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8,498 vulnerable households receive DSWD CARES Card

Card holders underwent a validation process including bio-metrics taking.

Cordillera Administrative Region– A total of 8,498 families from Benguet and Kalinga have already received the Comprehensive Assistance for disaster Response and Early recovery Services (CARES) card of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

This is a result of the conducted Disaster Vulnerability Assessment and Profiling Project (DVAPP) implemented with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Families enumerated under the said project are entitled to receive the said card.

As of 19 July 2019, 2,423 DSWD CARES cards have been released to the families from Itogon, 4,031 from Tublay and 2,044 from Pasil.

“The DSWD CARES card is a digitized access card that the holders can use when availing programs and services provided by the DSWD in times of disasters. This simplifies the current beneficiary registration and verification process of the Department”, OIC- Regional Director Leo L. Quintilla shared.

The DSWD is currently using the Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC) in monitoring and managing the provision of assistance during disaster operations. Unlike the DAFAC which is manually filled-out during the provision of assistance, the DSWD CARES Card is supported by a database which already contains the necessary information about the family to be provided with assistance. This may help in fast tracking the release of assistance to the affected families.

Meanwhile, Benguet Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Juana B. Banawe acknowledged the efforts of the DSWD and the IOM in implementing the Project and in helping them know the status of their people. She also expressed intent to implement the same project in the entirety of the province.

“We are looking forward to the roll-out of this project. We hope that this will be implemented in every municipality for us to have an accurate database of families who are at risk. By having truthful information, we can plan and implement efficient service to our communities. This will help us manage our resources well and strengthen community preparedness as well”, Dir. Quintilla said.

The DSWD-CAR is in continuous coordination with its partners and stakeholders for the improvement of its disaster response operations. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva


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Feature: Mom-in-Charge

Cordillera Administrative Region- Despite the common hustle and bustle in the Crisis Intervention Section (CIS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Cordillera Administrative Region (DSWD-CAR), Ate Marissa remains calm and committed.

With the mandate to handle requests for immediate assistance during crises situation, Ate Marissa can handle the situation while providing efficient and effective service to the clients of the CIS.

Best in what she does

Marissa Sabado Fortes has been in the Department for five (5) years now. As a Social Welfare Officer II under the CIS, she specializes in providing interventions to walk-in and referred clients in crisis such as financial, food, transportation, medical and burial assistance, psychosocial first aid, and other services.

To serve in the Crisis Intervention Section is a challenge. Every case is treated with utmost sensitivity and urgency. For them to provide the appropriate assistance, Social Workers conduct interviews, home/hospital/ jail visits, case counseling and case conference management. These are essential to gather collateral information for the preparation of social case study reports of clients. Aside from this, they also coordinate with local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), and People’s Organizations (POs) and other agencies and institutions to facilitate the client’s cases. Social workers also need to accompany clients in some circumstances. On an average, the section handles around 30 to 50 clients a day.

But that does not stop Ate Marissa from providing the best service to her clients. This was affirmed when she was named as one of the two Best Social Worker Awardees during the DSWD Anniversary Celebration under the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE).

Her dedication to fulfill her commitment to her profession goes beyond the regular functions inside the Section. She willingly shares her time augmenting to other programs needing her service such as assisting during Social Pension Program pay-outs, providing technical assistance during special events, and monitoring of communities under the provision of Assistance to Communities in Need in the region.

Her experience in handling persons with disability and adept knowledge in sign language and braille reading and writing has made her an expert on the said topics. This has made her more than eligible to handle clients with special needs. Aside from being a subject matter expert on this, Ate Marissa also serves as the alternate focal of the Regional AIDS Assistance Team where she coordinates with partner agencies to serve persons living with HIV referred to the DSWD.

She has exemplified the “maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo” of the DSWD by ensuring that she is able to provide holistic service to the clients she serve.

In DSWD-CAR, Ate Marissa is one of the personnel who often receive commendations from clients visiting the office.

“I am very satisfied with the help of Ms. Marissa for her immediate response on my concern. Keep up the quick response of their clients’ needs. Thank you very much,” said one of the clients she served.

Another client said “Ma’am Marissa agyaman kami. Mabilis ang pagasikaso yo kadakami. Adaan ti kastoy sakit me sapay koma pagpalain kayo ng Panginoon. Maraming salamat sa tulong. (Thank you Ma’am Marissa. You immediately assisted us. We are sick. May God bless you. Thank you for the help.)”.

