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DSWD MIMAROPA distributes EMV cash cards for 4Ps beneficiaries in Coron

Beneficiary from Brgy. Bulalacao signing in the UCT payroll in Coron, Palawan before withdrawing P3,600.00 grant in Landbank ATM through her newly-acquired cash card

Coron, Palawan – The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office MIMAROPA distributed Landbank EMV cash cards to all Pantawid beneficiaries in Coron, Palawan on October 25, 2019.

Eighty-one and two hundred sixty-eight household beneficiaries of the program from the island barangays of Brgy. Malawig and Brgy. Bulalacao, respectively, went to Brgy. Poblacion to receive their cash cards and withdraw P3,600.00 grant (P300.00 per month) from the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program, a one-time cash subsidy given to 10 million poor households including the 4Ps beneficiaries to help them cope with the effects of the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

According to Lynie Libero, a cluster parent leader from Brgy. Bulalacao, the beneficiaries travelled early in the morning by boat to receive the cash cards and withdraw the UCT grant. “Mas gusto po namin ang cash card dahil mas mapapabilis na po ang pagkuha namin ng grant sa pamamagitan nito,” she said.

This year, the Pantawid Program aims to release all Landbank cash cards to beneficiaries who do not yet have cash cards until November. This is in line with the efforts of the program to complete a more efficient delivery of payments. This strategy will provide “easier” transactions to the beneficiaries as the long queues of beneficiaries awaiting for their cash grants through off-site transactions will be cut short, according to Municipal Link Margielen Lazo of Coron.

Ang nakikita lang po naming problema dito ay yung kapag may bagyuhan na at mahirap ang pagbyahe ng mga beneficiaries natin lalo na sa mga island barangays since isa lang po ang ating Landbank ATM dito sa Coron,” she added.

According to Daniel Rio, Financial Analyst III in the regional office of Pantawid Pamilya MIMAROPA, there are continuous dialogue with the Landbank office to partner and coordinate with cooperatives, small banks, and merchants in different areas of the region with limited Lanbank ATM to allow beneficiaries to withdraw their grants through point-of-sale (POS) transactions.

As of October 2019, there are a total of 40,075 household beneficiaries who have already claimed their cash cards this year while 126, 913 household beneficiaries are yet to obtain their cash cards.#

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MIMAROPA Youth Center: A better temporary shelter for CICL

In pursuit of its mandate to deliver efficient programs and services to the vulnerable sectors that it serves, including children in conflict with the law (CICL), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office (FO) MIMAROPA has improved the MIMAROPA Youth Center (MYC).

From a one building-facility built in 2009, the MYC of the DSWD FO IVB now has an Administration Building, two separate dormitories, two stockrooms, a centralized kitchen, and a multi-purpose hall.

According to Bartolome Castillo, a house parent who has been working in MYC since it started its operation, the new improvements to the center is a welcome sight not just to the current clients but also to the staff and visitors.

Malaking tulong na may sarili nang lugar ang mga bata at hindi na nakahalo sa mga staff. May privacy ang mga bata, at makakapag-focus na rin ang mga staff sa trabaho nila,” (It is a huge advantage that the children now have a place of their own and are not sharing a single space with the staff. The children may enjoy their privacy, and the staff can now focus on their tasks), he said.

The renovation of MYC was realized through the Centers and Residential Care Facilities (CRCF) project of the Department. Through the project, Field Office MIMAROPA was given a total of P15.7 million allotment with P9.7 million for the construction and repair of infrastructure sub-projects; P3.8 million for non-infrastructure provisions such as machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, semi-expendables and other supplies and materials; and P2.1 million for salaries of additional staff and other project costs.

The blessing and Inauguration of the new facilities of the MIMAROPA Youth Center was held last July 2019.

Located in Bansud, Oriental Mindoro, MYC provides protection and rehabilitation services to CICL to prepare them for their reintegration to their families and communities. The center currently houses 27 CICL who are provided with social, homelife, educational, health promotion, spiritual, practice skills enhancement, sociocultural, and legal services.

Likewise, the center has 19 staff complement composed of social welfare assistants and officers, engineer, house parents, psychometrician, and administrative assistants who ensure the efficient and effective delivery of services to its clients.###

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DSWD MIMAROPA deploys field workers for Listahanan household assessment in the region

A Listahanan enumerator in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro conducts an interview using the Household Assessment Form.

MALATE, MANILA- The Listahanan of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already deployed enumerators in some MIMAROPA towns this month to administer the third round household assessment.

Listahanan field workers conduct a house-to-house interview as a standard operating procedure of the data collection phase using the Listahanan Household Assessment Form or HAF.

Listahanan is a government mechanism to identify who and where the poor are. It is mandated to update the database of poor households every four years. The first round of assessment was conducted in 2009 and the second round of assessment was in 2015.

“To date, household assessment has started in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan; Bulalacao, Roxas, Mansalay towns in Oriental Mindoro; and San Jose, Rizal, Magsaysay and Calintaan towns in Occidental Mindoro.  The full deployment of field workers regionwide is on November,” said Regional Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

In MIMAROPA region, the 2019 assessment targets 622,230 households. There are 186,625 target households in Oriental Mindoro; 95,120 in Occidental Mindoro; 50,611 in Marinduque; 65,436 in Romblon and 224,438 households in Palawan.

