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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.

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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.###

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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.###

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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.  ###


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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.


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DSWD MiMaRoPa launches social media accounts for ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ campaign


DSWD staff answers queries from the local media during the launching of social networking sites for the 'Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago' campaign.

DSWD staff answers queries from the local media during the launching of social networking sites for the ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ campaign.

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV-MiMaRoPa launches the official social network sites of the ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ campaign to gather and share stories of positive change from the beneficiaries, workers, partners, and even the public, yesterday November 27 at Asturias Hotel.

The local media personalities from the province of Palawan attended the activity. The ‘Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago’ is an information and empowerment campaign that aims to communicate the change (pagbabago) the Department’s beneficiaries experience through its programs and services.

What we usually hear about the program are criticisms of from people who really do not know much about how it works. With this campaign, we hope to bring out the benefits of the program, as manifested by these stories of pagbabago. We want to amplify the voices of our beneficiaries, our partners, and our workers,” said DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

Anecdotes, statements, blogs, videos and photos that reflect the positive changes brought about by the various programs and services in the lives of the beneficiaries and other stakeholders can be shared and found at the Facebook page and the Twitter account @KayaKoPH.

In her message, Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos said, “Ang pamunuan ng DSWD MiMaRoPa ay patuloy na maghahatid ng tulong at suporta para sa ikabubuti ng lahat ng mga benepisyaryo. Sa pamamagitan ng mga proyekto at programa ng ating departamento, kayang-kaya natin ang pagbabago.”

Following the launching event, the Social Marketing Unit (SMU) of the region conducted the Media Orientation – to educate the attending media on programs implemented by DSWD. Selected beneficiaries presented the programs, including Pantawid Pamilya, Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Community Integrated Delivery of Social Service – National Community Driven Development Program (KALAHI-CIDSS-NCDDP), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) and Social Pension (SocPen) among others.

Beneficiaries, parent leaders and scholars from the Students Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation Program also attended the event. ###



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DSWD commends continuous rehabilitation of Coron, Palawan

Secretaries Dinky Soliman (DSWD), Mar Roxas (DILG) and Voltaire Gazmin (DND) hand certificates to recipients of 'pedicabs' for livelihood assets to two of 13 beneficiaries during the commemoration of Yolanda, in Coron, Palawan.

Secretaries Dinky Soliman (DSWD), Mar Roxas (DILG) and Voltaire Gazmin (DND) hand certificates to recipients of ‘pedicabs’ for livelihood assets to two of 13 beneficiaries during the commemoration of Yolanda, in Coron, Palawan.

Coron, Palawan – One year after Typhoon Yolanda ravaged this island, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman lauded the convergent effort made by the local government unit for sustained rehabilitation.

Sec. Soliman together with Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Governor Jose Alvarez visited Coron on November 12, to attend a short program to commemorate the first anniversary of ‘Yolanda’

Over 200 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who were victimized by TS Yolanda attended the program. “Patuloy po na magbibigay ang DSWD ng karagdagang tulong para sa tuloy-tuloy na pagbangon muli, at mabilis na pag-unlad ng mga sinalanta ng bagyong Yolanda,” Sec. Soliman was quoted saying.

Fifty-five families received livelihood capital assistance while over 150 residents each received a sack of rice as part of the ‘pabaon pack’ project. “Malaki na ang ipinagbago ng Coron, sa tulong ng iba’t-ibang ahensya, lalo na ang DSWD, naging madali ang ating, pag-ahon,” said Gov. Alvarez during his welcome message.

Junewind Sigano, 51, whose house was wiped out in the onslaught of Yolanda received a ‘pedicab’ for livelihood along with 13 beneficiaries. “Malaking tulong po ito para maipag-patuloy ko ang hanapbuhay kong maglako ng isda,” said Junewind. DSWD focuses on providing livelihood to increase economic capacity of Yolanda victims. Aside from provision of pedicabs, 47 DSWD-funded motorized bangkas will be given to further support income-generation of the victims.

A newly constructed Day Care Center, through the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program has also been turned over to Barangay Poblacion One during the program.###

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DSWD MiMaRoPa holds 6th UNA 2014

Arsenia DV Bonquin (middle) winner of the basic sector category poses with fellow nominees (L-R) Anatalia Maraliit, Deorianda Bautista, Gloria Raya, Cecilia Sario and Jose Poso, during the Ulirang Nakatatanda Awarding ceremony in Best Western Hotel Manila.

Arsenia DV Bonquin (middle) winner of the basic sector category poses with fellow nominees (L-R) Anatalia Maraliit, Deorianda Bautista, Gloria Raya, Cecilia Sario and Jose Poso, during the Ulirang Nakatatanda Awarding ceremony in Best Western Hotel Manila.

Malate, Manila – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region IV – MiMaRoPa conducted its 6th Ulirang Nakatatanda Awarding (UNA) ceremony at Best Western Hotel, yesterday.

The UNA is an award-giving body initiated by DSWD MiMaRoPa to recognize the contribution of the senior citizen sector in advancing the welfare of the Filipino community. The four distinct categories in the competition are divided into sectors namely: Basic, Professional, Government and Group sector. The Department assures that the award recognizes contribution of the elderly belonging to different sectors of the community.

In his opening remark, Joel S. Mijares, Assistant Regional Director for Administration highlights the importance of the elderly in building the nation. “Hindi nawawalan ng katangi-tanging contribution ang ating mga nakatatandang sektor, sila ang huhubog sa mga susunod na henerasyon,” Mijares was quoted saying.

Protecting the senior citizen rights and privileges

“Isang adhikain din po ng aming ahensya na isulong ang karapatan ng mga nakatatanda,” said Purificacion Arriola, Head of the Protective Services Unit. She encourages the senior citizens to assert their rights to constituted privileges for the elderly.       

Arsenia Dela Vega Bonquin, a mother of 15 from Calapan, Oriental Mindoro won the award for the Basic Sector Category. His contributions in helping build an office for the senior citizens in her community stood out as one of her accomplishments. On the other hand, a retired teacher from Romblon named Priscila Medran grabbed the win for the Professional Service Category. She was actively involved in the provision of food and medicine for the weak and sickly senior citizens in Romblon, and also pushed for building an Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) in her community.

This year’s theme “Ang Nakatatanda ay Yaman, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bayan, Pangalagaan Kanilang Kapakanan.” is a call to the Filipino community to protect the rights and privileges of the elderly. “The seniors are important foundation of the society; they share time and effort, in their own way they contribute, not only for the benefit of their fellow seniors, but the rest of their community, too,” said Mijares.

Mayor Jesus A. Valdez, of the municipality of Rizal Occidental Mindoro won the Professional services sector, while the Central Senior Citizens Sector bagged the top spot in Group category.

UNA is an annual event conducted by DSWD MiMaRoPa with the help of partner agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Education, Department of Tourism, Philippine Information Agency and the Department of Health.

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