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DSWD continues assessing families in Metro Manila

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan, continues the conduct of the second family assessment in the National Capital Region (NCR) to assess the socio-economic status of families residing in identified “pockets of poverty” areas.

As of July 27, the DSWD has surveyed 408,774 households from the 17 local government units (LGUs) in NCR. Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan is grateful for the support given by the Local Chief Executives and barangay officials, such as provision of security personnel among others, since the region is conducting tablet-aided enumeration to expedite the assessment process.

“Through Listahanan, we would like to ensure that only qualified families are included in the various social protection programs and services. Let us do our best and work together to make our database, sigurado, kumpleto at totoo,” Bonoan enthused during the trainings of the enumerators.

Some 2,311 field staff were deployed in different cities and municipality to cover the targeted 1,267,292 million families in the NCR.

The second assessment will also update the database of poor households that was generated in 2009. It can be recalled that DSWD has identified some 5.2 million poor households nationwide, wherein 316,823 was in NCR.

Listahanan is an information management system which aims to identify who and where the poor are in the country. It makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a socio-economic database as basis for identifying beneficiaries of their programs and services. ###

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Turning hardships to success

Bryan Simara, 32 years old, is an active officer of National Vocational and Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) Alumni Association. He also works as Data Entry Machine Operator in the Department of Education – National Capital Region (DepED-NCR). Moreover, he sends her siblings to school. What makes his story interesting is that he is able to do all of these despite his disability.

At age 10, Bryan had Cavernous Hemangioma, a type of blood vessel malformation where a collection of dilated blood vessels form a tumor which affects the eye. In his case, right eye was affected. When his parents separated, he and his siblings did everything to survive in a daily basis. He engaged in different jobs such as construction worker, painter, dryer operator, and barber, among others to provide their needs.

Moreover, one of his neighbors informed him about the programs and services of the NVRC which is being managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR). With the goal to improve his skills, he started training at the center in 2006 but was disrupted because he had to undergo medication for pulmonary tuberculosis. When he got well, he resumed his training on Computer Software.

He had his on-the-job Training at the DepED-NCR and eventually was absorbed on contractual basis in 2007 up to present. His job involves clerical work such as filing, encoding and other administrative tasks. He earns enough money for his family. He is thankful for the benefits of the trainings he had. He plans to take and pass the Civil Service Commission exam as he is aiming for a regular position in DepED-NCR.

Through his unrelenting dedication, hard work and determination, his brother was able to graduate and earned a college degree. Bryan actively participates and organizes different activities for persons with disabilities like him as his way of showing gratitude to NVRC. His disability will never be a hindrance to be successful in life. ###

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DSWD–NCR conducts OBBSB monthly meeting

obbsbmonthlyThe Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) conducted a one-day orientation and technical learning session to the 77 staff of the Oplan Balik Bahay Sagip Buhay (OBBSB) project recently to equip them with their tasks and valuable contribution in helping the community, specifically children at-risk, unattached individuals and families at-risk on the streets.

Regional Director Ma. Alicia Bonoan stressed the need to help children and families at-risk on the streets and those unattached individuals so they can have better lives. She encouraged the staff to be committed in performing their duties and responsibilities.

Bonoan said, “Gampanan natin ng maayos at tapat ang ating mga trabaho at magtulungan tayong lahat para mabigyan ng mas maayos na pamumuhay ang ating mga kababayan nating nasa lansangan.”

During the activity, Bonoan discussed interventions and strategies of the project, to achieve the goal of zero incidence in Manila and Quezon City by the end of the year. This can only be done if our stakeholders and partners like the NGAs, NGOs, LGUs, leaders and Local/Barangay Council for the Protection of Children, business sectors, and our commuters.

The participants were also oriented on the different programs such as Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families, among others. Most especially, they were able to understand the significance of the OBBSB project.

The Oplan Balik Bahay Sagip Buhay (OOBSB) project is a pilot initiative of the DSWD which aims to address the prevalence of street dwellers in the major thoroughfares of National Capital Region, particularly in Manila and Quezon City through the provision of package of programs designed to meet the needs of the beneficiaries and to keep families and their children out of the street. ### (FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office, July 16, 2015)

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56 residents of Nayon ng Kabataan graduate from their skills training

Fifty six residents of Nayon ng Kabataan (NK) graduated from their skills training courses in baking, beauty care, basic sewing, dress making, hair dressing, carpentry, Information Communication and Technology (ICT), which carried the theme “Be faithful, Be responsible, Be truthful in fulfilling your dreams,” held in Mandaluyong City on July 16, 2015.

