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1Nagsilbing inspirasyon at magandang ehemplo ang labing-lima (15) na Pantawid Parent Leaders mula sa Brgy.Maasin, Zamboanga City na naglalaan ng 40 minuto araw-araw bilang volunteer parent-tutors.

 Ang adhikaing makatulong at makahubog ng kasanayan sa pamamagitan ng pag gabay sa pagbabasa ang siyang nagtulak sa kanila upang igugol ang oras sa mga kabataang slow readers ng Maasin Learning Center.

 Ang magsilbing daan upang magkaroon ng pagbabago sa mga kabataan ay isang napakagandang regalo sa kanilang dedikasyon.

 

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DSWD urges Pantawid beneficiaries to undergo household assessment

With the 2nd round of household assessment coming to conclusion, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Listahanan, a project that identifies who and where the poor are, rolls its sleeves up to find Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries who were not assessed by the project.

A total of 2,537 Pantawid beneficiaries are to be located by the Listahanan field workers in region 9 while 10,884 beneficiaries are not assessed in BASULTA areas.

Listahanan Deputy Regional Project manager, Marilyn D. Fabian, said that the Department wants to make sure that all Pantawid beneficiaries have undergone the household assessment so that appropriate interventions can be provided to them.

“We have recently concluded the regular household assessment and validation activity in Region 9 and BASULTA. However there are still a few households particularly those beneficiaries of the Pantawid program who were not located because of various reasons, such as transfer of residence. That is why the DSWD is doing all its effort to find these beneficiaries,” Fabian said.

As of this writing there is no definite timeframe yet for this endeavor but the Listahanan takes this as an urgent action to accomplish.

Pantawid beneficiaries who were not assessed during the regular and validation period are advised to coordinate with their respective Municipal/ City Links.

This endeavor seeks to further promote transparency in the identification of deserving beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the DSWD.

On the other hand, the department would like to reiterate that Listahanan is a separate project and does not form part of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. It is an information management system that makes available a database of poor households to be utilized by agencies in identifying potential and deserving recipients of social protection programs.

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DSWD warns public against Pantawid fake IDs, recruiters

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX warns the public on the fraudulent activities reported in Zamboanga City on the issuance of Fake IDs and false inclusion in Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The alleged fake IDs being given to victims in exchange of Php 200 pesos and false inclusion to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The alleged fake IDs given to victims in exchange of Php 200 pesos and false inclusion to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

A walk-in complaint was filed by a non-beneficiary victim residing in Barangay Canelar Moret regarding the case. The victim said that a certain Ms. Atilano who presented herself as worker of DSWD told the household that she is conducting interview. Her activities include recruiting of families for inclusion in Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program and issuance of fake IDs in exchange of Php 200 pesos. The said recruiter also promised the victims to expect grants amounting Php 3,900 from the program for three months period covered.

The agency clarifies the public that DSWD does not collect any amount in exchange of Identification Cards or any form of services. The DSWD reiterates that issuances of IDs are done only during Program Orientation Seminar (POS) and not through house-to house visits. The agency follows ID request protocols especially for newly registered beneficiaries where extraction of list should only come from the Regional Office through its Pantawid Pamilya Information System (PPIS). Only the City or Municipal links of DSWD assigned in the area are authorized to release IDs to their beneficiaries.

The confiscated fake IDs bear logos of DSWD, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and some information such as Household ID number. Upon validation, it is found out that the household ID number does not match in the Pantawid system or in any number series recorded in the database. There were forged signatures, Typographical errors including incorrect design and layout orientation seen in the fake IDs.The original IDs of Pantawid Pamilya have each unique security features that cannot be easily tampered or reproduced. The names are generated from the list of registered households and cannot be manually written.  Each Pantawid Pamilya household has an exclusive number recorded in the system and can easily be tracked down from the set they belong up to the area where they reside.

DSWD also clarifies that Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries have to follow certain conditionalities in Health and Education in order to receive grants. In addition, the grants are not given in one quarter period but rather bi-monthly period only. There is also no assurance of getting the grants without doing their said co-responsibilities.

There are also other documents that need to be filled-up and only City Links assigned in the area can conduct activities such as Family Development Sessions and Community Assemblies.

Potential beneficiaries can only be included in the Pantawid program if the households were assessed by Listahanan and were identified as poor. The household must also have children 0-18 or have a pregnant member at the time of the enumeration for them to be qualified.

Proper coordination has been made among barangay officials to counter these activities. Should there be any similar incident and cases such as this, please immediately report to the regional office for proper action and documentation.

DSWD calls for vigilance among households not to entertain suspicious activities and not to divulge information from anyone without validating from their barangay officials and assigned DSWD worker (City/Municipal Link) in the area. The agency stands on its measure to apprehend the recruiters and be filed with legal charges once proven guilty. ##

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DSWD IX sets activities to celebrate Adoption Consciousness Week

February 15, 2016 – The Department of Social Welfare and Development leads this year’s celebration of National Adoption Consciousness Week from February 15-24, 2016.