“Naranasan ko kung gaano kahirap humingi ng tulong. Minsan nakakahiya. Nakikita ko yung sarili ko na dating ako yung tinutulungan, kaya ngayong ako ang binigyan ng pagkakataon na tumulong, ginagawa ko ang makakaya ko para makatulong sa kapwa. Masarap sa pakiramdam ang makatulong dahil ginagamit tayo ng Diyos as an instrument na makatulong sa iba”, Ate Marissa shared.

Strength from Others

Aside from being a dedicated public servant, Ate Marissa is also known for her positive outlook in life. From her smile, no one may guess the challenges she had to face as a daughter, wife, and mother.

“Noong bata ako, ayaw na akong pag-aralin ng mga magulang ko dahi babae naman daw ako at mag-aasawa rin. Kaya naman noong nabigyan ako ng pagkakataon na maging scholar, I grabbed the opportunity.” Ate Marissa said. In 1998, Ate Marissa became a Registered Social Worker.

Shortly after, she became a wife and a mother. She was not exempted from the challenges of life but everything became more tolerable with her husband and children by her side. Even without her immediate family as she already lost her parents and sibling, she found comfort and love from her Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Concepcion family.

But on October 2018, Ate Marissa lost her husband due to aneurism. She was left with her three children, youngest of which is 7 years-old.

“Hinuhugot ko yung lakas ko sa mga anak ko. At acceptance is the key. Alam ko na God has a reason for everything. Siguro para maging malakas ako uli. Dahil din sa social worker ako, alam kong kaya ko kasi nakatutulong akong i-solve ang problema ng iba, sa sarili ko pa kaya”, she said.

“Malaking bagay din na nakikita kong nag-eexcel ang mga anak ko sa school. Sweet sila at very independent. Hindi ko sila prinoproblema”, Ate Marissa proudly shared.

Even with the trials, Ate Marissa remains to be fully committed to serve. “Kaya ako nag sisilbi sa client kasi utang na loob ko sa clients ang trabaho ko, kaya dapat laging pag-igihan ang pagsisilbi sakanila”, she said.

Ate Marissa is just one the Social Workers in the Department of Social Welfare and Development who have proven that no difficulty will stop them from serving with passion and excellence. She is a woman and a mother in charge of how she will make a difference in the life of her family and the community she is in. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva

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RDC Committee visits Kalahi areas in Ifugao

The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) of the Regional Development Council (RDC)-CAR conducted monitoring and validation of completed and on-going sub-projects of the DSWD Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) in Ifugao on April 29-30 2019.

The RPMC headed by RDC Vice Chair and NEDA-CAR Regional Director Milagros Rimando led the visit in Barangay Abatan in Hungduan, Ifugao where they inspected the concreted farm-to-market roads (FMR) implemented during the third and fourth cycle of the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS. The FMRs are worth more than 2.4 million pesos.

The Committee also met with the community volunteers and local government officials and employees to listen to their experiences in implementing community-driven development (CDD) projects. During the discussions, community volunteers who are also the beneficiaries of the sub-projects expressed their gratitude to the Department.

“We can feel the improvement in our barangay. We can now easily transport our vegetable and fruit products to the market,” Community volunteer-turned-Barangay Kagawad Alberto Callatan said in vernacular. He added that the implementation of the sub-projects provided them temporary employment.

Community volunteer Sheryl Rumbaua also affirmed that through the trainings they were empowered to procure materials for their own sub-projects. “We did not study in a formal school but we learned how to canvass materials and how to evaluate bids from suppliers,” she said.

Maximizing their time in Ifugao, the committee proceeded to Barangay Antipolo in Asipulo, Ifugao to monitor the on-going 380 linear meters farm-to-market road sub-project under the same program.

Being the first municipality to institutionalize CDD through their Pan-aamungan (Convergence) Program, the RPMC inquired about their strategies in implementing barangay development projects.

Mayor Armando Domilod said that one strategy that makes their implementation systematic is the “man-ili” system. “The barangay members are divided into “man-ili” (community organizations) who can be mobilized easily during implementation. The scheduling of community work for each “man-ili” allows the residents to attend to their farms and their families,” he added.

The Mayor added that the “man-ili” can also be mobilized easily during community affairs such as weddings, festivities and wakes.

