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SLP Participants undergo National Certificate-II Training

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development- Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) is currently conducting skills trainings on Electrical Installation (EI) NC-II, Motorcycle/Small Engine Servicing (M/SES) NC-II and Food Processing (FP) NC-II.

The said trainings aim to enhance the ability of SLP participants for higher productivity and profitability. In partnership with Technical Vocational Institute, 1 and All Technical School Inc., these activities specifically target to provide the knowledge and skills necessary of the participants to be able to establish and manage their sustainable microenterprise/s, which should provide a stable source of income.


The trainings simultaneously started last October 17, 2016 and is expected to run for thirty (30) days for EI NC-II, 25 days for M/SES NC-II, and 25 days for FP NC-II. Starter kits will be provided after the training to allow the participants to apply their newly acquired knowledge for their microenterprise.

The four hundred forty nine (449) participants of this activity are also Pantawid beneficiaries coming from the different municipalities of Zamboanga Sibugay Province.### Bernely Sheilaine Nemil


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DSWD 9 acquaints elderly on disaster preparedness

Senior citizens are more likely to be adversely affected during calamities as they account for more than double of the mortality rates during emergencies. This was one of the things that the Department of Science and Technology Resource Persons emphasized during the forum on disaster preparedness yesterday.

The said forum tackled on disaster preparedness for Senior Citizens facilitated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX with the help of the Department of Science and Technology, who provided the resource persons during the one-day activity.

Ms. Thelma Diego, focal person for disaster preparedness from DOST pointed out that the older people should be better prepared during any disaster through continuous education and awareness to reduce their vulnerabilities.

The topics discussed include Early Warning Devices, Hydromet Hazards and Geological Hazards presented by Ms. Maribel Enriquez, the PAG-ASA Bureau Chief and Mr. Alan Labayog, Philvocs Zamboanga Officer-in-charge.

DSWD 9 Senior Citizen Focal Person Jamila Arasid said that while a lot has been done for senior citizens in the country, their vulnerabilities during disaster have yet to be addressed, however, accessibility to programs and services and availment to their rights and privileges still remain to be the major concern among the older people.

Meanwhile, DSWD 9 Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo expressed support to the recently signed Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10868 of the Centenarian Act of 2016 last week. The law states that all Filipinos who have reached 100 years old and above will be honored with a Centenarian gift worth P100,000 which serves as a longevity incentive.

“We are especially excited for the Filipinos centenarians who will be conferred with the recognition that they rightfully deserve and since we believe that one of the signs of a compassionate society is its responsiveness to the needs of its elderly members.” Solamillo said in a statement.

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Elderly people in residential homes receive early Christmas gifts from DSWD9, government agencies


As part of the activities pipelined for the 2016 Elderly Filipino Week celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development spearheaded the visit to two of the residential homes in the city yesterday where over 50 elderly are sheltered and taken care of.

DSWD Field Office IX together with Philhealth, Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Publics Work and Highway, Department of Science and Technology, Commission on Higher Education and Philippine Information Agency, visited Home for the Elderly in Mampang and We Care Nursing Home located in Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City.

In the photos, the members of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Senior Citizens are seen handling and distributing food and non-food items such as walker, medical and hygiene kits, biscuits and juices.

The visit aimed to provide opportunities for key NGA partners to show respect, gratitude and tribute to the elders which forms part of the objectives of the annual celebration which is to raise awareness on the rights and privileges of the senior citizens and their significant contribution in nation building.

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Sec. Taguiwalo witnesses completion of skills training of Zambo siege survivors

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo (2nd from left) congratulates and engages in light banter with the graduates who were displaced by the 2013 Zamboanga siege.

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo (2nd from left) congratulates and engages in light banter with the graduates who were displaced by the 2013 Zamboanga siege.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo personally congratulated the 320 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Zamboanga City who completed their technical skills training program yesterday which was initiated and funded by the DSWD Regional Office IX in partnership with the Zamboanga City local government, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Our Lady of Triumph (OLT) Institute of Technology.

Aside from Sec. Taguiwalo, the graduation ceremony, staged at MGM Gymnasium in Ozamis City, was attended by DSWD FO-IX Regional Director Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, DSWD FO-IX Asst. Regional Director for Operations Consejo H. Usman, and other program partners.

The graduates were the last batch of IDPs affected by the 2013 Zamboanga siege who have undergone carpentry and masonry training, and housekeeping training in state-of-the art facilities offered and provided by the OLT through the Department’s Disaster Rehabilitation Fund worth P17M.

Since July 2016, the technical skills training program has already produced over 500 graduates who were immediately sent to Manila for job placement with the help of the OLT’s national and international employment partners.

In her message for the graduates, Sec. Taguiwalo emphasized that the Department will continue to monitor the progress of the program recipients. She also commended them for their efforts to transition from being mere recipients of assistance to becoming productive members of the society.

