DSWD to launch Bio-Intensive Gardening

In order to maintain and promote the health condition of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has introduced Bio-Intensive Gardening (BIG) as a means to secure food for the Pantawid families and address concerns in nutrition particularly for children. The project ensures that nutritional food such as vegetables and fruits become part of the beneficiaries’ daily intake.

The launching will be held on March 23 in barangay Ayala as the initial barangay/district to showcase their backyard, communal and container gardens in one avenue. This will be followed by the launching of other BIG projects by the other districts and clusters of Pantawid beneficiaries.

In 2015, it was found out that more than 100 children in Ayala are under nourished. Due to this alarming case, the team, composed of the BLGU, CSWD, DSWD, Nutrition and Barangay Inter-Agency Council (BIAC) have decided to implement a project dubbed as “Jardin Na Mi Casa.”

The project is also in partnership with the Office of the City Agriculture that teaches the Pantawid beneficiaries how to make organic soil and the technical know-how on planting vegetables.

Meanwhile, a topic on self-reliance is taught through the department’s regular Family Development Sessions (FDS) which is conducted monthly to ensure that the beneficiaries are empowered through skills and knowledge enhancement trainings.

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DSWD augments cash grant with Rice Subsidy

In response to the directive of the President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, to strengthen the country’s conditional cash transfer program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) shall be providing rice subsidy to the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The rice subsidy shall be given to Pantawid beneficiaries in the form of cash grant on top of their regular grants which are intended for health and education.

A total amount of P7,200 per year or P600 per month per household rice subsidy in cash shall be given to beneficiaries provided that they are active and compliant with the conditionalities of the program. These conditions include school attendance of at least 85% per month for children enrolled in the elementary or high school. Children aged 5 and below would need to undergo preventive check-up as mandated by the Department of Health (DoH), while children enrolled in the elementary must receive deworming pills twice within the school year. On the other hand pregnant women must receive pre and post natal care based on DoH’s protocol. Lastly, parent/s or guardians are required to attend the monthly Family Development Session (FDS).

This additional subsidy shall be given on a bi-monthly period along with the release of educational and health grants.

Qualified beneficiaries include (i) those who are registered in Pantawid Pamilya Information System; (ii) victims of natural and man-made disasters rendered homeless with no means of livelihood; (iii) indigenous peoples who are in geographically-isolated and disadvantaged areas; (iv) homeless street families; and (v) transitioning households whose level of well-being have improved but still at risk of subsequent falling back into survival level as they precariously live with little or no buffer against economic shocks.

The provision of rice subsidy conforms to the mandate and vision of the DSWD to make our country and the Filipinos free of hunger and poverty.

Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program of the national government. It invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 18 and below.

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DSWD kicks off Women’s Month Celebration with Boses

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX hosted a special screening of “Boses”, an advocacy film produced by Erasto Films as a kick-off event to the 2017 National Women’s Month Celebration which is celebrated annually every March.

The film shows a moving story of a boy who went through excruciating violence in the hands of his father and the importance of rehabilitation in the recovery processes.

This activity is an advocacy tool to raise awareness on issues related to families and Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC). The highly-acclaimed and recommended film shall form part and support of the agency in the Gender and Development activities in Zamboanga Peninsula region.

Almost 300 participants from various sectors have attended the special screening of the said movie which was held in Mindpro Cinema. Present during the screening were representatives from Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Immigration, Civil Service Commission, PNP, ZCPO, PNP-AVSEU IX, PCTC WMFO, WCPD, WCPC-MFU, Visayan Forum Inc., DSWD staff, and Tetuan Central School pupils.

DSWD-Sectoral Focal, Maria Socorro Macaso, calls for public to support the advocacy by taking part in the information dissemination and awareness campaigns and reportage of any incidence of abuse and violence committed against women and children.

Other events such as media guesting, health awareness orientation, beauty and wellness activities are also lined-up to celebrate the beauty, femininity and power of women. All of these activities are anchored on this year’s theme, “We make Change work for Women.”

As a catalyst of change in the society, DSWD adheres to its mandate to be at the forefront in promoting and securing the welfare of the public particularly of the vulnerable sectors.###

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Zambo del Sur farmer bags Modelong Ama title

A 54-year old farmer from Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga del Sur was recently named as region IX’s Modelong Ama ng Pantawid Pamilya 2017. Modelong Ama is an initiative of the Department of Social Welfare and Development under its cash-conditional transfer program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Dario Aligaya, father of 4, bested three other contenders/representatives from the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga City.

