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DSWD to fund 246 COVID-19 related subprojects in ZamPen

Following the shift to Disaster Response Operations Procedure (DROP) from its regular implementation due to pandemic, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) will fund a total of 246 sub-projects in Region IX this year.

The activation of DROP ensures augmentation of resources to local government unit in response to COVID-19 through a Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach.

A total of Php187,217,698.24 will be allocated to CDD COVID19 disaster response in the region. Sub-projects to be identified under this procedure will focus more on the intervention to COVID-19 and on mitigating the effect of crisis to the communities.

Kalahi-CIDSS in Region IX is looking forward to construct community sub-projects as proposed and among these  include retrofitting and improvement of existing building for isolation facility, construction of isolation facility, purchase of medicines, purchase of personal protective equipment (PPEs), emergency supplies, water storage and amenities and cash-for-work scheme.

Despite a shorten approach in implementation this year, the program will see to it that the process will not be compromised, to be guided with CDD principles of transparency, accountability, inclusivity and participatory.

The program through the Disaster Response Operations Procedure (DROP) is implemented in 25 areas in Zamboanga Peninsula.

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Duterte: 4Ps beneficiaries in priority list for COVID vaccine

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has announced recently that vaccine for the Novel Corona Virus 2019 will soon be available for Filipinos and the first to receive it are those who belong to the poorest sector particularly the members of DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

4Ps family beneficiary from Zamboanga City during health consultation with DOH.

During his public address, President Duterte reiterated that his administration will ensure that the poorest of the poor will be prioritized along with the security forces once the vaccine arrives, the earliest on April 2021.

“Ang mauna sa bakuna..ay yung mga taong nasa listahan ng gobyerno na tumatanggap ng Pantawid. Ito yung mga mahirap.. (The first to receive the vaccine are those who are in the government’s 4Ps list.. They are the poor ones),” says Pres. Duterte.

The Chief Executive added that the vaccine will be free for poor Filipinos.

However, as much as the government wants all Filipinos to get the vaccine for free, due to limited resources, there will be prioritization in its distribution. And some may have to pay for the vaccine, especially those who can afford to pay for it.

Danny, a 4Ps beneficiary from Zamboanga City who recovered from Covid-19, expressed elation towards this good news.

“Wala may kinsa gusto maka-covid pero kung matakdan ta mga pobre, at least matabangan ta sa gobyerno kung naa nay vaccine (Nobody wants to acquire the virus but in case we get infected, at least the government will be able to help us once the vaccine is in),” Danny said.

The DSWD is yet to receive the policy governing this. The Department will be making the necessary preparations as soon as the guidelines are in place and the vaccine has been cleared for public use by the authorized agencies. 

Meanwhile, DSWD calls on 4Ps beneficiaries to wait for further announcement through its official social media platforms.

4Ps is the national poverty reduction strategy of the national government with DSWD as the lead agency. It invests in the health, nutrition, and education of poor households for an improved well-being.  It is implemented nationwide with more than 4 million household beneficiaries. ###

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4,333 community sub-projects completed through Kalahi-CIDSS

For over 15 years of implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS program across Zamboanga Peninsula, it has Completed a total of 4333 community sub-projects in Region IX from 2003-2019.

Through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is one of the poverty alleviation program that aims to empower communities to have access to services and to participate in a more inclusive local planning, budgeting and project implementation through Community-Driven Development (CDD) strategy.

The program covered multiple modalities using the said strategy that helped barangays in poor municipalities identified projects that fits their needs based on the decisions made by the communities themselves.

Following the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC), the program banked on the participation of the Community Volunteers which formed part of the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) that oversees the sub-project implementation.

They had undergone several capability-building activities from project preparation workshop, procurement, finance and in community-based implementation that trained them to become competent in their respective roles and tasks which became vital in the completion of the sub-projects.

Through the Participatory Situation Analysis (PSA), barangay through the representation of their community volunteers each had presented their proposed sub-project as perceived intervention to the identified problem from which prioritization of what sub-projects must be funded derived.

Among the top sub-projects prioritized and constructed by the communities are school buildings, day care centers, health station, roads and pre and post-harvest facilities like corn mill, rice mill and solar dryer and has benefited a total of 656,375 households region wide.

The completion of these sub-projects answered the cry of the communities, who pushed for the additional school buildings and replacement of makeshift classrooms, access to health services for pregnant women and children alike, access to social services as well and support to livelihood for the locals.            

