Archive | Uncategorized

DSWD MiMaRoPa lauds successful convergence with stakeholders on its 64th anniversary

Grateful. DSWD awards plaque for Most Supportive LGU in the Implementation of Pantawid Pamilya to Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. (L-R) Dir. Wilma D. Naviamos, Usec. Parisya H. Taradji, Mayor Eduardo Gadiano, ARDO Floreceli G. Gunio and ARDA Joel S. Mijares.

Grateful. DSWD awards plaque for Most Supportive LGU in the Implementation of Pantawid Pamilya to Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. (L-R) Dir. Wilma D. Naviamos, Usec. Parisya H. Taradji, Mayor Eduardo Gadiano, ARDO Floreceli G. Gunio and ARDA Joel S. Mijares.

Malate, Manila – The Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) MiMaRoPa recognized the contribution of its internal and external stakeholders for the successful implementation of various social protection programs during the 64th Founding Anniversary Celebration in this city, February 23, 2015.

The theme Tuloy sa Pagbangon at Pag-unlad is a nod for the Filipinos’ resiliency, optimism and determination to rise above challenges and continue the pursuit for an improved quality of life.

In her message, Parisya H. Taradji, DSWD Undersecretary for Operations and Programs said that hard-work and enthusiasm is a valuable contribution to the achievement that the Region has. “It is important that we give value to our work and realize that each one of us plays a role in the success of our programs”.

Convergence for social development

                DSWD MiMaRoPa celebrated convergence of various stakeholders that ultimately led to the fulfillment of its goals. The Most Supportive Civil Society Organization was awarded to iHelp for involvement in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. “[The] iHelp has been our partner for years now and has been involved in Family Development Sessions, lend a hand during community organizations among their other contributions,” said Vincent Obcena, Regional Program Coordinator for Pantawid Pamilya.

The media also played an instrumental role in advocating the impact of DSWD programs. “It is of high importance that the effect of our programs reach all media platforms to inspire the public and entice convergent efforts from other stakeholders,” Director Wilma D. Naviamos said quoting.

Bettering ties, increasing sustainability

The performance of the local government units across all provinces of MiMaRoPa was lauded by the Department. Naviamos amplified the value of a well-coordinated and unified objective to sustain the positive impact of programs being implemented. Thirty eight child-friendly municipalities were recognized along with the three Most Supportive LGUs, namely: San Vicente, Palawan, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro and Looc, Romblon. The Municipal Action Team of Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro was awarded for being the best in said category.

In her closing remark, Naviamos relived the disaster relief operations during Typhoon Ruby noting the significance of having a

Civil Service. The Loyalty Awardees who have been serving DSWD for decades were serenaded during the 64th Founding Anniversary.

Civil Service. The Loyalty Awardees who have been serving DSWD for decades were serenaded during the 64th Founding Anniversary.

“strategic” disaster-relief distribution hub in Batangas Port.  “Having a tactical location to serve as a pick-up point for relief goods showed a substantial improvement in delivering service during disaster operations,” said Naviamos. In the interest of strengthening convergence, Naviamos added the effect of being unified indicating the steady development in the Yolanda-hit islands of Coron, Busuanga, Linapacan, Cuyo, Magsaysay and Agutaya, through partnership with external stakeholders.

She further commended the cooperativeness of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) and the Philippine Port Authority (PPA) in working with the Department during Typhoon Ruby to address the immediacy of relief distribution.

Preceding the celebration was the inauguration of the newly built warehouse for food and non-food commodities in the field office.

The volunteers were also awarded during the celebration and the Loyalty Awardees, who have served the department for over 20 years, were serenaded by the Harmonya: String Ensembles of the University of the Philippines, Los Baños.  ###

Posted in UncategorizedComments (0)

Indigent senior citizens of Romblon receives cash assistance

ROMBLON, Romblon –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV – MiMaRoPa recently distributed  a Php1,500 cash grant to 364 indigent senior citizens as a subsidy for the last quarter of 2014.

According to Susana F. Malihan, Head, Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA), the cash assistance is allocated by the National Government and distributed by DSWD through its Social Pension Program (SocPen). The program provides cash subsidy to indigent senior citizens age 77 and above. The beneficiaries are seniors who are poor, frail and sickly, with physical disability and are not recipient of pension from GSIS, SSS, Veteran and other insurance company; and do not have a permanent source of income or support from any family members.

Socpen aims to improve the lives of indigent senior citizens and enables financial capacity to buy food, medicine and vitamins.

In a short message, Municipal Social Welfare Officer Ma. Lourdes M. Fajarda emphasized that the cash assistance from the program will not cover all their needs, she added “the national government assures that through discounts from various establishments, public transports and free medical assistance through PhilHealth, what Socpen does not cover is compensated”.

