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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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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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DSWD MIMAROPA trains staff on advanced Microsoft applications

MANILA City- In line with the Department’s goal to upgrade technical competencies of staff, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA has conducted Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability training focusing on Microsoft applications.

Spearheaded by the ICT Management Unit in coordination with the  Institutional Development Unit, the  two-day training was participated by 22 regional office-based staff last August 22-23, 2016.

“For this year, we shall conduct Excel 102 and Access 101 focused on the use of Microsoft Excel 2013 and Microsoft Access 2013. Access 101 covers the basics of using Microsoft Access while Excel 102 deals on the advanced features of the application,” said Angelito Montalbo, DSWD ICT officer.

The said training is the continuation of November 2013 ICT training dubbed as Excel 101 which covered the basics of Microsoft Excel.

This not only provide a positive impact on their skills and knowledge but most of all it will bring a renewed sense of self-confidence among the staff in handling data and statistical reports, added Montalbo.

Furthermore, the department has scheduled the two-day basic Microsoft Access training on the last week of August as part of the continuous skill enhancement of staff.

“The new Excel techniques we learned in the training makes our  job easy and effective,” said staff John Percy Pol.###

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DSWD awards 3.8M for SocPen and feeding programs in Sta. Cruz town


Sta Cruz Mayor, Marisa Red-Martinez (c) receives by hand the two cheques amounting to P3.8M from DSWD MIMAROPA.

STA. CRUZ, Marinduque- The Local Government Unit of Sta. Cruz received P3.8 million from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA  for the implementation of social protection programs in this town.

“P1.6 million was allocated for the third quarter payout of Social Pension Program (SocPen) for 1,094 beneficiaries. And P2.2 million for the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) targeting 59 Child Development Centers (CDC) or 1,254 CDC children in this municipality,” said DSWD Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos.

SocPen provides P500.00 monthly cash grant to indigent senior citizens aged 60 years old and above stipulated in the Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

“Taos puso kaming nagpapasalamat sa pondong ipinagkaloob sa amin ng DSWD. Sa pamamgitan nito, makakasiguro tayo na ang tulong at serbisyo ay tiyak na makakarating sa ating mga kababayan,” said Sta. Cruz Mayor Marisa Red-Martinez.

The SFP is one of the government programs which aims to improve and sustain the nutritional status of target children beneficiaries by providing hot or regular meals for 120 feeding days.###.

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DSWD database bares Indigenous Peoples profile in MIMAROPA

A Mangyan father carries the little son on his back.

A Mangyan father carries the little son on his back.

MALATE, Manila- According to the Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA, there are 58,528 identified poor households or 317,924 individuals belonging to the Indigenous Peoples (IP) group. It comprises 28.2 percent of the total poor households in the region.

Listahanan, a government mechanism to identify the real poor, shows that there are 5,664 IP households living in rural barangays while 52,864 households are living in urban barangays.

Most of these poor IPs are found in the provinces of Palawan with 38,463 households and in Oriental Mindoro with 10,323 households.  Moreover, there are 7,876 IP households in Occidental Mindoro and 1,862 IP households in Romblon. Though Marinduque is a non-IP province, there are four IP households identified as poor.

Listahanan assessment and validation was conducted from March to December 2015 which identifies 207,863 poor from the 569,316 total households assessed.

Demographic Profile

Listahanan database reveals that Palaw’an tribe top the list among the highest number of poor IP with 13,390 households followed by the Cuyunon tribe with 10,152 poor households.

There are 5,196 IP solo parents regionwide, 1,752 are male while 3,444 are female. Also, 2,879 are identified pregnant women during the conduct of listing.

For the IP marital status, 200,767 individuals are single, 110,630 individuals are married, 4,891 individuals are widowed and 1,204 are separated from their partners.

In terms of educational attainment, 107,444 (34%) IP individuals aged 3-year old and above are attending school while 210,480 (66%)  IP individuals are not. Moreover, records show that there are 948 IP college graduates; 18,140 individuals are high school graduates; 35,279 individuals are elementary graduates and 91,532 individuals aged 3-year old above have not completed in any grade level.

For health and sanitation, 38,429 IP households practice open defecation and 34,868 households have no access to safe water supply. These households are mostly living in far flung and isolated areas where accessibility to safe water source and sanitary toilet facility are one of the major problems.

Highest number of toiletless IP households and without access to safe water are in Panaytayan, Mansalay  and Lisay, Bongabong in Oriental Mindoro and Taburi, Rizal in Palawan.

Government Social Services

From 2009 to present, 36,263 poor IP households received social programs and services from both national and local government agencies.

Aside from the free birth, death and marriage registration, Listahanan records 27,194 IP households served by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program; 23,524 households enrolled to Philhealth; and 16,087 households are Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) program beneficiaries.

“MCCT is a conditional cash transfer program for indigenous cultural communities/ indigenous peoples or ICC-IPs that bridges the gap, and navigate the way towards the development of ICC, particularly those in geographically isolated and disadvantaged communities,” said DSWD Regional Director Wilma Naviamos.

Aside from this, there are 631 IP senior citizens aged 60 years old and above received P500.00 monthly stipends through the government Social Pension Program.

DSWD also provides quick interventions to the IPs and other marginalized and disadvantaged sectors in times of crisis. The Department consciously rally  to abide by its direction of reaching the unreached and isolated for the ‘Tunay na Malasakit sa mahihirap at Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo sa mamamayan’, Naviamos said.###

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DSWD MiMaRoPa orients staff on government procurement

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Staff during the procurement workshop.

MANILA CITY- To promote good governance, transparency, accountability, equity, efficiency, and economy in all government procurement processes, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)  MiMaRoPa conducted a one-day orientation-workshop on Republic Act 9184 known as the Government Procurement Act to staff as front liners and receivers of procurement transactions.

“The orientation-workshop aims to equip the staff of the basic knowledge about government procurement to help improve the turn-around time of all procurement transactions,” said Department Property and Supply Officer Imee Villanueva.

The orientation which was held in Bayview Hotel last July 29, Friday was attended by 62 staff both region and province-based staff  in Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.

This also complies the mandates of RA 9184 to continuously paves way for the improvement of the procurement process by enabling the staff to be aware and involved in the process.

“As a support staff, this procurement orientation helps to effectively perform my job for a quality and as scheduled delivery of  items or services,” said Listahanan staff Norman Sarmiento.

Similar orientation-workshop will be an annual activity as part of the skills enhancement of the Department.###

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DSWD releases P900k fund for salaries of staff in MiMaRoPa

MALATE, Manila- The Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa has released Php925,382.00 for the remaining salaries of project-based staff during the 2015 second round household assessment.

A total of Php147,200.00 was released for 104 staff in Occidental Mindoro; Php261,970.00 for 151 staff in Oriental Mindoro; Php39,482.00 for 38 staff in Marinduque; Php35,815.00 for 27 in Romblon; and Php440,915.00 for 176 staff in Palawan.

The 496 field staff which comprises of:  Enumerators, Area Coordinators and Supervisors, were hired during the Listahanan Validation and Finalization – a phase wherein the initial list of poor households are posted in barangays for community verification.

Listahanan is the DSWD’s tool to map out who and where the poor are nationwide. According to the 2015 results, 207,863 households or 36.5 percent are identified poor from the 569,316 households assessed and validated regionwide. ###

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