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Beneficiaries trained on mudcrab project in Busuanga


Busuanga residents construct mudcrub pens using water jugs.

BUSUANGA, Palawan- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa thru the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) conducted Skills Training on Mudcrab Fattening and Culturing Project for about 100 beneficiaries in barangays Sto. Nino, Sagrada, Quezon and Old Busuanga.

DSWD has funded Php754,000.00 under SLP Post Yolanda Recovery and Rehabilitation Program (YRRP), to give livelihood support to Super Typhoon Yolanda affected communities.

Mudcrab pens are also constructed in mangrove areas in the municipality in partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources  (BFAR).


Newly constructed mudcrab pens in Busuanga, Palawan.

SLP, 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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MissingRIZAL- Lyka R. Palmenco, 7 years old was missing since January 7, 2016. The minor was last seen at 11:15 PM outside their home.

Any information about the missing child, please contact Mrs. Almira R. Palmenco at mobile number: 09238694979 or 0999859653.

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Mindoro LGUs enter in agreement with DSWD Listahanan

MAMBURAO, Occidental Mindoro- The Local Government Units (LGUs) of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro and Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro have signed the Memorandum of Agreement on Data Sharing  with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the Listahanan.

Data Sharing is  the last phase of the Listahanan cycle which makes the data of poor households available to social protection stakeholders.

Listahanan is the government mechanism of mapping out poor families in the country who eventually became beneficiaries of government’s social protection program and services intended for the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

With this agreement, the Department will share its database of non-poor and poor families.  In the 2009 household assessment, DSWD recorded 242,633 poor households in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces.

“This partnership will help the local government units save resources in research in identifying poor families in their localities, thereby maximizing their limited resources for local social protection programs,” said Editha B. Ocampo, Deputy Regional Project Manager.

Currently, the DSWD Mimaropa is on its second round household assessment targeting more than half a million household in the region. As of this writing, 94% or 556,197 households were already assessed. Results of this assessment will be made available before the year ends. ###

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Indigent senior citizens receive monthly pension in MiMaRoPa

MALATE, Manila— About 36,502 poor senior citizens are receiving monthly cash grants in MiMaRoPa according to the DSWD Social Pension (SocPen) Program.

In the recent  SocPen regionwide Project Implementation Review (PIR)   shows that the DSWD MiMaRoPa has disbursed more than Php22.1 million to 14,749 beneficiaries for the first and second quarter of 2015. Pay-outs of cash grants to senior citizens are ongoing for the said two quarters.

Social Pension is a social protection program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that provides php500.00 monthly cash grant to indigent senior citizens aged 60 years old and above stipulated in the Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

Beneficiaries of SocPen are determined by the DSWD in coordination with the local government units, local Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) and Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP). The Department prioritizes indigent, frail, sickly or with disability, and without pension or permanent source of income senior citizens.

To date, the province of Oriental Mindoro has 11,759 social pensioners while 10,333 pensioners in Palawan. There are 5,992 pensioners in Romblon and 5,444 pensioners in Occidental Mindoro. Nonetheless Marinduque has 2,974 social pensioners. ###

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DSWD calls for ‘foster parents’

MALATE, Manila— Under  Philippine Republic Act 10165,  foster care is a planned temporary substitute parental care given to a child implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

DSWD MiMaRoPa intensifies its campaign to encourage more couples or individuals for foster parenting.  At present there are 44 licensed active foster parents in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces providing care to 40 foster children.

Foster parents provide a full-time auxiliary care to abandoned, surrendered, neglected, orphaned, waiting for adoption, victims of abuse and with special needs children.

“Applicants for foster care must be of legal age, morally upright, physically and mentally capable and emotionally mature,” said Social Welfare Officer Priscilla Contreras.  Foster parents must have genuine interest, capacity and commitment in parenting and able to provide familial atmosphere for the child as required by the Department.

Meanwhile, a foster child is entitled to a cash subsidy from the DSWD. The said child is automatically a PhilHealth beneficiary and is entitled to health insurance benefits.  The foster parent may receive also cash subsidy depending on the assessment of the social worker.

A foster parent can only have a maximum of three foster children. Foster parents can avail additional tax exemption of Php25, 000 depending on the length of foster caring.

On the other hand, social workers conduct assessment to all applicants on foster care thru a home study before issuing a license. This is to have a detailed character background and to check their suitability to act as foster parents.

DSWD issues license to protect the foster family from any liabilities.

Interested applicants may visit the nearest Provincial/City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices in their areas for complete information of foster care or they may call the DSWD regional and provincial offices listed below:

Ms. Priscilla Contreras 

1680, FT. Benitez St., Malate, Manila

(02) 336-8106 local 207

Ms. Miramelinda Lueterio

Capitol Complex, Brgy. Camilmil, Calapan City

Oriental Mindoro

(043) 286-2296

Ms. Severina Boongaling

M.H. Del Pilar, Brgy 07, San Jose

Occidental Mindoro

(043) 298-7487

Ms. Helen Alcoba

Provincial Capitol Compound, Boac


(042) 754-0015

Ms. Hazel Gaac

2nd F/ Servañez Bldg. Gen. Luna St., Liwayway

Odiongan, Romblon

(042) 567-5117

Ms. Lalaine Eustaquio

54 H. Mendoza St., Puerto Princesa City


(048) 434-1083.###


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Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program not a ‘magic pill’ – Aquino

President Benigno Aquino III slams critics of his flagship alleviation program during his last State of the Nation Address.


