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DSWD awards 3.8M for SocPen and feeding programs in Sta. Cruz town


Sta Cruz Mayor, Marisa Red-Martinez (c) receives by hand the two cheques amounting to P3.8M from DSWD MIMAROPA.

STA. CRUZ, Marinduque- The Local Government Unit of Sta. Cruz received P3.8 million from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA  for the implementation of social protection programs in this town.

“P1.6 million was allocated for the third quarter payout of Social Pension Program (SocPen) for 1,094 beneficiaries. And P2.2 million for the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) targeting 59 Child Development Centers (CDC) or 1,254 CDC children in this municipality,” said DSWD Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos.

SocPen provides P500.00 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.

“Taos puso kaming nagpapasalamat sa pondong ipinagkaloob sa amin ng DSWD. Sa pamamgitan nito, makakasiguro tayo na ang tulong at serbisyo ay tiyak na makakarating sa ating mga kababayan,” said Sta. Cruz Mayor Marisa Red-Martinez.

The SFP is one of the government programs which aims to improve and sustain the nutritional status of target children beneficiaries by providing hot or regular meals for 120 feeding days.###.

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Sisters’ Keeper: Senior Citizen worthy of Marble Monument


‘My Sister’s Keeper’ is a story of a girl who was conceived to be a savior of her sister, who is suffering acute leukemia, by donating compatible organs, blood, and tissue at her own risks.

In Capaclan Romblon Romblon, there is a heroine comparable to Sister’s Keeper. However, unlike in the movie, she preserves her promise to keep her sisters alive.

As sturdy and pure as a marble, Luisa Maduro Tome serves as the strong foundation and savior of the two elderly— Lourdes Lachica, 83, and Celedonia Mojar Tome, 84 —  who live alone near her home in Brgy. Capaclan, Romblon Romblon .  Even they are not related by blood, she considers them as her true family.

Luisa is their sisters’ keeper.

It may not be organs, blood, and tissue that she has donated, but it is her own life and soul that she has offered and dedicated to Lourdes and Celedonia.

What makes her extraordinary keeper? She is also a senior citizen, with nothing but dignity and purest heart.

Life as thin as stick

Luisa, 77, a widow for 10 years, without children, is a true image of a loving and dedicated sister with a heart like Mother Teresa.  She is altruistic, always others-oriented.

Luisa, Lourdes, and Celedonia are all Social Pension beneficiaries since 2015.

The government’s Social Pension Program (Social Pension) implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development provides a monthly stipend  of P500.00 to indigent senior citizens as mandated by Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 Hardships in life.

According to Luisa, life before Social Pension Program is full of hardships and challenges especially that no one is taking care and supporting her.

“Sobrang hirap po talaga ng buhay ko bago yaan (Social Pension Program). Kasi balo na ako ng 10 taon. Tapos wala rin akong anak. Wala ring mga kapatid na tumutulong sa akin. Ako lang lahat, ako lang bumubuhay at nag-aalaga sa sarili ko. Kahit may sakit ako, ako lang,” narrated Luisa while she tries to pose her sincerest smile behind all pains she had experienced.

She has been pierced with irony of life. Even Romblon is known for Marble, she lives in a Nipa Hut made of light materials, with weak foundation, with no electricity and with no direct source of water. Every time there is typhoon, her heart is covered with fear because of danger posed by strong winds and heavy rainfall.

“Dyaan lang po ako nakatira. Mabilis pong magiba yan. Mag-isa lang po ako kaya nakakatakot talaga kapag bumabagyo.”


Luisa doesn’t have a regular source of income. She used to be a ‘walis tingting’ or broomstick vendor.  However, due to her old age, she had difficulty producing broomsticks and peddling it in town.

“Walis tingting lang po ang pinagkakaabalahan ko dati. Kaunti lang po ang kita… Pero hindi na po halos ngayon kasi mahirap na pong maglako sa bayan,” recounted Luisa.
Luisa remains selfless and generous even she had nothing for herself.  She is more concern for the well-being of Lourdes and Celedonia whom she treated as her true sisters.  She always prays for God’s guidance and for her survival — not for her own sake, but for the sake of her sisters so she can continue to take care of them.

Sisters’ Keeper: Sisterhood bonded by heart and soul

“Kahit matanda na po ako. Ako po talaga ang nag-aalaga sa kanila. Wala rin po sa kanilang tumutulong. Kaya gusto ko na lagi akong malakas at hindi magkasakit para mabantayan ko sila,” narrated Luisa as she presses the shoulder of her sisters, showing her unwavering love and support.

