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DSWD serves 106 repatriated OFs from Abu Dhabi

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other member-agencies of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) provide airport assistance to 106 repatriated overseas Filipinos (OFs) from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on February 12. DSWD staff from the International Social Services Office (ISSO), and Field Offices (FOs) from the National Capital Region (NCR), CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA interviewed the distressed OFs and will further refer them to their respective FOs for their assessment and provision of social welfare services.

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DSWD, partners to lead observance of 2020 Adoption Consciousness Celebration

To celebrate the unconditional love between parents and their adopted children, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in partnership with different national government agencies (NGAs), child-placement institutions, and child-caring institutions will lead the observance of the 2020 Adoption Consciousness Celebration (ACC) on February 1 to 9.

With the theme, “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin! (Spread Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption),” the week-long celebration aims to promote legal adoption as an expression of unconditional love and support to abandoned, neglected, and surrendered children.

The theme also encourages families to undergo legal adoption in order to protect the welfare of adopted children.  The legal adoption process will also ensure the safety, security, and best interest of the adoptive children.

2020 ACC Activities

To commence the celebration, DSWD and members of the National Organizing Committee (NOC) of the 2020 ACC will hold a motorcade from Quirino Grandstand to Quezon City Memorial Circle on February 1. It will be followed by a gathering of adoptive families and a media forum at Quezon City Experience Hall with DSWD officials, representatives from the Judiciary and the Department of Justice (DOJ), and adoptive parents.

Among the topics that will be discussed during the media forum are updates on the implementation of Republic Act No. 11222 or the “Simulated Birth Rectification Act,” warnings on the birth simulation and social media pages facilitating illegal adoption, and information on pending laws related to legal adoption.

The Department, with members of the Association of Child Caring Agencies of the Philippines (ACCAP) will also open Adoption Help Desks on selected malls and churches around the country on February 8 and 9.

DSWD invites the public to join the celebration and promote the legal adoption advocacy in social media through the hashtags, “#adoptionislove” and “#legaladoption” this February. -30-

Irene B. Dumlao
OIC-Director, Social Marketing Service

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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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Mangyan-Hanonoo community of Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro benefits from cemented foot trail through DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

ACCESS TO DEVELOPMENT. Residents of Sitio Bambayan use the 1kilometer foot trail completed through DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS.

A total of 58 households from the Mangyan-Hanonoo tribe of Sitio Bambanay, Purnaga, Occidental Mindoro is now benefitting from the completion of a one-kilometer foot trail with six footbridges sub-project of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).


The foot trail, which eases the access to and from the indigenous people community, was officially handed over to the barangay local government unit of Purnaga in an Inauguration and Turn-Over ceremony held at the Barangay Covered Court September 23, Monday.

“Nung wala pa pong foot trail, ang mga guro namin ay hirap sa pag-akyat papunta sa amin. Sa mga pasyente rin po namin. Kapag halimbawa po, emergency, nahihirapan po kami kasi ang ginagawa po namin ay sinasakay sa duyan para maibaba ang pasyente,” said Maricel Fugoso, Kalahi-CIDSS volunteer and part of the Mangyan-Hanonoo tribe.

The one-kilometer foot trail was the community’s identified solution to their mobility and accessibility problem heightened during times of disasters and health emergencies. The entrance to Sitio Bambanay is separated from its neighboring sitio, Sitio Nawak, by about 2.7km mountainous terrain.

Community volunteers, members of Mangyan-Hanonoo tribe, and staff from DSWD and Magsaysay Municipal Social Work and Development Office gather for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the 1 kilometer foot trail subproject of DSWD-Kalahi- CIDSS.

Magsaysay Vice-Mayor Edgardo Eliscupidez Sr. graced the event in behalf of Mayor Cesar M. Tria, Jr. DSWD- MIMAROPA OIC-Regional Director Floreceli Gunio, meanwhile, expressed her gratitude to the community and the local government units, from provincial to barangay level, for their commitment to the successful implementation of the program.

She likewise encouraged the community to ensure sustainability of the newly turned-over foot trail and to always remember the lessons they’ve learned as volunteers.

“Huwag na huwag po kayong papayag na basta-basta masira ito. Lahat po tayo ay may naiambag dito – oras at kakayahan. Ang proseso na natutunan ay gamitin natin. Ito ang progreso na nagmumula sa tao. Ang pagtukoy ng kanilang pangangailangan at pagtukoy ng tugon ay nagmumula sa tao,” Gunio said.