SocPen is one of the many social protection programs of DSWD that hopes to improve the well-being of indigent senior citizens.###


Posted in UncategorizedComments (0)

DSWD intensifies campaign against human trafficking

Building a better community. Attending OSYs plot their recommended projects to support the well-being of their health, education, community participation and sports during the Community Orientation on Human Trafficking in El Nido, Palawan.

Building a better community. Attending OSYs plot their recommended projects to support the well-being of their health, education, community participation and sports during the Community Orientation on Human Trafficking in El Nido, Palawan.

El Nido, Palawan – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in collaboration with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) conducted a Community Orientation on Human Trafficking to 50 out-of-school youths (OSYs), last January 29, 2015 in this municipality.

“The OSYs are prone to becoming victims of human trafficking,” said Concepcion Deymos, Youth Focal of DSWD Region IV – MiMaRoPa. The Orientation-cum-workshop was conducted to equip the audience with knowledge on RA 9208 or The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003. The Act refers to trafficking in persons as the recruitment, obtaining, hiring, providing, offering, transportation, transfer, maintaining, harboring or receipt of persons with or without the victims consent or knowledge.

As of 2014, MiMaRoPa recorded a total of four underaged individuals who were victims of trafficking in person. Most of the victims were that of illegal recruitment to work as house-help or bar entertainers.

Madaling mabiktima ang mga kabataan, lalo na ang mga out-of-school youths, (the youth are easy targets [for traffickers], especially when they are out of school)” said Nesba J. Bacuteng, Assistant Provincial Prosecutor of Palawan. “Kaya maganda na alam na nila, sa ngayon pa lang ano ba ang Human trafficking, paano ito maiiwasan, at kanino maaring magsumbong, (it is better that they learn of human trafficking at this point, how to not become a victim and know who to ask for help),” Bacuteng added.

Following the orientation was a workshop where participants were asked to list down programs or projects that will cater to the well-being of their health, education, community involvement and overall welfare as an individual. “Ang gusto po namin ay makapagpatuloy ng pag-aaral para hindi kami naka-tambay lang, (we wish to continue our studies so we don’t remain idle),” said Christian Alcantara, 24, one of the OSYs.

A hand-over of the workshop output to Mayor Gacot-Lim as part of the pledge of commitment was also conducted. Mayor Lim promised to look into the workshop output and include the recommended programs/projects for the OSYs. “I assure you that we will work on turning your proposals into reality,” she said.

Informed leaders

                Some 100 barangay captains and local social workers convened for an open forum on trafficking. “We’ve also gathered the local leaders to keep them informed of what [trafficking] is about,” said Deymos, who also added that a “more informed” officials will have a better response mechanism to trafficked victims.

The attending participants were encouraged to support the combat against trafficking. El Nido, being one of the top tourist destinations in the Palawan is prone to human trafficking. Local leaders are expected to pass an ordinance requiring business establishments to attend an orientation on Human Trafficking. “The proposed orientation will help strengthen the mechanism on reporting human trafficking cases, and solidify the existing Local Committee Against Trafficking,” said Deymos.

DSWD provides assistance to victims of human trafficking through its program called Recovery and Re-integration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP). The program was pilot-tested in the region in 2011 and has helped in the rehabilitation process of trafficked persons.

The DSWD-led orientation also covered discussions on RA 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009; RA 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006; and RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.###




Posted in UncategorizedComments (0)

I’m a 4Ps scholar

They call us the lower class, the twerps, a burden to the government. They dub us dependents, supposedly merely after government doles. They call us the poorest of the poor, the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Let me tell you people, we are less fortunate but we are not stupid. Yes, we are receiving a certain amount from the government, to alleviate our current situation, which is the program’s primary objective. But, is it really a basis for social discrimination and bullying?

I am a 4Ps scholar, one of the beneficiaries of the Expanded Students’ Grant-In-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA), to be particular about it. So, what do you think? I am giving you the freedom to say something about it. Are you one of those judgmental persons or among the rational ones?

When I first heard about the opportunity to avail myself of the ESGP-PA, I thought of my dreams becoming possible. It was as if chance had found a deserving student who desired to make a difference in her life, in her family, and in her society. Eventually, I became a lucky grantee. I consider that a significant gift that drew me closer to achieving my aspirations.

For me, tuition and other school fees, academic and extracurricular expenses, the purchase of textbooks, the lack of stipend and transportation fare ceased to be constant worries in the pursuit of a college degree. Each grantee is entitled to P30,000 per semester, and that has been making a difference.

But, the difference includes social discrimination and bullying. Some fellow students say something to this effect: “Those 4Ps scholars, they already have the scholarship, and they’re also given special treatment.” Those students who belong to well-off families look down on us when they learn that we are ESGP-PA grantees, as though we were unsightly.