Jhomar Dolong, one of the graduates, moved everyone with his heart-warming speech, “Kung anuman ang nakaraan natin, huwag na nating balikan. Tulad ko na isang street child, nakipagsapalaran sa kalsada, tambay, akala ko hanggang doon na lang ako. Nang mapunta ako dito sa Nayon ng Kabataan, nagbago ang lahat. Nakilala ko ang Panginoon. Kaya dapat lahat ng mga problema natin, ipag-pray lang natin.. isuko natin sa Kanya, at maniwala tayo na magiging ayos din ang lahat.”

nk picture graduation 2Jhomar and his family were reunited on his graduation day. His parents, Jun and Marilou, were very proud of his achievement. They said that Jomar’s life was changed from the time he was brought to the Nayon ng Kabataan.

“Sa mga magulang ko, patawad po kung sa nakaraan ko ay hindi ako naging magandang ehemplo sa mga kabataan, kaya nagsusumikap ako ngayon para maipagmalaki niyo na ako bilang anak ninyo,”
Moreover, DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan commended the hard work and aspiration of the graduates in enhancing their skills and pursuing their dreams to have a brighter future.
“Pinupuri namin kayo sa tagumpay na inyong nakamit. Ito ang simula ng pagbabago ng inyong buhay. Maari kayong magkaroon ng mataas na posisyon sa isang kompanya, o di kaya maging may-ari ng sarili ninyong negosyo gamit ang inyong natamong kaalaman at kakayahan. Anuman ang inyong tahakin sa pagtamo ng inyong pangarap, hangad namin ang inyong magandang kinabukasan.”
Bonoan also recognized people who have been significant in the lives of these residents especially the Lions Street Children Foundation Inc. (LSCFI) who continuously supported the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) in providing social protection services to children at risk and in need. The foundation also celebrated its 15th anniversary at the center. It may be recalled that the LSCFI put up one of the Nayon ng Kabataan building in 2005.

Meanwhile, 16 residents graduated in Baking, 7 in Basic Sewing, five in Beauty Care, and 7 in Information, Computer and Technology courses. Also, there were 4 graduates in Dressmaking, 8 in Hairdressing, and 5 in Carpentry who were awarded a National Certificate II (NC II) from the Technological Educational and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). These certificates are recognized internationally which gives them a chance to work abroad in the future, however; they were encouraged to serve in the country first.
Nayon ng Kabataan is a residential care facility for abused, orphaned, abandoned, neglected and exploited children ages 7-17 years old both male and female.###

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DSWD-NCR launches 35 new task forces for Manila and Quezon City

In its ongoing efforts to lessen the number of children, families and unattached adults at risk in the streets, particularly in Manila and Quezon City, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) will launch 35 new task forces.

According to DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan, the task forces play a vital role in the implementation of the Oplan Balika Bahay Sagip Buhay (OBBSB) project. Further, she said that it is a “community driven initiative to address the plight of project beneficiaries, where every individual will adapt the “concept of bridging leadership” which will be the steering approach to generate resource and mobilize the community.”

A total of 14 task forces in Manila will be launched on July 22, 2015, while 21 task forces will be launched in Quezon City on July 24, 2015. The launching will include a ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Terms of Reference (TOR) by the representatives of the task forces.

As stipulated in the guidelines, there are two (2) kinds of task forces that will help in the implementation of the OBBSB. These are the Regional Task Force and Local Task Force. Consists of national government agencies such as DSWD-NCR as the lead convener, with representatives for other national government agencies, selected Non-Government Organizations, Academe and the 17 CSWDOs in Metro Manila, the Regional Task Force is tasked to synchronize programs and services of Government and Non-Government Organization in Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, the task force at the Local/community level could be initiated by any willing group or organization within identified geographical areas needing priority intervention to address presence of children, unattached adults and families at risk on the streets. The Task Force must be organized by the LGU through the CSWDOs and barangay officials with the support and augmentation of national agencies such as the DSWD, MMDA, PNP, DEPED, and DILG.