Kalahi-CIDSS is the largest program in the Philippines which uses Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach in its implementation. CDD ensures that the community members are in the forefront of development process by involving them in planning, identification, implementation, monitoring, and management of the development interventions brought to poor communities. ###

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DSWD MIMAROPA starts training field workers for 2019 Listahanan household assessment

DSWD MIMAROPA OIC-Regional Director Floreceli G. Gunio inspires Listahanan field workers in Occidental Mindoro to secure a credible and accurate data.

MALATE, Manila– The Department of Social Welfare and (DSWD) MIMAROPA has completed training of Area Coordinators and Supervisors for the upcoming nationwide Listahanan 3rd Round Household Assessment. They will be assigned in Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces.

The four-day training for Coordinators was conducted on September 2-6 in Metro Manila while the four cluster trainings for Supervisors were simultaneously conducted on September 16-20, 2019 in Palawan, Occidental and Oriental Mindoro.

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 assessment was conducted in 2009 and the second assessment was in 2015.

“The 2019 household assessment targets 622,230 households regionwide. 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, said Listahanan Regional Coordinator Ernie Jarabejo.

However the households target per province may increase or decrease depending on the actual number of households assessed.

The training aims to equip Listahanan workers with new concepts, strategies and supervision skills for the actual field deployment, said Jarabejo.

On the other hand, the household assessment is expected to kick off this October and will last until December with a regional budget of P78.2 million for the data collection phase.

In MIMAROPA, 32 Area Coordinators, 165 Area Supervisors and 829 Enumerators were hired to administer house-to-house interviews in 1,460 barangays regionwide. ###

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Anchored on the principle of SIBOL (Solidarity and Innovations in Bridging Opportunities for Livelihoods), the Sustainable Livelihood Program MIMAROPA conducted the PRIME SLP (Pride and Responsibility in Implementing and Monitoring Employment and Enterprises in the Sustainable Livelihood Program), a learning and development intervention for the Project Development Officers of the region.

The program started with a refresher discussion on project implementation and monitoring followed by the outline of responsibilities for the second semester. Implementing PDOs are still set to perform the facilitation of grants for CY 2016 to 2018, monitoring of participants and projects for CY 2017-2018, and disbursement of grants for CY 2019. Meanwhile, Monitoring PDOs must perform the accomplishment of monitoring database system and monitoring of final assessment of several projects in 2017.

Regional Program Management Office specialists facilitated focus group discussions to gather the implementation and monitoring issues which hurdle the whole program implementation. Some of the issues that surfaced include the insufficient staff complement and logistical concerns.

Part of the program is another refresher discussion on technical writing. Based on the result of the learning need assessment, PDOs need intervention on written communication. Thus, the discussion focused on introducing the learners to key technical writing concepts that can help them write reports, document good practice and other knowledge products, and even aid in their general line of work.

Another major topic discussed is the Grievance Redress System of the program. Aside from the process, some of the appropriate actions to manage concerns were highlighted. Assistant Regional Director for Administration Joel Mijares reminded the implementers to be conscious and cautious during the whole program implementation.

The activity aims to provide an avenue for PDOs to further understand the concepts of project implementation and monitoring, analyze the issues and concerns, comprehend the Grievance Redress System, and apply the management of cases. ###

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Strength in Unity

Living a simple, happy life, the Romero family maintains their strong relationship amidst challenges in life

For most poverty-stricken families, getting by with their everyday struggles is their top priority. They allot most of their time to earn money so that they can put food in their table. And for some poor families, it could be difficult to maintain strong family relationships as they tend to focus on one thing: to work hard to support their financial needs, having little time to spend for their families. It is mostly hard for them to even care about others as they are busy helping theirs.

But the Romero Family from Brgy. Bachawan, San Agustin, Romblon is different. This family maintains strong relationship despite their busy schedules as the members of the family go to work or study in school. They are an inspiration to the community as they are not only responsible members of their family but also an active member of their community.

“Kilala ang pamilyang iyan sa barangay kasi kahit mahirap sila at walang kaya, maganda ang relasyon sa pamilya. Bukod pa doon, aktibo sila sa komunidad. Ang mga anak naman niya ay nag-eexcel sa school at makikita mo talagang maganda ang pagpapalaki sa kanila ng kanilang mga magulang,” said barangay captain Helen M. Moton.

The Romero family might not be financially wealthy but they are rich in positive values that is admired by other families in their community. Through working hand-in-hand, the family believes that little by little, they can overcome poverty together.

