DSWD-NCR implements the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region implements the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program stipulated in Section 82 of Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law to provide cash grants to poor households and individuals who may not benefit from the lower income tax rates but may be adversely affected by rising process.

The Department, through the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) will undertake the validation of Listahanan-identified poor who are non-Pantawid Pamilya household and non-Social Pension beneficiaries starting April to May 2018 in all cities and municipality in Metro Manila.

Ten million households/individuals will receive the UCT. Of this figure, 4.4 million are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. DSWD will facilitate the payment to 1.8 million beneficiaries with cash cards by 2018. The remaining 2.6 million households will be selected from the Listahanan which will go through validation to ensure that those who will benefit from the UCT program belong to the poorest 1st to 7th income deciles as indicated in the above mentioned law.

The UCT will be implemented for three (3) years. For 2018, each family will receive P200 per month or a total of P2,400 a year through LBP Cash Cards. This will increase to P300 per month or P3,600 annually for both 2019 and 2020.

“DSWD as implementer will continue to uphold efficiency, transparency and compassion in the delivery of its programs and services — now including the UCT — and to be true to its mandate to provide “maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo and serbisyong walang puwang sa katiwalian” Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson emphasized.

The Republic Act no. 10963, or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, seeks to enhance the efficiency, simplicity, and equity of the tax system in order to promote investment, create jobs, and reduce poverty. ###

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DSWD signs MOA with SWDAs and CSOs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with three (3) SWDAs and CSOs on March 26, 2018 at Karunungan Conference DSWD-NCR for the Budget Partnership Agreement.

The signing of the agreement was participated by The Voice Philippines Inc., Philippine Coordinating Center for Inclusive Development and PWD Federation- NCR.

Under this, partner CSOs and SWDAs agreed to work closely with the DSWD-NCR to make the national budget more responsive to the country’s development needs and pressing concern to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of services and to enhance the quality of the budget process through citizen participation in the preparation of the FY 2019 National Budget.

Moreover, this upholds transparency and accountability in allocation and utilization of public funds in serving the poor, through monitoring of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, Supplementary Feeding Program and among others.

Regional Director Leyson expressed his gratitude and commitment that the Regional Office will give its best effort in ensuring that every centavo that comes out of the Treasury is for the benefit of the poor and vulnerable. He also emphasized his hope for a long-term partnership with the CSOs and SWDAs. ###

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Marillac Hills’ 50th year Anniversary Celebration

We are family. Sa pamilya maraming pagsubok, pero kinakaya, thank you sa mga sponsors na walang tigil sa pagtulong. Ang foundation ninyo ay napakalaking tulong sa amin.” Ms. Herminia Arcanghel, Office-In-Charge of Marillac Hills (MH) stated as she gives heart-warming appreciation to everyone who made the event a success.

Marillac Hills celebrated their 50th year founding anniversary through a week-long celebration which started  last March 12-15, 2018 with different activities which are participated by the staff and clients  held at Marillac Hills Northgate Avenue Alabang Muntinlupa City with the theme “Limampung- Taong walang Humpay at Maagap na Serbisyo sa Makabagong Paglilingkod tungo sa Paghilom”.

On March 12, 2018, staff and clients showed their talents through their street dancing with their warrior outfits while on March 13, cultural night took place wherein the staff had the chance to celebrate their hard work. The staff wore costumes and also showcased their talents; some even dressed glamorously for the occasion and looked like stars of the 60’s. The just-for-fun cultural night was an avenue for the staff to unwind and celebrate friendships and years of untiring service to the residents. The search for Ms. Marillac Hills, one of the most awaited highlights of the celebration wherein the beautiful, intelligent, and talented residents wore elegant gowns and cocktails was held on March 14. On March 15, Thanks giving, awarding, and acknowledgement of sponsors, partners and benefactors were conducted.