These sub-projects are the result of the participation of the communities in an effort to bring about development in their localities in coordination with their Barangay and Municipal Local Government Officials. They were fully turned-over to the communities under their respective OandM group which ensures the maintenance and functionality of the sub-projects. ###

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9.3 Million CRCF upgrade for Home for the Elderly now underway

The Home for the Elderly is set to begin its construction and upgrade of facilities beginning September 23.

The said upgrades under the CRCF 2020 funded projects aim to improve the center and the existing structures of the residential facilities and to provide high quality standard programs and services to its elder clients.

The Home for the Elderly is a residential facility in the region that provides temporary shelter and care to dependent, needy and abandoned Filipino Senior Citizens. Eligible for admission in the center are senior citizens 60 years and above who are abandoned, neglected, homeless and unattached and with no contagious disease.

The 9.3 Million worth of upgrading projects includes the following: Upgrading of Administrative Building (Php 4,441,004.24); Upgrading of Resident Quarter Phase II (Php 2,600,518.71); Upgrading of Electrical System (Php 1,781,498.35) and Upgrading of Water System (Php 576,565.92).  

Earlier last year, the said center also underwent some major rehabilitation through upgrading of the different residential quarters, Mess hall, Construction of Multi-Purpose Hall and Aqua Therapy Pool.

These improvements have significantly provided relief, ease and comfort for all the clients they serve which contributed to its eventual recovery and rehabilitation while inside the center.

The DSWD Field IX is operating seven (7) centers and residential care facilities in the region. 5 of which are located in Zamboanga City while the 2 others are located in Zamboanga Del Norte, respectively.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has been providing residential care services to disadvantaged and vulnerable sectors and training and rehabilitation for persons with disabilities through the establishment of its centers and residential care facilities since the early 1950s.

DSWD remains committed to protect the welfare and best interest of these clients amidst the threat and impact brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Welcoming Sea Breeze

Taguilon Seabreeze Rice and Corn Retailing SLP Association is composed of 20 members in Seabreeze, Taguilon, Dapitan City. They are all identified pantawid beneficiaries. Most of their income from fish vending and they have few members are plain housewife to take care of their children while their husband is a fish vendor whose income is minimal and is enough for the family’s daily needs sometimes no income due to weather conditions that affects their day to day living. They admitted that sometimes they borrow large amount of money and credit of rice for that meal so that they could suffice and provide the basic and other educational needs of their children.

By the help of Sustainable Livelihood Program, they were given the privilege to put up their own micro-enterprise through Seed Capital Fund through the help of PDO assigned in the area. The project was implemented last November 18, 2018 with amount granted of P200,000.00 and attended by the City Mayor, Barangay Captain, and PDO’s.

In their one year and six months of operation the enterprise of Rice and Corn Retailing they add enterprise which is the Sari-Sari Store. The business went smoothly and full of stocks. The members also perform their duties and responsibilities through rotation of duties to their store. They have gain profit a total of Php143,253.47 in 1 year and six months operation. From their profit they save 40% in bank as of now they have cash on bank in amount of P38,934.00, Account receivables P141,544.72. It comes from the members and outside of the members are mostly of their customer worker from DAKAK Beach Resort, Dapitan City through “Utang-Bayad System” in every 15th and 30th of their salary.

All members of the Association according to them they can provide now the daily needs of their family from their monthly income received of the Association.    

What is the importance of the livelihood to her? Aside from it is a big help, can earn extra income, serves as additional savings and did not difficult to credit of rice and other daily needs. They said that the livelihood that was given to them significantly helps them on how to handle the enterprise and how to proper records of financial recordings.

The Taguilon Seabreeze Rice and Corn Retailing SLP Association, they value all the efforts and works of the staff especially to the implementing PDO assigned in the area for giving them the opportunity to impart their knowledge and skills and of course as a couple they have exerted efforts for the success of everything they did and because of that they helped their husband of the expenses of their daily needs and not like before only their husband have an income. And for now they have time to bonding their family, bought extra clothes of their childrens and they can give baon to their children.   When they have a time their husband without income they did not to hesitate to credit of rice and viands in the association not like before “balibaran sila mangutang sa tindahan”. For one year and six months of operation of enterprise all members becomes closer each other, they helping each other even though they have a time not understand the situation but in that time they are fixed before they end the meeting. To sustain the program that was given to them, they will keep everything in a right way and will do their best to develop bigger perspective and more abundance that the family are going to receive and hopefully it also possibly reaches their goals to receive bigger income in the future.

Taguilon Seabreeze Rice and Corn Retailing SLP association are very thankful especially to those people who helped them in pursuing this project.

