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DSWD signs MOA with Government Hospitals for LINGAP sa MASA program

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and DSWD-National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson signed another set of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with six (6) public hospitals in NCR last July 12, 2017 at East Avenue Medical Canter, Quezon City for the intensification of the implementation of “Libreng Gamot Para Sa Masa” (Lingap SA MASA) program.

The signing of the agreement was joined by East Avenue Medical Center, Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, and the Philippine Heart Center.

The primary goal of the said agreement with the hospitals under the Lingap sa MASA program is to provide free medicines to indigent and vulnerable population from the National Capital Region, whereas the DSWD through its Crisis Intervention Unit provides the necessary assistance that is needed.

Secretary Taguiwalo further stated the importance of the Lingap sa MASA program and how the poor and vulnerable can avail the benefits of it as well as the scope and limitations on availing  the medicines from the trusted three (3) leading pharmaceutical comapnies in the National Capital Region. She added, “Pagtulungan natin na magamit ang programang ito sa tama, isa itong pandugtong buhay na magbibigay ng pangangailangan ng ating mga mamamayan na mahihirap.”

Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson expressed his gratitude and assured commitment that the Regional Office will give its best effort in helping the poor and vulnerable despite all the struggles that might have come along the way. He also stressed his hope for a long term partnership in helping those who are in need.

The LinGap sa MASA program will cover the whole National Capital Region consisting of its 16 Cities and one Municipality.

Everyone who signed the agreement showed gratitude towards the partnership for extending help and assistance to the poor and vulnerable population as well as to those government employees who are lending their services.###

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DSWD-NCR signs MOA with LGU-Paranaque on disaster resilience plan

Last July 10, 2017, Regional Director (RD) Vincent Andrew T. Leyson of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) and Mr. Bienvenido V. Barbosa, Officer in Charge-Disaster Response Unit of DSWD-NCR, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the City of Parañaque as represented by Mayor Edwin Olivarez in time of the celebration of the National Disaster Resilience Month 2017 with the theme 4K’s Kamalayan sa Kahandaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan.

The said Agreement was also participated by former DSWD Secretary Alma De Leon, officials from the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Parañaque and other DSWD-NCR staff.  Moreover, it focused on the prepositioning of Food and Non-Food Items and discussed the partnership of the Department and its task on extending assistance on the preparation for the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Metro Manila in which it was tasked to formulate contingency plan pursuant to the directive of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).

RD Leyson assured the City of Parañaque of the assistance that the department could provide which includes  provision of 5,000 food packs that can be used on any calamity or disaster. He added, “Ang DSWD-NCR ay laging sumusubaybay, aagapay hindi lamang sa pinamimigay na goods kundi sa ibang assistance na maaring makatulong sa ating mamamayan at kahit anumang may kinalaman sa Social Services”. ####


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Earthquake Drill in Nayon ng Kabataan

Staff and residents of Nayon ng Kabataan participated in the simultaneous earthquake drill yesterday . The said residential care facility caters to children who are 7-17 years old and are abandoned, neglected, abused, maltreated and exploited. It is located in Welfareville Compound, Mandaluyong City.




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DSWD-NCR enters MOA with partner-hospitals for clients of medical assistance

For efficient facilitation on the granting of medical assistance to clients in-need especially to those who were confined and have already incurred charges inside hospitals, under the Protective Service Programs, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region entered partnership with two (2) hospitals namely Fatima University Medical Center and Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital recently.

In the signed Memorandum of Agreement between the Department and the mentioned hospitals, DSWD is in-charged with the referral of patients wherein a guarantee letter will be issued to the client based on the assessment of the social worker for a specific patient’s condition.

With this, the hospital shall facilitate the provision of medical services of the patient upon receipt of the guarantee letter wherein the amount to be shouldered by DSWD shall indicated therein.

Mr. Vincent Andrew T. Leyson, DSWD-NCR Regional Director in his message said, “the journey in extending help to our people will take a rough road but we at DSWD-NCR assures that we will take further initiative to assist them in each step of the way through this (partnership with hospitals).”

Under the DSWD’s Memorandum Circular no. 02 series of 2014, the Department initiated an efficient delivery of assistance to its beneficiaries by paying the checks/ assistance vested for the client directly to the service provider where in this case, were the hospitals.

