DSWD enhances support staff skills thru training

ERMITA, MANILA– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV- MiMaRoPa conducted a three-day training for administrative staff that aims to capacitate and enhance skills to produce and deliver better and faster outputs.

“This is part of the Department intensification of capacity building for internal staff to complete the 16-hour training per year,” DSWD Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos said.

The training which was held in Best Western Hotel last May 14-16, 2014 was attended by 32 regional and Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) office-based staff.

It emphasized the importance of administrative staff and the roles that they play in the organization.

Stress management was among discussed during the training where participants were taught on how to cope with work related stress.

“Nakakatuwa na may ganitong initiative ang DSWD dahil mas nararamdaman ko ang aking halaga at narerealize din ng management ang aming effort,” Convergence staff Sonia Mañebo said.

The skills enhancement training will be an annual activity of the Department to continuously support and help staff meet the increasing demands of the projects and programs.###

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DSWD trains field staff for 2014 special validation


Participants of the three-day Area Supervisors and Enumerators training for 2014 special validation held in Sunlight Guest Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan last May 5-7, 2014.

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa conducted a three-day training of 46 newly-hired staff for a special validation of Senior Citizens and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) this month.

The training aims to enable them to articulate the importance of Listahanan and define their roles and responsibilities in the actual conduct of validation.

“Be glad and be proud that you are part of this government program that creates positive change in the lives of our poor families,” said Listahanan, Deputy Regional Project Manager Editha B. Ocampo after emphasizing the functions of field staff.

Eight Area Supervisors, and 38 enumerators from the five island provinces in MiMaRoPa participated in the activity.

The said training discussed various strategies of household interviews such as proper communication. It also highlighted the importance of work ethics and handling of difficult situations in the field to ensure complete, accurate and reliable results.

On the other hand, Regional Information Technology Officer Edwin L. Ibo discussed the details of accomplishing the Barangay Community Characteristics (BCC) Form and the modified Family Assessment Form (FAF) which is critical in identifying household income.

Highlight of the training was a field visit in Barangay San Isidro where staff conducted house-to-house interviews using the FAF as part of the simulation process.

The special validation aims to determine the poverty status of 5,397 beneficiaries of Social Pension Program and 2,107 MCCT beneficiaries in the region and will be spearheaded by the DSWD’s Listahanan- a mechanism that determine who and where the poor are.###

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DSWD MiMaRoPa to hire field staff for special validation

MALATE, MANILA- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa is now hiring eight (8) Area Supervisors and 39 Enumerators who will be assigned in the five island provinces of MiMaRoPa to complete the special validation of senior citizens this April 2014.

DSWD needs three (3) enumerators (EN) in Marinduque; five (5) EN and two (2) Area Supervisors (AS) in Occidental Mindoro; eight (8)  EN and one (1) AS in Oriental Mindoro; 18 EN and four (4) AS in Palawan and five (5) and one (1) AS in Romblon province.

“We are accepting at least college graduate, with good social communication skills and physically fit applicants,” says Listahanan Regional Field Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

Special validation aims to validate the poverty status of 5,652 Social Pension recipients, a DSWD program that provides Php500.00 monthly stipends to indigent senior citizens aged 77 years old and above.  This regionwide activity will be spearheaded thru Listahanan- the Department’s targeting mechanism of identifying ‘who and where the poor are.’

“Enumerators will be paid Php30.00 per form while Area Supervisors will earn Php19, 000.00 for one month,” Jarabejo added.

The said staff will be conducting house-to-house interviews using the Department’s Family Assessment Forms (FAF) to ensure that target social pensioners will be enlisted.

Interested applicants may send their resume thru e-mail at: fo4b@dswd.gov.ph or personally submit their application letter at the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) offices in Mindoro, Marinduque, Palawan and Romblon provinces.

For questions, call (02) 336-8106 local 303 or visit the Listahanan Facebook page, www.facebook.com/listahanan.official. ###

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DSWD distributes cash grant to ‘Yolanda-damaged’ households

BUSUANGA, PALAWAN- The Department of Social Welfare and Development ( DSWD) Region IV-MiMaRoPa in cooperation with the Local Government Unit of Busuanga began recently the distribution of Cash Assistance for rebuilding of houses damaged by super typhoon ‘Yolanda’, last April 9, 2014.

One hundred eighty six (186) households from 10 barangays were enlisted to receive a Php2,750 cash assistance to help finance the reconstruction of their damaged houses. “Malaking tulong po ito para pandagdag sa pambili ng gamit para sa pag-aayos ng bahay namin,” said Wilfredo Goroy, 40, who had been living with his in-laws while rebuilding his house.

Municipal Social Welfare Officer Divine Dulce said that there are numerous organizations who had been giving assistance through cash or kind and is thankful for the continuous support Busuanga receives from DSWD. “Natutuwa kami at naaprubahan yun cash assistance na ito dahil marami sa kanila ay hindi man lang makabili ng pako,” she added.

DSWD allocated a total of Php511,500 for cash assistance to identified beneficiaries in Busuanga. The Department will also distribute cash grant to Coron, Palawan on Thursday were over a thousand houses were wrecked by TS Yolanda.