“Pasalamat me og dako sa maong programa, sa enterprise nga ila gihatag kay dako kayo ang natabang namo labi na sa among kinahanglanon adlaw-adlaw og ako manghinaot nga naa pay dugang nga assistance nga ihatag sa SLP para namu nga mga pobre tungod kini among gikuhaan og Dugang panginabuhi para sa among mga anak og pasalamat me og dako tanang nadawat sa programa sa DSWD-SLP nga unta magpadayon ang kakugi sapag amoma sa among project”. SLPA Members

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DSWD resumes monitoring of 4Ps health compliance

True to its mandate to uphold the value of health, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) under the implementation of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) resumes monitoring of compliance to program conditionalities particularly on health component starting this current period (August-September 2020).

With this resumption, the Department urges program beneficiaries to visit health center facilities and coordinate with their barangay health workers.

This is to further ensure that the 4Ps family beneficiaries remain healthy and in good condition amid threats of the Corona-Virus disease and other health threats that may arise such as malnutrition, vaccine-preventable diseases, among others.

Furthermore, DSWD advises beneficiaries to know the details on how to avail health services such as health center visit, home visit, and other health-related activities while following the guidelines set by their city/municipal health office and/or the Department of Health.

It can be recalled that the Department has waived compliance of beneficiaries to the conditionalities of the 4Ps program since the uproar brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This was possible through the signing of a resolution on Force Majeure effective last February.

Under Rule No. VIII Section 15 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the RA 11310 or the 4Ps Act, the Department Secretary may suspend monitoring of compliance of beneficiaries under a ‘force majeure’ circumstance.

Because of this, the beneficiaries became entitled to cash grants even without compliance to program conditionalities such as sending their children to school, pre/post natal check-ups, regular and preventive check-up for children 5 years old and below, de-worming for children aged 14 and below, and attendance to Family Development Sessions (FDS).

The resumption of health compliance monitoring consequently means that the grants intended for health will only be granted to beneficiaries once they comply with health conditionality.

However, monitoring of education compliance and attendance to FDS still remain suspended until further advisory.

Meanwhile, DSWD studies the possibility of utilizing technological advancements as we transition to the new normal without the need for mass-gathering such as the newly-introduced e-FDS.

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DSWD responds to Armed Conflict affected families in RT Lim

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX thru their Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) has extended relief assistance to the affected families due to armed conflict that transpired at RT Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay Province last September 9.

As per report from MSWDO of RT Lim, there were 329 families or 1, 560 individuals affected by the said conflict. The families were comprised of residents from barangays: Ali-Alsree, Pres. Roxas, and Caluba of RT Lim, respectively. As of September 12, 2020, the DSWD FO IX has distributed 340 hygiene kits and 340 mosquito nets. An additional 200 plastic mats were also provided as augmentation while they are staying inside the evacuation centers.

The Quick Response Team (QRT) through the Social Welfare and Development Team (SWADT) in Zamboanga Sibugay was immediately activated. They proceeded to the evacuation center to assess the situation of the evacuees and to provide psychosocial intervention to the minor victims of the armed conflict. Food assistance were also provided by the LGU to the displaced families.

The DSWD FO IX will continue to extend relief assistance to disaster incidents amid the COVID-19 pandemic within region.

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DSWD extends assistance to Jolo twin bombing victims

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IX deployed members of their Quick Response Team to Jolo, Sulu last Friday, August 28, 2020 to extend financial and relief assistance to the victims of the recent twin bombing incident.

The team were escorted by members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Philippine National Police (PNP) to provide security for the conduct of the activity. As per assessment by the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) thru its Health Emergency Management Staff, there were 89 recorded casualties: 14 deaths, 49 admitted in hospitals and 26 out-patient comprised of innocent civilians and military troops, respectively.

As of September 01, 2020, the DSWD FO IX thru its Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) along with key staff from DSWD BARMM and Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) of Jolo facilitated the distribution of 57 family food packs (FFPs) and 57 hygiene kits to the victims amounting to P127, 899.45. Also in attendance was DSWD Assistant Secretary Jade Jamolod who led the distribution of cash assistance to the said victims under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) Funds of the DSWD: 9 families received P10, 000.00 each for burial assistance while 48 families received P5, 000.00 each for medical assistance, all amounting to P330,000.00 cash assistance.

Meanwhile, the Jolo Municipal Government enforced temporary lockdown for the City of Jolo. Concerned authorities are continuously assessing the recent bombing incident. Citizens were advised to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities in their community to authorities as bomb threats continuously circulate within the province.

Being the lead of the response pillar of the government, the DSWD will continuously extend its assistance to disaster incident victims amidst the COVID 19 pandemic. ###

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