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Cash-for-Training Program to benefit 2,914 youths in Metro Manila

At least 2,914 disadvantaged youths in Metro Manila will benefit from the Cash-For-Training program which will be jointly implemented nationwide by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said that the government has allocated P1.3 billion for the implementation of the Cash-for-Training Program, P58 million of which will be allocated for the beneficiaries in the National Capital Region.

Bonoan said that this program aims to empower the disadvantaged youths through skills training and assistance that will enable them to practice trade and venture into gainful occupation.

The target beneficiaries of this program are the disadvantaged youths who have been assessed as eligible under the expanded Government Internship Program of the DSWD.

Bonoan explained that the program has two independent components, the training for wage-employment or trabaho and training for self-employment or hanap-buhay.

Under the training for wage employment, the beneficiaries shall be awarded with scholarship vouchers that will entitle them for free training courses in all TESDA authorized training institutions.

The training for hanap-buhay on the other hand will be implemented either through on-site training, school-supervised training or NGO partners training.

The training package is worth P20,000 per beneficiary, which shall be given in the form of scholarship voucher, tool kits, transportation assistance for school based or livelihood fund for on-site training.

The implementation of this program supports the thrust of the government to provide sustainable interventions to disadvantaged youths to improve their plight and condition, and to empower them through skills training and assistance towards gainful employment and entrepreneurial activities.

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700 ‘kariton’ families in NCR to receive cash grants

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to include some 700 street dwellers in the implementation of its Expanded Conditional Cash Transfer (ECCT) Project which aims to contribute in the reduction of homeless street families in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The ECCT project provides a complete package of assistance to the street families that are not limited to education and health grants, but also include responsive housing programs with access to social services and economic opportunities for the improvement of their living conditions.

“This project hopes to strengthen the coverage of the Pantawid Pamilya Program by targeting the homeless street families who were not included in the list of beneficiaries of the regular Pantawid Pamilya program,” said DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan.

Bonoan explained that the target beneficiaries of the ECCT project are the homeless street families with children who spend most of their time on the street living, working and playing, and their families have often been homeless for a long period of time.

“Many of these families live in pushcarts, moving from one place to another around the city and earn their living on the streets,” Bonoan added.

Under the ECCT project, eligible households shall receive Php300.00/month per child or a maximum of Php1,400.00/month while the health grant is PhP500.00/month per household.  These grants are released every month to the beneficiary household while undergoing case management and preparing them for mainstreaming to the regular Pantawid Pamilya program.

Aside from the cash grants for health and education, families may also be provided with complete package of services based on the needs assessment of the social workers, such as transportation assistance to their provinces of origin, transition allowance and house rental assistance for families who do not have provinces to return to in the amount of P5,000.00 per family.

As part of the social preparation, Bonoan said that social workers and welfare assistants would talk to the street dwellers to encourage them to attend group assemblies as venue to conduct orientation and commitment check, updating/validation, registration and enrolment, signing of oath of commitment, and distribution and orientation on the proper use of ID cards.

As of August 14, some 436 street families from the cities of Manila, Quezon, Pasay, Caloocan, Marikina, San Juan, Muntinlupa, Mandaluyong, Caloocan, Malabon, Pasig, Parañaque and Makati have been registered for the project.  An on-going registration is being conducted until August 24 to complete the 700 target street families who have been identified during the rapid appraisal of street dwellers conducted in November 2010 by DSWD in partnership with the Council for the Welfare of Children and the Local Government Units.

Initial cash pay-out to the ECCT-HSF beneficiaries will be held tomorrow, August 16 at San Andres Sports Complex, Malate, Manila. ###

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DSWD-NCR receives P1M cash donation from Naga City Cebu

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) received today P1M cash donations from the City of Naga, Cebu intended for the victims of massive flooding in Metro Manila.

Naga City, Cebu Mayor Valdemar Chiong personally handed over the check donation to DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan yesterday (August 13) during the Monday flag ceremony held at NCR Field Office.