The worst thing was when, in class, a professor presented his opinion on the program’s “dependency” on the government and how our expenses as grantees were being shouldered by taxpayers including himself, all because of irresponsible parenthood. His opinion just seemed so biased. It appeared that he did not realize: What could this mean, how could this affect, an ESGP-PA grantee in his class?

These have happened, not just to me, but also to my fellow 4Ps scholars. It’s like being a 4Ps scholar is a sin, that being less fortunate is a sin.

We are not the proponents of this program; we are merely the chosen recipients. I’ve come to think: What if everyone is a 4Ps beneficiary? Will their views still be the same? Will the treatment be just and fair? Why does social hierarchy matter a lot in building a community? Irrationality will never unite a country.

This is not all about irresponsible parenthood; this is reality. Poverty is present in the country. We are not building a poverty society. In fact, we strongly want to get out of that status. We strive to lift our families out of poverty and eventually give back to the economy.

I feel that I should just shut my mouth whenever they throw gibberish at us and degrade the ESGP-PA. Yet my open mind cannot fathom the fact that those words come from supposedly educated people who should know better than us. It is just a manifestation that someone can be educated but not learned.

Still, I extend my thanks to the government for providing a great opportunity for deserving students to complete tertiary-level education. I will focus on the positive goals. We’ll eradicate poverty; we don’t need irrationality. We are less fortunate, but we are not stupid.

The article is written by Rose J. Bongon, 20,  a third-year IT student at Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges. She is associate editor of The Spark (the official CSPC school–community publication). This article was published in Youngblood section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Posted in UncategorizedComments (0)

DSWD resolves COA findings on Pantawid Pamilya, maintains auditors only seeking documentation

Responding to news articles citing the findings of the 2013 Annual Audit Report of the Commission on Audit (COA) on Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that answers and clarifications to the audit observations have already been submitted to the state auditing firm.

Sec. Soliman emphasized that the auditors were merely seeking documentation of program implementation and did not indicate any suspicion of misuse or misappropriation of funds.

“We are confident that there is nothing to doubt about the Department’s integrity, especially with the funds that COA cites as unliquidated in their 2013 annual audit report. The funds went to the rightful beneficiaries,” Sec. Soliman added.

The news articles reported that out of the P10.626 billion funds transferred by the DSWD to the Land Bank of the Philippines for the payment of Pantawid Pamilya cash grants for 2013, only P10.295 billion was utilized or disbursed as of Dec. 31, 2013, leaving behind a balance of P330.347 million representing unpaid amount intended for beneficiaries in eight regions. Some P91.929 million of which were unclaimed grants of active beneficiaries in Regions IV-A, VI, IX, and CARAGA.

“The DSWD is currently working on the liquidation of the whole amount. In fact we have already liquidated94% of the 2013 funds for cash grants. Further, the Department is processing the return of cash grants intended for families/ households who were tagged by our system as delisted, with reflected status as missing, no eligible member for monitoring, or moved to areas not covered by the program,” Sec. Soliman explained.

Likewise, the news already the COA finding of 4,032 double household entries.

The Department has responded and said that 1,752 of which are unique households and were retained in the programs, while only 609 are actual duplicates and were delisted. The remaining 1,636 remaining entries are still undergoing validation.

In the database

In the COA report, the auditors claim to have found 364,036 benefeciaries not in the database entries.

After authenticating, the DSWD confirmed that 107,373 of these beneficiaires are covered under the regular CCT program and are both in the Pantawid Pamilya and the National Household Targetting System (NHTS) databases.

The other 256,663 are under the modified CCT (MCCT).

MCCT households are not under the NHTS, but are considered poor and part of the vulnerable sector. These are street dwellers and indigenouse people. The information of MCCT beneficiaires are stored in a separate database and is open for COA’s viewing.


Sec. Soliman also cited the innovations being undertaken by the Department for a more efficient program implementation.

The program has its own dedicated grievance redress mechanism that captures, validates, investigates, and responds to complaints received by the program.

Apart from the text hotline of 09189122813, grievances may be filed through Facebook page “Tanggapan ng Reklamo” and through the Twitter account @4psreklamo.

As of November 2014, the agency, through the Grievance Redress System (GRS), has already delisted a total of 52,657 households since 2009. A total of 232,747 households have been deactivated or are pending for validation from the program. These are households whose accounts have been frozen, mainly because of reports of ineligibility or double entry, while awaiting results of investigation. This is to continuously address complaints on inclusion errors and maintain a clean database of beneficiaries.

“We have also included third party monitoring by involving Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) who are serving as our watchdog as part of our ‘Bantay, Gabay, Tulay and Kaagapay’ framework of partnership with this sector,” Sec. Soliman said.

DSWD also involves the academe, non-government organizations, and the private sector as members of its National Independent Advisory Monitoring Committee (NIAMC) to help in the monitoring of the program.

