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and NHA, that is in-charge of the provision of permanent shelters.

She also countered the claims of the rallyists that DSWD only arrived in Tacloban City eight days after ‘Yolanda’. In fact, Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman arrived in the city on November 9, the day after the typhoon, to spearhead the relief operations.

She further committed to inform concerned agencies regarding the issues on shelter and health raised by the rallyists.

Asec. Cabrera also reiterated DSWD’s openness to conduct dialogues with concerned sectors and to present what the Department has done so far.

“It is not true that DSWD has not done its part in the relief operations.  We welcome inquiries and we are prepared to show proof of what has been done so far,” Asec. Cabrera said. ###

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‘Yolanda’ efforts move towards recovery and rehab

 Sec. Soliman (3rd from left) chairs the 6th InterCluster Meeting. With Sec. Soliman are (left to right) OPARR Undersecretary Lesley Cordero, Sec. Lacson, UN Coodinator Carvalho, and Gen. Fajardo.

Sec. Soliman (3rd from left) chairs the 6th InterCluster Meeting. With Sec. Soliman are (left to right) OPARR Undersecretary Lesley Cordero, Sec. Lacson, UN Coodinator Carvalho, and Gen. Fajardo.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman announced that the disaster humanitarian response phase in Typhoon Yolanda-affected areas will now transition to recovery and rehabilitation, with the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR), headed by Secretary Panfilo Lacson, taking the lead.

Sec. Soliman made this announcement during the 6th Inter-Cluster Coordination Meeting of the Philippine Government and the Humanitarian Country Team, which is chaired by DSWD and co-chaired by the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Country Director Luiza Carvalho.  It was the last meeting of the Disaster Humanitarian Response Clusters before OPARR takes the helm.

Also present in the meeting were Sec. Lacson, Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) OIC-Director Romeo F. Fajardo, together with representatives from national government agencies, UN agencies, and international non-government organizations.

Long-term interventions

Sec. Soliman stressed that relief and humanitarian phase will now give way to medium and long-term interventions in pursuit of the recovery and rehabilitation phase of the internally displaced population in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

As part of the transition, regular coordination meetings will now be under the leadership of the OPARR.

As his initial interaction with the team, Sec. Lacson emphasized that all initiatives geared towards the rehabilitation of the six regions affected by ‘Yolanda,’ must focus on pre-‘Yolanda’ data to serve as guide in building back better communities.

Carvalho, for her part, expressed UN’s continued support to the Philippine government’s rehabilitation efforts under OPARR.

She vowed that the UN system and other partner-organizations will explore ways on how to support and collaborate with the government under the OPARR structure.

Sec. Soliman thanked the members of the cluster for their extensive and tireless work in disaster response.

“We hope that we shall continue to be partners now that we are focusing on the rehabilitation of ‘Yolanda’ affected areas,” Sec. Soliman said.

Cluster Efforts

During the meeting, Sec. Soliman highlighted the efforts of the various clusters under the Disaster Response Pillar. These include the presentation of the Philippine Approach to Total Sanitation (PhATS) working towards Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) and the ongoing implementation of the Cash for Assets Rebuilding program in Region VIII, which already benefited 181,000 beneficiaries.

The Food Security Cluster distributed seed/seedlings for planting and hand tools.

The Shelter Cluster reported that it will continue to provide shelter support to 81,994 households and will ensure that the 3,000 families still in tents will soon be transferred to safer homes.

The Education and the Health Clusters are focusing on the repair and rehabilitation of education and health facilities.

Sec. Soliman emphasized that although the relief phase is finished, the provision of the needed food support will not cease for those in evacuation centers and those who still need it. ###

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DAP allotment for DSWD, used for socio-dev’t projects in ARMM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reiterated its previous clarification that it has used the P1.97 billion additional allotment from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) it received in 2011 to provide resource augmentation to the local government of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to implement social service projects in the area.

These include the Construction of Day Care Centers, Modified Shelter Assistance Project, Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA), Supplementary Feeding Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), and Cash-for-Work (CFW) Program, which are special projects being implemented by DSWD-ARMM over the existing regular programs of the Department through strong partnership with the respective provincial and local government units and other implementing partners.

Implementation updates

To date, of the 1,100 day care centers targeted to be constructed, 987 centers are completed, 60 centers are still on-going construction, and 53 are yet to be constructed.

On shelter construction, of the 1,000 target units, 924 shelters are already built while 76 units are on-going construction.

The DSWD reported that peace and order situation in the project areas hampers the completion of the remaining day care centers and core shelter units.

For the Supplementary Feeding Program, the 200,000 target day care children have completed the 120 feeding days program.

On the provision of ESA, 1,476 flood affected families in the Province of Maguindanao already availed of the assistance at P10,000 each. They are from the municipalities of Datu Piang, Mangudadatu, Kabuntalan, Raja Buayan, Paglat, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Datu Montawal, and Sultan sa Barongis.

Likewise, of the 62,335 Sets 1 and 2 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the region who are targeted to avail of P10,000 each under the SLP, a total of 31,400 beneficiaries already received their livelihood assistance.

The CFW on the other hand has benefited 20,454 individuals out of the 21,000 target beneficiaries. They received P174 per day for 10 days in exchange for rendering community work that includes disaster mitigation, rehabilitation, and hunger mitigation projects.


Aside from the efforts in ARMM, the government has also allocated P500 million from DAP funds for scholarship of poor students.

DSWD in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has implemented the Students Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGP-PA) for poor households by providing them the opportunity to be employed in higher value-added occupations and alleviate family poverty by giving them access to a college education. This scholarship program provided additional grants to qualified Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries up to the tertiary level.

A maximum of P60,000 grant per school year was provided to some 4,000 Pantawid Pamilya student-beneficiaries nationwide. The scholarship grant covered tuition fees, school fees, textbooks, board and lodging, health, and other education expenses and support services to complete the degree program.


Likewise, another P1.3 billion from DAP was allocated for the Expanded Government Internship Program, a partnership between the DSWD and Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The program aimed to fill up the skills gaps and job requirements of priority industries and sectors with high employability rate, improve the reach of quality technical, vocational, and educational training to the grassroots. It also encourages technical-vocational institutions to offer programs in higher qualifications catering to in-demand industry requirements.

Each scholar-beneficiary received a total of P20,000 which include payment of tuition fee, starter tool kit, and transportation allowance.

Within DSWD mandate

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman emphasized that the DAP additional allotment was used for line item projects such as the provision of technical assistance and resource augmentation to ARMM, and that these are within the mandate of the DSWD.

“Rest assured that the DAP additional allotment benefitted the rightful beneficiaries of DSWD programs and services,” Sec. Soliman said.#

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