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SLP holds Technical Session on program implementation to field implementers

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IX conducted a technical session on Grant Utilization and Monitoring Reports of the Memorandum Circular 12 of Sustainable livelihood Program on February 18-20, 2019 in LM Hotel, Zamboanga City.

More than a hundred field implementers convened in the said session to discuss SLP operations and status of program implementation.

The activity also aims to orient the staff on the grant utilization and monitoring reports as stated in the Memorandum Circular no.12 and review of some terms of reference to complement in the implementation of the program.

Crafting of the Individual Performance Contract (IPC) also highlighted the activity which aims to synchronize all trusts and priorities of the SLP. There were interactive discussions, agreements and integrated decisions made in order to ensure and meet the expected output from the program operations and as well in all the involved participants.

SLP delivers Major Final Outputs (MFO) on the Social Protection Services with its core function on continuing engagement of families to actively participate in community development activities to cover 214,130 families in 45 municipalities of Region IX.

Sustainable Livelihood Program is a capability-building program that provides access to opportunities that increase the productivity of the livelihood assets of poor, vulnerable, and marginalized communities, in order to improve their socio-economic well-being.

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DSWD to start notifying UCT beneficiaries in Tawi-Tawi

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Field Office 9 will start notifying the beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program next week in the Province of Tawi-Tawi.

The National Household Targeting Unit (NHTU) for BaSulTa will be conducting an orientation and coordination meeting together with the local government units (LGUs) of the province and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) – Bongao branch next week, February 27.

In addition, 44 notifiers will likewise undergo a training to learn about the process of the notification and registration of the UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries prior to their deployment in the 11 municipalities of Tawi-Tawi.  

“We have a total of 117,478 UCT-Listahanan beneficiaries to be notified and registered in the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. Among these areas, Sulu has the biggest target with 79,206 followed by Basilan with 23,194 eligible beneficiaries,” said Ben Nasser B. Isnain, NHTU head.  

Listahanan field validator interviews a potential beneficiary of UCT Program
in Siasi, Sulu during the conduct of household validation in 2018.

In Tawi-Tawi, out of the 17,106 households validated by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan last year, 15,078 were identified as eligible to receive cash grants from UCT.

Isnain added that among the municipalities in the province, Sitangkai has the most number of target (3,451) while only 93 beneficiaries will come from Turtle Island.

The UCT is a program of the DSWD that aims to mitigate the effects of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law particularly to those who may not benefit from the lower income tax rates but may be adversely affected by rising prices.

It seeks to provide cash grants to poor households and individuals for three consecutive years. During its pilot implementation in 2018, the beneficiaries will receive P2,400 for the year. For 2019 and 2020, the amount shall increase to P3,600 per year.

The UCT is currently implemented nationwide covering all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) households, beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program, and other poor households (with estimated incomes falling below the poverty thresholds)  identified by Listahanan. ###

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4Ps Fathers form group to protect Women and Children

Male household head members of the country’s conditional cash transfer program have recently organized a group committed to protect the welfare, security, and safety of women and their children in the community.

This was the result after the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program conducted a training entitled “ERPAT” or the Empowerment and Re-affirmation of Paternal Abilities Training cum Gender-Sensitivity Training for Father Leaders across Zamboanga Peninsula last February 5-8, 2019 in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

The newly-established organization that protects women and their children
during their induction of elected officers.

The objective of the training is to promote gender sensitivity and stop violence on women and children.

DSWD-9 Gender and Development Focal, Leonora Barahim, said that the participants voluntarily requested for the formation of an organization that would secure the safety of women and children through awareness and GAD-related activities.

“These Pantawid Pamilya fathers left their individual jobs to attend the training and it was expressed by the participants that the training opened their minds about what is happening in the community particularly on issues involving safety of women and children. So they, themselves, formed a group and elected officers that would promote gender and development in their respective communities,” Barahim said.