Investment in the future

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households as identified by Listahanan. It utilizes the conditional cash transfer scheme where qualified households receive grants provided they comply with their co-responsibilities such as attendance of children aged 3-18 years old in school; regular health check-ups for children aged 0-5 years or pregnant member of the household, and attendance to the monthly Family Development Sessions.

To date, the program covers 4.4 million households in the 17 regions of the country.

Sec. Soliman also shared that based on the latest result of the impact evaluation, the Pantawid Pamilya is successful in encouraging school attendance, promoting preventive health check-ups and improving maternal health.

“We would like to assure the public that the amount entrusted to our Department goes directly to eligible poor households and that these investments will bear fruit in the years to come. We recognize that there are challenges in program implementation, but we wish to reiterate that these are being responded to accordingly,” Sec. Soliman concluded.###

Posted in UncategorizedComments (0)

DSWD activated ‘relief distribution hub’ in Batangas City

Over 1,600 food packs are initially housed in the DSWD MiMaRoPa Relief Distribution Hub in Batangas City. The hub will be a pick-up and delivery point for local government units who will need augmentation of relief goods.

Over 1,600 food packs are initially housed in the DSWD MiMaRoPa Relief Distribution Hub in Batangas City. The hub will be a pick-up and delivery point for local government units who will need augmentation of relief goods.

Batangas, City—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa have opened a Relief Distribution Hub yesterday in this city as a pick-up and delivery point for TY Ruby-affected municipalities in the province of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro and Romblon.

Over 1,600 relief packs are initially housed in the said warehouse in Balagtas. Similarly, 1,690 food packs were sent to the Philippine Naval base in Cavite for distribution to the island of Romblon. A total of more than 18,000 pre-positioned goods are ready to be shipped for augmentation to all local government units across the region.

“We are closely monitoring all [TY Ruby] affected areas of our region. We make sure that all needed augmentation, specially, relief goods, are in place and distributed at the soonest time possible,” said Regional Director Wilma Naviamos.

The Department is closely linked with other national agencies for a convergent response to all affected areas. The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) of the region will provide manpower to help in the distribution of goods as soon as the “no sail policy” is lifted.

Repacking of additional food packs in the DSWD MiMaRoPa warehouse in Malate is on-going as of this writing.

Over 15,000 affected families are sheltered inside evacuation centers across MiMaRoPa with no recorded casualties to date.###

Posted in UncategorizedComments (0)

Advisory on Typhoon Ruby: DSWD MiMaRoPa Quick Response Team

As of December 06, 2014, 9:00 PM

Malate, Manila — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region IV – MiMaRoPa in preparation for typhoon Ruby continuously monitors all provinces through its Quick Response Team (QRT).

Currently, there are 971 affected families housed in 50 evacuation centers in Romblon (49) and Occidental Mindoro (1) as part of the pre-emptive evacuation.

Of the 31, 496 prepositioned family food packs in various provinces and municipalities in the region, 8,766 have been repacked from the regional office in Malate, Manila. A “no sail” policy for safety and precaution was announced since yesterday. Once the policy’s been lifted, the relief goods will be delivered to areas in need of augmentation.

The QRT is in coordination with the provincial and municipal offices as typhoon Ruby closes its way to the region.  ###


Posted in UncategorizedComments (0)

Advisory on Typhoon Ruby: DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa Quick Response Team

DSWD MiMaRoPa continues repacking of relief goods in preparation for the typhoon Ruby. Over 3,000 food packs are now ready for delivery to the province of Mindoro, today December 06, 2014.

DSWD MiMaRoPa continues repacking of relief goods in preparation for the typhoon Ruby. Over 3,000 food packs are now ready for delivery to the province of Mindoro, today December 06, 2014.

As of December 06, 2014, 9:00 AM

Malate, Manila— The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region IV – MiMaRoPa has activated its Quick Response Team (QRT) in preparation for typhoon Ruby (international name Hagupit).

The region has a total of 31,496 prepositioned relief goods with a targeted 9,000 additional relief goods being repacked as of this writing. Concurrently, 3,236 relief packs are ready for hauling to the province of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro.

There are 231 families currently housed in 14 evacuation centers in Romblon and Occidental Mindoro as part of the pre-emptive evacuation. Typhoon Signal 1 is raised in the province of Marinduque , Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, while Signal 2 is raised in the province of Romblon.

The QRT is closely monitoring all provinces under the region and at arm’s length 24/7.


Posted in UncategorizedComments (0)

QRT Portal

Listahanan: Tuloy ang Pagbabago

  • IP Listahanan data
  • IP
  • MALE
  • Nutrition
  • ROOF
cssslider by v8.7

Transparency Seal

Organizational Outcomes

Reference Maps

Tweet Us use Hashtag #DSWDMIMAROPA

July 2019
« Jun    

Related Sites