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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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DSWD-NCR awards livelihood assistance during the second medical mission cum service caravan at Islamic center in Manila

medicalmission2ndThe Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) awards livelihood assistance to Islamic Center Brgy. 648 SEA-K Association amounting to P151,000.00 during the second leg of medical mission cum service caravan in the area on May 31, 2015.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan emphasized that the said amount will be the capital seed for 20 households in putting up micro enterprise business as intervention in the community under the Department’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

medicalmission2nd_aHeld in partnership with Tzu Chi Foundation, LGU, BLGU, Office of District VI Cong. Sandy Ocampo, Armed Forces Philippines (AFP), National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), and Ricky Reyes International School for haircutting, the said activity has provided services to 1114 residents of barangays 647 and 648, Manila City.

Courtesy of Tzu Chi foundation, medical services in ophthalmology including cataract  operation, pterygium excision, consultation, provision of reading glasses, medicines were availed by 279 residents in the area.

Meanwhile, 525 residents have availed the dental, prescription and provision of general medicine, pediatrics, operation for minor surgery, major surgery consultation, dermatology and pain management which were attended by 183 staff and volunteers of the foundation.

Further, the local government unit through their Manila Department of Social Welfare (MSW) and its Local Civil Registrar (LCR), offered and provided the issuance of Identification Cards for senior citizens, person with disabilities, solo parents and orange card (the LGU’s-honored health card).

medicalmission2nd_bOn the other hand, Manila’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) solicited bio data from the residents of the community to access them in job opportunities based on their respective skills and educational attainment.

The other services during the activity included the DSWD’s orientation on SLP, Listahanan and Social Pension, NCMF’s marriage and legal counselling, free haircut by the trainers of Ricky Reyes International School for Haircutting.

Also, skills demonstration on fabric conditioner and perfume making and puppet show were conducted through the efforts of the Office of Cong. Ocampo.

This second leg of the medical mission cum service caravan was held to serve those who were not able to avail the services during its first conduct on April 26, 2015.

The activity is part of the quick response of the government on the identified needs of the community based on the Socio-Economic and Health Assistance assessment conducted by NCMF in Brgy. 648, Manila on March 2015 wherein the community was found to be vulnerable and underserved with 88% of the 1, 052 respondents suffering from extreme poverty. ###

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DSWD-NCR includes Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries in the Government Internship Program

A total of 38 college students who belong to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were prioritized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) in the Government Internship Program (GIP) for 2015.

Overall, DSWD-NCR has 50 interns who were included under the GIP wherein 10 of them are walk-in applicants while two (2) were former residents at the Department’s residential care facilities specifically from Marillac Hills and Jose Fabella Center.

GIP is among the eight (8) components of the President’s Youth Work Program (PWYP) under the Kabataan : 2000 which aims to provide opportunities to in-school and out-of-school youth in productively spending their summer vacation through their involvement in public service.

Aside from the learnings that they shall acquire from such exposure to different government offices, they will also earn P300 per day for 22 working days.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan emphasized that the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were prioritized to be included in the GIP of the Department in order to help them save for their tertiary education for academic year 2015-2016. Thus, this will enable them to move one step towards finishing their college studies.

Among the included students in GIP is Rima Jane P. Cajontoy, 18 years old and incoming 4th year student in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the City University of Pasay (CUP) whose family belongs to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the said LGU.

“Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa Panginoon at nataon na nakasali ako sa GIP dahil talagang kailangan ko ito… noong nakaraang buwan lang kasi (April 2015) ay natuklasang may komplikasyon sa puso at baga ang tatay ko kaya kuya ko na lang na security guard and nagtatrabaho sa amin ngayon,” Rima narrated.

Rima’s father, Rodrigo, 41 years old is a former taho and soya vendor in the morning, traffic enforcer after vending and a sidecar driver at night in order to provide the needs of his family.

Rima explained that since she just availed the 50% discount in her tuition fee at CUP, her salary will be used for its payment and other fees and school expenses.

Since Rima is currently an intern in the Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Management Office (RPMO), she now started to appreciate how the DSWD management and staff are working together in order to continuously implement the program for the beneficiaries.

“Mababait yung mga tao sa DSWD at kahit minsan ay ginagabi sila, talagang tinatapos nila ang kanilang ginagawa… humahanga po ako na ganito pala ang mga tao sa likod ng Pantawid Pamilya,” Rima said.

