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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the KapitBisig Laban saKahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), the World Bank (WB), Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) and the Cities of Muntinlupa and Malabon signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) recently for the implementation of a project that will generate employment and livelihood in 47 poor communities in the cities of Malabon and Muntinlupa.

DSWD–NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said the JSDF-Livelihood Opportunities for Vulnerable Urban Communities (JSDF-LVUC) project is a complementary project of DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS or the KapitBisig Laban saKahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services which will bring benefits to 10 barangays with 24 communities from Malabon City and 23 communities from six (6) barangays from Muntinlupa City.

The LVUC will use the Community Driven and Development (CDD) approach which has been tested and proven effective in overcoming extreme poverty in the country’s poorest of the poor provinces.

Mayor Antolin Oreta of Malabon City expressed his full support in the implementation of the program and acknowledged the benefits that it will bring to his poor constituents.

City Social Welfare and Development Head, Annalyn Mercado, who spoke in behalf of Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi also thanked the DSWD for bringing another project that will improve the lives of the poor.

Muntinlupa City Lone District Congressman Rodolfo Biazon, also gave his full support to the project as it reaches the marginalized by addressing their concerns on livelihood, employment and relocation.  He thanked the DSWD for including the six (6) barangays of the city in the project implementation and appealed for inclusion of the two more marginalized barangays of the city.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano–Soliman, in her response, acknowledged the important roles of barangay chairpersons and Muntinlupa and Malabon LGUs and challenged them to share their decision making power with members of the community in deciding and identifying responsive solutions to the needs and problems of the community.

‘Ang prosesong ito ay alinsunod din sa panuntunan ni Pangulong Aquino na ang taong–bayan ang boss, dahil ang kaunlaran ng mga mahihirap na mamamayan ay kaunlaran din ng ating bansa,’ said Secretary Soliman.

She also enjoined the barangay chairpersons and LGU officials to help alleviate the plight of the poor by encouraging them to be engaged in productive activities to improve their state well-being.

Under the JSDF–LVUC, each identified poor community is entitled to P1M worth of community projects using an emergency employment scheme adapted from the DSWD cash-for-work program, livelihood skills training for job placements and establishment of community enterprise.  Its implementation shall be supervised by the partner Non–Government Organization (NGO) which is the Foundation for Development Alternatives, Inc.

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DSWD-NCR awards capital assistance to 3 SEA-K Associations

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) awarded P249,000.00 worth of capital assistance to three (3) Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) associations from the cities of Pasay and Navotas during its flag ceremony last July 22, 2013.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan handed over the ceremonial checks to the representatives of the three associations namely: Matiyaga, Sama-sama Together and Leongson SEA-K Associations.

Director Bonoan said the recipients of the capital assistance are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Set-1) who will be completing the five-year implementation of the program.

“Through our sustainable livelihood interventions to the set-1 beneficiaries, we will be able to help improve their well-being, so that when they are no longer receiving grants from Pantawid Pamilya program, they will be able to continue to provide the needs of their family,” Bonoan added.

Melinda Labanon, a Parent Leader and President of Leongson SKA from Navotas City was grateful for the seed capital because it enabled her to put up a small business. Also, she expressed her gratitude for the positive developments that the Pantawid Pamilya program brought to their lives.

“Malaking tulong ang Pantawid Program sa amin dahil ang nakukuha kong grant para sa dalawang anak ko ay talagang nagagamit sa pagbili ng mga gamit nila sa eskwelahan. Noong nagkaroon ng Pantawid sa buhay namin, parang nabawasan ang problema ko,” shared Melinda.
Director Bonoan also announced that from 2011, DSWD-NCR has served 277 SEA-K Associations or 4,941 families and provided a total amount of PhP 30,763,500.00 capital assistance.

“This is part of our commitment to the Department’s strategic goal to improve the well-being of the 13,475 household beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the National Capital Region,“ Bonoan concluded.

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Some 849 Metro street families are now in alternative homes

Some 849 homeless street families in Metro Manila were provided with alternative homes through the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said this effort is part of the Department’s thrust to reduce the number of street families and to provide the street children with a safe place away from the streets.

She added that MCCT-HSF program strengthens the coverage of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program by targeting the homeless street families who were not included in the assessment of poor households because of their mobility.

“Just like the regular Pantawid Pamilya Program, beneficiaries of MCCT-HSF also follow a set of modified conditionalities before they could receive their monthly cash grants.  Currently, there are 1,610 homeless families who are registered in the program and we are now working on the provision of alternative family home to the remaining beneficiaries,” explained Bonoan.

Each household receives a maximum of P1,400 per month for health and education of the children and P3,000 monthly housing assistance for six months while they are being prepared for their community reintegration.