The task force shall be in support to the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) in addressing the plight of children, unattached adults and families at risk on the street. Hence, concerned barangays are required to actively lead the implementation of Task force strategic and operational plans. ###

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DSWD-NCR, QC LGU, to create NIA-BIR coordinating group for street dwellers in the area

The DepartmNIA-BIRent of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) and the Local Government Unit of Quezon City agreed to create a coordinating group to address the incidence of street dwelling along the NIA and BIR roads in the middle of quezon and east avenues of the city.

Through themeeting held on July 10, 2015 at the Quezon City hall, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and Field Office NCR Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan presented to Vice Mayor Ma. Josefine “Joy” Belmonte the CCT and Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF) status of implementation in QC.

In this, Vice Mayor Belmonte also shared the ongoing cleaning operation and monitoring of the LGU along the center island of NIA road to prevent the street dwellers to stay in the said area.

Based on the record of DSWD-NCR, there were 528 registered households of Pantawid Pamilya and 57 MCCT-HSF active beneficiaries in the barangay covered by NIA road wherein, as validated by the LGU, some beneficiaries are staying in the center island because it is cooler to be there than inside their houses while some are vending cooked foods for taxi drivers and others are scavenging.

Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan emphasized during the meeting that the caseworkers and City Links assigned in the area were already instructed to intensify the case management to the beneficiaries along the mentioned road to identify the appropriate and necessary intervention to prevent them from staying in the center island of the road.

Therefore, as agreed, NIA-BIR coordinating group shall compose of the local departments of QC, Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leaders, DSWD-NCR Street Facilitators, City Links, barangay officials while other government agencies will be tapped in the operation such as DILG, PNP and MMDA.

The local departments of QC and DSWD-NCR will convene today, July 15, 2015 at the Quezon City hall for discussion in operationalizing of the group.###




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DSWD clarifies lump sum in its 2015 budget

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has no lump sum or discretionary funds amounting to P102.6 billion in the 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

“How can that be when the budget of the Department is already P107.8 billon?  We do have a budget for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses amounting to P102B, and the breakdown can be found in  pages 909 to 928 of the national budgetary document,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

The DSWD 2015 budget also has the following major categories: General Administration and Support (P980,680,000),  Support to Operations (P265,747,000), and Operations (P86,034,766,000).  Part of the Operations budget includes P62.2B for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, P5.9B for Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, P4.9B for the Sustainable Livelihood Program, and P3.3B for the Supplemental Feeding Program.

It also has breakdown on locally-funded (P3,545,271,000) and foreign-assisted projects (P17,0303,737,000).

The Department  continues to adhere and uphold the tenets of transparency and accountability especially when it comes to budgetary issues involving public funds.

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Volunteer doctors provide health services to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and residents of centers

Pantawid Pamilya program beneficiaries, residents of DSWD-NCR’s Sanctuary Center and Jose Fabella Center enjoyed the free chiropratic and acupuncture services provided by Dra. Chaterine Luib and Dr. Jacques Charles of Luib  Health Center based in California, USA, recently.

Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan appreciated the partnership and support of two (2) doctors in sharing their medical expertist to people in need.

During the activity, Dr. Charles shared that chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. However, acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into the body at acupuncture points. It is commonly used for pain relief.

“Masarap po sa pakiramdam. Parang nawala agad yung kirot na nararamdaman ko sa bandang likod. Salamat po sa mga doctor na nagbigay sa amin ng serbisyo,” expressed Angela Tuvello, Pantawid beneficiary in Mandaluyong City. Her two siblings namely, Angel Rose and Aejay also availed the said services.


Further, aside from the said health services, the volunteers also gave advice to their patients on how to improve their health.

“Sabi po ni Dra. Luib, kailangan ko daw pong kumain ng mga masusustansyang pagkain, lalo na po ung mayaman sa protina. Inom din daw po ako ng maraming tubig at iwasan ang pag-inom ng soda. Salamat po sa paalala. Pananatilihin ko pong malusog ang aking pamilya,” Candy, another Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary enthused.


This three-day activity benefitted a total of 172 individuals which include Pantawid Pamilya program beneficiaries in Mandaluyong City, residents and staff Sanctuary Center and Jose Fabella Center. ###

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