The celebration, with the continuing 2015 theme “Legal na ampon ako: Anak na Totoo”, aims to raise and intensify the public’s awareness on legal adoption of abandoned, surrendered and neglected Filipino children through various activities highlighting the said theme.

The set of activities is scheduled to be conducted from February 15-24, 2016 to start with series of media appearances by DSWD IX personnel to educate the public about adoption, especially on the adoption process, documentary requirements, procedures and benefits.

The agency will also be setting up adoption help desks in selected malls, like KCC Mall de Zamboanga on February 17, 2016. This will serve as an information center where the public can inquire about the legal procedures.

FALCASANTOSAside from this, photos featuring adoption stories written by adoptive families themselves will also be displayed in the same mall, highlighting the adoption lifelong journey of adoptees who are now successful in their respective fields.

As part of the adoption process, DSWD IX will also conduct a Regional Adoption Forum on February 19, 2016 (venue TBA) in Zamboanga City wherein potential adoptive parents are invited to attend. This will serve as a venue where authorized agencies can respond to inquiries of the public on adoption and other alternative family care programs.

The celebration will culminate on February 24 through a motorcade and an orientation with selected barangay officials on adoption and foster care guidelines and referral pathways.

DSWD IX through its Social Marketing Unit will be providing updates on all the activities scheduled through they’re official social media pages on facebook and twitter. Just follow DSWD Region IX for facebook and @dswdfo9 for twitter.

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Driver’s Road to Success

The road seemed to be an endless wandering place for young Dodong or Emilio Isnani. Being abandoned by his parents, the streets became his home back in the days. With the struggles and hardships that he had been through, many of us might probably think that he would end up shattered and devastated. But he knew about life better.

He knew that life is like a road –at some point it’s smooth, at other point it’s rough. But a good driver knows how to make a good ride to success. After all, it’s not about how you get there but about how you made your journey worth the bumpy ride.

In an interview, Dodong recalls how difficult it was to live life on the streets. At a young age, he was refined by the experiences that served as the foundation of his being. But Dodong says that he was far from being a goodie-goody boy. He says he was actually full of foolishness as a kid.

At daytime, you would see him, together with his brothers, ramble around the city searching for whatever they can do to survive. During the night, they would take an uncomfortable sleep on their carton-made bed beside shopping malls. That pretty much was his day-to-day life on the street until he was taken to the then Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) –now known as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

During his stay in the MSSD’s Silungan Center, he was given an opportunity to start-up a small shoe-shine business to support his necessities. He then had a few more experiences outside the city as he enters puberty. He got back in the city and later on was transferred to DSWD’s Lingap Center. By then he already was back to school and was determined to finish his studies.

He managed to finish secondary education with the help of the people who believed in his potentials. He started to build a happy family to whom he promised never will experience any of what he had been through. Dodong sought the help of Ms. Fatima Saudia (now Caminan) for a decent job that would help him support his growing family. And so, knowing his capabilities and perseverance, he was hired as a driver for the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC). As a driver, he was able to build a house for his family, purchase tricycle and a motorcycle that he use to earn extra income after his duty. The regional office saw his determination and commitment to the job hence he was promoted to a regular position as a Security Guard.

When asked about his childhood dream, Dodong says he wanted to be a soldier. He may not have fulfilled his childhood dream but he says that being a Security Guard makes him feel that somehow, he is able to contribute something to the community just as much as a soldier can. Dodong never left his post and, in line of duty, was hit by a bullet in his arm in the middle of the crossfire during the unfortunate September 2013 Zamboanga siege where the regional office was caught right in the battleground.

After his 6-month rehabilitation leave, Dodong continued to serve the agency with his own genuine brand of the “Mahusay, Matapat at Magiliw na paglilingkod” to the truest sense of these words.

Recently, Dodong was recognized as the Most Outstanding DSWD Worker as Public Servant for 2015 for his undeniably inspiring passion to serve the vulnerable, marginalized and disadvantaged individuals.

Truly, no one knows where the path of life will lead you. But with guidance, prayers and lots of determination, one can reach a beautiful destination he never had imagined.

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DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman together with the DSWD Executive Committee members awards Emilio “Dodong” Isnani as the Most Outstanding DSWD Worker as Public Servant during the PRAISE (Program for Rewards, Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence) Awarding Ceremony last January 29, 2016 in Manila.

 

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IP beneficiaries get livelihood aid through DSWD

A total of six (6) associations covering 167 families received a total amount of Php 1,210,000 livelihood assistance through the Support Service Intervention (SSI) of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer in a turn-over activity held at Sta.Barbara Health Center, Zamboanga City on February 10.