In this warm abode in San Agustin, Romblon, the Romero family started to dream of uplifting their lives to get out of poverty


Beating the Odds

Felix, and her wife Teresa, came from poor families and both were not able to finish their studies. Growing up, they have already experienced life’s hardship, hence they work harder as they created a family of their own. Felix currently serves his community as a barangay kagawad while working as a farmer and raising farm animals.  Meanwhile, Teresa helps in financing their family’s needs through selling kakanin. To help them sustain their daily needs, the family also maintains a backyard garden.

The couple was given seven children namely: John Paul, the eldest, a BS Information Technology student; Dannica Joy, the second child, a graduate of BS IT who currently works as a cashier; John Vincent, the third child, a Grade 11 student; April Joy, the fourth child, a Grade 9 student; Felix III, the fifth child, a Grade 8 student; Princess Ella May, the sixth child, a Grade 6 student; and the youngest, John Angelo, a Grade 1 student.

Raising a large family, it was hard for Felix to support them only through farming. “Mahirap ang buhay namin noon ma’am. Mabilis na lumaki ang aming pamilya,” said Teresa. “Para makadagdag pa sa panggastos sa pang-araw araw, nagkopra ang asawa ko at kumikita sya ng tatlong libo eh tatlong beses lang naman magkopra sa isang taon, ma’am,” she added. But the couple did not give up. They take their situation as a challenge for them to continue working hard. They have raised their children to be humble, kind, and God-fearing. “Pinaintindi namin sa mga bata na kahit mahirap ang buhay, patuloy pa rin dapat kaming magsikap. Na kahit mahirap ang buhay, kailangang matuto pa rin kaming tumulong sa kapwa at magpakumbaba,” said Teresa. According to Teresa, their usual conversation during dinner as they share the cooked rice from their neighbor’s leftover mixed with soy sauce and cooking oil, are their dreams and the actions that they need to take together to pursue these dreams.

As their children grew up, they have come to understand their situation. Hence, they are studying hard to help their family in getting out of poverty and to repay the hardships of their parents. “May mga panahon po dati na ang pagkain naming ay lugaw sa umaga, kanin sa hapon, at lugaw ulit sa gabi. Okay lang po sa amin yun dahil naiintindihan naman po namin ang hirap ng buhay namin. Kaya kahit kami ay nagpupursigi rin para balang araw ay makatulong kina mama at papa,” shared April Joy. The children believe that education can help them in having successful a life in the future.

The children grew up to become more understanding of their situation which helped them to become empathic, responsible, and kind-hearted

“Ang magkakapatid na ‘yan ay talagang magagaling sa school.  Lahat sila ay laging kasama sa honor roll at inilalaban din naming sa mga pa-contest sa school,” attested Remegio F. Rollon Jr., who became the school adviser of the four children at Esteban Madrona Elementary School. John Paul and Dannica Joy were honor students in elementary and high school. April Joy, John Vincent, and Felix III also excel in school and all are consistent honor students. All of them are members of their school’s Supreme Student Government (SSG) and are active in different school activities. Meanwhile, Princess Ella ranked first in her class and has recently passed the Special Science Class (SSC) admission examination. The youngest, John Angelo, has also been receiving certificates of recognition for doing good in class.

For the children, their plight and seeing their parents strive to support their educational endeavors inspires them to go beyond what is expected of them. And with their children’s drive to excel in their classes, the couple was inspired to continue working hard to support them and their aspirations.

The Romero family rejoiced when Dannica Joy graduated in college. “Noong nakagraduate siya, sobrang tuwa namin kasi kahit papaano ay may nakuha na kaming accomplishment sa pagpapatapos ng isa sa pito naming anak,” said Teresa. Dannica’s diploma served as a stepping stone for the family in chasing their dreams. “Mas nainspire po ako noon na makapagtapos din balang araw kagaya ni ate,” said April Joy.


Being served and serving

Never did the Romero family expect that there will be someone to provide assistance to their family after becoming a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary in 2010. Teresa attested to the contribution of the program in buffering for the children’s needs as the program monitored their three children.

“Dahil malaki ang aming pamilya, sa totoo lamang po ay hirap na hirap kami. Sa pagdating ng 4Ps, kahit papaano ay naibsan ang aming kahirapan lalong lalo na sa pagtustos sa mga pangangailangan sa eskwela ng aming mga anak,” said Felix.

The program has not only helped their family financially, but it also opened a lot of opportunities for them. “Pagkatapos po naming mag-asikaso ng 4Ps, pinili ako ng mga kasama ko bilang parent leader ng aming grupo,” said Teresa. According to Eva Mercurio, a fellow Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary, Teresa was chosen to be their parent leader because they know that she is responsible. Even before becoming a Pantawid beneficiary, Teresa has been a member of different school’s Parent Teacher Association.