Medical assistance is among the services being offered in DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) along with educational, financial, transportation and burial assistance.

In this partnership, medical assistance may cover the hospitalization expenses, medical procedures, laboratory/ diagnostic examinations, medicines, and usage of medical equipment in treating a client who availed the assistance.###

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DSWD, Bantay Bata discuss possible partnership in strengthening efforts to assist children at risk

Bantay Bata 163 team led by its Program Director Ms. Jing Castañeda (fourth from left)who is a member of the Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) of National Capital Region visited the office of DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo on May 23, 2017 for possible partnership with the Department. Also in photo are Director of the Protective Services Bureau Ms. Ma. Alicia Bonoan (second from left) and Bantay Bata 163 employees. (Photo courtesy of Social Marketing Service)

A team from Bantay Bata, a child welfare program under the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya, recently visited the Department of Social Welfare and Development wherein Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo warmly welcomed them prior to the discussion on possible partnership in terms of child protection.

Among the topics discussed during the meeting is the organization’s Children’s Village, a residential care facility located in Norzagaray Bulacan that serves as temporary shelter for disadvantaged and at-risk children and provides care, health & wellness, nutrition, education and psychological support to its clients.

Various interventions for assisting children at risk and in crisis situation were also discussed for complementation of Bantay Bata and DSWD’s programs and services aiming to strengthen the efforts in uplifting the rights of children.

To formalize the areas of partnership, a memorandum of agreement between Bantay Bata and DSWD will be prepared and signed thereafter. ### (Contributed by Ms. Glenda M. Derla DSWD Social Welfare Specialist for Children & RCWC Focal Person and Ms.Benilda G. Hadap RCWC Technical Staff)

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DSWD Social Welfare Specialist for Chidlren/ RCWC Focal Ms. Glenda M. Derla (L-R 6th from the seated participants in the first row) with the participants from Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Pasay, Taguig, Muntinlupa, Marikina, Valenzuela, Quezon City, Caloocan, Malabon, Manila, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Navotas & Pateros, Adoption Resource Refferal Section Staff and RCWC-NCR Technical Staff

In partnership with the Department of Interior & Local Government-National Capital Region (DILG-NCR), the Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD) led by the Social Welfare Specialist for Children and Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) Focal Person Ms. Glenda M. Derla with the Adoption Resource & Referral Section conducted a one-day Orientation Forum of NCR Barangays/ BCPCs on Adoption & Foster Care Programs on April 25, 2017 at Best Western (La Corona) Hotel, Manila. This activity aims to ensure that all surrendered, neglected and/ or abandoned children in the respective barangay/ municipality/ city shall be assessed and declared as legally available for adoption before placement for foster care or adoption.

As representative of DSWD-NCR Regional Director Mr. Vincent Andrew T. Leyson, Ms. Hazel T. Militante, Division Chief of Protective Services Unit (PSU) delivered the welcome remarks. She recognized the efforts of the organizer/ facilitator in conducting the forum to increase the awareness of the targeted participants on the proper and legal way of adopting/ fostering children who were victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect.

“By this orientation forum, let us all work together starting from the barangays up to the Cities and Municipalities to protect and safeguard our children from the different abuses in the society/ community”, Ms. Militante emphasized.




DSWD Social Welfare Specialist for Children/ RCWC Focal Person Ms. Glenda M. Derla duly responded to issues raised by participants.


Resource Person from DSWD discussed different topics related to adoption and foster care of a child. The Situationer of Children in the National Capital Region was discussed by Ms. Maricel M. Barnedo, OIC of Adoption Resource Referral Section (ARRS); Republic Act 10165 “Foster Care Act of 2012 was presented by Ms. Liezel V. Gonzales OIC of Foster Care Section; Republic Act 9523 “Act Requiring Certification of the DSWD to Declare a Child Legally Available for Adoption as Pre-requisite for Adoption Proceedings was delivered by Ms. Susan B. Nuyles SWO of ARRS; and DSWD Social Welfare Specialist & RCWC Focal Person for Children Ms. Glenda M. Derla tackled the Rules & Regulations on the Reporting & Investigation of Child Abuse Cases & Abandonment of Children and Republic Act 8552 “Domestic Adoption Act of 1998”. The program flow and discussions during the sessions were facilitated by Ms. Cressida J. Valientes SWO of ARRS









The activity was accomplished with the commitment setting initiated by ARRS Social Welfare Officer Ms. Hiara Jemina M. Basa wherein each participant wrote and posted their commitment/ pledge for children and to themselves in promoting the best welfare of every child in the community.

