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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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DSWD database reveals poor households in MiMaRoPa

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV- MiMaRoPa has identified 242,633 poor households in the region. Out of the 513,759 total number of households assessed, 47.1% or 1,364,844 individuals are considered poor.

NHTSPR is an information management system that identifies ‘who and where the poor are’ nationwide. This is conducted thru household assessment using the department’s Household Assessment Form (HAF). The said form contains verifiable variables which help to determine the socio-economic status such as household composition, housing structure, demographic profile, household with PWD members, access to basic necessities and Indigenous People household. .
The household assessments were completed last December 2009 covering the five provinces, two cities 71 municipalities and 1,458 barangays.

The province of Palawan has 95,952 identified poor households while 73,878 poor households in Oriental Mindoro. There are 37, 421 poor households in Occidental Mindoro and 21,230 poor households in Romblon. Nonetheless Marinduque has 14,152 poor households. Most of these poor households are found in rural areas with 83.7 % share while 16.3% reside in urban areas.

DSWD uses the Proxy Means Test (PMT), a statistical formula that approximates income to determine the poor using the socio-economic variables. The estimated household income will be compared to the poverty threshold.

As of May 2013, the Department has 167,803 households beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program out of the identified number of poor.

The data are now available to National Government Agencies, Local Government Units and other stakeholders advocating for social protection programs thru a Memorandum of Agreement on Data Sharing with the department. ###

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Youth to GIP and IOP: “Malaking tulong ito sa amin”

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV MiMaRoPa needs 7 more youth for the Government Internship Program (GIP) and Immersion Outreach Program (IOP). The DSWD targets 20 youth for this summer and 13 were already deployed in the different units of the department.

GIP and IOP are the components of the Kabataan 2000 Program that was developed with the end goal of providing opportunity for both out-of school and in-school youth of having hands-on work experience in various government agencies.

The said program aims to initiate the youth to public service and to serve as a recruitment mechanism for potential employees and to extend the possible financial assistance for the next enrollment.

“Masaya ako dahil makakakuha ako ng experience na magagamit ko sa school. Malaking tulong din ito sa aking pag-aaral lalo na sa pinansyal”, says Richard G. Duque, one of the GIP beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries of the program will be working in the Department for 22 days and will be receiving Php 300.00 per day for GIP and Php. 200.00 for IOP and will be assigned in the different units of the DSWD. The program is expected to end on the last day of May 2013.

Anjho Tan another beneficiary said, “Maliban sa natuto kami at nai-enhance pa ung aming skills ay nagkakaroon din kami ng mga bagong kakilala at kaibigan. Effective talaga itong programa ng gobyerno.

Interested youth may apply at the DSWD Regional Office and look for Ms. Concepcion Deymos, Regional Focal Person for the Youth Sector. ### SMU.

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Habagat Special Validation assess 14,917 HHs in Mindoro

The National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV- MiMaRoPa has assessed 14,917 households (HHs) in the recently finished Habagat Special Validation for the provinces of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro.
There were 6,003 HHs validated in the municipality of Abra de Ilog, another 3,349 HHs in Rizal and 1,217 HHs in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. For Oriental Mindoro, a total of 4,100 HHs were assessed in Baco and 240 HHs in Calapan City.
The said special validation was conducted from February to April 2013 which deployed 105 field staff who made house-to-house interviews using the DSWD Household Assessment Form (HAF) and Household Need Assessment Form (HNAF). The said forms contain the set of indicators deemed critical in identifying the socio –economic status of a household.
Gathered data are now subject to Proxy Means Testing (PMT), a statistical process to determine if the household is poor or not.
The Habagat Validation aims to determine the post-disaster socio-economic conditions of households who were affected by the southwest monsoon last August 2012. The results will facilitate the formulation of responsive intervention. ### Social Marketing Unit

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Search for 2013 Ulirang Nakatatanda Awards is on

At the heart of the Filipino culture lies a high regard for the elderly. It is a valued Filipino tradition to respect older persons and take care of them. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV MiMaRoPa thru the Social Citizens (SC) Sector is now open for nominations for its 5th Regional Ulirang Nakatatanda Awards.

The Ulirang Nakatatanda Awards is collaborative effort of DSWD IV MiMaRoPa, Regional Inter-Agency Committee on the Philippine Plan of Action for Senior Citizen (RIAC-PPASC) and the Regional Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the Philippines (RFSCAP) that aims to institutionalize the recognition of the capabilities of senior citizens in promoting their well-being, the disadvantaged group and communities. Specifically, it promotes the importance of senior citizens in the family and community; to give recognition to the significant contributions of individual senior citizens and senior citizen organizations in the promotion of programs for the welfare of senior citizens, other disadvantaged groups and communities; to heighten awareness of the family and community on the importance of senior citizens; and to inspire senior citizens to contribute to nation building.

The Regional Awards consists of Individual Awards where top two senior citizens for each category who have exemplified outstanding character and made significant contributions in their families and communities through public service, resource mobilization and leadership, among others. These categories are Professional, Government Service and Basic Sector.

Group Award where top two senior citizen organizations have made significant and outstanding contributions in the lives of their fellow senior citizens and communities through public service, innovative resource generation activities and positive influence in their families, community leaders and other sectors in their areas.

Any recognized senior citizens organization may submit nominations for individual and group awards in their respective provinces or cities. Previous nominees can still be nominated provided that they are not declared winner yet and must present their updated accomplishments.

All nominations should be supported with required documents and be submitted not later than June 28, 2013 to the DSWD Regional Office. Late submission will not be considered.

The Board of Judges in the Regional Level is composed of Regional Directors of CHD-DOH, DILG, DOT, DOLE, DTI, PIA, DepEd, DPWH and DSWD.

For complete details, visit the nearest Municipal/City/Provincial Social Welfare Development Office. ### SMU.

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