The training was attended by 72 fathers coming from the municipalities and provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga del Sur.

For their first activity, the group plans to re-echo this training to other beneficiaries of the 4Ps program through the monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS).

Since the group is voluntarily established by its members and not funded by any organization, the members decided to contribute PHP 100 from their own pockets to serve as their initial fund to support their activities.

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Barangay Sayog to construct Day-Care Center funded by Kalahi-CIDSS

A day-care center worth Php913,300.00 will be constructed in Barangay Sayog, San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur following the ground-breaking ceremony attended and witnessed by the Barangay and Local Government Unit, and Community Volunteers on February 11, 2019.

The community proposed the sub-project during the LGU-Led (Cycle 4) Implementation of (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan– Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services – National Community-Driven Development Program) Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP with the purpose of replacing the old and damaged structure to a more convenient facility for day-care students of the barangay.

With around 40 students enrolled in 2018, the community volunteers, parents in particular were concerned on the welfare of their children given the poor condition of the structure. They claimed that the ceiling would leak during rainy days, windows are broken, limited number of chairs and the space is not enough for the students.

Through the construction of the Day-Care Center funded by DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP and the Local Government Unit of San Miguel, the community is looking forward to a safer and more convenient learning facility for their children. Expected to be completed by May of 2019, Barangay Sayog has also been a recipient of Solar Dryer with Storage sub-project amounting to Php824,504.00 under KC-NCDDP cycle 1. ### JGA

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DSWD FO IX celebrates 2019 Adoption Consciousness Week

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX kicks-off its 2019 Adoption Consciousness Celebration at City Mall, Tetuan, Zamboanga City with theme “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin” (Spread Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption).

This is in line with the department’s advocacy on promoting legal adoption. Yearly, the Adoption Resource Referral Section of the department invites local adoptive families to join the celebration and share testimonies on their experiences as adoptive parents.

OIC-Chief of Protective Services Division Ms. Marilyn Fabian welcomed the adoptive families, children from Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) and guests from participating agencies. “We hope that through this activity we can advocate more families to share their homes and welcome our abandoned, neglected and surrendered children who are temporarily placed in RSCC at Barangay Talon-talon, Zamboanga City”, she said.

The RSCC serves 0-6 year old children. Custodial care and other services are provided to the residents to protect them from further neglect, maltreatment and exploitation and to prepare them for the most suitable and permanent placement.

As per report of 2018, DSWD was able to place out 22 for domestic adoption, 15 of which are Male and 7 female. While 6 others for inter-country adoption with 4 Male and 2 female children, respectively.

The kick-off activity highlighted testimonial sharing of adoptive families, entertainment, zumba and fun games.

Meanwhile, DSWD invites the public to visit the Adoption Help Desk on February 13, 2019 at City Mall Tetuan and on February 14, 2019 at KCC Mall de Zamboanga.

The Adoption Consciousness Celebration is in pursuant to Proclamation No. 72 series of 1999 Annual observance of Adoption Consciousness every 1st Saturday of the month of February.### JGA

OIC Chief of Protective Services Division welcomed the Adoptive Families present, guests and staff during the Adoption Consciousness Celebration at City Mall, Tetuan, Zamboanga City.

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DSWD: Don’t use 4Ps for political gains

In reference to the upcoming national elections, the Department of Social Welfare and Development warns government officials on using the country’s conditional cash transfer program as propaganda to gain supporters.

The department sees that since the program covers 4.4 million households nationwide, it might be used by public officials for their own political interests.

DSWD-9 Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos emphasized that no politician can remove nor include beneficiaries from and in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

“The delisting of beneficiaries is based on the incompliance and disqualification of the beneficiaries to the program conditionalities. No one has the power to take any beneficiary out of the program. The same is true with adding beneficiaries in the program. The inclusion is based on the targeting system of the department,” Regional Director Ramos said.