Busuanga is one of the municipalities in Palawan that received the brunt of ‘Yolanda’ and left at least 1,580 houses completely wrecked.### (Dwight Y. Macabuhay)

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DSWD seeks support from local stakeholders for 2014 Listahanan assessment


Bulalacao local officials give inputs on how the Listahanan  assessment will come up a better and accurate result.

BULALACAO, ORIENTAL MINDORO- The Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD) Field Office IV- MiMaRoPa intensifies  its campaign  for  support from local government units and stakeholders for the Listahanan nationwide household assessment this second quarter of 2014.

In a meeting organized by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Municipal Links last March 29, 2014 at the Bulalacao Municipal Hall attended by CSOs partners and local officials, the National Household Targeting Unit has oriented participants on Listahanan and its relevance in the identification of beneficiaries of DSWD social protection programs. Highlight of the said orientation   was the role of stakeholders in the conduct of enumeration.

Issue on how to saturate all Indigenous People (IP) community was among concerns raised in the open forum. “We will provide assistance for this household assessment and make sure IP households in town will be included,” one of the  resolutions proposed by  School Principal Toto Genabe.

Prior to the meeting, Bulalacao Mayor Edna Villas said they will provide additional staff to assist DSWD enumerators on the conduct of house-to-house interviews. This is to ensure that all poor families in said municipality will be captured in the database and become potential beneficiaries of government programs.

There are four Area Supervisors and 19 Enumerators to be deployed targeting 9, 135 households in  entire Bulalacao.

In Oriental Mindoro, Listahanan targets a total of 177,459 households for enlistment. Nevertheless, DSWD asks the public to help monitor household assessment and be vigilant enough to report wrong doings of staff.

Early this March, the Department has conducted series of face-to-face orientation to some local government units in Oriental Mindoro and Romblon provinces to advocate support on this national activity.

Listahanan is the Department’s mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are that started in 2009 and has to be updated this year. ###


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‘Hands of Love’ signs MOA with DSWD’s Listahanan


Engr. Tamotsu Sakai, Hands of Love Executive Director (center) during the signing of MOA on Data Sharing last March 27, 2014 at the DSWD MiMaRoPa Regional Office, Malate, Manila.

MALATE, MANILA- The Hands of Love Philippines Foundation Incorporated entered partnership with Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV- MiMaRoPa thru Listahanan’s  Data Sharing last March 27, 2014 at the Regional Office.

Hands of Love is an international organization that provides interventions towards societal development based on the needs of the community. It operates in San Andres, Naujan Oriental Mindoro thru providing livelihood program on soap making to its recipients.

“Listahanan database will be very useful to us since we are expanding our organization in Mindanao areas,” said Engr. Tamotsu Sakai, Hands of Love Executive Director.

Recognizing the effectiveness of having a focused targeting system of who and where the poor are, Hands of Love Philippines is the 13th registered and licensed Civic Society Organization (CSO) that enters into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Data Sharing with the Department, the last part of the Listahanan cycle where database of poor households is made available and accessible to stakeholders. ###

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DSWD to start special validation of Senior Citizens


A Social Pensioner in Palawan signing at the acknowledgement form after he received the php500.00 monthly pension during the payout.

MALATE, MANILATargeting 5,652 senior citizens across five island provinces in MiMaRoPa, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa thru the Listahanan will be deploying field staff on April 2014 to conduct house-to-house interviews to determine the poverty status of Social Pension Program recipients.

Listahanan field staff is set to target 2,104 poor senior citizens of Palawan including the 241 elders in Puerto Princesa City while  1,774 in Oriental Mindoro; 800 in Occidental Mindoro; 693 poor senior citizens in Romblon and  281 poor elders in Marinduque province.

The said validation adheres to the Department’s goal of reducing inclusion error of social protection programs particularly the Social Pension, a DSWD program that provides php500.00 monthly cash grant to indigent senior citizens aged 77 years old and above. 

DSWD will be using the Family Assessment Form (FAF) which is deemed critical to identify their socio-economic status. Gathered data will be subject to Proxy Means Testing (PMT), a statistical tool that determines if the household is poor or not.

Moreover, a total of 30 Enumerators, 6 Area supervisors and 6 Encoders will be hired to administer the conduct of special validation.

At present, 13,026 poor senior citizens are enrolled in Social Pension program. There are 4,469 beneficiaries in Palawan province, 4,093 in Oriental Mindoro and 1, 642 in Occidental Mindoro. Another 1,909 pensioners in Romblon and 913 in Marinduque provinces. ###

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Listahanan-identified poor gets job from DPWH

Odiongan, Romblon– “You did not apply from a job but you are all automatically hired,” said Joelen Rutor, DPWH Provincial Officer in an orientation to 14 Trabahong Lansangan beneficiaries last March 17, 2014 at the Department of Public Works and Highways  (DPWH) Provincial Office.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and DPWH states that 20 percent of the unskilled labor requirement will be filled by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries who are identified poor by the DSWD’s targeting mechanism – Listahanan.

Trabahong Lansangan workers earn Php409.00 per day for 3 months. “They will be doing roadside maintenance, vegetation control, cleaning of canals, culverts and pothole patching,” Rutor added.

To date, 98 families  get job from DPWH in Romblon province.

The said program is a convergence effort of DSWD and DPWH to provide employment which will contribute to poverty alleviation and improve the quality of life of the poor families. ###

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