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1,200 visitorless older persons to be catered in Dalaw-Kalinga

More than 1,200 visitorless, sick and indigent older persons who are currently sheltered in various institutions will be visited on Saturday, October 6 by their fellow senior citizens for the simultaneous Dalaw-Kalinga activity of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Delegates from the Local Government Units in Metro Manila and representatives of the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of Philippines (FSCAP), NCR chapter will visit and offer gift packs and entertainment to wards and clients of the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong

City, Hospicio de San Jose and Missionaries of Charity in Manila, Golden Reception and Action Center for the Elderly and other Special cases (GRACES) in Quezon City and Haven for the Elderly in Tanay, Rizal.

The Dalaw-Kalinga is in line with the celebration of Elderly Filipino Week which is observed every October 1-7 in pursuant to Proclamation No. 470 issued by former President Fidel V. Ramos on September 26, 1994.  The event aims to increase public awareness on the different issues concerning the older persons’ sector.

 

This year’s EFW theme “Nakatatanda: Sa Bisa ng RA 9994, May Dangal, Nagkakaisa, Buhay ay Gumiginhawa,” focuses on the contributions of Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 to the improvement of lives of older persons.

Ma. Liza Mahinay, DSWD-NCR focal person for older persons said that other activities during the week-long celebration include the reading of the National Prayer during the flag ceremonies in all government agencies and local government units, Walk For Life last October 1, Intergenerational Concert at SM Fairview last October 3, Forum on RA 9994 on October 4, Kimona ni Lola fashion Show October 5 and Awarding of Sampung Ulirang Nakatatanda on October 7, 2012. ###

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DSWD holds service caravan in Navotas City

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR), in coordination with the City of Navotas held a convergence caravan on Thursday to bring the social services closer to the beneficiaries of government’s pro-poor programs.

More than 600 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the city participated in the service caravan and availed the various services such as medical mission, jobs fair, free haircut and massage, distribution of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. cards, free seminar on how to start a business and a hands-on workshop on how to make chicken nuggets and squid rings.

 

DSWD also awarded a capital assistance of P 156,000 to Industrious SEA-K and Coolest SEA-K associations. Each association is composed of 15 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan reported to the city officials, headed by Navotas City Mayor John Reynald Tiangco and Congressman Tobias Reynald Tiangco the status of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program implementation in the city.

At present, she said, there are about 4, 474 families from the eight barangays in Navotas City are benefiting from the government’s Pantawid Pamilya Program. She added that come 2013, another 7,000 families will be added in the registered number of beneficiaries in the city.

Cong. Tiangco in his message said, that Pantawid Pamilya is one program of the government that he truly admires because it helps the indigent families support the needs of their children’s health and education.

Mayor Tiangco also expressed his gratitude to DSWD for always supporting his poor constituents and advised the Pantawid beneficiaries to take advantage of the program and apply the knowledge learned from it.

Pantawid Pamilya is a rights-based program that invests in the health and education of poor households, particularly of children aged 0‐14 years old, by providing cash grants to beneficiaries, provided that they comply with the set of conditions required by the program.

DSWD for its part is implementing a convergence strategy that will ensure complementation and coordination of efforts and interventions to help these beneficiaries move out from poverty. This is also in line with the thrust of the Department that nobody will be left behind. ###

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DSWD-NCR OPENS SEARCH FOR EXEMPLARY PANTAWID PAMILYA CHILDREN

The   Department  of   Social  Welfare  and   Development,  National   Capital  Region   (DSWD-NCR)   opens   its   Search   for  Exemplary   Pantawid   Pamilya  Children.

The search aims to recognize exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children who serve as excellent examples in their households, schools, and communities, and to encourage them to be active citizens by complying with the conditions of the program.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said that the search is open to all Pantawid Pamilya children beneficiaries in Metro Manila aged 10-14 years old and preferably recommended by community leaders, teachers, parent groups and faith-based organizations.

In addition, the children must be enrolled in school, compliant to school attendance requirement of the program from SY 2011-2012 and from the months of June-September for SY 2012-2013, with good scholastic standing or no grade below the passing mark, non-repeater, fully immunized and has been dewormed twice in 2011.

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DSWD awards 2012 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya

A fisherman and a volunteer teacher with five children from Navotas City were chosen by the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on the Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) as this year’s ‘Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya’ in the National Capital Region.

The Villanueva family from Sitio Pulo, Brgy. Tanza, Navotas City bested 11 other family nominees from different local government units in the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Capital Region  (DSWD-NCR).

DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said that the family of Manuelito and Lucita Villanueva was declared “Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya” because of their commendable performance as parents and as responsible beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. As winner, they will become advocates of the program who will speak in various fora that will be organized by DSWD.

Bonoan added that the members of the validating team noted the active involvement of the family in various community affairs.  They also initiated community projects and advocacies that are beneficial to the constituents of Sitio Pulo, in Tanza, Navotas.
Manuelito, who is fondly called Bong, is a fisherman who earns P300.00 during good fishing days while his wife Lucita is a volunteer day care teacher of Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation, a non-government organization that provides education service in the community.