To combat being politically influenced, the DSWD Pantawid Pamilya promotes active citizenship among its beneficiaries anchored by the tagline Aktibong Mamamayan: Magbantay, Makilahok, at Makialam sa Eleksyon!

The objective is to protect the program and its beneficiaries from undue politicking by providing avenue and opportunity for empowerment through the monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS).

The program provides cash grants to beneficiaries to support the educational and health needs of the poor households.

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PWDs graduate from short-term courses

A total of 55 Persons with Disability have graduated today from various short-term courses/training under the Area Vocational and Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The courses that were offered are Agriculture, Beauty Care, Commercial Arts, Garments Technology, Industrial Arts, Massage Therapy, Pre-vocational services, and Online Livelihood Computer Program in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

The theme for this year’s graduation and recognition ceremony is PWDs: Eliminating barriers by building capabilities while disregarding disabilities.

DSWD’s Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Carmencita D. Luna, expressed her admiration to the PWD clients of the department in her inspirational message.

“How can I inspire you when it is you, our PWD clients, who inspire us? Your dedication and perseverance continuously  drive our passion to serve more clients. May you always keep the knowledge that these trainings have taught you and may this help you achieve your goals in life,” ARD Luna said.

The graduates were also given employment facilitation through the job placement services that is offered by the center. Majority of the graduates are now ready for their deployment.

The Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center III is a facility under the DSWD that is mandated to implement program and services for Persons with Disability (PWD). The center assists persons with disabilities in achieving the highest level of physical, social and economic adjustment by maximizing their residual capacities through a wide range of social and vocational activities.

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4Ps children gather for 7th National Children’s Congress

In line with the celebration of National Children’s Month, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is holding the 7th National Children’s Congress (NCC) from November 26-December 02, 2018 in San Juan City, Manila.

About 85 children-beneficiaries of 4Ps representing the different provinces and cities in the country are participating in the congress including regional representatives from Zamboanga Peninsula.

The theme for this year is “Bata, Magkaisa Tungo sa Bayang Mapagkalinga”, focusing on children beneficiaries defining a “safe space” for children in the community. This is in line with the CWC’s (Council for the Welfare of Children) theme, “Isulong: Tamang Pag-aaruga para sa Lahat ng Bata” with a call on children’s participation and unity by using the word magkaisa, and widening our perspective on tamang pag-aaruga through incorporating bayang mapagkalinga.

The NCC is programmed to develop and strengthen positive values amongst the children and youth through personality-development workshops in partnership with Stairway Foundation and Make Believe Foundation. The congress will also be conducted along with the national search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children 2018.

A 15-year old exemplary Pantawid child from the municipality of Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte, Jane Marian R. Alberastine, is representing region IX along with two other exemplary children from Zamboanga del Sur (Lovely Cris E. Cagas) and Zamboanga City (Angeline M. Esteban).

Through the NCC, participants identify pressing issues which they believe affect them, and they then provide policy recommendations on the same.

In 2013, the results of the NCC led to the expansion of the program; one of the recommendations was for the 4Ps program to cover children up until they finish high school or reach the age of 18, whichever comes first.

The culmination of the congress which is dubbed as “Araw ng Kabataan” will happen on December 01 at SM North EDSA Skydome.

Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-18 and pregnant women. Program beneficiaries receive cash grants as they comply with the program conditions applicable to their households. The conditions are: pregnant women must avail pre and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by a trained health professional; parents must attend Family Development Sessions (FDS); 0-5 years old children must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; 6-14 years old children must receive deworming pills twice a year; and children beneficiaries (0-18 years old) must enroll in school and maintain a class attendance of at least 85% per month. As of May 2018, there are 4.39 million active households in the program nationwide.

Delegates from Region IX: (from left) Lovely Cris E. Cagas from Zambo del Sur, Angeline M. Esteban from Zamboanga City, and Jane Marian R. Alberastine from Zambo del Norte

Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children from various cities and municipalities
during their first activity in the NCC 2018

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