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Sec. Dinky Soliman spearheads groundbreaking ceremony of relocation sites in Occ. Mindoro

DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman spearheaded the groundbreaking ceremony for relocation sites in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman spearheaded the groundbreaking ceremony for relocation sites in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro – Build back better – Three words that resonated in a vast space where the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman stood to lead the groundbreaking ceremony of relocation sites for two Barangays affected by typhoon Jolina (2009) in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, January 24, 2014.
A total of 397 families will benefit from the Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP), to which two relocation sites were identified as hazard-free, environment-friendly residential lands. Sec. Soliman together with Sablayan town Mayor Eduardo B. Gadiano, Congresswoman Josephine Sato and DSWD Region IV-MiMaRoPa Director Wilma D. Naviamos spearheaded a groundbreaking ceremony in two separate relocation sites: Sitio Cigaras and Sitio Yapang.

Core Shelter Assistance
A Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP) was incepted to help relocate residents of Barangay Ilvita after its households were badly destroyed by TY Jolina in 2009. The barangay subsequently suffered widespread flooding that in turn ruined their households and livelihoods. The recurring incident compelled Mayor Gadiano to put forward a plan of relocating affected families to a disaster-free area in order to eliminate the risk of living in flood-prone regions of Bgy. Ilvita.
In 2012, a plan for construction of relocation sites for identified beneficiaries was successfully generated. The DSWD will fund the project with a 27-million grant. Fifty eight families (8 of which are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries) will each be granted with a 500 sq. /m lot in So. Yapang of Bgy. Batong Buhay. The area was a former relocation site for families that were displaced by Mt. Pinatubo volcanic eruption in 1991. Moreover, a 5 hectare lot in So. Cigaras in Bgy. Ilvita that were acquired and developed by LGU of Sablayan will be allocated to 339 families (103 are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries). A 100 sq. /m lot is intended to be provided per target beneficiaries in the said sitio.

Build back better
The Philippines is a country situated in the western Pacific basin where typhoons are generated. The country is visited by at least 21 typhoons each year that leaves families, houses and agricultural lands devastated if not completely wrecked. Reconstruction of typhoon-destroyed houses require significant amount of money that most of the poor families could not afford.
President Benigno Aquino urges all concerned government agencies to not only reconstruct disaster-wrecked houses, but to build structurally strong shelters better and more disaster-resistant. The idea was best encapsulated in the borrowed phrase from Pres. Aquino by Sec. Soliman during her speech in Sablayan that is to build back better. She emphasized the importance of not only rebuilding a house for it to stand until the next typhoon comes, but to rebuild a house for it to withstand typhoons until the rainy season ends.

The convergence strategy

The DSWD upholds its commitment to providing social protection programs to the marginalized sector of the country. Through

From left: Dir. Wilma Naviamos, Mayor Eduardo Gadiano, Sec. Dinky Soliman hands the 27M grant cheque for the construction of houses on relocation site in So. Yapang to the members of the CSAP Implementing team.

From left: Dir. Wilma Naviamos, Mayor Eduardo Gadiano, Sec. Dinky Soliman hands the 27M grant cheque for the construction of houses on relocation site in So. Yapang to the members of the CSAP Implementing team.

partnership with LGUs, National Agencies, Non-government Organizations and various associations, a more efficient project is successfully implemented. “Hindi po magiging matagumpay ang anumang proyekto kung walang pagtutulungan ng iba’t-ibang sector ng pamayanan,” stressed Sec. Soliman. “Hindi lang magsisilbing panibagong tirahan ang mga bahay na itatayo dito, kundi tatayo din kayong modelo para sa iba pa nating kababayan, ” Sec. Soliman added, referencing to the community’s unbroken chain of support and devotion to the CSAP.

On the other hand, Dir. Naviamos posed a challenge to the LGU of Sablayan before the beneficiaries saying houses should be ready for occupancy in a progression of 9 months. Mayor Gadiano lightheartedly referred to the challenge as similar to the course of pregnancy, “Ang proyekto pala ng CSAP ay parang pagbubuntis, kelangan mailabas matapos ang 9 months,” he said which solicited laughter throughout the venue. Mayor Gadiano, on a serious note, accepted the challenge and promised the beneficiaries of a disaster-free shelter before the typhoon season begins.