On the last day of the celebration, the program started with an opening prayer by the selected residents of Marillac Hills followed by the singing of the National Anthem led by Ms. Myrna Valencia, staff of MH and an opening remarks from Ms. Dionesa Serojihos, Teacher-In-Charge in MH. A special number was performed by the residents and CAPOIERA Angola.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Mr. Vincent Andrew T. Leyson gave his speech through acknowledging the hard works both of the clients and staff of the center. “Noong huling nagpunta ako rito ay noong 48 years celebration, ngayon 50 na at nakita ko ang magandang pagbabagong dulot hindi lamang sa facilities pero lalo’t higit ay sa mga residenteng at kliyenteng pinagsisilbihan. Maraming salamat sa ating mga donors at sponsors, marami sa ating mga bata dito ang nakinabang sa mga ipinabot ninyong tulong na siyang nagbigay-daan upang makapaghatid kami ng mas magandang serbisyo. Maraming salamat mula sa kaibuturan ng aming mga puso. Sa ating mga staff naman na walang sawang naglilingkod, sana po ay ipagpatuloy pa natin ang ating pakikipagtrabaho at pakikitungo sa ating mga kasamahan dito lalo’t higit sa ating priority, ang ating mga kliyente. Sa mga mahal naming pinagsisilbihan, YOLO (You Only Live Once). Nawa’y pahalagahan ninyo ang bawat oras na nandito kayo sa Center upang magamit sa inyong “self-development”. Lagi niyong isaisip ang mga ibinabahagi ng ating mga social workers at houseparents. Ituring ninyo silang pamilya na walang hinahangad kundi kayo ay mapabuti. Nawa ito’y maging aral upang paglabas ninyo rito ay mapabuti ang inyong pagtakahak at pagtuloy sa buhay. Kayo sana ay maging mas mabuting anak at kasapi ng inyong komunidad.

The celebration also served as a venue to recognize the partners as well as the staff of the Center for their dedication in helping young girls who are victims of abuse, neglect and difficult circumstances.

Ms. Vivien Bayas was awarded as the best social worker for 2018 while Mr. Jason Hernandez was given the Best Administrative Staff award, Ms. Gina Serjo was the best MOA employee for serving the Marillac girls for 18 years as Contract of Service worker, Dr. Wilhelmina Berroya was the Best Technical Staff and Ms. Herminia Archangel was awarded as the Best Supervisor.

Ms. Kris Yabes, one of the partners from Asian Hospital shared her story and how inspired she was when she became part of the team coordinating with the Marillac Hills.

I believe in order to make things happen in the Center, there is a need for a special element in order to achieve whatever goals or missions that we have. Alam ninyo po ba ang special element na iyan? It is the heart…our hearts. Hearts that work together to make an impact to the lives of these girls. It is not only about providing the material things but most of all, understanding what they need and equip them with the values and attitudes that will make them ready to face the reality. They need a sincere and generous hearts which can move mountains. We can make the impossible, possible. We your benefactors, donors, and partners will act as your change agents. Our help will go beyond what is tangible, hopefully we play bigger roles in MH and share the responsibility of providing continuous improvement in all aspects of their lives. Cheers to your celebration and thank you very much,” Yabes said.

To officially end the program, Ms. Arcanghel gave her speech of gratification and appreciation to all who made it possible for the success of the event.

Marillac Hills is one of the Residential Care Facilities under the management of DSWD- NCR which caters young girls ages 17 years old and below who are youthful offenders, sexually abused, exploited and unwed mother. ###

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DSWD NCR welcomes six hospitals through MOA Signing for LinGaP sa MaSa

OIC Secretary Emmanuel A. Leyco, DSWD- NCR Regional Director Mr. Vincent Andrew T. Leyson and Ms. Marlene Guzman, Officer in Charge of Emergency Assistance Section – Crisis Intervention gladly welcome six (6) new partner hospitals through signing the Memorandum of Agreement for the “Lingap at Gabay Para sa May Sakit (LinGaP sa MaSa) with the City of Manila Honorable Mayor Joseph “ERAP” Ejercito Estrada last March 5, 2018 held at Manila City Hall, Gat Antonio Hall.

The signing of the agreement was participated by the six hospitals that include Ospital ng Maynila, Ospital ng Sta. Ana, Ospital ng Tondo, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Jose Justice Abad General Santos and Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center.