Under the MCCT-HSF, parents should ensure that their children do not stay or work on the streets and should attend Family Life Education and Counseling, Family Development Sessions (FDS); the children should be attending any mode of learning, either regular school, Alternative Learning System (ALS), School on Wheels or Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP); parents/guardians should bring their children to health centers for immunizations, weight and height monitoring and preventive check-ups; and household beneficiaries must stay in alternative residences after identification, relocation and/or provision of shelter assistance for them. ### (FO-NCR Social Marketing Office, July 24, 2013 )

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WB Official visits Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in QC

The World Bank team led by its Vice President of East Asia and Pacific Region Axel Van Trotsenburg, and arranged by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) headed by Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, visited Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries at Barangay Doña Imelda, Quezon City.

Done on July 11, 2013, the group visited the site at 42 Kapiligan Street of the mentioned barangay wherein a four (4) storey building will be put up as in-city relocation for its identified informal settler families who are residing along the 3-meter easement of Pasig river through Peoples Plan.

Out of the 367 Pantawid Pamilya household beneficiaries in barangay Doña Imelda, 115 families were identified as informal settlers wherein 80 have been included in the 3-meter easement who are priority for relocation this year.

 After visiting the relocation site, the group proceeded to Betty Go- Belmonte Elementary School where 376 children beneficiaries are being monitored for compliance in the education condition, for a focused group discussion.

 In this activity, the Parent Leaders proudly narrated to the WB visitors and Secretary Soliman the impact of the Pantawid Pamilya program in their lives. Herewith, the PLs showed to everyone and to Mr. Trotsenburg the cash card they use in withdrawing their grants and the beneficiary guide booklet they are using.

 In the closing program done at the barangay hall, with Vice President and Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Jejomar Binay, WB team, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, DSWD staff, barangay officials and Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, Secretary Soliman said in her remarks, “What’s most significant is the people themselves are leading the process of change constructively engaging with the national as well as the local government.” She emphasized that with the help of Pantawid Pamilya program which ensures the health and education of the children based on compliance to the conditionalities, the new generation will become the new leaders and movers of the community that will soon contribute to the inclusive growth of the economy.

 Furthermore, VP Binay in his closing remarks said to everyone, “tunay na masuwerte and inyong barangay dahil sabay na ipinatutupad ang programang pabahay, at ang conditional cash transfer program ng DSWD… ngunit kasabay nito ay ang pagtugon ninyong mga benepisyaryo sa inyong responsibilidad at kondisyon ng mga programang ito.

 Meanwhile, for the take away message of Mr. Trotsenburg,  he said, “For me, this is certainly a wonderful experience to see how the different forces are working together and we feel honored… my team (World Bank team), to work with you.”

 The tenement building was initiated by barangay Doña Imelda community with their Civil Society Organization Ugnayang Lakas ng mga Apektadong Pamilya sa baybayin ng Ilog Pasig at mga Atributanyo (ULAP) which will be operational through the assistance of HUDCC, Social Housing and Finance Corporation (SHFC), and World Bank. (FO-NCR Social Marketing Office, July 22, 2013) ###

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A Safe Place Called “Home”

Away from the raging cars, strangers fighting violently on streets and demolition team of the Department of Public Service (DPS) from Manila City hall, Rose Marie Ramos, 46 years old, living with her husband Alex Amante Go, 49, and her niece Rea, 9 years old, felt so blessed that their family is now in a safe place called “home.”


Previously spending overnight under Nagtahan Bridge near Arellano University in Manila for 9 years, Rose Marie admitted that they really can’t afford to rent a house at that time.“Talagang wala po kaming kakayahan na umupa ng bahay kasi nagtitinda lang po ako ng mani sa kalsada at wala naman pong trabaho ang asawa ko noon,” (We are really incapable to rent a house at that time since I am just a nut vendor while my husband is jobless), she said.


Recently, Rose Marie’s family has been included among the beneficiaries of the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Homeless Street Families (MCCT-HSF) and she is now benefitting from the cash-for-work program aimed to assist the beneficiaries in renting their house.


MCCT-HSF is expansion of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program of the DSWD wherein beneficiaries, similar to Pantawid Pamilya program, have to comply with the conditionalities for them to receive their monthly cash grants for health and

education of the children.


The conditionalities are: the children have to be enrolled in public school and avail regular health  check-up in the nearest health center, pregnant mother must also have regular pre and post natal check-up and lastly, the family must look for a rental house where they could keep their children always safe at home.


MCCT-HSF was conceptualized to assist the beneficiaries in renting their house for six months, then leaning on convergence strategies, the Department initiates to make them capable of at least paying half of the rent for the succeeding months through the above mentioned intervention of cash-for-work.