“Hindi na lamang tayo mga biktima at survivors ngayon, tayo ay mga victors na ngayon dahil napagtagumpayan natin ang lahat ng mga pagsubok na dumaan sa buhay natin. Naipakita natin na kahit na anong kalamidad ang pinagdaanan natin, mayroon tayong angking kakayahan at dignidad para bumangon (We are no longer victims and survivors. We are victors now because we have won and surpassed life’s challenges. We have proven that despite the unfortunate calamity we have encountered, we still have the capacity and dignity to stand up and achieve triumph)”, Sec. Taguiwalo said.

Meanwhile, the LGU of Zamboanga also provided additional P2,000 financial assistance to each of the families of the graduates for their other expenses.

September 2013 was when the people from Zamboanga witnessed three weeks of intense firefight between the Moro National Liberation Front and the government troops which left hundreds of civilians and soldiers from both sides dead, thousands of homes destroyed and over a hundred thousand people from Zamboanga involuntarily displaced. MNLF members were protesting the failure of the government to implement the provisions of the peace pact signed in 1996.

With President Duterte extending his hand of peace to different Moro groups including the MNLF, hopes are high towards attaining a just and lasting peace in Mindanao and in the whole nation. A just and lasting peace makes it possible for DSWD to deliver its many services to the people and in the long run, a just and lasting peace will improve their quality of life

Secretary Taguiwalo said that all Filipinos should support the peace talks between the government and the MNLF. “We should all work together to bring peace to the Philippines. Ending armed conflict can be done through collective efforts focused on bringing about social justice.” ###

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DSWD 9 extends aid to wounded troops in Sulu, Basilan clash

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has started extending assistance to wounded soldiers in the military operations that are being conducted in some parts of Sulu and Basilan against the Abu Sayyaf Group.

Through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program, the department has been able to provide financial, medical and burial assistance to six wounded and two killed soldiers with the total amount of 45,000 pesos.

Aside from the said monetary aid, DSWD has also been conducting hospital visits and counseling/ stress debriefing to the families of these soldiers.

DSWD is also making some necessary assessment on what other suitable services that can be provided to the dependents, such as educational, livelihood, and employment opportunities through skills training.

PHOTO BMeanwhile, the DSWD field office 9 has also been in constant coordination with Provincial Social Welfare and Development Offices of Sulu and Basilan with regards to the relief operations done in some villages and municipalities where evacuees are sheltered temporarily.

Last September 6, the department sent 5,000 family food packs worth P1,800,000.00 for over 4,000 IDPs. As of September 20, 2016, there are already 4,456 families served by DSWD and PLGU. Currently, the available standby funds and stockpile of relief goods is amounting to P1,003,337,662.10###

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DSWD IX sends assistance to families affected in Sulu

DSWD sent five thousand (5000) family food packs to families in Patikul and Maimbung, Sulu last night. This is to aid the 2,329 affected families who fled their homes due to the on-going military operations in the province.

The said assistance worth Php1,800,000.00 was as per request made by the provincial government of Sulu through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Hja. Indun Angsa.

The families are currently sheltered in Barangay Lati, Patikul wherein they were also initially provided with food packs and non-food items such as plastic mats, cooking utensils and first aid kits as per report sent by Angsa.

Atty. Araceli Solamillo, DSWD IX Regional Director said that the office is in close coordination and constant monitoring with PSWDO Sulu in anticipation for possible transport of more assistance when needed.#

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DSWD IX starts enrolment of orphans for Philhealth coverage

Following the MOA signing conducted in the first quarter of the year and in adherence to the Republic Act 10606 or the National Health Insurance Act, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX has started the enrolment of orphaned children who are under its custody.

A list containing two hundred ten (210) names of orphans has been submitted for registration in the database of Philhealth Insurance Incorporated so they can be covered by the universal health care program.

The DSWD identified beneficiaries are sheltered in four (4) child-caring institutions such as Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC), Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (RRCY), Balay Dangpanan sa Kabataan (BDSK) or the Home for Girls and Haven for Women.

For children who are below 21 years old, they shall be enrolled as a group of three (3), however those who are 21 years old and above shall be enrolled individually. These children shall be entitled to the same benefits as an Indigent Member including Primary Care Benefit 1 (PCB 1) and no Balance Billing (NBB).

DSWD shall remit to PhilHealth the prescribed annual premium contributions of P2,400 per group or individual.

“The orphans are one of the vulnerable sectors whose basic needs have been deliberately unattended or inadequately attended and with this NHIP we can now provide continuous health services for these children.” DSWD IX Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo said in a statement.

Aside from orphans, street children, out-of-school youths, children in conflict with the law and children with special needs who are under the care of social welfare institutions run or accredited by the DSWD are also covered by the program. ###

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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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