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DSWD-NCR conducts its 13th convergence caravan in Metro Manila

The president and treasurer of Samahan ng Sun Valley SEA-K Association receive their loaned capital assistance during the convergence caravan in Parañaque City with CSWDO Head Imelda C. Villaruel (from left), 1st District Representative Congressman Eric L. Olivarez, Vice Mayor Jose Encrico T. Golez, Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez, DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan and Assistant Regional Director Jacel J. Paguio.

The president and treasurer of Samahan ng Sun Valley SEA-K Association receive their loaned capital assistance during the convergence caravan in Parañaque City with CSWDO Head Imelda C. Villaruel (from left), 1st District Representative Congressman Eric L. Olivarez, Vice Mayor Jose Encrico T. Golez, Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez, DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan and Assistant Regional Director Jacel J. Paguio.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) conducted the 13th convergence caravan in Metro Manila which aimed to bring the government services closer to people on June 25, 2015 in Parañaque City.

In partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Parañaque headed by Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez, National Governments Agencies (NGAs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), a total of 1, 372 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the said city availed the services during the activity.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan in her message expressed deepest gratitude to all who took part in the conduct of the convergence caravan especially to Mayor Olivarez, who initiated the operation of the various services led by the local offices of the city administration.

The LGU’s services includes buhay caravan which is composed of free eye glasses, cataract check-up, laboratory examination, vaccine/ immunization, dental and medical, haircut, hairspa, manicure/pedicure and massage/reflexology. Other LGU services offered were mobile birth registration, issuance of IDs to PWDs, solo parent and older persons, skills demonstration on hair styling and make– up, jobs fair and scholarship.

Meanwhile, DSWD-NCR awarded capital assistance during the short program, to seven (7) associations composed of 103 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries amounting to P773,000.00 under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department.

In addition, five (5) NGAs namely Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture IV-A (DA), Commission on Population – NCR (PopCom), Department of Health (DOH) and National Food Authority (NFA), offered their services through information materials provision, seed and seedlings distribution, orientation on Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning, free HIV screening test, and selling of cheap rice, respectively, during the caravan.

There were also two (2) SEA-K associations who displayed and sold their products such as under garments other food and non-food items during the activity.

As result of the jobs fair, 61 beneficiaries were fortunately considered by employers to be hired-on-the-spot while 43 are still for final interview.

Parañaque City has a total of 8, 021 Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries who are receiving cash grants based on their compliance to the health and education conditionalities of the program. ###





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SEA-K beneficiaries say, “Thank you, DSWD-NCR”

Malaking tulong po sa aming pamilya ang puhunan na ipinagkatiwala niyo sa amin. Gagamitin namin ito para magkaroon ng negosyo at makatulong sa pang-araw-araw naming pangangailangan. Idadagdag din namin ito para matustusan ang pag-aaral ng aming mga anak. Hindi namin aaksayahin ang serbisyong patuloy niyong ibinibigay sa amin. Salamat po, DSWD-NCR,” Jocelyn Rames, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary, said with full smiles on her face.

She said that the meager income of her husband who works as driver is not enough to provide their daily needs, so she is very thankful to become one of the beneficiaries of the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR).

The DSWD-NCR awarded capital assistance to 36 SEA-K associations composed of 436 beneficiaries from cities of Las Piñas, Mandaluyong, Manila, Navotas, Caloocan, Malabon, and Valenzuela, amounting to P2,650,000.00 today.

Asistant Regional Director Prescila R. Villa encouraged the beneficiaries to have discipline in terms of budgeting, spending and managing the money. She said, “Gamitin niyo ng mabuti ang puhunang ipinagkaloob sa inyo. Napakahalaga na magkaroon kayo ng disiplina kung paano ninyo palalaguin ito para mas makatulong sa inyong pamilya,”

 Under the Sustainable Livelihood Program, the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) tract is a capability building program which aims to enhance the socio-economic skills of poor families through the organization of community-based associations for entrepreneurial development. ###

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A fresh tradition for NVRC on its 61st year

One of the non-residential care facilities of DSWD that focuses on Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) celebrated its 61st founding anniversary. Under the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region, the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC), then known as Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, was established in year 1954.


The anniversary carries the theme “Paghahanda sa Hamon ng Pagbabago,” Mr. Fausto Santos welcomed the attendees by saying “ang NVRC ay naging sandigan ng mga may kapansanan na lumalaban ng patas sa hamon ng pagbabago sa kanilang buhay. Ito ay pagpapakita na lalong tumitibay ang kinabukasan ng mga taong may kapansanan, salamat sa NVRC.”


Meanwhile, Councilor Jessica Daza of District 4, Quezon City graced the event as the guest speaker. She said that she is happy that an establishment such as NVRC exists to care for PWDs. She also encouraged the staff and clients of the center to continue imparting the message of hope for PWDs within Metro Manila.


