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DSWD to validate initial list of poor families in MiMaRoPa

MALATE, Manila–  The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa is set to validate initial result of the Listahanan second round household assessment in October.

Validation is the third phase of the Listahanan project cycle that opens initial list of poor families for verification purposes. List of the said families will be posted in all barangay halls for community verification.

Listahanan is a data management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide for possible social protection programs intervention, which started in 2009.

DSWD and the local government units will lead the validation processes through the creation of Local Verification Committee or LVC. The said committee will accept and resolve grievances and validation of initial profile of families in coordination with the Department’s Area Coordinators and Supervisors.

“We call the public to participate on this validation activity and ensure that they are included in our database,” said Editha B. Ocampo, Deputy Project Manager.

Early this year, household assessment has started administered by 1,233 enumerators covering five provinces, 70 municipalities and two cities with 1,459 barangays in MiMaRoPa.

Families who are not yet listed by our field staff last month are still given the chance to be interviewed thru our ‘On Demand Application’. They only need to coordinate our assigned staff located at the Local Social Welfare and Development Office in their areas, Ocampo added.

Listahanan has assessed 556,834 households regionwide – 166,406 in Oriental Mindoro; 84,811 in Occidental Mindoro; 49,098 Marinduque; 57,324 in Romblon;  and 199,195 in Palawan.###

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DSWD rescues 49 Tagbanua minors from unlicensed NGO

Malate, Manila – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office MiMaRoPa and CALABARZON together with the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) safeguard 49 Tagbanua minors from Coron, Palawan from Bride of Jesus Christ Ministries International Incorporated.

It was reported to DSWD Field Offices of MiMaRoPa and CALABARZON that a number of children are not properly taken cared of the said church-based organization.

Upon careful investigation and validation of the composite team of Social Workers from DSWD MiMaRoPa, CALABARZON and NCIP, the minors were transported by the church-based organization to General Trias, Cavite from Coron, Palawan since May 2015 with the promise of free education, meals and accommodation. During interviews with the minors, it was found out that the minors do not eat enough and proper food and are required to stay up late in the evening to cook for their meals for the next day.  Also, the supposed center where they are staying does not have a proper ventilation nor complete facilities to comfortably accommodate the big number of minors.

“With careful validation and deliberation, the Department believes that the church-based organization is unfit to provide and cannot sustain the needs of the said minors for longer time,” said Karen Uson, Social Welfare Officer. It was also found out that the organization doesn’t have the proper certification from NCIP to provide the promises they made. They are only listed as a religious sector in the Security Exchange Commission (SEC) and not as a licensed and accredited child-caring agency.

Although some are already enrolled in high school and vocational/college courses, the way they are brought in the area is questionable and the current condition in the said center is not conducive to growing children. DSWD wants to ensure the safety of the minors and prevent any untoward incidents that may happen.

“We will make sure that we will return the children to their families safe and sound.” said DSWD MiMaRoPa Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos.

Uson together with other social workers of DSWD accompanied the minors back home yesterday thru the free use of C130 provided by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Camp Aguinaldo with support from Congressman Franz “Chicoy” Alvarez who shall provide Php2,000 educational assistance to four college students. The social workers will conduct psychosocial processing, profiling and focus group discussions with the families together with the Municipal Social and Development Office (MSWDO). Coordination is being made with Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for the temporary enrolment of the minors in the national high school and Palawan State University Campus in Coron for the easy education transfer processes.

“We will monitor the return of the children as well as be vigilant to any similar acts to be able to ensure the social welfare of the poor and marginalized sectors especially children,” ended Naviamos. ###

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DSWD MiMaRoPa enhances staff skills on data management

MALATE, Manila- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa trains field office and province-based staff on Cloud Storage and Data Recovery last September 11, 2015.

The capability training teaches staff on effective data management using cloud applications such as Google drive, sheets, docs, calendar, hangout, drop box and sky drive.

“Data is a vital information to our everyday business. Losing vital information can cripple the unit’s operation or even the entire Department,” said Angelito Montalbo, Regional Information Technology Officer.

The activity also instills skills on how to back up and restore data or documents. It was participated by 38 staff coming from the different divisions and  units .