Just like Luisa, Lourdes and Celedonia have no one and nothing for themselves. They are also frail and sickly. Lourdes is deaf, mute, and can’t stand on her own while Celedonia has eye problem and has ear impairment.

Luisa, even as senior citizen herself, served as their light and foundation.

“Ako ang tumutulong sa kanila. Kapag may sakit sila, ako ang tumatakbo ng hospital pagkuha ng gamut. Iniigiban ko rin sila ng tubig. Sinasakay ko rin sila sa traysikul kapag pupunta sila sa bayan,” humbly narrated by Luisa.

She is their sisters’ keeper.

She make sure their daily needs are met; she accompanies them in town; she fetches pails of water for them; she takes care of them and buys their medicine every time they are sick.  She does everything to keep her sisters alive.

Social Pension: A program for senior citizens which is sturdy as a marble

Despite all the trials she had encountered in her life, she stays resilient and optimist. She always has a reason to smile and always pray hard for God’s guidance.

Her life becomes even brighter when she became Social Pension Beneficiary last 2015. Luisa is thankful for the regular remittance she receives from DSWD saying that it is a vast help for her to meet her daily needs. She also uses the money to buy her medicines and for the repair of her house.

“Malaking tulong po talaga ang P500.00. Nakabili po ako ng pagkain, ng isda, ng gamut, ng bigas. Nakapagpa-repair din po ako ng bahay. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyo at sa Ginoo.”

The priority beneficiaries of the Social Pension are senior citizens who are frail, sickly and disabled, without a regular source of income and/or support from any member of the family, and not receiving other pension benefits from government and private agencies.

As of 2015, there are 7, 575 Social Pension beneficiaries in Romblon province.

Being altruistic, she also helped Lourdes and Celedonia to be Social Pension beneficiaries. She assisted them in processing their requirements and documents. Until now, she serves as their guide in life. Every time there is pay-out in town, she escorts and accompanies them.

“ Tuwing kukuha po ng pera sa bayan. Ako po ang umaalalay sa kanila. Sinasakay ko po sila sa traysikul bilang hindi na nga po sila makalakad ng ayos,” recalled Luisa.

Worthy of monument made of marble, Luisa generously shares her blessings. Her P500.00 per month is not only for her but for the three of them.  Her sisters are more important than her life. She prays that God will extend her life so she can continuously serve Lourdes and Celedonia.

“Sabi ko nga, sana hindi na muna ako kunin ng Ginoo (Panginoon). Dahil iniisip koi tong’ dalawa. Ako lang ang nag-aalaga sa kanila,” said Luisa while she is trying to hold her tears.




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DSWD releases cash grants to senior citizens for 3rd, 4th quarter of 2015

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A social pensioner signs in the acknowledgment form during the payout. Photo by: Dearlit Jane Patiño

MAGDIWANG, Romblon-  About 360  beneficiaries in this municipality received their monthly pension yesterday under the Social Pension (SocPen) Program.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)MiMaRoPa has first released Php1,080,000.00 for the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2015 payout. Another Php180,000.00 fund will be downloaded for the 60 additional senior citizens in Magdiwang.

Each beneficiary receives Php3,000.00 for two quarters.

To date, there are 420 senior citizens enrolled in SocPen in the said municipality and 53,215 beneficiaries in MiMaRoPa region.

SocPen is a government social protection program that gives Php500.00 monthly stipend to 65 yrs old and above indigent senior citizens, who are frail, sickly, or have disabilities; are not receiving pension from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), or Veterans Pension; and do not have a permanent source of income or regular support from relatives.

The said payout was facilitated by the Local Government Unit thru the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.###

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DSWD MiMaRoPa holds 2nd anti-poverty symposium


DSWD highlights the government’s social protection framework for the vulnerable, marginalized and disadvantaged sectors.

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa conducted its second Listahanan Anti-poverty Symposium in accordance with the United Nations international day celebration for eradicating extreme hunger and poverty on October 28, 2015.

This year’s theme is Building a sustainable future: Coming to end poverty and discrimination.

“The Department, together with other partner-stakeholders in eradicating poverty here in MiMaRoPa, embraces United Nations Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. Our collective efforts will surely protect and secure ordinary people especially those living in extreme poverty”, Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos said.

DSWD is implementing social protection programs such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program; Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP); and Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) and Social Pension Program for poverty alleviation regionwide.

In 2009, the Department’s Listahanan, a mechanism of identifying where and who the poor are, has identified 242,633 poor households in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan provinces in which 196,029 households are already enrolled to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and 53,215 identified poor senior citizens are receiving P500.00 monthly pension.