The primary goal of LinGaP sa MaSa and the agreement between the hospitals is to provide free medicines, prosthetics, assistive devices, laboratory procedures and other medical supplies to indigent and vulnerable constituents living within Manila area, whereas the hospitals will be responsible for the assessment, diagnostics and other therapeutic requirements of all patients seeking for assistance.  On the other hand, DSWD NCR shall be responsible on the assessment and facilitation of the issuance of Guarantee Letters (GLs). The duration of the said agreement shall be one (1) year commencing from its effectivity and renewable upon the consensual agreement of the parties.

OIC Secretary Leyco, DSWD-NCR Regional Director Leyson and Honorable Mayor Estrada committed to give their full and continuous support in extending help and provision of assistance to the poor and vulnerable sectors in the City of Manila.

LinGaP sa MaSa will cover the entire National Capital Region. Said program continuously expands through forging MOAs with other partner-hospitals from 16 cities and one municipality in Metro Manila.


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DSWD NCR celebrates 67th Founding Anniversary of DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region celebrates 67th Founding Anniversary of DSWD today, February 28, 2018 at the Field Office Grounds.

Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson welcomes the retirees and loyalty awardees together with their families in this momentous event as their untiring efforts and passion to serve our dear clients are recognized. He reminisced the inevitable challenges attached to the job of the direct service workers.

The welcome remarks was followed by the inspirational message of the guest of honor, Officer In Charge and Undersecretary Emmanuel A. Leyco. He emphasizes the significance of regular staff who will carry out social protection programs hence, a need to lobby for the regularization of Contract of Service and Job Order staff. He also congratulated the awardees and retirees who serve as inspiration to continue doing noble work in the Department.

Intermission numbers were showcased by Las Guitaras Trio. Their music serenaded the awardees, retirees, officials and DSWD NCR staff who participated in the activity. While the program is on-going, there are also simultaneous alternative education sessions being conducted in different conference rooms in the Field Office with the following topics; “DSWD NCR Opening Its Doors for a Wider Gender Spectrum: LGBTQIA+Staff”, “Internally Displaced Person: A Kaleidoscopic View”, and “Significance of Islam Beliefs to Work Ethics”.

DSWD NCR also recognizes Muntinlupa City and Municipality of Pateros as CY 2016 Presidential Awardees for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities in the National Capital Region.

The loyalty and retiree awarding ceremonies paved way to give honor to 28 awardees for rendering 10 years in service, 16 awardees for 15 years in service, 17 awardees for 20 years in service, one (1) awardee for 25 years in service, 12 awardees for 30 years in service, nine (9) awardees for 35 years in service and 13 retired awardees.

Ms. Evangelina DG Lawas, former Center Head of Sanctuary Center shared her invaluable experiences with DSWD NCR as she rendered service for 38 years. She expressed her happiness that most of the staff who received loyalty awards became her staff.

“I have left good legacies in the mind and heart of the clients, the staff and partner-agencies.” said Lawas.

On the other hand, Mr. Reynaldo Santos, former Manpower Development Officer I of the Rehabilitation Sheltered Workshop shared stories of good and challenging moments in the Center.

The program ends with the closing remarks delivered by Mr. Joel Cam, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Regional Program Coordinator and Anniversary Chairperson. He expressed his gratitude to the members of the Committee as well as the staff who made the event successful.

This annual activity is a celebration of timeless and burning passion to deliver Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo sa mamamayang Pilipino.




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DSWD NCR awards Certificates to SWDAs

DSWD-NCR represented by ARDO Edna Sacedor awards certificates to eight (8) SWDAs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region awarded Certificate of Registration and Licensing to Social Welfare and Development Agencies (SWDAs) on February 26, 2018 during the Flag Ceremony of the Field Office held at FO Grounds.

“As we always say, the government cannot do it alone therefore, we really need to have partners that can help us carry out our mandate to help the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged. We are very grateful that these SWDAs who responded to our call for this noble mission,” said OIC – Assistant Regional Director for Operations Edna Sacedor.