Rima’s family was registered in the program in 2013 wherein her youngest sister, Rinalyn, 16 years old and a fresh high school graduate of 2015, is the only child being monitored under the education conditionality of the program.

“Kahit si Rinalyn lang yung minomonitor sa amin sa Pantawid Pamilya ay malaking tulong pa rin na may nai-pang gastos siya sa pag-aaral at kalusugan niya… hindi rin kasi biro ang projects at iba pang school requirements na kailangan niyang gawin para makatapos ng high school,” Rima added.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the Philippine government being implemented by DSWD which invests in health and education of children aged 0-18 through the provision of cash grants based on the compliance of partner-beneficiaries to its conditionalities.###

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Benepisyong pangkalusugan, ramdam na ng mahihirap

“Noong Abril 2014 ay nagkasakit ang aking asawa dahil sa komplikasyon sa kidney, wala kaming pera pampagamot at maraming kailangan bilhin para sa pag-aaral ng mga anak ko…at noong na-confine siya sa Kidney Center, tinanong ako sa information desk kung may PhilHealth daw ba ako, ang sagot ko ay meron dahil Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary ako…” buong pagmamalaking ibinahagi ni Merilyn Buhisan, 55 taong gulang, sa ginanap na Local Advisory Committee (LAC) meeting ng Quezon City noong March 20, 2015.

Bagama’t pumanaw na ang kanyang asawa noong Disyembre 2014, naaalala pa rin ni Merilyn kung paano nakatulong ang pagiging benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya sa kanyang pamilya upang hindi maging mabigat para sa kanila ang pagpapagamot ng kanyang asawa.

“Ang bill namin sa National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) noon ay umabot sa P85,000 at sa kabutihang palad, dahil kasama sa aming pagiging benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya ang maging myembro din ng PhilHealth, lahat ng bill namin ay sinagot ng PhilHealth,” dagdag ni Merilyn

Ngayon, mag-isang itinataguyod ni Merilyn ang pag-aaral ng kanyang mga anak na  edad 14  at 16 taong gulang sa pamamagitan ng pagtitinda ng almusal at meryenda tulad ng pansit, lugaw, spaghetti, champorado, sopas, lumpia at bananaque. Kasabay nito, masaya rin siyang naglilingkod bilang Parent Leader ng mga benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya sa kanilang komunidad.

Ayon kay Merilyn, hindi niya malilimutan ang malaking tulong na naibahagi sa kanyang pamilya ng mga panahong bukod sa pinansyal ay hirap din siyang tanggapin na ang kanyang kabiyak ay nahaharap sa malubhang karamdaman.

Bilang partner ng DSWD, nagpatupad ang Department of Health (DOH) ng regulasyong nagsasali sa mga benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya, bilang natukoy na mahirap ng Listahanan, sa serbisyong pangkalusugan ng PhilHealth.

Dahil dito, kabilang ang pamilya ni Merilyn sa mga nakinabang sa nasabing benepisyong pangkalusugan na bukod sa buwanang check-up sa health center, ay  nagdulot din ng magandang pagbabago sa kanyang pamilya bilang benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya.

Ayon pa sa kanya, “Sa ngayon, ramdam ko na nabigyan na talaga ng pansin ang mahihirap…kasi dati para sa akin, ang pagpapagamot sa ospital at pagpapacheck up ay para lamang sa mayayaman… mali pala.”

Ang pamilya ni Merilyn ay kabilang sa 245, 628 benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilya sa Metro Manila na patuloy na minomonitor sa kondisyong pang-edukasyon at pangkalusugan sa ilalim ng programa. Ang mga benepisyaryong ito ay kasalukuyan ding miyembro ng PhilHealth at nakikinabang sa serbisyong pangkalusugan at maging sa edukasyon ng iba’t-ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan.###

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DSWD magsasagawa ulit ng surbey, publiko hinihikayat na makiisa

“Nais naming hikayatin ang publiko na makiisa sa gaganapin naming surbey o family assessment upang matukoy kung sino at nasaan ang mga mahihirap na pamilya. Sa pamamaraang ito, masisiguro natin na mapupunta sa karapat-dapat ang mga programa’t serbisyo ng ating kagawaran, iba pang ahensya ng pamahalaan at mga organisasyon,” ani DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan.

Ang unang surbey ay isinagawa noong 2009 hanggang 2011 kung saan 316,823 sambahayan ang natukoy na mahirap sa Metro Manila at nakapaloob sa Listahanan – isang talaan ng mga pamilyang nangangailangan.