The training is part of the continuous effort of the Department  to harness Information and Communication Technology for faster, smarter and better services. ###

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DSWD MiMaRoPa hiring 506 field staff for validation of Listahanan results

MALATE, MANILA- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Mimaropa is now hiring 22 Area Coordinators, 102 Area Supervisors and 382 enumerators to facilitate the Listahanan validation of poor families in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces.

“Hired staff will play vital roles in this validation and finalization phase of the Listahanan cycle. They will be deployed in the barangays to address undercoverage or households who were not previously interviewed, through the On-Demand Application (ODA),’’ Listahanan Field Coordinator Ernie Jarabejo said.

ODA is part of the validation processes which gives chance to families to be included in the list of poor and non-poor families.

Field staff will also accept and resolve grievances from the concerned individuals and families regarding the initial results of household data collection in coordination with the Local Verification Committee (LVC) of the municipality and the Convergence Municipal Action Teams, composed of various municipal field-based staff and other stakeholders, Jarabejo added.

Listahanan is a mechanism of the Department in the selection of poor families for government’s social protection programs which started in 2009.  Early this year, the second round of household assessment has  started, which covered more than half a million households regionwide.

Applicants must have completed at least 2-years of college education, experience in household assessment or other surveys, physically fit and willing to be assigned in remote areas.

Validation of results will start on  October 2015 and is expected to be completed on November 2015.

Applications may be sent thru e-mail to  or submitted personally at the Social Welfare and Development Team office in the MiMaRoPa provinces.###

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Mindoro LGUs enter in agreement with DSWD Listahanan

MAMBURAO, Occidental Mindoro- The Local Government Units (LGUs) of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro and Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro have signed the Memorandum of Agreement on Data Sharing  with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the Listahanan.

Data Sharing is  the last phase of the Listahanan cycle which makes the data of poor households available to social protection stakeholders.

Listahanan is the government mechanism of mapping out poor families in the country who eventually became beneficiaries of government’s social protection program and services intended for the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

With this agreement, the Department will share its database of non-poor and poor families.  In the 2009 household assessment, DSWD recorded 242,633 poor households in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces.

“This partnership will help the local government units save resources in research in identifying poor families in their localities, thereby maximizing their limited resources for local social protection programs,” said Editha B. Ocampo, Deputy Regional Project Manager.

Currently, the DSWD Mimaropa is on its second round household assessment targeting more than half a million household in the region. As of this writing, 94% or 556,197 households were already assessed. Results of this assessment will be made available before the year ends. ###

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Pantawid Pamilya enhances grievance processes and guidelines

Regional Grievance Officer Gideon Flores tackles the enhanced grievance processes and guidelines to the provincial staff of Marinduque.

Regional Grievance Officer Gideon Flores tackles the enhanced grievance processes and guidelines to the provincial staff of Marinduque.

Marinduque – The Pantawid Pamilya regional office in MiMaRoPa conducted a roll-out training on the enhanced Grievance Redress System (GRS) processes and guidelines to 34 provincial staff last August 26-27 in the municipalities of Gasan and Boac, respectively.

GRS is one of the main systems of the program that handles and answers to the complaints and comments of various stakeholders. Due to the number and gravity of grievances that the Department has to handle, the system crafted an enhanced processes and procedural guidelines wherein faster transactions will be ensured.

Mr. Gideon Flores, Regional Grievance Officer presented the enhanced GRS guidelines wherein flow charts or the step-by-step procedural guidelines of the different GRS categories were presented.

Kailangan maipaalam natin sa lahat ang mga pagbabago sa mas pinagtibay na proseso ng GRS. Ito ay upang masiguro natin na natutugunan ng naaayon at tama sa oras ang katanungan at reklamo,” said Flores.

All staff were informed to process or handle grievances especially on misbehavior of beneficiaries such as gambling, alcoholism, pawning of cash card, collection of fees, and misrepresentation in line with the National Advisory Committee (NAC) Resolution No. 20.  Any violation on the abovementioned has corresponding sanctions such as warning, suspension, or termination from the program.

The roll-out trainings on the enhanced procedural guidelines to other provinces were conducted to the Provincial Grievance Officers. ###



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