A subanen IP beneficiary of MCCT in Zambo happily receives her SSI livelihood grant from DSWD Community Facilitators, Association President.

A subanen IP beneficiary of MCCT in Zambo happily receives her SSI livelihood grant
from DSWD Community Facilitators, Association President.

The beneficiaries are Indigenous People covered by the said program under the barangays of Campo Islam, Kasanyangan, Sta.Barbara, Rio Hondo and Sta.Catalina, Zamboanga City.

The said assistance will create opportunities for beneficiaries to start-up livelihood plans through their group and individual income-generating projects. This will further help them earn, augment and sustain the income of their families by building their capacity to be engaged in economic activities. With this, the families are capable to stand on their own and improve their level of well-being.

The beneficiaries underwent Social Preparation and series of meetings through the Sustainable Livelihood Program to ensure that proper management of grants and savings will be practiced.

The six associations are only part of the total 13 associations created for the said livelihood aid. There were already 2 clusters that have been provided with the same intervention and the remaining clusters of Masepla and Magay are expected to be given in few weeks’ time.

The association is led by a President with maximum of 30 members. Each family receives a minimum of Php 7,000 to Php 10,000 maximum grants with spreading payments over multiple periods to be deposited by the beneficiaries in their respective association’s savings account in zero interest. This will enable them to further expand and increase their livelihood opportunities among its members. Some of the livelihood projects initiated were Rice dealership, Soft drinks dealership, Fruit and Fish vending.

To date, MCCT is being implemented across the region with a total number of 31,189 households covering Indigenous People in GIDAs, Itinerant Indigenous people and Homeless street families. Other support service interventions provided to these beneficiaries were skills training and cash for work activities.

Modified Conditional Cash Transfer is designed to reach out to families who are definitely poor and more vulnerable and disadvantaged but are not covered of the regular CCT because of their being excluded in the enumeration of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan. ###

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Will the POOR always be with us?

We have seen the many faces of poverty, for sure. We have felt it in so many ways –in education, in employment and even when we purchase goods at the grocery. It becomes as if it’s a cycle passed on from one generation to another.

Advocacies on poverty alleviation sprout like mushrooms everywhere. Companies build their own corporate social responsibility activities; private individuals create groups with a call to help those in need. We can pretty tell that we are surrounded by people who are willing to make a move to create positive changes in the society. But despite this, why are we still battling against poverty? Will the poor always be with us?

In 2009, a comprehensive targeting system called the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) now known as the Listahahan project was developed by the government through the DSWD to identify who and where the poor are in the country. Through the project, the government was able to form unified criteria for the identification of poor.

As stated in the Republic Act 8425 or the Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act, Poor refers to individuals and families whose income fall below the poverty threshold as defined by the government and/or those that cannot afford in a sustained manner, to provide their basic needs of food, health, education, housing and other amenities of life.

Based on the 2009 assessment, a whopping 5.2 million Filipinos were identified as poor by the said project as of that year.

As the second round of household assessment concludes, will we expect this number to have decreased by now? Maybe.

In one occasion or two, as a Communications Officer, I get to randomly ask identified poor families how they cope with the plight. And each time, I would be left flabbergasted by their responses. Some would say “If you fail 10 times, you should get up 10 times.” Others would utter “When we learn something from our Family Development Sessions, we apply it in our daily lives,” or something like “We save a part from the financial assistance that we receive and the rest we invest in business.”

 And although these are just singular thoughts and personal accounts of random people, these echo similar voices and story as with the majority in the society.

Lola Dionita

Lola Dionita proudly shows her merchandise from the monthly stipend that she receives from DSWD’s Social Pension program.

The other day, Lola Dionita Diego of Barangay San Roque, Zamboanga City visited the DSWD Field Office IX bringing with her merchandises that she sells as a means of living. It was quite an inspiring scenery seeing Lola Dionita do the sales talking. For a 78-year old woman, we could just imagine how difficult it is to peddle around daily to earn a living.

Lola Dionita and her husband are both beneficiaries of the Social Pension program of the agency. She shares that their monthly stipend helps them in so many ways. They save money in the bank, they invest on medicines and vitamins to keep them healthy and they invest in small business such as merchandising. Isn’t this a story that is worth sharing and emulating?

The voices that tell this kind of stories is an exhibition of the power of the poor –the power to change their own lives, the strength to make it despite and in spite the situation that they are in, and the opportunity of a positive revolution.

Helping one’s self is a great start to step out of an unpleasant situation. But it is not a standalone. The same is true with agencies providing assistance to clients to alleviate their lives. One cannot make it without the intervention of all other social protection agencies to address the faces of poverty. Another popular saying can best express this idea: together we stand, divided we fall.

Now, will the POOR always be with us? This and all other similar stories of perseverance that you may have heard probably is the answer to the question.

 

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