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DSWD sets PWD policy forum to mark NDPR week

NDPRweek2016MALATE, Manila- In observance of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa will conduct a one day policy forum on inclusive development of Person with Disability (PWD) on July 27 in Puerto Princesa City Palawan.

“This forum aims to increase public awareness on disability issues and concerns that will strengthen the involvement of the different government and non-government organizations, civil society and PWD organizations,” said Focal Person Maricel dela Vega.

One hundred fifteen participants from the  local government units, representatives from private establishments, PWD groups, and Palawan-based inter-agencies are  invited.

This year’s celebration theme, “Karapatan ng May kapansan, Isakatuparan…Now Na!”

The 2015 Listahanan database- a mechanism of identifying who and where the poor are, reveals that there are 14,453 poor persons with disability in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan (MiMaRoPa).

From the identified number of poor, 4,023 PWDs claimed to be household heads who are mostly male.  Also, there are 3,562 poor PWDs with occupation: 1,904 PWDs are laborers and unskilled workers; 1,658 PWDs are working in short-term, casual or seasonal jobs.

Dela Vega encourages public to take active responsibility in uplifting the economic and social conditions of persons with disabilities.

Malacañan Proclamation No. 361 declares the third week of July as the NDPR week to culminate on the birthdate of sublime paralytic: Apolinario Mabini on July 23 each year. ###

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DSWD unveils profile of the poor in MiMaRoPa

One of the Listahanan PDOs, Euberto Gregorio discusses the Listahanan project cycle on how the poor are targeted.

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa launched the 2015 Listahanan Database: Regional Profile of Poor with the theme, ‘Tuloy ang Pagbabago’ in Palawan on Thursday, June 30.

The 2015 database reveals that from the 569,316 households assessed and validated regionwide, 207,863 or 36.5 percent are identified poor compared from the 242,633 or 47.2% poor in 2009 assessment. The magnitude of poor households falls by 11% according to this new database.

In Oriental Mindoro 53,323 poor households identified;  37,983  poor households in Occidental Mindoro; 13,177 poor households in Marinduque; 19,860 poor households in Romblon; and 83,520 poor households in Palawan.

“To identify the poor, Listahanan uses the Proxy Means Test or PMT, a statistical formula that estimates household income using verifiable variables indicated in the family assessment form (FAF),” said Euberto Gregorio  Project Development Officer.

The FAF is the main tool used by the Department which contains questions on demography, sectoral and household, family and individual profile.

PMT estimated household income is compared to the existing provincial threshold set by the Philippine Statistics Authority. Income falls below the poverty threshold is considered poor while household income above the threshold is tagged as not poor, Gregorio added.

“In MiMaRoPa, the top three towns with the highest number of identified poor are Balabac, Rizal in Palawan and Magsaysay town in Occidental Mindoro,” said DSWD Regional Director Wilma Naviamos.

Aside from the profile of the poor, the new database can generate also data on women, children and youth, senior citizens, person with disability, indigenous people and access to services like electricity, water source, health and education.

However, Listahanan data can only be accessed upon the execution of data sharing through a Memorandum of Agreement, Naviamos continued.

Open Forum; DSWD officials answer questions relating to the Listahanan results

DSWD officials answer questions from media during the open forum.

DSWD clarifies that Listahanan result is not the official poverty incidence.

Listahanan is a mechanism to identify who and where the poor are nationwide. It serves as the basis for beneficiary selection of government programs and services.

The regional launch was attended by representatives from government agencies, local government units, academe, civil society organizations and media.

“We hope with this updated data of poor, strengthens our partnership and the continuous data utilization towards our common vision: a society where the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged are empowered for an improved quality of life,” Naviamos concluded.###

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DSWD provides assistance to El Niño-hit areas in MiMaRoPa

Malate, Manila – As of 5:00PM, 26 April, there are 20, 704 affected farmers/fisherfolks in 57 municipalities of MiMaRoPa.

Department of Social Welfare and Development has already provided a total of Php 4,715,664.65 relief assistance to 5,600 affected families in MiMaRoPa.

Among the 20,329 affected farmers/fisherfolks, 823 are from Oriental Mindoro;  3, 941 are from Occidental Mindoro; 2,320 are from Romblon; 1,409 are from Marinduque; and 12, 980 are from Palawan.

605 out of 1,170 affected families in Cagayancillo, Palawan are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries.

For Oriental Mindoro, in which12 municipalities are affected, DSWD has already provided a total of Php28,110.00 worth of relief assistance. Majority of the crops affected are watermelon.

On the other hand, as for Occidental Mindoro, El Niño hit 10 municipalities of the province.  DSWD, in order to mitigate the impact of El Nino Phenomenon, has already provided P918, 353.40 worth of relief assistance.

Also, DSWD has already provided Php 269, 401.25 worth of relief assistance to affected families in Romblon while P3,499,800.00 has already provided to affected families in Palawan.

Municipal Local Government Unit of Dumaran, Palawan has declared the city under the state of calamity.

DSWD Quick Response Teams are exerting their preeminent effort in order to provide assistance to the affected families. In line with this, there is an on-going assessment and validation of indigenous peoples (IPs) in MiMaRoPa who are affected by El Niño. ###

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DSWD QRT Orientation


DSC_0998Malate, Manila – Quick Response Team Orientation for Department of Social Welfare and Development Officials and Staff facilitated by Concepcion P. Deymos, Social Welfare Officer.

Orientation aims to heighten awareness, preparedness, and involvement of staff during disaster particularly for El Nino Phenomenon in MiMaRoPa.