Commitment Setting made by the participants during the Orientation Forum


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In photo are DSWD Social Welfare Specialist for Children & RCWC Focal Person Ms. Glenda M. Derla (R-L 3rd from the seated participants), DILG Representative Ms. Marilou Ragonot , Save the Children Project Officer for Child Protection Ms. Jerly Mae Villanada, Save the Children Staff, RCWC Technical Staff and Participants from the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Pateros, Paranaque & Taguig.

Child Protection Orientation & Self-Assessment of City/ Municipality/ Barangay was conducted on March 16, 2017 at Legend Villas Hotel, Mandaluyong City. This activity was headed and facilitated by Save the Children led by its Project Officer for Child Protection Ms. Jerly Mae Villanada and Staff in partnership with DSWD-NCR and DILG-NCR.   This one-day orientation and self-assessment is to strengthen local child protection mechanisms particularly the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) and Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) in the prevention and response of child protection cases and the creation and implementation of child protective services.

Ms. Villanada initially discussed with focus on the importance of child protection, how to protect children from different abuses, child protection work & systems, local preventive & responsive services, skilled child protection workforce and Save the Children initiatives/ strategies in protecting children’s rights.

DSWD Social Welfare Specialist for Children/ RCWC Focal Person Ms. Glenda M. Derla presented the 24 Child-Friendly Barangay Indicators and assessment tools used to evaluate a Child-Friendly City/ Municipality/ Barangay towards achieving a child-friendly community through the three (3) steps strategy: 1) Local Governance Audit, 2) Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance and 3) Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipality/ City.

Barangay Child Protection Self-Assessment paper was distributed to the three participating LGUs to conduct self-assessment of the present functionality and needs of child protection committee and this assessment paper sets a plan for creating/ strengthening child protection committee in their respective cities/ municipality/ barangay. Before the end of the activity, the participants expressed their pledge of “Para sa Bata, Ako ay ____”  to show their commitment to promote the protection of children in their community. ###


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4Ps rice subsidy to beneficiaries in NCR

Loreta Aviles shows the almost fully-consumed rice grains from the 15 Kilograms she bought shortly after receiving the rice subsidy for the month of January on March 2017.

A total of 214,218 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from Metro Manila recently received their rice subsidy amounting to P600.00 each for the month of January 2017 after complying to the conditionalities of the program.

This subsidy is initiated by the Duterte administration as augmentation for said families in buying the Filipino staple food- rice- which is on top of the cash grants provided for the health and education of children beneficiaries aged 0-18 years old.

Among its recipient is Loreta Aviles, 77 years old living in Nepomuceno St., Quiapo Manila who is currently the guardian of her three (3) grandchildren aged 9, 11 and 14.

As a laundry washer who earns P500 per week, Loreta narrated that the cash grants they receive which amounts to P1,600.00 monthly significantly helps for them to afford their daily food and school projects of her grandchildren.

With the additional P600.00 of 4Ps rice subsidy, Loreta expressed relief that their rice consumption will no longer be deducted from the amount of cash grants they are receiving and that, this ensures that her grandchildren consume enough food every meals.

“Para sa aming mahirap, basta may bigas kahit anong ulam ay pwede na…kaya’t malaking tulong ang suportang pambili ng bigas ng 4Ps,” Loreta said.

Since her grandchildren’s parents have their respective separate families now, Loreta, as the sole breadwinner of her family amidst her age, still works hard to provide for their needs.

Meanwhile, Loreta is also a recipient of the Social Pension program of DSWD that provides P500 cash assistance every month to qualified indigent senior citizens who are weak, sickly or bedridden and who are not pensioner of SSS or GSIS and do not regularly receive financial support from relatives.

Likewise, beneficiaries of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF) are also entitled for the rice subsidy provided that they are compliant to the set conditions of the program.###

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