Aligaya went to several stages of selection prior to being selected as a nominee for the regional search. After thorough validation and deliberation of the Regional Selection Team (RST) composed of the Regional Program Coordinator, Family Development Session Focal, Beneficiary Data Management Division Focal and Men Oppose Violence against women and children Everywhere (MOVE) President, the RST was convinced that Aligaya embodies the character of a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary who can champion women empowerment and gender-equality within the context of the program and its communities.

The Modelong Ama ng Pantawid Pamilya 2017 plays a significant role in the achievement of the program’s goals and objections particularly in involving men in the empowerment of women. The winner shall serve as a male ambassador of the Pantawid Pamilya; he will be the voice of the program who can share his knowledge and learning experiences in life as an epitome of a good father, husband, son, community actor and/or gender-advocate during Family Development Sessions or in any GAD-related activities.

This is the first time that the Department has conducted such an activity and DSWD plans to make it an annual event. Among all regions in the country, only region IX has awarded monetary prizes to the participants and the winner.

Aligaya received P5,000 for bagging the first place. P4,000 was given to Pablo Resurreccion from Zamboanga Sibugay; P3,000 for Freddie Mahinay of Zamboanga City; P2,000 for Fernando Ponce of Zamboanga del Norte who bagged 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, respectively. All of the regional nominees have also received plaques of appreciation for supporting the advocacy.

Aligaya will be competing in the national search for Modelong Ama 2017 on March 28-30, 2017 in Manila.

This advocacy is conducted to bring about “transformed gender relations” among beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya as well as push for homes that are free from gender-based discrimination and gender-based violence.

Furthermore, it intends to build community icons/models amongst men who champion better gender-relations in their homes and in the community.

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DSWD, Metrobank tie partnership to help poor

The partnership between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Metrobank continues in this year’s collaboration project dubbed as “Bag of Blessing (BoB)” in line with the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The project is funded by the GT Foundation, a foundation established by business tycoon George Ty, owner of Metrobank, to give back and share blessings by giving food packs to the underprivileged Filipino families.

Metrobank has once again partnered with DSWD, through the Listahanan, a project under the DSWD that identifies who and where the poor are. For this year’s BoB, GT foundation has allotted a total of PHP 10 million worth of food packs for a total of 10,000 poor but non-Pantawid beneficiaries nationwide.

For Zamboanga City, 456 poor are initially selected as beneficiaries of the said project which will be conducted on January 28, 2017 at Sta. Maria Elementary School. These beneficiaries are among the identified poor families based on the Listahanan database.

In a meeting with Metrobank, Listahanan focals already verified qualified beneficiaries based on their database of poor. The following are the target number of beneficiaries per area/barangay: Sangali=34, Canelar=172, Mampang=48, Zone II=4, Zone III=6, Guiwan=153 and Talon-Talon=39.

DSWD-9 Regional Director, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, expressed her gratitude towards Metrobank for this noble project.

“We, in the DSWD as the agency that protects and promotes the welfare of the poor, are very glad about this partnership. We see that the government and the private sector are on the same page in terms of delivering services to the public. Not only that we provide prompt service but also a kind of service that really cares for the clientele,” says Atty. Solamillo.

Metrobank’s BoB project has started in 2011 and has been helping the poor since then.###

DSWD in a meeting with Metrobank last January 18

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DSWD marks 66 years of ‘Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo’

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is celebrating its 66th year anniversary this January.

The beginning of a new year brings in a replenished driving-force for the entire department and its workforce to work harder, reach farther and continue upholding its legacy that started sixty six years back.

Founded on 1951, the commemoration aims to celebrate the genuine service of the department to its clientele in over six decades. The department, being the lead agency in promoting and protecting the rights and welfare of the poor, marginalized and the disadvantaged individuals have been in the forefront in bringing positive changes and progress in the lives of its beneficiaries.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme, “Sama-samang Paglilingkod Na May Malasakit”.

“DSWD is not just an agency. It is an entity that resembles your loved ones. It cares for you, it protects you, it gives you the priority that you deserve. Sabi nga sa ating slogan, ‘Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo.” That kind of public service is imbued in the core of our call as social workers,” said Atty. Araceli F. Sollamillo, DSWD Regional Director.