Lucita is also an active parent leader who ensures that Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are religiously complying with the conditions of the program.

One of the family’s remarkable accomplishments is the establishment of a community library and tapped non-government organizations, government offices and schools to donate books for the library. Through this, the students are provided with a better place for learning.  Its establishment also promotes reading habits among the children.

The Villanueva family was registered as Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in 2008 and is among the 65,628 families in NCR who are benefiting from the government’s conditional cash transfer program.

They have five children who are enrolled in Navotas National High School and Tanza Elementary School respectively.  The family receives 1,400 monthly cash grants for the education and health of the three children who are enrolled in the program.

The judges who are composed of representatives from various government agencies in NCR were guided by the following criteria in the selection of winner: compliance to the conditions of the program 30 points; management and utilization of cash grants 25 points; involvement in socio-economic activities and community affairs 15 points; responsible parenting and good moral values of the family 10 points; no occurrence of violence in the family 10 points; and care for the environment 10 points.

The winning family will be awarded with a cash prize of P15,000 and a plaque of recognition during the culmination of  the Family Week Celebration to be held at Mall of Asia, Pasay City on September 28, 2012.

The Search for Huwarang Pamilya aims to showcase the impact of the program and to recognize the contributions of beneficiaries in meeting the country’s Millennium Development Goals.

 

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DSWD SETS TO REGISTER .2M NEW PANTAWID PAMILYA HOUSEHOLDS IN NCR

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is targeting additional 208,860 additional households in the National Capital Region as beneficiaries of government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said that community assemblies are now on-going in different cities/municipality in Metro Manila to register the potential beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. This is in addition to the 65,628 registered beneficiaries in NCR.

The potential beneficiaries were targeted based on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) data of DSWD.

Bonoan added that community assemblies are being conducted in community facilities such as barangay halls, covered courts, elementary schools and churches located in the targeted barangays.

 

 

The community assembly is a venue for DSWD to validate and update the household information of potential beneficiaries and to register them with Landbank of the Philippines for the issuance of cash cards.
Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya get their cash grants through Landbank of the Philippines using their cash cards.

“The additional household beneficiaries is our contribution to the current administration’s thrust that ‘no one will be left behind’,” said Bonoan.

Pantawid Pamilya is the government’s poverty reduction program implemented by the DSWD which provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve the education, nutrition and health of children aged 0-14. It offers P6,000 a year or P500 per month for health and nutrition expenses and P3,000 for one school year (10 months) or P300 monthly per child for the educational expenses. A maximum of three children per household is covered in the program.

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DSWD, Go Negosyo partner in Negosyo Mo Bukas Ko project

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) partnered with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurs (PCE) Go Negosyo in providing employment to the Out of School Youths (OSY) who are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a conditional cash transfer program that provides incentives to poor families to invest in their future by ensuring that mothers and children avail of healthcare and that children go to school.

Dubbed as Negosyo Mo Bukas Ko Project, at least 156 OSY from seven cities in Metro Manila will be given the opportunity to be employed and subsequently go back to school to finish their studies.

The seven LGUs are San Juan, Makati, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Manila, and Quezon City.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said that this partnership boosts the government’s Private-Public Partnership efforts that ensure faster, smarter and better delivery of social services through mobilization of resources of the private sector.
“The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurs has the capability and technology to develop the mindset and attitude of the youths that will prepare them as they engage in entrepreneurial activities,” said Bonoan.

Bonoan added that the 156 OSY will be required by PCE to attend orientations together with their parents or guardians, and participate in the two months training that will test their physical, emotional and psychological capacity.

The training includes the Pro-Camp or challenge seminar wherein participants have to pass series of challenges that will teach them positive values and the training for transformation which is a mentoring and coaching strategy that will teach the OSY how to dress up and present themselves as professionals.

“This effort is also part of our convergence strategy that ensures complementation of services from various groups to maximize their resources for a greater impact on poverty reduction,” Bonoan added. ###

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NCR male employees MOVE to end VAW

Male employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) moved together to call for the elimination of violence against women everywhere.

In the general assembly and election of officers held last August 24, 2012, Mr. Teodoro Selva, President of MOVE-NCR Chapter shared to the 44 participants a brief overview of the creation of MOVE and its constitution and by-laws.

 

‘MOVE stands for Men Opposed to Violence Everywhere is an organization of principled men whose members have dedicated themselves to be actively involved in eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence against women,’ Selva said.

Selva further explained that MOVE was organized by men from various organizations through the initiative of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) on November 27, 2006, during the commemoration of the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW.

‘We move to encourage men to commit themselves to be actively involved in the elimination of VAW as well as not to commit, nor condone,’ Selva added.

The elected officers of MOVE-NCR are President- Teodoro S. Selva,  Vice-President (Internal) – Godofredo Estepa, Jr., Vice-President (External) – Reynaldo Santos, Secretary – Jerry Digo, PRO – Fernando Santos, Treasurer – Mark Garcia, Auditor –Glenn Lopez, Sergeant – at-Arms –  John Payumo and Howard Tarca.

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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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