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4Ps beneficiaries continue to receive grants, rice subsidy during quarantine period

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) clarified that beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) will continue to receive their grants and rice subsidy through their cash cards amid enforcement of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, emphasizing that only 4Ps activities that require mass gathering are suspended.

DSWD also reiterated that program beneficiaries with Europay, Mastercard, and Visa (EMV) cash cards may withdraw their grants on March 24, 26, 28, and April 4. Cash grants credited through the EMV card may be withdrawn from any Land Bank of the Philippines Automated Teller Machines (LBP-ATMs) or any ATM subject to minimal charges.

Beneficiaries may also use their EMV cards in establishments that receive payment through point-of-sale or POS.

Meanwhile, the Department is exploring alternative means to distribute cash grants to beneficiaries who have yet to receive their EMV cash cards. 4Ps City and Municipal Links will cascade the announcement of release once finalized.

Other 4Ps activities that are temporarily suspended are the conduct of the monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS) and the assessment of household beneficiaries using the Social Welfare and Development Indicators, and over-the-counter payouts.

The Department has also waived the program conditionalities for the months of February and March following the signing of the resolution on Force Majeure. Under Rule VIII Section 15 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act (RA) 11310 or the 4Ps Act, the Secretary of DSWD may suspend the monitoring of compliance of beneficiaries to program conditionalities under “force majeure” circumstances. This means that beneficiaries will be receiving their full grants for the said period sans compliance to program conditions.

Amid this health emergency, the Department continues to look into different modes of providing social services without prejudice to public health and safety. ##

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DSWD readies for typhoon, rainy season

Cordillera Administrative Region- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here has laid down measures for the possible effects of Typhoon Falcon in the region.

“As early as July 15, the Field Office has already been monitoring the weather distrubance. Our Quick Response Teams (QRT) in  Apayao, Abra, and Ifugao are already on duty. All personell are on standby for possible response.” DSWD-CAR OIC-Regional Director Leo L. Quintilla said. 

As of 16 July 2019, the DSWD Field Office CAR, Regional Resource Operations Section (RROS), and Satellite Warehouses have 15,900 family food packs (FFPs) amounting to ₱5,961,474.80 and available Food and Non-food Items (FNIs) amounting to ₱38,122,209.55. 

 

Aside from this, a total of ₱2,691,805.95 standby funds in the Field Office. 

On June 2019, the DSWD-CAR has forged an agreement with the Philippine Army to facilitate the storage of relief items in the Province of Kalinga. 

“We are continuously working on other partnerships to improve our service delivery especially in times of disaster. Meanwhile, we call on the public to be proactive during this times. You may directly report to your local governments “, Director Quintilla added.

Republic Act 10121 also known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Act of 2010 mandates to strengthen disaster management in the Philippines, a country prone to natural hazards. It also emphasizes the importance of strengthening local governments and the role of local communities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector on disaster risk reduction and management. 

Furthermore, Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code highlights the important role of the local government units in providing programs and services for the communities. 

“The DSWD-CAR will work hand in hand with our local government units and other partners in this endeavor. We will do our best to deliver efficient and necessary service to the Cordillera people.” Dir. Quintilla said. #DSWD-CAR, Nerizza Faye G. Villanueva 

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DSWD’s Response to El Nino Phenomenon

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DSWD’s Listahanan holds photo contest

Cordillera Administrative Region – To promote transparency on the process of identifying the poor, the Listahanan, or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), of the Department of Social Welfare and Development will hold its first photo contest on the on-going household assessment.

The contest, themed “Listahanan at work: identifying families in need of social protection,” is open to all photography enthusiasts.

“By showcasing how poor families are identified through the actual data gathering of Listahanan in this photo contest, we aim to illustrate transparency and integrity of the assessment process and develop advocates of the Listahanan,” DSWD-CAR OIC Regional Director Janet P. Armas said.

All interested participants must send scanned copy of entry form with at least three sample photos in digital format to listahanan.sm.car@gmail.com. Contestants with the best photos will be chosen to officially compete in the regional photo contest through a study tour that the DSWD will conduct.

The winning entries will receive plaques and cash prizes of: Php 10,000 for first place; Php 7,000 for second place; Php 5,000 for third place.

Entry form is now available here. Deadline of application will be on 15 August 2015.

For more information about the contest, all interested individuals may visit the DSWD-CAR Field Office or call (074) 444-3262 and look for Ms. Kaye Ann Mapalo.

# DSWD-CAR, Social Marketing Unit, Kaye Ann O. Mapalo

 

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DSWD’s Listahanan starts encoding and verifying household assessment

Cordillera Administrative Region – The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) has started the encoding and verifying of the gathered data with the ongoing household assessment in the region.

“The Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country; hence, the encoding of household’s data gathered by the enumerators using the family assessment forms is crucial in the updating of the Listahanan database,” DSWD-CAR OIC Regional Director Janet P. Armas said.

The Listahanan first household assessment was conducted in 2009 to 2010.

This second assessment, 244,180 assessment forms are expected to be encoded and verified until the end of July. The target is based on the target households to be assessed in the region based on the Population Census 2010.

The DSWD hired 87 encoders and 87 verifiers to check accuracy of the encoded data in the Listahanan system. “With the number of target forms to be encoded, we devised a round-the-clock schedule of encoders and verifiers for us to come up with the updated database as soon as possible,” Armas added.

After the encoding of assessment forms in the Listahanan system, the data will be run through the Proxy Means Test, a statistical model which approximates the annual per capita income based on observable and verifiable indicators such as family properties, type of housing, and access to basic services like schools and health clinics. The approximated income is compared to the official provincial poverty thresholds or the minimum income/expenditure required for a family/individual to determine if a household is poor or non-poor. Households with incomes that fall below the poverty threshold will then be classified as poor. # DSWD-CAR, Social Marketing Unit, Kaye Ann O. Mapalo

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