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DSWD sets MOA signing, turn-over of IT equipment to OccMin towns for SPSI project

MALATE, Manila- The Social Protection Support Initiative (SPSI) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA sets a ceremonial signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and turn-over of Information and Technology (IT) equipment for the towns of Occidental Mindoro on October 12, 2016 in Manila City.

SPSI is a convergence project of DSWD, Department of Health (DOH) and, Philippine Health insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). It aims to help targeted poor focusing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries attain an improved level of well-being and economic status.

IT equipment  to be given are composed of 22 android tablets, 12 printers, 12 network  routers, 21 USB flash drives  and 21 powerbanks.

Recipients of the said equipment are the 11 towns in the province of Occidental Mindoro: Abra de Ilog, Calintaan, Looc, Lubang, Magsaysay, Mamburao, Paluan, Rizal, Sablayan, San Jose and Sta. Cruz.

Meanwhile, DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, DOH Secretary, Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial and PhilHealth  OIC President  Ramon F. Aristoza, Jr will attend to grace the event.   Governor Mario Gene J. Mendiola and the  eleven local chief executives in Occidental Mindoro are also expected to be present. ###

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Listahanan reveals profile of solo parent in MIMAROPA

MALATE, Manila- According to the 2015 Listahanan database, there are 69,646 or 2.7 percent of the 2,573,992 total assessed individuals claimed as solo parents which comprises of 19,722 (28.3%) males and 49,924 (71.7%) females in MIMAROPA region.

Listahanan recorded 22,604 or 1.9% solo parents identified as poor.

Republic Act No. 8972 also known as the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000 defines solo parent as were left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood or any other person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children.

There are 6,057 poor solo parents in Oriental Mindoro; 3,478 poor solo parents in Occidental Mindoro; 1,661 solo parents in Marinduque; 2,813 solo parents in Romblon; and 8,595 poor solo parents in Palawan.

The City of Puerto Princesa tops in the list with the highest number of solo parents regionwide with 1,700 followed by the municipality of San Jose in Mindoro with 1,036 solo parents. The town of Narra, Palawan placed in the third rank with 672 solo parents.

Moreover, the top barangays with the highest number of solo parents are barangay Panaytayan, Mansalay in Oriental Mindoro with 155 poor solo parents; barangay Bancalaan, Balabac in Palawan with 152 poor solo parents; and barangay Sicsican in Puerto Princesa City with 124 poor solo parents.

On the other hand, there are 13,636 poor solo parents declared as house hold heads and a total of 2,238 solo parents which have not completed any level of education.

 The database further revealed that  in terms of marital status  of poor solo parent, 9,755 (43.2%) are widowed, 6,000 (26.5%) are separated, and 4,296 (19%) are single. Also, most of the solo parents are in the age bracket of 35 to 44 years old.

Listahanan is a mechanism of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide. From the  569,000 households assessed  regionwide, about  207,863 were identified as poor in MIMAROPA or Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces.

Solo parent Benefits

Qualified solo parents may avail the parental leave; educational benefits from the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education; livelihood training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, as well as allocations in low cost housing projects and medical assistance.

DSWD has organized the MIMAROPA Solo Parents Employees Association to promote the welfare and rights of solo parent staff and their children. Also, the Department has allocated Php10,000.00 for livelihood assistance to qualified solo parent beneficiaries.

Nevertheless, DSWD calls to get solo parents ID valid for one year and is renewable, at the nearest social welfare and development office in their area to enjoy the said government benefits. ###


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MIMAROPA local execs enter agreement with DSWD for pro-poor programs


DSWD Director Wilma Naviamos presenting the Department’s thrust and priorities to the local chief executives.

MAKATI, City- Seventy one or 97 percent of the 73 local executives in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan (MIMAROPA) entered partnership with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the unified Memorandum of Agreement during the 2016 Stakeholders’ Forum.