Upang maging matagumpay ang proyektong ito, pinapayuhan ng DSWD ang mga pamilya na maging tapat sa pagsagot sa mga katanungan at ibigay ang tamang impormasyon ng kanilang sambahayan. Tinitiyak ng DSWD na mananatiling confidential ang mga datos na ibibigay ng mga ito.

Dagdag pa ni Bonoan, “Ang surbey ay isasagawa sa loob mismo ng bahay upang makita talaga ang tunay na kalagayan ng pamilya. Magtulungan po tayo at makiisa sa proyektong ito sapagkat ang tagumpay nito ay nakasalalay sa ating lahat.”

Ayon sa DSWD, magtatalaga sila ng 3,274 na kawani sa 17 local government units (LGUs) ng Metro Manila upang ma-interbyu ang mahigit 1.2 milyong pamilya na maaaring maging benepisyaryo ng iba’t ibang programa at serbisyo ng pamahalaan. (FO-NCR, Social Marketing Office, May 11, 2015)

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DSWD – NCR augments to the Valenzuela fire victims

DSC_0013 edited captionedThe Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD – NCR) provides 200 food & non-food items for the victims of the fire incident from Barangay Marulas, Lawang Bato and Ugong in Valenzuela City.

According to DSWD – NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan, “the DSWD Field Office NCR shall provide services according to its mandate to help the vulnerable victims get back to their feet and start anew.” Initially, the DSWD-NCR has provided 200 food items for the fire victims. The DSWD – NCR will also provide other assistance such as psycho-social interventions, among others.

The composition of the food packs are six (6) kilograms of NFA rice, four (4) cans of sardines, three (3) cans of corned beef, three (3) cans of meatloaf, two (2) cans of tuna, four (4) sachets of oatmeal and seven (7) sachets of instant coffee. On the other hand, the non-food items will either be plastic mats or blankets.

In order to provide other possible interventions, the DSWD-NCR coordinated with the local government unit of Valenzuela, through its City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO). During the coordination meeting, the CSWDO-Valenzuela expressed the need for transportation assistance for the relatives of the deceased victims from the province in order to facilitate the identification of the bodies of their loved ones.

For this, the DSWD-NCR shall coordinate with other DSWD field offices for the provision of transportation assistance for the families and relatives of the deceased victims coming from the provinces. After which, the DSWD-NCR will also provide transportation assistance to the families and relatives in going back to their residence in the province after they settle their concerns on the burial of their loved ones.

As per validation of the social workers, there are five (5) individuals who are included in different family rosters of Pantawid Pamilya program in Valenzuela City. Further, they will conduct continuous assessment and provide assistance. Also, the possibility of providing livelihood assistance for the bereaved families is being explored, depending on their needs.

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DSWD – NCR highlights importance of men in families in International Day of Families

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD – NCR participated in the celebration of the International Family day on May 15 by sending 50 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from Quezon City who are also under the Sustainable Livelihood Program to a forum conducted by DSWD – Central Office, which was participated by policy makers and family advocates from partner national government agencies, such as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH) and National Youth Commission (NYC). This year, it carries the theme, “Men in charge? Gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families.”

According to DSWD – NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan, this year’s celebration “aims to promote gender equality and rights of children within families.” Moreover, “it will also highlight prevention of family violence through fair family law frameworks and a variety of program interventions.” Bonoan said.

The International Day of Families is celebrated yearly in accordance with the Proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, highlighting the importance of the family in the community. It also promotes awareness and has stirred social consciousness amongst nations on issues revolving around family relations.

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DSWD to train 3,274 staff for second family assessment

To ensure the successful conduct of the second family assessment in Metro Manila, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) will provide intensive trainings to some 3,274 project-based staff who would facilitate the implementation of the project.

During the trainings, participants will have knowledge on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan, an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country.

They will gain understanding on its rationale, background and objectives, among others.

Most importantly, they will be equipped with the necessary skill on how they will perform their assigned roles and responsibilities. They will also learn how to respond to the possible circumstances that may arise during assessment.

“The project is very significant to all social protection programs’ stakeholders. Thus, we would like to reassure that our Field Office staff are competent enough to facilitate it,” expressed Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan.

Meanwhile, Bonoan shared that these staff will not be deployed to their area of residence to ensure objectivity of the project.

In the National Capital Region, the DSWD targets to assess some 1.2 million families who are in need of social protection programs and services. ###

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