The RPMC recommended that the institutionalized CDD of Asipulo – the Pan-aamungan Program should be shared for other Local Government Units to adopt.

They also recommended that the community should strengthen their operation and maintenance action plans to solve minimal problems on the completed sub-projects. The community or DSWD may also request fund from other concerned agencies to address other community infrastructures and facilities needed and identified by the residents.

The RPMC also visited other government projects in the province such as the on-going construction of the Ifugao General Hospital.

The visit in Ifugao is part of the RPMC’s mandate to monitor and evaluate development plans and programs, and provide recommendations to appropriate agencies.

The RPMC is composed of representatives from private sectors and government agencies namely National Economic and Development Authority, Presidential Management Staff, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Interior and Local Government and Philippine Information Agency.

DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS under the National Community-Driven Development Program modality has been implemented in selected municipalities in the Cordillera for four cycles since it was launched in 2014. Ideally, one cycle of the program takes one year to implement.    #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Jasmin P. Kiaso with reports from Wilber Fidel

| NERIZZA FAYE G. VILLANUEVA | DSWD Regional Information Officer

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DSWD conducts de-briefing session, assists early recovery of families of Itogon landslide victims

DSWD conducts de-briefing session, assists early recovery of families of Itogon landslide victims

Family members of the victims from Itogon were assisted by the DSWD through psychological interventions. This is in addition to the initial relief assistance provided to the families.

“Our hearts are filled with sorrow as we give them the interventions. We know that no amount of assitance can equate to the value of the lives that were claimed unexpectedly.”, DSWD-CAR OIC Regional Director Janet P. Armas said.

During the onslaught of TY Ompong, a landslide occurred at Brgy. Ucab, Itogon, Benguet which is seen to have caused the death of 105 individuals. This number is yet to be finalized.

On 17 September 2018, teams composed of social workers from the DSWD-CAR provided assistance to the LGU of Itogon to assist the families. Psychosocial interventions like de-briefing were provided. The social workers conducted assessment for the provision of necessary assistance.

“We have initially provided a total of 700 family food packs and other non-food items to all the victims of TY Ompong in Itogon. The assessment will determine the additional assistance that we can give.”, Armas added.

The DSWD will also provide financial and burial assistance to the victims.

Armas further said that the DSWD tries to reach the communities for the Department to know the spefic needs of the victims.

“We know that we cannot take away the pain of losing our loved ones. But we will do our best to assist the local government unit in helping the victims get through this challenge. We, in DSWD-CAR, are praying for the families and the victims.”, Dir. Armas said.

“The DSWD-CAR will continue to provide psychosocial interventions as well as relief assistance to the families. We will do our best to be with them on their journey towards recovery”, Armas added.

#OmpongPH #DSWDKalingaAtPagmamahal

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When you want to rise, You stand up

Jonathan and his fellow graduates celebrate as they mark the end of their training and the beginning of their journey equipped with more skills.

Kung gusto nating umangat ang antas ng ating pamumuhay, dapat tayong magsikap hindi iyong palaging nakalubog sa lupa na hindi alam kung kalian aahon” (If we want to improve the quality of our lives, we should know when to rise)”, 21 year-old Jonathan Gonzales positively shared.

It was in the afternoon on April 6, 2018 when Jonathan received his NC II certificate for Mechatronics servicing and Manufacturing Technology from the National College of Science and Technology-Institute of Industrial reseach and Training (NCST-IRRT), Dasmariñas, Cavite.

Early Labor

Living in Pudtol is never easy for Jonathan whose family do not own any agricultural land and are dependent on farming and daily labor as their source of livelihood.

Gapu ta awan iti sarili me nga daga a matalon nga pangalaan iti kanen me, nagrugi ak napan nakilako iti tinapay ken balut idi kaubing ko (Since my family doesnot own a farm, we experienced hardship forcing me to work as a bread and “balut” vendor at a young age)”, Jonathan shared.

At an early age, Jonathan Gonzales was separated from his biological family forcing him to live with his aunt. Jonathan’s mother died when he was still an infant. His aunt who resides in Pudtol, Apayao then took care of him whom he considers as his second mother.