NOT MAGIC. President Benigno Aquino III delivers his last SONA.

MANILA, Philippines – No magic can rush the effects of his administration’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), President Benigno Aquino III said, chiding critics during his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 27.

According to him, it is normal that the effects of this anti-poverty program are not fully felt immediately.

Akala ata nila ito ay mahiwagang tableta na ‘pag ininom ng kinder ay college graduate na,” he said. (Maybe they think that this is like a magic pill that can transform a kinder student to a college graduate.)

Since 2008, during the time of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the program has been constantly under criticism for alleged mishandling. Budget was increased despite the alleged flaws in targeting or the poorest aren’t getting the benefits.

There will be a change in atmosphere, Aquino said, when the effects of Pantawid fully materialize.

“Once benefits of the program are seen, they would be the first to claim they are the ‘father’ of the program,” he said in Filipino.

Among the accomplishments he cited under the program was the first batch of high school graduates from household-beneficiaries of Pantawid. In April, more than 300,000 graduated, 8,000 of whom received honors.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman referred to these graduates as the “fruits” of the program – an investment of the nation. (READ: From Pasay to UP: A valedictorian’s dream to become engineer)

The 4Ps provides cash grants to the Philippines’ poorest citizens. A household-beneficiary with 3 children can receive P1,400 ($30) a month or up to P15,000 ($331) a year.

Bigger coverage

The coverage of the DSWD-led program, which is also known as Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), has increased throughout the years.

Launched in 2008 with only 380,000 household-beneficiaries, the program is expected to cover 4,436,732 in 2015.

Aquino said this was achieved without burdening taxpayers.

Nagawa ito nang hindi nagtataas ng buwis maliban sa Sin Tax Reform,” he emphasized. “Ibig sabihin, tinatayang isa sa bawat Iimang kabahayang Pilipino ang nakatatanggap ngayon ng ayuda kapalit ng pagpapaaral at pagpapacheck-up, nang hindi dinadagdagan ang pasanin ng ating mga kababayan.”

(We were able to do this without increasing taxes, except for the Sin Tax Reform. This means that one out of 5 Filipino households receives cash grants under Pantawid for education, health services, without adding burden to other citizens.)

Based on its latest portfolio, 20 out of the 25 provinces with highest number of beneficiaries are also the priority areas identified in the latest memorandum of Aquino’s Social Contract. (READ: Where in the PH are the Pantawid beneficiaries?)

‘Leakage’ from previous administration

According to Aquino, the leakage among Pantawid beneficiaries may have occurred in 2009 – not during his administration. It is not him who should be blamed.

The DSWD, meanwhile, has been working hard to “clean up” the roster of beneficiaries, according to Soliman. These efforts are the continuous purging of list to only cover those who satisfy their requirements and improved targeting through the National Household Targeting System.

Meanwhile, Grievance Redress System (GRS), a system that collates complaints directed at the program or beneficiaries, have delisted more than 77,000 beneficiaries who do not satisfy the conditions. (READ: Soliman: DSWD is keeping 4Ps database clean) – Rappler.com

By: Jodesz Gavilan

Repost from Rappler.com

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DSWD needs enumerators for assessment of beneficiaries

MALATE, Manila- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa is in need of 285 enumerators for the regionwide Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI) assessment.

SWDI aims to assess the level of well-being of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program families.  It also serves as the reference in the case management of these said beneficiaries – to help them gain their fighting chance against poverty.

In MiMaRoPa, there are 199,788 Pantawid Pamilya families targeted for the said baseline assessment.

“Enumerators who will be assigned in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas or GIDA will be paid Php80.00 per form while enumerators in non-GIDA will be paid Php40.00,” said Human Resource Unit.

The main task of the enumerators is to gather necessary data by interviewing families using the Department’s SWDI tool.

Applicants must have completed at least 2-years of college education, experience in household assessment or other surveys, physically fit and willing to be assigned in remote areas.

Applications may be sent via e-mail to fo4b@dswd.gov.ph  or submitted personally to the Pantawid Pamilya Office in the municipality or at the Social Welfare and Development Team office in the province.###

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DSWD to use tablets for Listahanan assessment in MiMaRoPa

MALATE, MANILA– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa through the Listahanan will use tablets to conduct household assessment in urban areas of Mindoro, Marinduque, Palawan and Romblon provinces.

A total of 360 units of mobile device are allocated for selected barangays.

The classification of urban and rural areas in the region is based from the from the Philippine Statistics Authority data.

The Department will install and use the mobile version of Family Assessment Form (FAF).  FAF contains indicators such as household composition, housing structure, and education of household members, material assets and access to basic services which is critical in identifying the socio-economic status of a family whether they are poor or not.

Moreover, DSWD targets 158,112 households in the urban barangays regionwide or 27 percent of the total target.

“Utilizing android tablets will maximize the information technology and facilitate the digitization of the family assessment. Also it lessens the cost for hiring more encoders thus it saves time for the encoding process,” said Regional Field Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

Hired enumerators will be deployed starting this month to do household interviews using these tablets.

The ongoing Listahanan assessment in rural areas where the paper version of FAFs is used, has completed 414,189 households or 70 percent from its target.

Listahanan is a mechanism of targeting poor households in the country. Identified poor are potential beneficiaries of various governments’ poverty alleviation programs. ###

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