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More than 90,000 poor households in NCR receive cash grants

Some 98,676 poor households in Metro Manila received their monthly cash grants under the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program through over-the-counter payment being held simultaneously in 16 cities and one municipality.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said these additional beneficiaries were enrolled in the program in the last quarter of 2012.  This is in addition to the existing 114,000 families.

“As of March 11, 2013, there are 205,780 households in NCR who are benefiting from the government’s Pantawid Pamilya program, Bonoan added.

Under the program, beneficiaries should comply with the conditionalities such as send their children to school, seek regular health check-up, de-worming twice a year and regular attendance to family development sessions.

Each family who complies with these conditions received a maximum of P1,400 monthly cash grants.

Meanwhile, Bonoan cautioned the beneficiaries against politicians who will use the program to advance their political agenda by threatening them on being removed or delisted from the program if they will not support the said politician.

“Only DSWD Central or Regional Office has the authority to remove the beneficiaries from the program if they will not comply to the conditionalities,”
Bonoan stressed.

Bonoan added that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is not controlled by any politician or political party and they do not have the authority to add or remove beneficiaries.

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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries make more money-World Bank

A World Bank officer said the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer Program helps its beneficiaries make more money.

Cyril Muller, Vice President for External Affairs, made this comment during his recent visit and interaction with the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from Brgy. Sta. Ana, Taguig City after learning that they have started investing in various income generating projects.

Rosalie Sapilan, 47 years old with seven children happily shared to Muller and DSWD Secretary Soliman that DSWD taught her how to start a business and that she was assisted through its Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program.

“I vend fish and vegetables to earn a living so that I will not just rely on the cash grants that we receive from the government,” said Rosalie in Tagalog.

Other beneficiaries also shared that Pantawid Pamilya program has helped them send their children to school and committed that they will continue sending them to school even if the program ends after five years.

Muller, Soliman, and other World Bank delegates were also pleased to learn from the beneficiaries that the regular health check-up improved the health status of their children while their attendance to family development sessions taught them values that strengthen family relationships.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education by providing cash grants to poor households with children 0‐14 years old and/or pregnant mothers, provided that they comply with the conditions set by the program.

In NCR, some 205,780 household beneficiaries have been registered in the program; and 7,913 of them are from Taguig City.

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DSWD expands coverage of livelihood projects in Metro Manila

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) expands the coverage of its livelihood projects in Metro Manila with the implementation of Livelihood Opportunities for Vulnerable Urban Poor Communities (LVUC) project.

LVUC will use the participatory, community-driven and development approach that will empower local communities through improved participation in local governance as well as in the preparation and implementation of poverty reduction projects. It has funding support from Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF).

In the Stakeholders’ Forum held in Muntinlupa City yesterday (March 5), KALAHI-CIDSS National Project Manager Director Edgar Pato said that the project aims to provide interventions to various key issues that confront the urban poor communities such as land tenure security and eviction; lack of income opportunities, employment

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Lawyer-members of Adoption Support Group pledge commitment

Practicing lawyers who are members of the Adoption Support Group (ASG) organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) committed to render legal assistance to adoptive parents and their children.

During the ceremonial signing of Pledge of Commitment which also marked the kick-off of the 15th Adoption Consciousness Week held at Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Luneta Park, Manila on February 16, six (6) members of the ASG committed to provide legal services at modest professional fees, to be vigilant for the cause of the adoption programs and to facilitate adoption to all those who have the heart and love to provide homes to abandoned, neglected, surrendered children and children with special needs.

Photo shows (from left) Assistant Regional Directors Delia U. Bawan, Jacel J. Paguio, Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan, Atty. Homobona Adaza III, Atty. Elizabeth Andres, Atty. Elena Melita C. Lledo, and Atty. Ernesto Francisco Jr. (February 26, 2013, DSWD-NCR Social Marketing Office) ###

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BANK CLEARING OFFICERS DONATE TO DSWD-NCR

The Clearing Officers Club Inc. (COCI) turned over check donations to centers and institutions of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR).

The COCI is headed by Mr. Rey Burgos (fourth from left) turned over P150,000.00 to DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan and heads of centers and institutions. The recipients of this year’s donation are clients of Jose Fabella Center, Marillac Hills, Nayon ng Kabataan, Haven for Women, National Vocational

Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary Center. Director Bonoan said the donations shall be used to augment the operational expenses of the recipient centers/institutions.