Dahil sa hirap ng buhay namin,  highschool lang ang natapos ko dahil wala na kasi kaming perang gagamitin sa pag-aaral ko. Noong tumigil ako sa pag-aaral, naghanap ako ng trabaho at nakuha naman akong attendant ng isang water refilling station sa amin, kung minsan naman nakikiarawan ako o kaya ay tumatangap ng dalawa o tatlong trabaho para mas malaki ang ma-uuwi kung sahod (Because of poverty, I was just able to finish highschool due to financial constrains for further education. When I graduated from highschool, I worked as an attendant of a water refilling station in our place, at times I accept two or three daily labors to get a higher income)”, Jonathan added.

Take Opportunities Seriously

In December 2016, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) implemented a skills training on Mechatronics Servicing NCII and Certificate in Manufacturing Technology NCII, an opportunity provided to children of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) households in Apayao for viable employability or alternative source of income.

Since their family is a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang since 2012, Jonathan qualified to be a participant of the Skills Training modality of SLP. This is a modality under SLP’s Employment Facilitation (EF) track that aims to provide assistance to qualified participants seeking employment through pre-employment guidance and orientation, technical-vocational and soft skills training, as well as job referrals or placement, among others.

With Endeavour

Jonathan took the opportunity and went to National College of Science and Technology-Institute of Industrial research and Training (NCST-IRRT), he and fellow beneficiaries underwent 3-months skills training and 1-year On the Job Training (OJT).

Acknowledging the importance of this opportunity, Jonathan and fellow participants from Apayao did their best during the training. Their efforts and sacrifices were recognized as they received a Setsuko Miyata-Gan (Model Trainee) Award. During the ceremony they were given certificate and medal. Above these recognitions, Jonathan, now, reaps the fruit of his labor.

“Nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon na makakuha ng magandang trabaho, ang aking sahod ay pinapadala ko sa aking ina na siyang ginagamit nila sa araw-araw na gastusin. Dahil nakapasok na ako sa kompanya pinagbubutihan ko ang aking trabaho, pag nakaipon ako, itutuloy ko ang aking pag-aaral para makakuha ng diploma (I had the opportunity to get a good job,I am sending a part of my salary to my mother which they use for everyday expenses. Since I am now absorbed in the company, I will continue my study to get a Diploma)”, Jonathan said.

Remembering his hardship and his family, Jonathan made a promise to himself that someday through his continuous endeavours, he will soon receive a diploma and be regularized at work. He wants to renovate their house and provide a livelihood for his aunt.#DSWD-CAR Babble Mae Gorio and Katrina Apayyo

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Kumon: Weathering the Storms and Building a Resilient Community

Regardless of age, gender and educational attainment, every resident in Tamac took a role in rebuilding their community.

Tamac in the Municipality of Villaviciosa was isolated for several days when Typhoon Ineng hit the Province of Abra in 2015. The roads were impassable and residents were forced to immediately evacuate their homes after a huge landslide occurred near their major settlement affecting 134 households.

Demetria Gamileng, 56, shared that she felt helpless when she gave one last glance at her newly built house before heading to the evacuation center. She lamented that they never had the chance to enjoy the comforts of their new house. “We have been stashing away our profit from tobacco production for several years for that house only to leave it as soon as it was finished,” she said.

The community admits that it was never easy for them to start all over again. But instead of drowning themselves with this painful challenge, they chose to gather their strength and live their lives as if it was their second.

According to Punong Barangay Carmelo Bayod, as per survey, around 50 hectares of land in the barangay and its surrounding areas eroded. Two houses were destroyed, but fortunately, there were no casualties.

While they battled to survive the natural disaster that befell them, their strength as a community was also put to test. They had to put things in the proper perspective and provided strength to one another more than before.

Five kilometers away from their previous settlement, they began building their new homes using materials provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Core Shelter Program and the Municipal Local Government Unit.

But, just as they were recovering from the damages brought by Typhoon Ineng, they received another blow in 2016 when Typhoon Lawin raged through their relocation site leaving some of the Core Shelters destroyed.

“Before we know it, we went back to zero because of Lawin,” Bayod narrated.


How Bayanihan rebuilt Tamac

Kumon, the barangay’s version of Bayanihan, was practiced to hasten recovery. This practice requires every household to send a representative during communal activities that need manpower.

“Our barangay is proud that we still practice “Kumon” in all our community projects and activities,” Gamileng boasted.

