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DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa conducts orientation on Foster Care

Malate, Manila – Municipal Social Welfare Officers from the different provinces of MiMaRoPa came in to attend the orientation on Foster Care Act of 2012 held last July 17, 2013. The activity was facilitated by Social Welfare Officers Ms. Priscila Contreras and Ms. Cecil Sajonia. The aim of the activity is to enhance the skills of social workers in handling foster cases.

Assistant Regional Director for Administration Mr. Joel Mijares said that with the passage of the Republic Act 10165 or the Foster Care Act of 2012, social workers will play a big part on how the said law will be effectively implemented. Being the ones at the forefront, there is a need to know the salient features of the law so as to provide the child with his/her needs.

Ms. Sandra Plata of the Protective Services Bureau, DSWD Central Office discussed the Republic Act 10165 and its implementing Rules and Regulations. As a backgrounder, the Republic Act 10165 adheres to the policy of the State to provide every child who is neglected, abused, surrendered, under sociocultural difficulties, abused, or with special needs with an alternative family that will provide love and care as well as opportunities for growth and development. It was recently signed into law last June 11, 2012.

Nonetheless, Ms. Plata also shared with the participants some known personalities who have engaged in foster care and have consequently become adoptive families.

In MiMaRoPa, there are 100 licensed foster families. To date, there are 56 children who are under the care of licensed foster parents.

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DSWD to hire project-based staff for NHTSPR enumeration

With the second round of household assessment to be conducted this September, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office MiMaRoPa is now looking for active and socially responsible staff for the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR).

“We are hiring starting today, project-based staff such as Area Coordinators, Area Supervisors Enumerators, Encoders and verifiers that will help complete the 2013 NHTSPR household enumeration,” says DSWD Regional Field Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

DSWD is in need of 49 Area Coordinators, 247 Area Supervisors, 1,233 Enumerators and 147 Encoders and Verifiers who will be assigned in the five provinces of MiMaRoPa.

“This is the second round of household enumeration based on the guidelines on regular updating of the NHTSPR Central Database every four years,” Jarabejo added.

NHTSPR is the department’s targeting mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are that started in 2009. The result from the assessment will be the basis of targeting beneficiaries for government’s social protection programs.

“They will be conducting house-to-house interviews using the departments Household Assessment Forms. Their main function is to ensure that every household in the region is covered”, said Jarabejo

Interested applicants may send their resume thru e-mail at: or personally submit their application letter at the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Team at the provincial office. Deadline for submission of applications will be on July 26, 2013.

For complete details visit the nearest Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO).###

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DSWD calls to observe PWD rights

disability_dswdAnything that hampers normal physical function is a disability. In empowering the person with disabilities (PWD), the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV- MiMaRoPa celebrates the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week anchored with the theme: “Building an Inclusive and Non-Handicapping Environment for Person with Disabilities”.

“In collaboration with the Regional Council on Disability Affairs (RCDA) we will be having series of activity that will highlight the rights of PWDs this July 17-23, 2013 in Romblon, Romblon,” says DSWD PWD Focal Person Geneliza Gabilan.

Aside from PWD orientation and consultation dialogue with partner agencies, LGUs and private sectors, the department will be initiating a One-Stop-Shop Activity which will cater fun games for children with disability; legal consultation; livelihood programs orientation and onset (manual) and on-line PWD registration.

People with disabilities are often negatively stereotyped and marginalized by the rest of society.”Though we do not receive formal complaints about PWD discrimination in the region, issues like that arises during our consultation dialogues. It’s an unreported cases”, said Gabilan.

Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos says, “PWDs are entitled to equal rights as well as access to education and employment”. Moreover, RA9442 has directed that PWDs are sanctioned with privileges’ and incentives such as 20% discount from all establishments particularly with the utilization of all services in hotels, restaurants and recreation centers like theaters and cinema houses; 20% discount for the purchase of medicines in all drugstores and; 20% for medical and dental services.

Furthermore, part of this year’s celebration is to give focus on employment and provide livelihood programs among our PWDs and households members with disabilities. “It is a challenge for us that government and private agencies should observe the newly passed bill, RA 10524,” Gabilan added.

RA No. 10524, an act expanding the positions reserved for PWD that provides 1% of all positions in all government and private agencies and offices shall be reserved for persons with disability.

In MiMaRoPa, 10,263 households have members with disability as identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) based on the 2009 household assessment. Among the identified disabilities, visual impairment has the most number of cases with 2,038 followed by speech problem with 1,218 cases. On the other hand, 1,064 PWDs were recorded to have hearing problem and 867 more having mental disability.

Generally, PWDs found in the province of Palawan according to NHTSPR database, the department’s targeting system that identifies ‘who and where the poor are’ in the country. ###

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LGU official commends DSWD programs

Cagayancillo, Palawan- The local government unit (LGU) of Cagayancillo attests that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) adheres to uplift and empower the life of the vulnerable sectors.

Vice Mayor Elect Jotham S. Tapalla says, “The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) is an effective mechanism that helps identify who the poor are in Cagayancillo. It prioritizes the poor households to avail social protection programs of the government like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program”.

Cagayancillo is a 6th class municipality and is considered one of the poor municipalities in the province of Palawan based on household income. The Vice Mayor said that the program really helps the Cagayanens where it teaches to value the importance of education and health.

Moreover, Pantawid Pamilya is well implemented in the municipality. “The increase of number of enrollees in the elementary and secondary education here only shows the positive effect of the program”, Tapalla added.