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POO Provided QRT and Election-Related Updates to Public


San Jose – Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Operations Office (POO) staff of Occidental Mindoro were invited to guest in the radio program “Para Sa Bayan” by Heart FM this morning.

POO staff provided updates and answered election-related queries about the program. Also, efforts on the on-going Quick Response Team (QRT) regarding the drought in the province were discussed.

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DSWD Monitors Impact of El Niño in MiMaRoPa

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IV- MiMaRoPa Quick Response Team (QRT) in coordination with Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management (PDRRM), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Department of Agriculture, National Irrigation Administration (NIA), and Office Civil Defence (OCD) closely monitors the extreme effects of El-Niño-induced drought which has been continually felt across MiMaRoPa, especially in Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and Romblon.

El Niño refers to the abnormal warming of the sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific (CEEP) is characterized by below normal rainfall.

The human and economic toll from drought is increasingly apparent in MiMaRoPa.

PAGASA is still observing the tropical Pacific while DSWD, DA, and NIA have joint efforts to identify the affected areas and families, especially farmers and fishermen, in MiMaRoPa.

Based on the initial report of PDDRM, Occidental Mindoro, as of 3:00 PM April 15, 2016, there are six (6) affected municipalities from the province of Occidental Mindoro which have been adversely affected by El Nino. These are municipalities of Looc, Lubang, Magsaysay, San Jose, Sta. Cruz and Sablayan.

From the said six (6) municipalities, 13 barangays are affected. However, there are barangays from the municipality of Sta. Cruz which are still needed to be identified.

Also, in Occidental Mindoro, there are 755 farmers affected by El Nino. Most of them are onion, garlic, and corn growers.

On the other hand, based on the submitted report from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist of Odiongan Romblon, a total of 1,223.35 hectares have been adversely affected in 14 municipalities of Romblon. Most of these are composed of rice fields.

Social Welfare and Development Team (SWADT) in Romblon is currently coordinating with the Local Government Unit of the province for further updates.

DSWD, in coordination with other concerned agencies, is taking its precautionary measures in order to mitigate the impacts of this phenomenon.

“We are exerting our best effort in order to expedite the release of assistance needed by MiMaRoPans who are painfully affected by El Nino,” according to DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos.
Members of DSWD QRT are continuously updating the data of number of affected barangays, families and persons in MiMaRoPa.

“We have instructed our Municipal Quick Response Teams to coordinate with the counterpart DA representatives, local agriculturists and irrigation officers of NIA, if there’s any, for urgent joint on-site assessment or validation and outright direct interventions to farmers and fisherfolks in the priority communities by DSWD,” emphasized RD Naviamos.

Relief goods and other assistance needed are being prepared for quick distribution in the affected areas. Local purchases of drinking water and mongo beans in the provinces of Occidental Mindoro and Palawan are on-going that will form part of food packs.

“DSWD shall provide actual foodpacks, mineral water and monggo beans for outright food assistance for cash for work programs and other alternative livelihood activities,” said RD Naviamos.

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Walang Poor Ever: Local associations in Magsaysay town to fight poverty

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DSWD staff and LGU officials hand over cheque amounting 1.6 million to beneficiaries   during the ceremonial awarding.

MAGSAYSAY, Occidental Mindoro– Dubbed with the theme, “We Can End Poverty.Tara Na! Walang Poor Ever”, the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustainable Livelihood Program, Local Government of Magsaysay and local associations conducted a one-day dialogue in the town’s Gymnasium.

The dialogue was participated by 27 local associations with 680 members, local officials and Civil Society Organization partners, aims to discuss poverty alleviation policies and programs and promote transparency in its implementation.

Highlight of the activity is the awarding of 1.6 million cheque funded by the government’s BuB for microenterprise projects of sectoral groups such as the Person with Disabilities, Out of School  Youth, Senior Citizens, Community Volunteers, Women’s Group , Solo Parents, Tricycle Drivers, Day Care Workers, Barangay Tanod, Barangay Nutrition Scholars and the Fisherfolk association.

Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) is an approach to the preparation of budget proposals based on the needs  of the Local Government Units identified in the  local poverty reduction action plans, with the participation of basic sector and other society organizations.

Municipal Mayor Eleonor Fajardo challenged the beneficiaries to use the livelihood assistance prudently. For motivation, she promised to give additional fund for the best performing and best managed association.

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Members of the 27 associations in Magsaysay, Oriental Mindoro witness the awarding of livelihood assistance fund.

Prior to the awarding of cheques, the Municipal Accountant gave orientation to beneficiaries on the process of bookkeeping and records management to facilitate smooth auditing of account.

Moreover, the associations planned to get accreditation from Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and secure official receipts from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

“This time, we are no longer fighting for our independence against the Spaniards but for our freedom against poverty,” said a beneficiary. ### (Mariefel Cabille, SLP-PDO)

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DSWD trains Palawan beneficiaries on food processing technology

Beneficiaries during the hands-on training of food processing tech.

Beneficiaries during the hands-on training of food processing tech.

CUYO, Palawan – In partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Local Government Unit, the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa conducted a hands-on Training on Food Processing Technology for a Nutritious Economy Menu to beneficiaries.

The three-day training was participated by 120 residents coming from the  17 barangays in the municipality.

This skill training is  part of the Department’s disaster rehabilitation effort in restoring livelihoods and helping people start rebuilding for their lives from the destruction of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

The DSWD – SLP gave livelihood assistance through starter kits including cooking kits and ingredients amounting to Php. 282,210.00.

SLP, a community-based capacity-building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of its participants, is implemented using the Community-Driven Enterprise Development approach, which enables participants to contribute to production and labor markets by looking at available resources and accessible markets.###

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