Part of the program is the awarding of plaques of appreciation to partners of the NVRC. Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan was joined by NVRC center head Ms. Edna J. Sacedor and Councilor Jessica Daza. Present to receive their plaque were representatives from the Rotary Club Manila Metro, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) and Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO).


In his acceptance speech, Mr. Tan of the Rotary Club Manila Metro pledged support for the center by providing computer sets. This simple gesture, he says, will benefit PWD clients especially the trainees in computer literacy.


Also awarded were the staff of the center that excelled in their fields of expertise. Some of the awardees were; Ms. Rowena Belizario as Best Social Worker, Ms. Flor Cecille Calabazaron as Best Supervisor, Ms. Michelle Addatu as Best Technical Staff (Professional Category), Mr. Eric Monteverde as Best Technical Staff (Sub-Professional Category), Ms. Jasmin Flores as Best Allied Staff, Mr. Ramon Vargas Jr. as Best Administrative Support Staff, and Ms. Lerma Gonzales as Best MOA Worker.


One of the highlights of the event is the Coin/Bill Line Commitment Ceremony. Done for the first time, Ms. Edna Sacedor explained that the ceremony aims to help a trainee who is in dire need of financial assistance.


A one-time event, the gesture symbolizes solidarity and compassion to help others. She further clarified that the act does not warrant dependability to the center, but instead fosters perseverance to strive for the realization of their dreams.


The lucky trainee to receive this one of a kind endowment is Mr. Edwin Borromeo, 29 years old from Luzon Avenue, Quezon City. Married with two (2) children, he began his training at NVRC last November 2014.


To be able to attend his daily training, Edwin has to walk from his home in Luzon Avenue and travel all the way to NVRC, a grueling 1 ½ hour trip to save his allowance that he sets aside for the needs of his family.


While receiving the gift, Edwin was speechless, he could hardly speak between sobs. In his message of thanks, he said that “Maraming salamat po sa DSWD-NCR at lalo na sa NVRC sa pagkakaloob ninyo sa akin ng biyayang ito. malaking tulong po ito sa akin lalo na sa pamilya ko. Inspirasyon ko po sa araw-araw na paglalakad ko papuntang NVRC ang mga anak ko at ang pangarap ko na balang araw, makapagpatayo ako ng aking sariling electronic shop.” Mr. Borromeo is taking up Consumer Electronics, one of the courses offered at the NVRC.


During her message, DSWD – NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan took pride at NVRC for being one of the oldest established centers of DSWD nationwide. Further, “hindi dahilan na may kapansanan ang isang tao para hindi maging kapakipakinabang sa kanyang pamayanan.” Bonoan said.


NVRC is a non-residential institution that provides rehabilitation programs and services to persons with disabilities (PWDs) and other special groups to live a productive and satisfying life. There are other Area Vocational Rehabilitation Centers but the NVRC is managed by DSWD-NCR and is located in Project 4, in Quezon City. ###

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DSWD-NCR’s program-beneficiaries participated in 117th Independence Day celebration

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) thru its program-participants in the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), participated in the 117th Philippine Independence Day celebration in Rizal Park, Manila with the theme, Kalayaan 2015: Tagumpay sa Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot-Kamay na ng Bayan.

 The participants displayed and sold their respective products which includes women’s accessories, bags made of beads and recycled materials, alpombra slippers, undergarments and food items such as leche flan, pichi-pichi, siomai, fruit shake, shrimp paste, smoked fish, relyenong bangus, salted egg, boiled duck egg and special rice cake called as “inutak.”

 Among them is Marilyn Cagyat, 41 years old and is selling “inutak” which is her family’s small scale enterprise business after receiving their capital assistance under SLP amounting to P8,000.00 in 2014.

Marilyn’s family also belongs to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries wherein she admitted that the loaned capital assistance further supported her family’s needs aside from the cash grants they are receiving in the CCT program.

“Malaking tulong ang Pantawid Pamilya sa amin lalo sa mga anak kong nagaaral… ‘nung nakahiram naman kame ng puhunan sa SLP, mas nadagdagan ang kita ko kasi habang nagmamanicure ako ay nabibile ang paninda kong inutak… minsan pagkatapos ko maglinis ng kuko ay ubos na rin ang paninda ko,” Marilyn shared.

Out of her four (4) children, Marilyn now has two (2) college students taking of Civil Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Marketing Management at the Rizal Technological University (RTU).

Meanwhile, her two other children are in 4th and 3rd year high school who are the active children-beneficiaries being monitored in the program.

With her husband Jun, 45 years old and a construction worker, Marilyn confirmed that it is really hard to support the studies of their children that is why they are full of gratitude that there are programs that assist them in sending their children to school.

Cagyat family is one of the 239, 263 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Metro Manila who are being monitored to education and health conditions compliance in the program as of June 11, 2015.