She believes that Kumon helped them to get through the physical and emotional struggle brought by Typhoons Ineng and Lawin. This also allowed them to continue receiving basic services from various government agencies and private organizations.

In 2016 and 2017, Barangay Tamac was able to land the top priority projects for both second and third cycle of the DSWD’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services(Kalahi-CIDSS).

Following the Kalahi-CIDSS’ community-driven development processes, strengthened community participation reflected in their output was noted in the barangay.
During the implementation, they employed Kumon to fast track implementation. True enough, Tamac completed 300-linear meter Farm-to-Market road project for the second cycle, which was programmed for 90 days, in just 27 days. For the third cycle, they finished implementing a 325-linear meter road in just 18 days.

“During our scheduled bayanihan, every capable community member, be it women, youth, senior citizens came out to help and most of the time some families came with all their family members” Joselito Rodriguez, Chair of Community Volunteers under the DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS program, proudly remarked.

As one of the community volunteer, Gamileng is also convinced that constantly working with each other during scheduled kumon has brought them closer to one another which made facilitation of every activity easier and faster.

Vice Mayor Marjorie Lagen said that the unity of the community members is one of the major factors that contributed to their fast recovery from the two disasters that severely hit the barangay.

“When I first got introduced to Barangay Tamac, the bayanihan spirit was already there. When Ineng happened, that’s when we saw their strength. I’m not talking about their physical strength but their strength in keeping their faith and core values as they try to recover,” Villaviciosa Vice Mayor Marjorie Lagen said.

She added that Barangay Tamac is the farthest barangay of the municipality and thus, most of the time residents have to rely on each other be it personal or communal matters.


Making Waves

The barangay’s fast-tracked implementation of two cycles of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS inspired the interest of other municipalities, within and outside the Cordillera, implementing the same program.

Inspired by how Barangay Tamac turned their challenges to develop their community, community volunteers and LGU members of Burgos, La Union visited the municipality to learn from them.

Tamac community volunteers and local government officials also became favorite speakers on good practices and strategies during regional conferences and learning visits.
Last year, Villaviciosa received a back-to-back recognition from DSWD-CAR. The municipality was recognized as a model LGU implementing the Kalahi-CIDSS program in November 2017 while Barangay Tamac was recognized as Regional BAYANi Ka! Awardee under the improved local governance category in December 2017.

During the Regional Local Government Unit Forum on the same month they were recognized as the “First to Complete Program Implementation of DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP Second Cycle” and as the municipality with highest barangay assembly participation rate with an average of 80% rating for the 3-cycle implementation of the program.

The unwavering Kumon in Barangay Tamac surely got them through major crisis in their lives and in their community. This bayanihan spirit has also charmed various agencies, government and private, to grant fund and other services the community needed. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, Jasmin Kiaso

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135 households to benefit from KALAHI-CIDSS FMR Project

Cordillera Administrative Region – The Department of Social Welfare and Development has formally turned over a farm-to-market road (FMR) to the community of Barangay Benben in La Paz, Abra. This community-built 100 linear meter road which was implemented under the Kalahi-CIDSS through the funding of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Millennium Challenge Account – Philippines (MCA-P) will benefit 135 households in the said area.

The project, amounting to PhP 2,854,320.94, covers road concreting and gravelling along Barangay Benben to Barangay Pamisilan. The community started the project last March 2013 and completed the project last 30 November 2014. Barangay Captain Ricardo Todiño, Jr, who also serves as the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Chairperson said the construction of the Farm-to-Market Road has been their priority among other proposed sub-projects since this will be where everyone from their community would most likely benefit from. “Adu ti matulungan na daytoy nga proyekto. Dagiti apan ag-obra, ubbing nga mapan ag-iskwela, dagiti buntis nga kasapulan nga agpacheckup, amin kami ditoy, haan kamin nga marigatan. (Many of us here will benefit from this project. Those who will go to work, children who will go to school, the pregnant women who needs to go for a check-up, every one of us here will never have to suffer anymore.)”

The community of Benben is one of the most remote barangays of La Paz, Abra. Being one of the farthest barangays, they have minimal infrastructure support thus the community lacks access to transportation services, social services, and economic stability.