Mayor Chiong said that they were thankful because they were not affected by the massive flooding caused by the torrential monsoon rains that submerged most parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

“We decided to donate some amounts to help our affected countrymen,” said Chiong.

Bonoan expressed her gratitude to the constituents of Mayor Chiong and assured that their donations will reach to the affected communities and families. Report of disbursement will also be forwarded to his office.

Bonoan also announced that DSWD will continue to accept donations for the flood victims at DSWD National Resources and Operations Center (NROC) located at NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (beside Airport Police Department and back of Transportation Office) with telephone numbers 852-8081 and 851-2681 or its Field Office at 389 San Rafael cor. Legarda Street, Sampaloc, Manila.

As of August 14, at 8:00am, 64 evacuation centers are still open in various cities in NCR to accommodate the 8,400 families or 36,979 individuals.  DSWD has also provided some P16.9M worth of food and non-food assistance to the 17 local government units.

“We are also closely coordinating with the LGUs who serve as camp managers in assessing the needs of the flood victims, both inside and outside the evacuation centers, and in determining who among these victims need psychological interventions and stress debriefings,” Bonoan added.###

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Drinking water needed in evacuation centers

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) continues to send and distribute relief assistance to families who are temporarily housed in evacuation centers in Metro Manila.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan appeals to non-government organizations and private individuals to donate drinking water and join the government in continuously providing the needed assistance of the flood victims.

Donations intended for victims in Metro Manila may be sent to DSWD-NCR office located at 389 San Rafael cor.Legarda Streets, Sampaloc, Manila orcall telephone numbers73498635/4883199 or to DSWD-National Resource OperationsCenter (NROC) at NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (beside Airport Police Department and back of Transportation Office) with telephone numbers 852-8081 and 851-2681.

 As of August 10, at 3pm, a total of 327 evacuation centersfrom 264 barangays in Metro Manila remain open to accommodate the 45,381 families or 207,243 individuals who were affected by floods due to the continuous heavy monsoon rains.

Bonoan added that DSWD-NCR has augmented the Local Government Units (LGUs) with some P8.7M worth of food and non-foodassistance and deployed its staff to serve as coordinators and liaisons in the LGU identified evacuationcenters.

“DSWD also coordinates with non-government organizations (NGOs) to augment the LGUs in setting-up community kitchens in evacuation centers,” said Bonoan.

At present, the cities of Mandaluyong, Pasig and Marikina have community kitchens set-up in their evacuation centers. ###

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DSWD-NCR distributes relief goods in evacuation centers

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) distributes relief goods to families who are currently housed in the evacuation centers of affected cities in Metro Manila.

As of August 9 at 8:00am, a total of 359 evacuation centers from 260 barangays in Metro Manila are still open to temporarily house the 44,645 families or 217,665 individuals who were affected by floods due to continuous heavy rainfalls.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said that some P6.7 worth of assistance from DSWD, Local government units, Non-Government Organizations and concerned citizens has been provided to the affected families.

Bonoan added that DSWD-NCR also deployed staff and volunteers to monitor and assist the LGUs in the operation of evacuation centers. (August 9, 2012)
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DSWD-NCR provides assistance for typhoon Gener victims

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman on Tuesday the distribution of relief goods to some 145 families who are housed at the evacuation center in Brgy. 105, Tondo, Manila.  Some of the affected families are informal settlers from Sitio Damayan Happyland in Brgy. 105 whose houses were damaged by two barges at the height of strong rains and winds brought by typhoon ‘Gener’ on Sunday. DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan, and 2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner Up and DSWD Ambassadress of Children’s Welfare, Ma. Venus Raj assisted in the distribution.

Soliman, in her meeting with the evacuees assured their immediate transfer to the nearby Sitio Aroma temporary housing.  DSWD-NCR will closely coordinate with the city of Manila and the National Housing Authority (NHA) to facilitate the transfer of the evacuees.