Moreover, the city government of Puerto Princesa, National Anti-poverty Commission (NAPC), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), National Economic development Authority (NEDA), and Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) have presented their own sustainable anti-poverty programs implemented in Mimaropa region particularly in Palawan province.

Listahanan Exhibit of during the anti-poverty symposium

Listahanan Exhibit during the anti-poverty symposium

The said symposium was also participated by different national government agencies, Provincial Government of Palawan and  Palawan-based Civil Society Organizations namely, Ligaya ng Buhay Foundation, World Vision, Palawan NGO Network Inc., Federation of Senior citizens and other local organizations.

A sustainable world cannot exist when there is poverty, discrimination and abuse of human rights. A sustainable world leaves no one behind, Naviamos concluded.

Poverty is occurring not only in the Philippines, but also in the rest of the world. Thus we are celebrating the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty. This has been celebrated since 1987 and recognized by United Nations since 1992.###

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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’s special validation assesses more than 5 thousand HHs in MiMaRoPa

MALATE, Manila– About 5,455 households (HHs) in MiMaRoPa region were assessed in the recently concluded special validation of senior citizens and Modified Conditional Cash transfer (MCCT).

The special validation addresses the exclusion and inclusion error of government programs such as Social Pension and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Data shows that only   72. 7 percent were covered in the regionwide assessment from the 7,504 household target. The said assessment was conducted by 48 field staff deployed in Mindoro, Romblon, Palawan and Marinduque provinces for house-to-house interviews.

There are 1,696 households validated in Occidental Mindoro; 1,331 HHs in Oriental Mindoro; 1,447 HHs in Palawan; 512 HHs in Romblon and; 469 in Marinduque.

Currently, all households validated are subject for proxy means testing (PMT), DSWDs’ statistical formula of estimating family income on which the result will tag them as poor or not.

Senior citizens who will be classified poor will continue to receive their P500.00 monthly stipends while non-poor will be delisted in the Social Pension program according to a Commission on Audit rule.

Nonetheless, MCCT Listahanan-identified poor families will be mainstreamed to the regular Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. ###

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56 Senior Citizens in Palawan get cash grant from DSWD


A social pensioner emotional to receive her cash pension.

CAGAYANCILLO, PALAWAN – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MiMaRoPa recently conducted payout of monthly cash grant to 56 Social Pension beneficiaries of the municipality.

The beneficiaries each received a Php3, 000 stipend for the months of January to June. Regional Social Pension Program Focal Person, Nerissa Nario facilitated the payout with the help of the local government unit and Municipal Social Welfare Officer Honey Rose Bungalso-Cesumision.

Nario said in an interview that “Social Pension is a government program that provides Php500-monthly stipend to indigent senior citizens aged 77 years old and above.” She also stated that the house-to-house payout is also a way to verify the improvement in living condition of the beneficiaries.

Social Pensioner Adelina Cayapas, 80, expressed her gratitude to the program and said that the amount she received will buy her medicine and groceries.

Social Pension aims to improve the living condition of poor senior citizens and protect them from neglect, abuse or deprivation. ###

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DSWD MiMaRoPa to hire field staff for special validation

MALATE, MANILA- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-MiMaRoPa is now hiring eight (8) Area Supervisors and 39 Enumerators who will be assigned in the five island provinces of MiMaRoPa to complete the special validation of senior citizens this April 2014.

DSWD needs three (3) enumerators (EN) in Marinduque; five (5) EN and two (2) Area Supervisors (AS) in Occidental Mindoro; eight (8)  EN and one (1) AS in Oriental Mindoro; 18 EN and four (4) AS in Palawan and five (5) and one (1) AS in Romblon province.

“We are accepting at least college graduate, with good social communication skills and physically fit applicants,” says Listahanan Regional Field Coordinator Ernie H. Jarabejo.

Special validation aims to validate the poverty status of 5,652 Social Pension recipients, a DSWD program that provides Php500.00 monthly stipends to indigent senior citizens aged 77 years old and above.  This regionwide activity will be spearheaded thru Listahanan- the Department’s targeting mechanism of identifying ‘who and where the poor are.’

“Enumerators will be paid Php30.00 per form while Area Supervisors will earn Php19, 000.00 for one month,” Jarabejo added.

The said staff will be conducting house-to-house interviews using the Department’s Family Assessment Forms (FAF) to ensure that target social pensioners will be enlisted.

Interested applicants may send their resume thru e-mail at: fo4b@dswd.gov.ph or personally submit their application letter at the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) offices in Mindoro, Marinduque, Palawan and Romblon provinces.

For questions, call (02) 336-8106 local 303 or visit the Listahanan Facebook page, www.facebook.com/listahanan.official. ###

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