The major source of income of the community mostly comes from crops production and handicrafts. However, their products are almost not sold because these are hardly transported to the market and nearby municipalities specifically during the rainy season. During these times, the road is dangerous, muddy, and slippery for vehicles. Thus, most of the time, no vehicles, not even tricycles attempt to go to the area. Same effect it does to the children coming from Sitio Kariskis and Sitio Pamisilan attending at Benben Primary School who incur several absences all throughout the year. During dry season, most of them miss school due to sickness related to respiratory infections when they are exposed to road dust.

Community Volunteer Gloria Galera, who also served as a member of the Barangay Representation Team, shared that they have long been waiting this project to be completed. “Haanen marigatan nga mapan ag-iskwela dagiti annak mi. Haan dan nga agawid nga kapitpitak nu panagtutudo. Maysa pay, nalaka min nga maiangkat ti produkto mi nga ipan idyay Poblacion ken idyay Bangued. Nalaka pay en nga makapan dagiti lugan ditoy barangay min. (It will not be hard for our children to go to school anymore. They do not have to go home with muddy feet during the rainy season. We are now able to easily transport our goods to Poblacion and Bangued. Also, vehicles can now access and reach our barangay.),” Gloria shared.

Meanwhile, Vice-Mayor Ching Bernos, who also graced the turnover ceremony, thanked the community for patiently working on the project. The MLGU and the community were able to deliver PhP 522,0001.29 Local Cash Counterpart in cash and in kind for the implementation of the sub-project. “Agtitinnulong tayo. Naswerte tayo ta adda iti Kalahi-CIDSS nga tumulong kanya tayo, isu nga ipakita tayo nga kaya tayo met nga i-mentenar daytoy baro nga kalsada tayo. (Let’s continue to work together. We are lucky to have Kalahi-CIDSS to help us. Let us show them that we can maintain our newly-constructed road project.),” Vice Mayor Bernos said during her message.

This year, Barangay Benben will continue to do road concreting and gravelling for the remaining 500 meters of their barangay road for 3rd cycle under MCC. The program follows the Community Empowerment Activity Cycle (CEAC) which involves the community in local planning, budgeting, implementing, and monitoring. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, STRELLE C. QUEJADO

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DSWD fund increases, P82 M allocated for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

Cordillera Administrative Region – A total of PhP 82 million has been allotted for the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) beneficiaries here. The increase can be associated to the expansion of the program’s age coverage.

DSWD-CAR Regional Director Janet P. Armas said that this increase aims to intensify the assistance that the Government provides for the poor families, as identified by the NHTS-PR or Listahanan, with children 0-18 years old.

“The cash grants from the Pantawid Pamilya are provided given that our partner beneficiaries are able to comply with the program’s conditionalities. It ensures that the children are able to go to school and avail of the health services. And through its expansion, we are providing the beneficiaries the opportunity to finish their secondary education. “Dir. Armas shared.

It was in SY 2012-2013 that the Department of Education has decided to implement the K to 12 curriculum which added two years of basic education for Filipino students which involved the Pantawid Pamilya children. With this, the Department has pushed for the age expansion and was eventually implemented in 2014.

As of 24 February 2015, a total of 62,669 households are under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.  118,656 children are monitored by the program in relation to their compliance to education. And a total of 9,213 students have been added to the list because of the program’s age expansion.

Among the beneficiaries who will be able to benefit from the program expansion is 31 year old Maureen Calonge of Brgy. Honeymoon, Baguio City. For the last pay-out, Maureen received Php 1,100 for her two (2) children who are under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. “Nasunog ang bahay namin noon at hindi ako nakapagtrabaho dahil kailangan ako ng bunso kong sakitin. Dahil sa ibinibigay na tulong ng Pantawid Pamliya, kahit papaano ay nakaka-recover na kami dahil yung grant, nagagamit para sa pag-aaral ng mga anak ko, nakakadagdag sa panggastos namin”, Maureen shared.

Pantawid Pamilya partner beneficiaries receive an amount of PhP300.00 per child who is enrolled in the elementary level and PhP 500.00 for each student in high school. Each household is also given PhP 500.00 for their health grant. However, each household is only allowed to enroll up to three (3) children under the Pantawid Pamilya. Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries should also comply to conditionalities including attendance to at least 85%school attendance, parents attending the FDS, and regular visit to health centers for them to be able to receive their grants. #DSWD-CAR, SOCIAL MARKETING UNIT, NERIZZA FAYE G. VILLANUEVA with reports from SEANG BEUL RA (UC Intern)

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