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Public Advisory: Dishonest solicitation for donations for victims of typhoon Yolanda

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV – MIMAROPA advises the general public to be cautious of giving donations to individuals/group of people who solicit donations for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.

Please be advised that the Department provides solicitation permit to organizations who volunteer to seek donation in behalf of people victimized by Yolanda. This is to assure that all kinds of donations given are directed to the communities and individuals that were damaged by the typhoon.

A reported incident in Thailand about two Filipinos falsely soliciting donations for the victims of the said typhoon were arrested last December. It is recommended that the public take extra precaution to discern whether a solicitation is lawful or otherwise.

DSWD urges the public to report any suspicious incident of similar nature.

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DSWD IV-MIMAROPA Assess Damage of Yolanda to Malawig in Coron, ILO to Provide Jobs

DSWD staff visits senior citizens of Barangay Malawig for payout of Social Pension.

DSWD staff visits senior citizens of Barangay Malawig for payout of Social Pension.

Coron, Palawan – the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV-MiMaRoPa along with International Labor Organizations (ILO) visited Barangay Malawig in Coron, Palawan – one of the hardest-hit barangays in the island of Coron, December 5, 2013.

Georgina Pascual, ILO’s Program Officer and Cyrus Juntilla, Field Coordinator has visited the island of Malawig twice to fully assess the extent of damage Yolanda had caused to the barangay.  ILO will implement a livelihood program to temporarily assist families who have left with no option for income.

On the other hand, Evelyn Legazpi, of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa’s Budget Unit also set foot on Malawig to distribute social pension to senior citizens of the Barangay. “Medyo marami na din sa mga senior sa Malawig ang hindi pa nakakatanggap ng pension dahil nga malayo yung area sa munisipyo, tawid-dagat pa,” said Legazpi.

Bgy. Malawig is an island-strip off the northern coast of Coron, Palawan. The island is consisted of 160 households, all of which were severely battered, if not swept away completely, by the strong wind brought by typhoon Yolanda. The 815 families who have lost their houses and been displaced are living on makeshift tents as temporary shelter.

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DSWD IV-MIMAROPA Holds Orientation of Speakers in Boac, Marinduque

Boac, Marinduque – To enhance the writing, photography and public speaking skills of Municipal Links, Provincial Links and Program Development Officers were the main objective in conducting Orientation of Speakers through the Social Marketing Unit of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa held in Boac, Marinduque, December 10, 2013.

The activity was a full-day event participated by PLs, MLs and PDOs of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Kalahi-CIDSS and Sustainable Livelihood Program. “Natutuwa kami sa line-up ng topics for workshop for today, kaya talagang umattend kami para madagdagan pa kaalaman namin sa pagsusulat at pagpipicture,”said SWAD team leader, Helen Alcoba.

The Orientation of Speakers was a lecture-cum-practical application type of workshop. Dwight Macabuhay, Regional Information Officer facilitated the discussion on Straight News and Feature Writing. “Medyo mahirap din pala magsulat, pero at least medyo maaayos na namin yung mga feedback na sinasubmit namin sa Field Office,”said Sonia de Leon of SWAD.

A basic Photography skill was also discussed by Anichie Itoh, Information Officer of Pantawid Pamilya and a workshop followed thereafter. The participants were given an hour to roam around the vicinity of the hotel and take pictures of subjects that catches their interest.

In the end, the activity was a success and most participants have one thing to say – they have learned something they thought they already knew.

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Poor households in MiMaRoPa need sanitary toilets

Some 105,502 poor households in MiMaRoPa still have no access to toilets, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) database shows.

The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR), the targeting system of ‘who and where the poor are’ of the department identified that 43 percent of poor households across the region lacks sanitary toilets.

The 2009 NHTSPR  household assessment revealed that most of these toilet-less poor households are found in the province of  Palawan with 38, 313  followed by Oriental Mindoro with 30,079, and Occidental Mindoro with 19,374. Nonetheless, Romblon have 10,608 and 7,128 households in Marinduque respectively.

