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Ms. Rufacita Villegas is a Child Welfare Assistant of Operations Office 1 – Manila District III. She was assigned to handle the areas of Manila North Cemetery in Sta. Cruz, Manila. In January 2018, one of the MCCT-HSF Partner Member, Ms. Lourdes Pablo called her attention regarding the grantee’s grandson school behavior. As per Ms. Villegas’ validation, she found out that the monitored child had been a consistent absentee of the school facility he is monitored at Estban Abada High School in Dimasalang. The school focal shared several recorded complaints regarding the monitored child’s changes in behavior in school and his consistent non-compliance to education.

Taking the extra mile, and considering several factors, Ms. Villegas sought assistance from Ms. Ivana Kyra Maron, Child Psychologist of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. The team went to the class adviser and school guidance counselor for possible interventions, the agreement was that the school will accept the child given that the child monitored will have to do home schooling. The teacher and guidance counselor provided the monitored child with modules and requirements to be strictly monitored by the guardian, however, the child’s guardian is his grandmother and has difficulties assisting the child for his school requirements. The Child Welfare Assistant, Ms. Villegas whole heartedly committed herself in ensuring that the child meets the said agreement. Ms. Villegas religiously goes to the monitored child’s house to help him with the home modules provided; she became the tutor and teacher of the child, and even spends her weekend at the child’s place to finish all necessary requirements. After weeks of home schooling, last April 4, 2018, the monitored child was able to become part of the moving-up ceremony of the said school facility. With the help and dedication of Ms. Villegas, the monitored child was able to finish and submit all required school works through home schooling and was able to finish what seemed to be the end of the line for the child.

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DSWD-NCR establishes partnership with the City Government of Pasig

DSWD-NCR establishes partnership with the City Government of Pasig through a Memorandum of Agreement for the use of the Listahanan 2 Database for the selection of possible beneficiaries for their Social Protection Programs held on April 6, 2018 at the Office of the Mayor, Pasig City Hall.

The City Government of Pasig intends to constitute policies and programs which seek to reduce poverty and vulnerability of their constituents, enhance their social status, promote rights by protecting livelihood and employment of the individuals and households, protect against hazards and sudden loss of income, and improve people’s capacity to manage risk. The signed MOA will help the LGU to access the data which will help in the selection of potential beneficiaries to their planned programs.

“This is a milestone for DSWD NCR and we are grateful to share the data which identify who and where the poor are in the City of Pasig which we know will be used for a good cause and for the benefit of the many. In return, we assure you that the Listahanan 2 Database is “kumpleto, sigurado at totoo”,” proudly expressed by Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson.

Photo shows DSWD-NCR Regional Director Leyson, Honorable Robert C. Eusebio and OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Administration/Data Protection Officer Manuela M. Loza. ###

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DSWD-NCR Starts the UCT Validation in Tondo

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region through the National Household Targeting Unit or Listahanan started the validation of some 6,999 households in Tondo, Manila on April 4, 2018.

The trained validators went to the area to assess the households who are possible beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT).

“We are glad that the community cooperated and responded positively. Rest assured that the data gathered will be kept confidential. We appreciated the assistance provided by the Local Social Welfare and Development Office and the Barangay Officials and Personnel in Tondo to our validators which resulted to a smooth conduct of validation,” Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson expressed.

The UCT validation will run until May 2018 completing the validation in 16 Cities and 1 Municipality.

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

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DSWD-NCR trains 210 validators for UCT validation

To ensure the successful conduct of the validation of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) in Metro Manila, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) provides and conducts intensive trainings to 210 project-based staff who will facilitate the implementation of the project held on April 3, 2018 at Mandaluyong Training Center.

The objective of the training is to equip the participants with knowledge on UCT and impart values that the staff need in order to successfully carry out the implementation. Further, the training also provides background on Listahanan, an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country so they will appreciate the importance of complete, accurate and correct data that they will gather.

Most importantly, the training serves as venue to improve necessary skills on how they will perform the assigned roles and responsibilities. They are also trained to respond and troubleshoot to possible unexpected circumstances that may arise during the validation.

“We conduct rigorous training to our staff as we would like to ensure that they are competent enough to facilitate the validation. Furthermore, they will not be deployed to their area of residence to ensure objectivity of the project.” Leyson expressed.

In the National Capital Region, the DSWD targets to validate 62,843 households for the updating of their information. ###

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DSWD-NCR conducts an Orientation on the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) to the Local Government Units


The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) presented the total number of households or 62,843 households to be interviewed in sixteen (16) cities and one (1) municipality in National Capital Region during the orientation on the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program held on April 2, 2018 at DepEd, Manila.

During the activity, Regional Director Vincent Andrew T. Leyson shared that validation of 2.6 million poor households will be conducted for the entire country to ensure that the beneficiaries belong to the poorest 1st to 7th income deciles as indicated in the law. Furthermore, he emphasized that the Field Office will closely monitor and ensure that identified beneficiaries will receive their grants. UCT Program targets are Pantawid Pamilya household beneficiaries, Social Pensioners and Listahanan 2 households.

Moreover, the participants composed of Planning staff of LGUs and C/MSWDO staff were also oriented on the objectives of the UCT program which include – locating of the identified beneficiaries of the UCT; verifying/updating potential beneficiaries’ information in the database; and recommending final list of beneficiaries for the UCT program.

“The support of the LGUs to this program is highly recognized and we are grateful for the assistance that you provide to the Listahanan Team of the Field Office who is responsible to ensure that the data that will be gathered is accurate, reliable and complete,” Leyson mentioned.

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


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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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