Teresa said that after being assigned as the parent leader, her confidence has increased. It has also helped her in discovering her leadership skills. “Sa FDS, lubos kong naliwanagan ang tamang pag-didisiplina sa mga bata kung saan naroroon pa rin ang respeto sa kanila kahit sila ay bata. Nagustuhan ko rin ma’am ang mga sessions patungkol sa mga usaping mag-asawa kung saan mas naunawaan ko ang aking asawa at mas tumibay pa ang aming relasyong mag-asawa,” she shared.

Because of the program, the family became aware to the different social services of the government and has gained access in them. Their second child, Dannica Joy, had become a scholar of the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA), which has greatly helped her in finishing her studies. According to Dannica Joy, she became more determined to graduate that time because she knew that she was receiving help from the program. “Malaking tulong po para sa aming pamilya ang scholarship na ito dahil nakabawas lalo sa gastusin ng aming pamilya at mas nasiguro nito na makakagraduate po ako kahit kami ay mahirap lang,” she said.

Teresa has also become a participant of the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) through its hog-raising livelihood program. “Sunud-sunod po talaga ang blessings sa amin at oportunidad noong dumating ang Pantawid kaya sinasabi ko po sa mga anak ko na i-grab lang nila ang oportunidad na mayroon silang benepisyong nakukuha kaya pagsikapan nila para maipakita namin na may pakinabang yung benpisyo na binibigay sa amin at hindi masasayang,” Teresa said.

In 2016, the bamboo footbridge initiative of Felix connecting Sitio Iso and Sitio Atnaga, has been adopted by DSWD Kalahi CIDSS to be one of their projects and have it cemented. Through this initiative, the family has been well-known to the community for their volunteerism and empathic

Grateful of the different opportunities given to them, the family found more blessings to share with their community. It has also ignited their passion to serve and help other people in need. The family became an active member of their community and they became known for their passion to help others.

“Kilala ang pamilyang iyan na matulungin talaga. Kahit wala na sila, nagdodonate pa rin sila sa aming church at tumutulong kapag may mga activities kami,” shared Josephine Marimla, their church pastor.

In 2013, Felix wanted to serve their communities more so he run for barangay councilor and won. Since then, he became determined to help his community and serve them with all of his abilities. “Sa aming barangay, talagang hinahangaan ang pamilyang iyan. Lalo silang nirespeto noong maisip ni Kagawad Felix na gumawa ng isang footbridge sa Sitio Iso at Agnaga,” shared Paquito Gallos, his fellow kagawad. It was Felix who initiated to build a footbridge to connect Sitio Iso to Sitio Agnaga. “Dati rati po kasi tumatawid sila sa isa lamang nabubulok na kahoy habang pasan pasan ang kanilang mga kopra. Napakadelikado ng kahoy na ito lalo na sa mga estudyante,” narrated Felix. Because of this, he encouraged the community members in both sitios to join together to create a footbridge made of bamboo. Felix’s family provided food for the volunteers until the construction of the bridge has finished.

Three years after, Felix found out about the plan of DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS in adopting a community initiative in their area. Felix had decided to advocate their footbridge project initiative to KALAHI to develop it better. Because of his perseverance, his initiative was chosen by the program and in 2016, their bamboo footbridge was cemented.  “Dahil sa footbridge po na iyan, mas nakilala ang pamilya nila. Kung hindi dahil sa tulung-tulong na ginawa nila, hindi magkakaroon ng magandang daanan ang mga nakatira po doon,” said Aida Galanida, a fellow Pantawid beneficiary who testified how that the footbridge initiative has been a great help to their community.


Keeping the family close

Despite being active in their school and community, the Romero family remains intact. “Minsan tinatanong din po sa amin kung anong

The family works together in doing household chores and the children have their own schedules of doing their chores

sikreto at bakit mababait at responsable ang aming mga anak at malapit kami sa isa’t isa,” said Teresa. According to her, there is no secret because it only takes a quality family time and an open communication to keep the family relationship stronger. “Madalas po kaming nagkakantahan sa bahay ng aming nanay sa baba kapag kumpleto po kami. Sinisiguro rin po naming sabay-sabay kaming kumakain ng hapunan at nagsisimba kada-Linggo,” she added.