Ensuring coverage of household targets in every barangay 

DSWD Listahanan partners with the local government units through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the implementation of the 3rd round household assessment.

“To ensure household targets are saturated particularly in rural areas, barangays are enjoined to provide assistance to our field workers with community guides to locate households in remote and far-flung areas,” said Jarabejo.

The barangay shall issue a certificate of completion certifying that household assessments were successfully conducted and target households are covered.

Listahanan enumerator in Puerto Princesa City Palawan posted a sticker at the door as proof of assessment.

Listahanan assessment processes

 DSWD clarifies that based on the operation manual, the assessment is a household and not a family approached.  The household respondent should at least 18 years old and be able to provide information about the household members.

“If there is no qualified respondent or cases of vacant houses during the first visit, field workers may re-visit the households up to three times only. This process is called a callback,” added Jarabejo.

 Moreover, households that were not interviewed in the data collection phase may still have the chance to be assessed during the validation phase in the first semester of 2020.

Proof of assessment

Stickers are posted in the visible part of the housing unit as proof of assessment after the interview. It is prohibited to deface the said sticker to avoid duplicate or repetitive interviews.

“We want to stress that the stickers do not automatically guarantee households of any government programs or services, but they have to qualify or meet the criteria set for a particular social protection program,” Jarabejo concluded. ###

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San Jose, Occidental Mindoro wins big in the Regional SFP Awarding Ceremony

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA awards the Municipality of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro as the Best Local Government Unit (LGU) Implementer of Supplementary Feeding Program’s (SFP) 8th Cycle this year.

“Patuloy po sana tayong magkapit kamay para i-promote ang children’s right to good health and proper nutrition,” [May we continue to work hand-in-hand to promote children’s right to good health and proper nutrition] said Alicia M. Cajayon, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of San Jose.

Moreover, Municipality of San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro and Municipality of Sofronio Española, Palawan clinched 2nd and 3rd Best LGU Implementer award respectively.

The region also recognized Concepcion Norte CDC of Sta. Maria, Romblon as the Regional Outstanding Child Development Center, while Hacienda SNP of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro as the Regional Outstanding Supervised Neighborhood Play. Likewise, Blesilda A. Magsino of Abre de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro was awarded as the Most Outstanding Child Development Worker in the Region.

This year’s 2019 Stakeholders’ Conference and Awarding Ceremony of the Region’s Supplementary Feeding Program aims to recognize the efforts of the local government units and other stakeholders in the implementation of SFP in all the provinces of the Region.

Among the participants are Child Development Workers, Child Development Service Coordinators, Municipal Accountants, Nutrition Action Officer, Municipal and Provincial Social Development Officers, Regional Staff, Chief Local Executives, and partner agencies such as National Nutrition Council and Kabisig ng Kalahi.

Supplementary Feeding Program is the provision of food in addition to the regular meals to children currently enrolled in the Child Development Workers as part of the DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government. For the 8th cycle, the region serves 78,479 children under the feeding program.

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2019 ‘Regional Exemplary Pantawid Child’ hails from Oriental Mindoro

The regional exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children of DSWD MIMAROPA (From left: Aira Quimora from Marinduque, Francine Kieth Paglicawan from Occidental Mindoro, Jilian Vianca Perez from Oriental Mindoro, Allysa Jane Nacasi from Palawan, Audrey Nicole Teologo from Romblon)

Malate, Manila – On October 11, 2019, Jilian Vianca Perez from Baco, Oriental Mindoro emerged as the champion in the Regional Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children 2019 of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office MIMAROPA under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) at Best Western Hotel La Corona Manila, Malate, Manila.

Jilian showing her acting talent during the Search

Jilian, 13 , bested other 4 nominees from the different provinces of the region due to her characteristics and attitude that exemplify a model child who can serve as an advocate of the program. Growing up near the coastal area, where their family relies on to earn a living, she has developed her great love for nature. At her young age, she is active in different community activities which aims to protect the environment such as mangrove planting and clean and green program.  According to Jilian, she can be of help to the environment and her community by starting to do small things like segregating wastes and properly disposing of garbage.

Meanwhile, Audrey Nicole Teologo from Looc, Romblon was awarded as the 1st runner-up while Allyssa Jane Nacasi from Dumaran, Palawan won as the 2nd runner-up. Francine  Kieth Paglicawan from Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro and Aira Quimora from Baco, Marinduque was awarded as the 3rd runner-up and 4th runner-up, respectively.

All winners were awarded with plaque and cash prizes. The panel of judges for the regional search were Angeles Casabuena from Department of Education (DepEd) MIMAROPA, Criza Calabon from Department of Health (DOH) MIMAROPA, Glaize Anne Ordenes from Commission on Population (POPCOM) MIMAROPA, and Concepcion Deymos and OIC Regional Director Floreceli Gunio from DSWD MIMAROPA.

Other than awarding the model children, the event became an avenue to also recognize the Romero Family from San Agustin, Romblon, who won in the Regional Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2019 which was conducted on July this year. The Pantawid Pamilya Art Contest winners were also awarded where the Nabuslot National High School Videography Group from Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro won as champion in the Videography Category and the Third Pitch from Corcuera, Romblon won the 1st place in the Song Writing Category.

Jilian will represent the region in the National Children’s Congress on November as the program’s advocate for children’s right on health and education. #

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