DOH said that the main reason for this problem is poverty and the fact that putting up toilets is not their top priority. “We stopped giving free toilet bowls due to the increase in number of households. But we are using the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) to solve the problem with the help of the Local Government Units,” says Alejandre B. Mercado, Sanitation and Inspector of Department of Health (DOH) IV-MiMaRoPa.

CLTS is an innovative methodology for mobilising communities to completely eliminate open defecation.

Meanwhile, DSWD database tells that the rural areas in the region posted the biggest percentage share of households more likely to be openly defecating.

“The lack of sanitary toilet could lead to diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, ascaris and parasitic worms where the children are at high risk which can result to malnutrition” said Mercado.

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NHTU holds 1st Inter-agency Meeting for 2013

inter-agencyMalate, Manila- The National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) in collaboration with the Senior Citizens Sector of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV MiMaRoPa conducted its first quarter Inter-agency Meeting last April 17, 2013 at the DSWD Conference Room.

The highlight of the said meeting is the discussion on the ‘inclusion and exclusion error’ on the social protection programs particularly on the Social Pension.

NHTU Regional Field Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo shared the accomplishment of National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR) for the first quarter and provided the status of the Habagat Special Validation and the Regional Profile of Senior Citizens.

The said activity was attended by representatives from Field Offices of DTI, DOH, Philhealth, PIA, SSS and representatives from FSCAP, Provincial Government of Mindoro and Marinduque and City Government of Puerto Princesa. ###

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NHTU conducts series of training for Habagat Validation

San Jose, Occidental Mindoro- The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV-B thru the National Household Targeting Unit held series of training for field staff in preparation for the Habagat Special Validation.

The trainings aim to orient the field staff on the operational processes of determining the present condition of the identified poor and non-poor households (HH) in areas affected by Habagat as well as the economic status of HH which are not included in the NHTS-PR database but were affected by  the southwest monsoon.

Deputy Regional Project Manager Editha B. Ocampo said, “Magalak at mapalad na kayo ay bahagi sa misyong ito dahil napakahalaga ng iyong papel na gagampanan upang tukuyin kung sino at nasaan ang mahihirap na sambahayan sa ating bansa. Sa inyo nakasalalay ang magiging resulta ng proyektong ito”.

In August 2012, torrential rains brought about by the southwest monsoon, Habagat caused massive damage to properties and forced thousands families in MIMAROPA and other regions. Some of these families now have already returned to their homes or have stayed with relatives.

Habagat special validation will provide the department and other stakeholders with data on the post-disaster socio-economic conditions of the HH in the affected areas. This will also inform the department of the immediate and long-term needs of affected HH and facilitate the formulation of responsive intervention to affected HH.

The 2-day training for Area Coordinators (AC) and Area Supervisors (AS) was held at Sikatuna Beach Resort last January 31 to February 1, 2013. Training for Enumerators (EN) for Cluster 1 (Municipalities of Rizal and San Jose) and Cluster 2 (Municipality of Abra de Ilog) were simultaneously conducted from February 2-4, 2013.

There are 3 ACs and 13 ASs hired for Occidental and Oriental Mindoro.  A total of 27 ENs were hired for the municipalities of San Jose and Rizal and 36 ENs for Abra de Ilog. ###

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41 Encoders hired for Habagat Validation

Malate, Manila-Malate, Manila- In preparation for the Habagat Special Validation, the Department of Social Welfare and Development thru the National Household Targeting Unit held a one-day orientation for 41 encoders last January 28, 2013.

 Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos said, “Encoders should work with passion for an accurate and precise data entry and therefore the true beneficiaries of the project will be targeted.”

This activity aims to orient and engage the encoders on a hands-on familiarization for encoders on the system user interface, name matching and data entry procedures and also to discuss the Standard Operating Procedures in handling and archiving the Household Assessment Form and Household Need Assessment Form.

Mr. Crisostomo Valenzona III, Project Development Officer from National Project Management Office, discussed the rationale and objectives of the Habagat validation while Mr. Kim Howell Honor, National Information Technology Officer administered the process of encoding of the above mentioned forms.

Habagat Validation is a special household assessment that aims to assess the condition of the households affected by the southwest monsoon last 2012.###

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