Further, DSWD-NCR has awarded capital assistance to a total of 1,173 beneficiaries in the region which amounted to P7, 288, 500.00 for this year.###

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Skills training graduation of CCT beneficiaries

cctskillstrngA total of 120 students who belong to Pantawid Pamilya household-beneficiaries from Caloocan City graduated from their skills training under the course of Food and Beverage NC II and Computer Hardware Servicing NC II on June 9, 2015.

The said beneficiaries received educational and transportation assistance amounting to P1,410,000.00 under the DSWD-NCR’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) for them to enroll and finish their respective courses.

Cieverose College Inc. in Bagong Silang Caloocan City is the partner school who trained the beneficiaries and shall access them to employment as stipulated in their signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department on August 2014. ###

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DSWD-NCR nagsasagawa ng pagsasanay para sa mga enumerators

Mahigpit na sinasanay ng Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) ang mga enumerators o ang mga magsasagawa ng surbey para sa proyektong Listahanan upang matukoy kung sino at nasaan ang mga pamilyang tunay na nangangailangan ng mga programa at serbisyo ng pamahalaan.

Sa pamamagitan ng pagsasanay na ito, matitiyak na mayroon silang sapat na kaalaman at kakayahan na isagawa ang surbey sa 17 local government units (LGUs) sa Metro Manila.

“Sa training na ito, malalaman nila ang tungkol sa Listahanan at higit sa lahat, matututunan nila kung paano gampanan ang kanilang mga responsibilidad. Napakahalaga ng papel nila upang magkaroon tayo ng kumpleto, sigurado at totoong datos ng mga pamilyang nangangailangan,” sambit ni Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan.

Dagdag niya, ang mga enumerators ay pupunta sa mga lugar kung saan nakatira ang mahihirap nating kababayan. Subalit upang mapanatili ang mataas na integridad ng Listahanan, sila ay hindi papayagang mag-interbyu sa lugar kung saan sila naninirahan.

“Naniniwala kami na importanteng may taglay silang sapat na kaalaman at kakayahan upang maging matagumpay ang isasagawa nating surbey. Sa training, mas mapapaunlad nila ang kanilang mga sarili at makakaya na nilang lagpasan ang anumang hamon na maari nilang maranasan sa kanilang trabaho,” pagtatapos ni Bonoan.

Ang Listahanan ay programa ng DSWD na naglalayong matukoy kung sino at nasaan ang mga mahihirap na nangangailangan ng mga programa ng pamahalaan. Ito ay tugon ng DSWD upang makapaghatid ng pagbabago sa mga nangangailangan sa pamamagitan ng pagtatala sa mga ito sa iba’t ibang programa ng departamento at ng mga iba pang ahensya ng pamahalaan.###

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DSWD surveys 35,103 families in Navotas City

Some 35,103 families in Navotas City were assessed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) during the second round assessment of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan as of June 12, 2015.

“We are glad that the community cooperated and responded positively. Thus, we will use these data to help uplift the lives of those identified to be poor through social protection programs and services,” DSWD-NCR Regional Director uttered.

Bonoan shared that the enumerators have also encountered challenges such as risky places and undue interference but were able to surpass it with the help of the local government units.

“We appreciate the support coming from the local social welfare and development office (LSWDO) and the barangay officials and personnel. Without them, we will not be able to conduct the enumeration smoothly. This shows that everyone has a significant part in this project,” Bonoan enthused.

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country.###

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DSWD to implement GWA policy in Pantawid Pamilya

GWA formThe Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) sets to implement the General Weighted Average (GWA) policy in compliance monitoring of the Pantawid Pamilya high school beneficiaries for SY 2015-2016.

As stated in the National Advisory Committee (NAC) Resolution 18 of DSWD, “children in elementary who repeat a year level in school are allowed to continue with the program. Children in highschool are required by the end of the school year to reach the passing General Weighted Average prescribed by DepED, and/or promoted to the next year level.”

With this, high school beneficiaries must reach the appropriate GWA to pass their current level in high school for them to be continuously monitored in the education conditionality of Pantawid Pamilya.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said that this policy of the Department shall push the high school student-beneficiaries to finish their secondary education since failing at any level in high school will remove their qualification to be monitored in compliance verification under the said conditionality.

Based on the study conducted by Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PDIS), the wage of high school graduates is 40% higher than those of the elementary graduates thus, age expansion shall be implemented in order to access the student-beneficiaries to better employment and other opportunities.

In 2014, DSWD implemented the age expansion of Pantawid Pamilya wherein from 0-14, the program is now covering and monitoring 0-18 years old children for health and education conditionalities with still a maximum of three (3) children per household.

For the said expansion, the cash grants for complying in the education conditionality include P500.00 for high school beneficiaries while P300.00 for elementary and P500.00 for the health condition.

In Metro Manila, as of April 2015, a total of 112,789 children in highschool, 258,375 in elementary and 42,900 in preschool are being monitored in education conditionality of the Pantawid Pamilya Program for SY 2014-2015.###

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