Eight (8) SWDAs which include Igan ng Pilipinas Foundation Inc., FSCAP NCR Valenzuela City Chapter Inc., Camarin Elderly Citizen’s Association Inc., Share and Opportunity Philippines Inc., Christian Compassion Ministries Foundation Inc., Hope Caring Christian Ministries Foundation Inc., Philippines Band of Mercy, Inc. and Phil-Asia Assistance Foundation received their Certificate of Registration and Licensing.

Most of the services they provide are for the benefit of the basic sectors such as the children, elderly, family especially homeless families and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). They extend educational, medical and livelihood assistance as well as conduct and facilitate trainings, wellness sessions, gift-giving and feeding programs.

As a response, Mr. Fil V. De Guzman, president of FSCAP NCR Valenzuela City Chapter Inc. expressed his gratitude to DSWD and pledged their continuous commitment and support in providing services to the needy constituents in the National Capital Region.

Registration and Licensing of SWDAs and Accreditation of Social Welfare and Development Programs and Services is in compliance with the Republic Act No. 4373 as amended by RA 5175 – Regulating the Practice of Social Work and the Operation of Social Work Agencies in the Philippines and Administrative Order No. 16 Series of 2012 or the “Rules and Regulations on the Registration and Licensing of Social Welfare and Development Agencies and Accreditation of Social Welfare and Development Programs and Services.” ###

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DSWD-NCR interviews applicants for the conduct of Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Validation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) starts to conduct interview of applicants who will be hired as Validators and Administrative Aide IV in relation to implementation of Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law to assess some 62, 843 families in Metro Manila on February 23, 2018 at the DSWD NCR RD’s Conference.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson said that the Field Office is in need of skilled, competent and socially responsible individuals to fill up vacant positions of 210 Validators and 17 Administrative Aide IV.

Validators must have completed at least two (2) years of College Education or its equivalent has excellent communication and writing skills and preferably with experience in the conduct of household assessment or similar projects/activities related. They should also be self-propelling and highly-motivated. These field staff will undergo thorough training to capacitate them in the implementation of the project.

On the other hand, Administrative Aide IV staff are expected to complete at least two (2) years of College Education. They are expected to maintain confidentiality of all documents, information and other matters related to the project.

The hired staff will be deployed in different cities and municipality in Metro Manila to validate and update the potentials beneficiaries.

“We want to ensure that the data we will gather are accurate, complete and will remain confidential. Thus, personnel selection and recruitment process for this project is competency-based”, Leyson emphasized.

The Unconditional Cash Transfer Program (UCT) is the biggest tax reform mitigation program under the TRAIN Law. It seeks to provide cash grants to poor households and individuals who may not benefit from the lower income tax rates but may be adversely affected by rising prices.

The National Household Targeting Unit or also known as Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. ###



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Ms. Farrah Cabrera takes a photo with the newly crowned King and Queen of Hearts and the rest of Hufflepuff House.

Last February 14, the Golden Reception and Action Center for the Elderly and Other Special Cases (GRACES) conducted a special program for their residents in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The activity is part of GRACES year-long competition in which the center’s staff were equally divided into four Houses’, namely Ravenclaw House, Slytherin House, Gryffindor House and Hufflepuff House. Each House has a candidate who will be competing in the “King and Queen of Hearts” pageant and in a short film making competition which tackles the different types of love.

During the King and Queen of Hearts pageant, the contestants paraded in two different outfits: their National Costume – which embodies the animal that represents their house and their casual wear. The candidates also presented their different talents such as singing and dancing, much to the delight of the residents who were the audience for the day’s events.

While the scores to determine this year’s King and Queen of Hearts were tallied by the judges, each House’s entry in the short film competition were shown to the audience in Louis Coson Hall. Each short film aims to show a different concept of love.

At the end of the day, Mr. Wilfredo Villamor and Ms. Virginia Nakamure of Hufflepuff House were crowned the King and Queen of Hearts. Hufflepuff House also bagged the top prize for the short film competition.

To close the ceremony, Ms. Farrah A. Cabrera, the Center Head for GRACES thanked everyone for their enthusiasm and support for GRACES’ Valentine’s Day activity. She also warmly congratulated the newly crowned King and Queen of Hearts. ###

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