NHTSPR is an information management that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide. It has identified   601 poor households in the municipality and 478 or 79.5 percent of poor households are now served by the Pantawid Pamilya.

Pantawid Pamilya is a conditional cash transfer program of the DSWD that aims to eradicate the extreme poverty in the country by investing in health and education particularly 0-14 years old children.

DSWD ensures that the poor are targeted and included in the social protection programs. ###

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DSWD recognizes Senior Citizen Center of Sta. Maria, Romblon

Malate, Manila – The Senior Citizen Center (SCC) of Sta. Maria, Romblon received their certificate of accreditation from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV-MiMaRoPa for implementing programs and services that caters to the disadvantaged senior citizens in the community. Together with Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of Sta. Maria, Marlyn Cumba, received the recognition last June 20, 2013 during the conduct of Social Welfare and Development Forum at the regional office in Malate, Manila.

The recognition was given by the Department to the organization after an assessment of their compliance with the requirements set by the Standards Bureau. The SSC is managed by the Sta. Maria Federation of Senior Citizens Association (SAMA SECA). They conduct various activities and provide services that cater to the welfare of the elders in the said municipality such as medical assistance, social pension, mortuary assistance, organic farming seminar, and recreational activities often done during Elderly Filipino Week.

The senior citizens in the municipality appreciate the efforts made by the organization in looking after their welfare. The accreditation given to SSC of Sta. Maria, Romblon is valid for three years until May 2016.

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Pantawid Pamilya resumes payout to beneficiaries

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa resumes payout or release of cash grants to beneficiaries starting this June to all five provinces. Due to the election ban which impeded the release of public funds, it was directed to stop release of cash grants to insulate the program from politicking.

The payout made last February 2013 covers the period of the compliance of the beneficiaries from November to December 2012. Also, an advance payout covering the period of January to February was added due to the election ban. The difference from the advanced payout to the actual compliance of the beneficiaries from January to February will be deducted or added, depending on their compliance, on the payout this June.

Information about the difference from the advanced payout to actual compliance of the beneficiaries was disseminated by the municipal links through Family Development Sessions and other meetings. Also, during payout, grievance tables were set up to accommodate inquiries from people concerned.

As of June 25, DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa has disbursed a total amount of Php 140,853,000 to 91,416 household beneficiaries in five provinces accounting to 50% of the total funded amount. The payout is still on-going.

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Kalahi-CIDSS MiMaRoPa holds meeting with PLGU of Palawan and MCA-P

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – The Kalahi-CIDSS IV-MiMaRoPa recently conducted a meeting with the Provincial Local Government Unit of Palawan and the Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines (MCA-P) last June 19, 2013. The said meeting served as a venue to provide updates on the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS in the province of Palawan.

It was headed by Assistant Regional Director Annie Mendoza, together with key staff from the Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Project Management Office. MCA-P Managing Director and CEO Ms. Marivic Anonuevo was present so as to give insights on how to effectively and efficiently implement the Kalahi-CIDSS in the 11 municipalities covered in Palawan.

Also in attendance were Mayor Jaime Ortega of Aborlan and Mayor Lucena Demaala of Narra. While other local chief executives were not able to attend due to prior commitments, they sent in their representatives to take part in the said meeting.

A brief discussion was made on the project implementation updates based on the prioritized sub-projects, disbursement rates, and KC grant utilized among others. Issues on community procurement process were raised, to which MCA-P gave recommendations.

Hopefully, the meeting will give way for a more open dialogue between the LGUs and the field office and MCA-P, to ensure that project implementation will run smooth in the municipalities.

The MCA-P is also set to conduct onsite visit in the project areas of Aborlan and Narra. ###


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DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa equips Municipal Links on SWI administration

The DSWD Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa conducted a training on Social Case Management Using Social Welfare Indicators to the Municipal Links (MLs) of Pantawid Pamilya last June 3-8, 2013 in Richville Hotel, Mandaluyong City. There were 38 MLs from the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon who participated.

The training aims to equip the participants with knowledge and skills in the administration of Social Welfare Indicators (SWI). The SWI is a social case management tool that measures the level of well-being of a household through two major indicators: economic sufficiency and social adequacy. A score matrix using variables is used to determine the level of well-being.

Households are classified in three levels of well-being: survival, subsistence, and self-sufficiency. Some of the qualities of a household in the survival level are when adult members lack technical skills and unemployed. They live in an area where it is neither safe nor secure. Members of the family usually are unable to read and write, and frequently suffer illnesses but cannot avail health services. Subsistence, on the other hand, has an adult member who works in a seasonal job and has the required skills but not certified by institutions. They live in typical house made of light materials while members can read and write but are having a difficult time. They are able to manage illnesses and avail health services. Lastly, a household is considered self-sufficient when adult members have regular jobs and their house is made of durable and sturdy materials. They are able to read, write, and understand messages clearly. They are generally healthy members since they can avail health services. These are some of the qualities to be able to classify households.

The administration of SWI is essential in indicating the level of well-being of the beneficiaries. Through the results, effects of the programs and services of the Department are reflected. Proper administration of the SWI is important to get the real impact of the program to the beneficiaries.

Aside from the discussion of the social issues in the region, and social protection framework and principles, the highlight of the training was the field immersion of the participants in 30 household beneficiaries in Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. Assisted by the City Link assigned in the area, the MLs got first-hand experience in administering SWI to the beneficiaries.

The same training was conducted on the first and second batch of MLs in Palawan last May 20 – June 1, 2013.  ###

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