Teresa said that the family will always find time to communicate with each other even though they have their separate matters to attend to. April Joy said that they feel connected with their family even by doing their household chores together. “Since hindi naman po kami nakakalabas talaga, nagkakausap na lang din po kami habang nagpapakain ng manok, baboy, o kaya po ay nagluluto. Masaya na po kami sa ganoon,” she explained. “Minsan nagsasabi po kami sa mga nagkakagusto po sa amin o kaya ay yung nagugustuhan namin sa school,” added John Vincent. The children are open about everything with their parents because they have built trust with them. According to Felix, they always encourage their children to speak up to them and he and Teresa are the one to initiate on asking them about personal things. And even though he is busy serving the community as a kagawad, he always makes sure to go home and spend time to his family because he wants them closer to him.

“Pag-uwi po ni tatay, kahit busy sya at gabi na nakakauwi, sinisiguro nyang kausapin pa rin kami at kumustahin bago matulog since magkakasama naman po kami,” said April Joy. “Si nanay naman po, kahit minsan ay gabi na rin sya nakakauwi dahil sa mga inaasikaso sa 4Ps, sa umaga naman po bago kami umalis ay paghahandaan nya kami ng pagkain at sasabayan din,” she added.

Meanwhile, according to Teresa, the children spend most of the time at home rather than going out with their friends. “Ang mga anak ko po talaga ay sa bahay lang lagi. Tinutulungan kami sa bahay kapag walang pasok at nag-aaral lang po talaga,” she said. “Hindi po mabarkada ang mga anak nila. Hindi sila yung kagaya ng ibang kabataan na laging nasa labas o nakatambay kung saan,” claimed Brgy. Captain Helen. The children said that they prefer being at home than going out with friends because they enjoy being with their siblings.

“Madalas napunta po kami kina lola para manood ng TV o kaya ay doon po kami mag-stay dahil malapit lang naman po ang bahay nila,” said John Vincent. “Yun na po ang libanagan naming magkakapatid,” he added.

According to Felix, they realized that beyond financial support, their children also need their emotional support and affection. Through this, the children can feel more connected with them and they can be comfortable of sharing their problems with them.

Because of their strong relationship, Teresa said that it became easier for them to face all the challenges that life has to offer. “Dahil po open kami sa pamilya, mas naiintinidhan ng mga anak namin na kailangan nilang magsipagtapos sa pag-aaral at pagbutihin pa ang pag-aaral para makatulong sa aming mag-asawa,” she shared. “Nagsisikap po kaming magkakapatid kasi po alam naming mahirap lang kami at  kailangan naming pagbutihan pa para po makaraos kami sa kahirapan kahit papaaano,” said April Joy.


Striving and thriving

“Matagal pa po siguro ma’am ang pagkamit po sa pangarap namin. Pero hangga’t sama-sama po kami, alam naming makakayanan naming umahon sa kahirapan,” said Teresa. “Ang pamilya namin ay patuloy pa rin sa pagharap sa hirap ng buhay. Kami ay responsible hindi lamang sa pamilya kundi pati na rin sa komunidad. Tuloy lang ang pagsuporta sa anak at pagtulong sa kapwa,” Teresa added.

Through spending time together and constant communication, the Romero family maintains strong family relationship

The Romero family is a story of inspiration and hope illustrating how a family of perseverance and determination could pursue their dreams despite the disadvantage of poverty. The family has demonstrated positive family relations, discipline, unity, and sacrifice as a drive to triumph over the challenges hurled at them. ###



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DSWD MIMAROPA to start releasing 4Ps cash grant on September for OTC payout

The 4Ps beneficiaries of MIMAROPA who do not have cash cards will start receiving cash grant on September through OTC payout

Malate, Manila –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office MIMAROPA through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program announced that the over-the counter (OTC) payout for partner-beneficiaries in MIMAROPA Region will start on September 4 to September 27, 2019.

4Ps beneficiaries who do not yet have Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) cash cards or First Consolidated Bank (FCB) Pitakards or those beneficiaries receiving their grants through partner conduits of LBP will receive cash grants covering the months of December 2018 to May 2019.

Household beneficiaries who have complied to all of the conditionalities of the program on education and nutrition and health will receive P500.00 health grant and P600.00 rice subsidy per household, and educational grant of P300 and P500 for elementary and senior high school students monitored by the program, respectively. A maximum of three children per household is qualified to receive the grant.

Since March this year, the payout has been delayed due to the ending of contract of the partner conduits of LBP who will help in releasing the financial assistance for those areas with limited LBP branches.

A total of P1,468,325,100.00 will be released to cover six months of cash grants for the 168,526 number of households in the region.

The 4Ps beneficiaries can directly contact their Municipal/City Links for the exact schedule of payouts in their area.

Meanwhile the payout for beneficiaries with cash cards have recently received their cash grant last month in August.

The Pantawid Pamilya continuously coordinates with the LBP in order to ensure that problems leading to delay of payout will be resolved at once. ###

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