Dubbed with the theme, ‘Tunay na Malasakit sa Mahihirap: Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo’ the forum was held in St. Giles Hotel divided into two batches: August 30- September 1, 2016 for the re-elected mayors and September 14-16, 2016 for the newly elected mayors.

Let us take the challenge of transforming the poor individuals, groups and communities  for service excellence.  We need to reach the unreached and the isolated,” said DSWD Director Wilma Naviamos during her message.

The institutionalization of this forum recognizes the value and significance of the Local Government Units (LGU) in the implementation of all DSWD programs and services adhering to the current mandates of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo of providing quick and caring services for the poor and vulnerable sectors.

Up to now the Department maintains  a smooth relationship with the LGUs where more personal and professional relationship were established, Naviamos added.

 Program Orientation and Updates

The Department’s thrust and priorities were shared to the mayors including the program updates of Kalahi-CIDSS, Social Pension, Supplementary Feeding, Sustainable Livelihood programs.

To date in MIMAROPA, 569, 316 households were assessed and 207,863 are identified poor according to 2015 Listahanan database.  Nevertheless, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino records a total of Php1.7 billion cash grants which was released to 192,778 beneficiaries for this year, while   1,140 ineligible households involved in gambling were delisted from the program.

Meanwhile, the National Economic and Development Authority MIMAROPA shared the government’s Ambisyon2040- a long term vision of Filipinos in the next 25 years. Also, the Department of Interior and Local Government MIMAROPA discussed the Seal of Good Local Governance highlighting the Social Protection as one of the indicators.

LGUs Support and Commitment

 The unified program MOA between the LGU and DSWD will guide the implementation social protection programs in terms of administrative support and fund augmentation.

Busuanga, Palawan Mayor Elizabeth Cervantes commit to support DSWD programs. “The Department is one of the government agencies that provide care and protect  the rights of children and youth and other sectors. In fact from womb to tomb, DSWD is there to serve,” she said.

On some program implementation gaps and challenges, Naujan, Oriental Mayor Mark Marcos said that there is no perfect program but there is an effective program.   It is just a matter of perfect planning as he challenged other local executives to work in achieving the goal on poverty reduction in MIMAROPA region. ###

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The Community Volunteers’ Congress continues in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

During the CV Congress, Community Volunteers of Palawan share their most memorable experiences in Kalahi-CIDSS with their fellow volunteers through drawings.

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Emanuel Bagual, founder of MY Rights and Veronica Marcelo, a volunteer of Katala Foundation, Inc. inspired the Community Volunteers of Kalahi-CIDSS by sharing their experiences as volunteers.

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Kalahi-CIDSS Community Volunteers’ Congress in Palawan


Kalahi-CIDSS MIMAROPA welcomes Community Volunteers to the CV Congress in The Legend Hotel, Puerto Princesa City. Today, the volunteers were given a chance to get to know their fellow volunteers from other municipalities. Afterwards, Ms. Felomina Duka, the Regional Community Development Specialist presented an introduction to Community-Driven Development and the current status of Kalahi-CIDSS in the region.


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DSWD partner-beneficiaries enrolled in computer courses

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DSWD orients beneficiaries on SLP and school processes before they formally start the training course.

BOAC, Marinduque- A total of 59 beneficiaries provincewide are enrolled to Computer System Servicing  under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

“Beneficiaries are members of the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who are 18 years old and above and identified as out-of-school youth,” said Sonia de Leon, SLP provincial coordinator.

These beneficiaries will be studying on computer systems installation and configuration  for three months at Marinduque Technical and Vocational Institute, a Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) accredited school in Gasan town.

The Department has allocated Php472,000.00 for the training fee of the beneficiaries.

After completing the training course, the DSWD, local government units and other stakeholders will converge to provide local or national employment for these beneficiaries, added de Leon.

SLP is a community-based capacity-building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of its participants, is implemented using the Community-Driven Enterprise Development approach which enables participants to contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets.###

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