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DSWD, DOH, PhilHealth renew partnership to enhance basic social protection for the poor in MIMAROPA

MANILA City- The improvement of social protection programs is one of the major thrusts of the current Philippine government in order to provide genuine change and development to all Filipino citizens, most especially to the poor and the vulnerable sector.

In line with this agenda, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Health (DOH), and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) renewed their partnership to harmonize delivery of social services and to enhance the efficiency of social protection programs for poor Filipino households through the Social Protection Support Initiative (SPSI) – Convergence Project memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing yesterday in Manila.

SPSI is an umbrella collaboration of three social protection projects: Sustaining Interventions in Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) implemented by the DSWD to enhance the capacity of local social welfare and development offices (LSWDOs) to manage cases through the usage of the electronic social case management system (e-SCMS); Watching Over Mothers and Babies (WOMB) implemented by the DOH which facilitates access to and utilization of the agency’s maternal, neonatal, and child health and nutrition (MNCHN) services at the local level; and, the PHIC’s Sigurado at Garantisadong Insurance Pangkalusugan (SAGIP) which proactively registers all Filipinos in the health care system and remind their members to regularly pay their contributions to continuously avail of their health care benefits.

The convergence pilot project aims to create an interoperable or integrated e-referral system across SIPAG, WOMB and SAGIP to institutionalize cross agency data sharing and standards which will enable more improved means of ensuring that basic social protection services are received by poor and marginalized client-beneficiaries.

Under this agreement, the pilot-testing of the SPSI shall be expanded to 11 municipalities in Occidental Mindoro, namely: Abra de Ilog, Calintaan, Looc, Lubang, Magsaysay, Mamburao, Paluan, Rizal, Sablayan, San Jose, and Sta. Cruz.

In her message during the event, DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo expressed her support to deliver efficient service to the public.

“Inaasahan natin na ang SPSI ay tutulong sa ating mga social workers at development workers na mapabilis at magawang efficient ang proseso, at maihatid ang mga agarang solusyon kasama rito ang pag-refer sa mga tamang ahensya at serbisyo sa mamamayan upang agad na malaman ang mga interventions na kanilang pangangailangan (We expect that the SPSI will help our social workers and development workers to hasten and efficiently improve the process of providing immediate interventions to the public, including referral of cases to proper agencies and prompt delivery of services),” she said.

She also underscored that the proper implementation of the project is vital to help reduce the repetitive collection of data and information from client-beneficiaries.

Lastly, she acknowledged the partnership of local government units and national government agencies to bring the programs and services of the current administration closer to the public.

“Ang pagtutulungan ng bawat ahensya, kasama ang mga lokal na pamahalaan, ay kasama sa direksyong tinatahak ng bagong administrasyon upang lubos na maihatid ang tiyak at aktwal na pangangailangan ng bawat isa sa ating mga mahirap na mamamayan (The direction of the new administration is to improve the collaboration of all agencies, including local governments, to deliver the exact and actual needs of our poor citizens). ###

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DSWD sets MOA signing, turn-over of IT equipment to OccMin towns for SPSI project

MALATE, Manila- The Social Protection Support Initiative (SPSI) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA sets a ceremonial signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and turn-over of Information and Technology (IT) equipment for the towns of Occidental Mindoro on October 12, 2016 in Manila City.

SPSI is a convergence project of DSWD, Department of Health (DOH) and, Philippine Health insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). It aims to help targeted poor focusing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries attain an improved level of well-being and economic status.

IT equipment  to be given are composed of 22 android tablets, 12 printers, 12 network  routers, 21 USB flash drives  and 21 powerbanks.

Recipients of the said equipment are the 11 towns in the province of Occidental Mindoro: Abra de Ilog, Calintaan, Looc, Lubang, Magsaysay, Mamburao, Paluan, Rizal, Sablayan, San Jose and Sta. Cruz.

Meanwhile, DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, DOH Secretary, Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial and PhilHealth  OIC President  Ramon F. Aristoza, Jr will attend to grace the event.   Governor Mario Gene J. Mendiola and the  eleven local chief executives in Occidental Mindoro are also expected to be present. ###

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Our own and happy home

Carrying a child in one arm, a mother looks outside her house. She smiles as she sees a group of people approaches and says, “Magandang umaga po. Tuloy po kayo.” She lets the people take a peek of her newly-built house.

Ronalyn Ebron, 34 years old is one of the beneficiaries of the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) together with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of the municipality of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Ronalyn welcomes her visitors with a smile to their newly-built home.

Ronalyn Ebron welcomes her visitors with a smile to their newly-built home.

Ronalyn invited the DSWD staff inside her roughly decorated house. She moved to her home last January 2015.  She, together with her five children and husband, used to live in Zone 4, a sitio of Barangay Ilvita, one of the areas often affected by the typhoons and flooded since they are near the river. In 2009, the said sitio received the brunt of Typhoon Jolina that damaged and destroyed properties and houses.

The households living in Zone 4 are considered “at risk” for a long time and therefore pushed the local government to formulate plans for the transfer of the residents to a safer place. After systematic planning in 2013, the local government resorted to the CSAP initiated by the DSWD.

With the groundbreaking ceremony attended by Sec. Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman last 2014, the LGU of Sablayan started its “Pangarap na Pamayanan” project with 397 houses for the residents of “at risk” families in barangays Ilvita and Lagnas, another area also affected by typhoons and flood.

Of the total number of houses provided, 112 in Brgy. Ilvita and eight in Brgy. Lagnas are awarded to Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries like Ronalyn. As a stay-at-home mother with a delivery-man husband, Ronalyn’s family strives to do better in life. “Nagpapasalamt po kami kasi nabigyan po kami ng bahay at safe po kami dito,” utters Ronalyn. They are grateful that a sturdy house and spacious lot is provided to them and they can call it their own.  CSAP is one of the contributing factors in the Department’s goal of uplifting the well-being of the partner-beneficiaries.

Lina Basit shows her glee as she pose in front of her new and own home.

Lina Basit shows her glee as she pose in front of her new and own home.

Lina Agmat Basit, 52 years old, is also a Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiary. With tears, she says, “Nagpapasalamat po ako sa ating pamahalaan kasi nabiyayaan kami ng sarili naming bahay na hindi namin naisip na magkakaroon kami.” She recalled that she was excited when she heard they will receive a house from CSAP that she immediately moved to it when it was ready for occupancy.

Lina also stays at home while her husband is a seasonal farmer and construction worker. For others, they don’t have much but for them, what they have is more than enough to be grateful for – their own and happy home.

With convergence from the various programs of the Department as well as the willingness of the local government to provide its best care to its constituents, change in the lives of the poor people is never too far. ###





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