The department also wishes to honor its workforce for its contribution in the delivery of service and implementation of its mandate.

In line with the celebration of its anniversary, the department has prepared several activities to create an avenue for its employees to build and strengthen camaraderie, solidarity and promote sportsmanship through the annual sports fest.

“This has been the tradition of the department. We organize sports events, games, to give our employees the opportunity to have fun amidst the deliverables.” Assistant Regional Director Riduan P. Hadjimuddin said.

From January 9-13, the department has prepared wellness-promotion activities for its employees such as blood–letting, dental check-up, blood sugar testing, dietary counseling, massage and reflexology services

This will be followed by the Open-Tiangge week which will showcase various products of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participants and Sheltered workshop of Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC).

The product display hopes to promote home/handmade products of its own clients and beneficiaries which forms part of the agency’s mission to help these people improve their social condition through entrepreneurship.

A garage sale will also be organized by the department from which a part of the profit will be used for a special cause.###

DSWD cares for its clientele as well as its internal workforce hence a week-long wellness-promotion activity is being conducted in the regional office from January 10-13 as part of its 66th anniversary celebration.
In this photo: DSWD Resident Doctor, Dr. Gracia Gacrama checks total body fat or the Body Mass Index (BMI) of DSWD staff. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. BMI can be used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems but it is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual.

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DSWD concludes children’s month celebration

The Department of Social Welfare and Development field office IX, as the lead agency that protects the welfare of the children, celebrated the culminating activity of the children’s month with an advocacy campaign.

Prior to the culmination of the celebration, several activities were initiated by the department to advocate the protection of the rights and welfare of the children particularly against child pornography.

The department recently had its soft-launching of the #StopChildPornPH campaign, an online platform which aims to promote and strengthen public awareness on child pornography in the country.

Activities that are targeted to the young audiences were also conducted such as story-telling and film-viewing for grade school pupils of Tetuan Central School, on-the-spot poster-making contest for secondary and tertiary levels, info-graphics lay-outing contest and bite-sized video-making contest.

DSWD National Focal Person, Sayna Darwin, said that these endeavors involve the youth and children in this campaign for them to be able to protect themselves from threat and abuse of perpetrators.

This advocacy is getting a very positive response from the stakeholders particularly on the education sector that showed support in the different activities initiated by the department.

The culmination was held at the Tetuan Central School and was graced by various social protection advocates. Winners of the different competitions are as follows:

Poster-making Contest: Jena Criselle F. Baliton from STI College Senior High School (1st place), Aldrin A. Pantilanan from Ayala National High School (2nd place), Al-zhahid I. Puntukan from Talon-Talon National High School (3rd place);
Infograhics Lay-outing Contest: Ruiz B. Delos Santos and Rosette I. Paragas from WMSU (1st place);
Bite-sized video-making contest: “Jorgesa” by Charisse Macaso and Ruiz Delos Santos from WMSU (1st place), “Bintana” by Jean Patrick F. Gonzales and Judith C. Francisco from WMSU (2nd place).

#StopChildPornPH campaign is being pilot-tested in 5 regions to include regions 9, 3, 7, 10 and NCR.







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DSWD-9 supports insurance coverage for indigent families

The Department of Social Welfare and Development backs health insurance coverage of identified poor families in the region who are enrolled in PhilHealth insurance program.

This is in line with the convergence strategy of the department with its partner-stakeholders to bring together social protection interventions to intensify the poverty-reduction programs of the government.

The subsidy covers the health insurance premiums of all identified poor households by the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.

“PhilHealth, as DSWD’s partner in promoting the welfare of the people, have requested for the Listahanan database be shared with them to ensure that the resources of the government is given to rightful beneficiaries. This way we can maximize our resources for those who really need them the most,” said DSWD-9 Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo in a statement.

PhilHealth beneficiaries need to secure certification from the DSWD Listahanan, a project that identifies names and locations of poor families, in availing the former’s services.

Beneficiaries are advised to update their Member Data Report (MDR) with PhilHealth prior to requesting certification from DSWD.

For Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries, however, their respective city links are responsible for the certification.

1.9 million Listahanan-identified poor individuals are currently enrolled in PhilHealth since 2010.

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