As of July 31, four evacuation centers in the National Capital Region are still open to provide temporary shelter to 307 families or 1,243 individuals.  Various forms of assistance have been extended by the national agencies, local government units and non-government organizations to the affected families. ###

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DSWD: Don’t give alms to street children

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) launches today its campaign to ask the public not to give alms to children roaming in the streets to help reduce the number of street children in Metro Manila.

“We would like to enjoin the public to support us in our battle cry to promote ‘tamang tulong ang kailangan, hindi ang pagbibigay limos sa lansangan,’” DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia Bonoan said.

She said the public can help address the problem by not giving alms to children who board jeepneys to wipe the shoes of passengers and by not entertaining the mendicants and children who give solicitation envelopes to passengers in public utility jeeps and buses.

Instead of giving alms, Bonoan encouraged the public to coordinate with DSWD-NCR office, local social welfare and development office, or non-government organizations catering to street children.

 

The 10 areas with high concentration of street children are Roxas Boulevard in Manila; Kalayaan Road, Barangay E. Rodriguez and Quezon Avenue in Quezon City; Balintawak area in Caloocan City; Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City; Greenhills, Ortigas in San Juan City; Kapasigan in Pasig City; Madrigal Avenue, Alabang in Muntinlupa City; and along NAIA Road in Parañaque City.
The DSWD partnered with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), local government units, academe, non-government organizations, and private sector in implementing its comprehensive program for street children, street families, especially Bajaus, which aims for zero incidence of street children and street families in identified priority areas.

Bonoan said homeless street families and Bajaus will be provided with permanent shelter and income-generating opportunities while home-based families of street children will be given livelihood assistance.

The street children, on the other hand, will be provided with educational assistance and alternative education, health and nutrition services and other support interventions through LGUs and partner NGOs.

As of June 2012, DSWD-NCR has provided livelihood assistance to 114 families and cash for work to 35 families.

Some 1,138 street children and 62 Sama Bajaus enrolled in public schools were provided with educational assistance at P2,000 per child, four street families were trained on sampaguita planting, and five families and 12 individual adults were provided with transportation assistance through Balik-Probinsya.###

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Navotas City seniors get social pension

‘Lumalakas at sumisigla ako pag bigayan na ng pensyon (I get stronger and active when it is social pension pay-out time,’ were the words uttered by Felomina Mendoza, 95 and the oldest social pensioner who lined up at Navotas City Hall covered court last July 12 to claim her monthly social pension.

Felomina has seven children and lives with her 5th child.  Despite her old age, she would line up with her grandson, Rolly and patiently waits for her turn to be called to claim her social pension of P500 per month to augment her daily subsistence and other medical needs.

 

 

She recalled that she used to sell candies and other food items in the neighborhood as her past time and to earn a little amount which she will use to buy the food that she likes.  But she stopped a year ago when she incidentally fell down and sustained a lower back injury.

Pedro Sabala, 82, also expressed how happy he was to receive his social pension for the first time.

‘First time kong makatanggap ng pensyon.  Ngayon lang kasi ako napasama sa listahan’ (It’s my first time to receive a pension),’ Sabala said.

Felomina and Pedro were among the 5,419 indigent senior citizens in the National Capital Region who are benefitting from the government’s social pension program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.  Both received 1,500 as pension for the second quarter of 2012.

The payment of social pension for indigent senior citizens is provided for under Republic Act No. 9994, also known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act (ESCA) of 2010. It provides a monthly assistance or subsidy of P500, given on a quarterly basis, to the pre-identified beneficiaries who are indigent senior citizens who are frail, sickly and disabled, without any regular source of income and/or support from any member of the family, and not receiving other pension benefits from government and private agencies.

Based on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) data of DSWD, a total of 145,166 indigent senior citizens nationwide, whose ages are between 77 years old and above are covered in the implementation of the social pension program. ###

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