“We are thankful for your (COCI’s) continuing support to the DSWD.  Your donations will definitely go a long way.  May our partnership for six years now continue to grow for the benefit of the disadvantaged sector,” Bonoan expressed.

The Clearing Officers Club, Inc. is an organization composed of bank clearing officers in various banks nationwide and actively supports the socio-civic activities of charitable institutions.

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A New Lease On Life… For a Homeless Family

After receiving her cash grants during the pay-out for beneficiaries of Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development- National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR), May Lacson, 28, hopes that soon, she and her two children will be out of the streets.

Lacson is a solo parent of children, 2 and 10 years old.  She works as a parking lot aide and a car washer in Port Area, Tondo, Manila.

According to Lacson, she has actually three children but the second child died due to meningitis when he was one year old in 2004. She added that she decided to separate from her husband because of his violent behaviour especially when he is under the influence of illegal drugs.

Previously, they were living near the DPWH office at Port Area, Manila where only tarpaulins serve as their roof and empty boxes are their beds until they underwent assessment, and qualified as beneficiary of the government’s MCCT program in August 2012.

In November 2012, aside from the monthly cash grants for the education and health of the children, they were transferred to a rented house at corner 17th and Railroad Streets, Port Area, Manila as provided under the program.
With teary eyes, Lacson was full of gratitude as she compares their life now t

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DSWD-NCR holds meeting with barangay chairpersons

To continue the advocacy in providing real time 24/7 access to reach out to street kids in Metro Manila, the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) held a meeting with representatives from the Local Social Welfare and Development Offices, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), barangay chairpersons and their staff on February13, 2013.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said the meeting was called to address the concerns on street children and how to strengthen coordination with each other to reduce the incidence of street children in Metro Manila.

“Those called to attend this meeting were those barangays and LGUs that are frequently reported in DSWD @savestreetkids twitter account with numerous street children,” Bonoan added.

Accordingly, representatives from the following LGUs and barangays were present: QUEZON CITY (Baranganys Loyola Heights, Socorro, E. Rodriguez, Valencia, Immaculate Concepcion); MANILA CITY (Barangays 728, 734, 274, 653, 192,142); PASAY CITY (Barangays 192, 194 and 198); PASIG CITY (Brgy.Ugong South) MANDALUYONG CITY (Barangays Wack-Wack and Highway Hills); SAN JUAN CITY (Brgy. Greenhills); MAKATI CITY (Brgy. San Antonio); PARAñAQUE CITY (Brgy. Tambo); and LAS PIñAS City (Bgy. Zapote)

It will be recalled that DSWD created a twitter account specific for response and reach-out of street children in Metro Manila as one of its strategies to reduce the number of street children by responding immediately to reports from the public using this social networking site.

Its implementation supports the project under the Comprehensive Program for Street Children, Street Families and IPs which aims to provide a package of services and interventions to respond to the needs of street children.

 

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DSWD-NCR Conducts Household Assessment of “Habagat” Victims

Some 251,812 households in Metro Manila affected by the incessant rains brought by the southwest monsoon, also known as “Habagat” that hit the countryin August 2012 are now undergoing householdassessment by the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR).

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said that the validation of affected households started in December 2012 and will end in March 2013.  As of this writing, about 25,073 households in the city ofManila and 14,000 in Marikina City have been assessed.

“The assessment of ‘Habagat’-affected households is being done through household surveys, using the prescribed National Household Targeting System’s (NHTS) Household Assessment Form (HAF) and Household Pre-assessment Form (HPAF),” Bonoan explained.

“Special validations are alsodone to assess the needs of calamity affected areas and families.  The assessed households will go through Proxy Means Test for poor and non-poor identification,” Bonoan said.

Proxy Means Test is a statistical formula that estimates the income of households based on the proxy variables included in the household assessment form.

She added that some 75 families from Happyland, Brgy. 105 Tondo, Manila whose houses were damaged by two barges at the height of the strong rains and winds brought by ‘Habagat’ have been resettled to Southville 9 Resettlement in Baras, Rizal, in partnership with the National Housing Authority and the City of Manila.(DSWD Field Office-NCR Communications Office/1 February 2013) ###

 

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