“Nagwawalis ako ngayon sa kalsada malapit sa barangay ng apat na oras bilang empleyado

ng cash-for-work at buti na lang yung asawa ko ay nakakuha ng trabaho bilang taxi driver…

kahit papano alam ko kahit matapos ang anim na buwan ay kaya na naming ipagpatuloy ang

pag-upa sa bahay,” (I am now a street sweeper at the street near our barangay for four

hours as an employee of the cash-for-work and fortunately, my husband recently got a job as a taxi driver… at least now I know that even the 6th month comes, we can now continue to rent a house) Rose Marie gladly articulated.


Rose Marie’s family is now residing at a rented house in Loreto Street, Sampaloc, Manila and now afforded to buy television set and electric fan for their own conveniences.


“Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa DSWD at malaking tulong na naialis kami sa kalsada. Dati

di kami makabili ng gamit kasi pag dumating ang taga-DPS, binubuhat na namin ang lahat ng gamit na kaya naming buhatin… pag sa gabi naman at may nag-aaway sa kalsada ay  binubuhat ko na ang alaga ko at baka magbatuhan ang mga ‘yun ng bote… pag umuulan  naman at malakas ang hangin, sobrang ginaw at nababasa kami buong gabi.. ramdam ko  ngayon na nasa tahanan na kami kasi ligtas kami” (I am so thankful to DSWD that it is such a big help that we were rescued from the street. Before, we cannot buy our own appliance because when team from DPS arrives, we already hurry to bring anything we can… and at night, when there are strangers fighting around, I’m awakened and carry my niece because they might throw bottle at each other… when it is raining with strong wind, it is really cold on the street and we are really getting wet all night… I can now feel that we are at home because we are safe) she narrated with teary eyes.


Last November 2012, Rose Marie’s family joined the family camp held at Island Cove in Cavite where she confirmed that this event enabled them to experience few days of leisure, far away from the harsh days they used to endure while living on the street. Also, she said that the event equipped them with some family-related skills such as family planning and responsible parenting.


With her niece Rea, who is now in Grade 3, Rose Marie believes that education could be her niece’s armor in her forthcoming challenges in life. Also, making Rea always go to school is part of their compliance under the conditionalities of the MCCT-HSF. “Dahil tila wala na akong pagkakataon pa upang matapos ko ang aking pag-aaral, umaasa ako na maibibigay ko ito sa aking pamangkin… na maliban sa akin, ang aking tatlong (3) anak na nasa Davao at may kanya-kanya nang pamilya ay nabigo ring makatapos ng pag-aaral” (Since it seems like I have no more chance of finishing my studies, I hope I can give it to my niece…who aside from myself, my three (3) children who are now in Davao with their respective families, also failed to finish their studies) she concluded.###

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8,425 indigent senior citizens in Metro Manila receive social pension

Some 8,425 indigent senior citizens in the National Capital Region are now receiving their social pension under the Social Pension Program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Each pensioner receives P500.00 per month or P1,500 quarterly as financial assistance for food expenses and medical needs in compliance with Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizen Act of 2010 which states that the indigent senior citizens get five hundred pesos (P500.00) monthly stipend.

According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan, beneficiaries of the social pension program were vigorously selected from the data of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), and from the recommendations of the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) and City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

Rosario Elemento, from San Juan City, whom at age 84 still does scavenging to earn for a living, was thankful for the social pension she receives quarterly.

“I am thankful for the assistance received from the government.  It helps me to buy food and medicines,” said Rosario in Tagalog.

To ensure that the beneficiaries belong to the indigent families, Bonoan explained that the OSCA and the CSWDO, with the help of senior citizens organizations conducted verifications and home visitations to assess the qualifications of the social pensioner applicants.

“As part of validation, DSWD cooperates with other agencies such as the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and the Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Assistance, Incorporated (AFPMBAI), to check if the social pensioners are not receiving any pension from these offices,” she concluded.

The social pensioners are those indigent senior citizens who are 77 years old and above and do not receive regular support from relatives or any financial institution.

DSWD allocated P11,665,500 for payment of social pension for the second quarter pay-out which started in June 25 and will end on July 30, 2013.###

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DSWD-NCR opens the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2013

To recognize the contribution of the families in complying with the set conditionalities under the Pantawid Pamilya program, and for promotion of responsible parenthood among its beneficiaries, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) is now opening its Search for the Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2013.


Started in 2010, the Search is open to all family-beneficiaries who are registered in the program for at least one (1) year, have good standing in the community with no derogatory records, have not been convicted of any administrative, criminal or civil cases for the past five (5) years, and whose income is not derived from gambling, prostitution, child labor, extortion and similar illegal means.

In NCR, each Local Government Unit (LGU) is entitled for to one (1) nominee resulting into 17 families competing every year.


Criteria for judging are; a family with 100% compliance in all conditionalities (25%), practices and promotes healthy living (20%), actively involved in community and environmental endeavors (20%), demonstrates love and respect for the community include and the environment (20%), and manages and utilizes cash grants properly (15%).


The winner will be awarded on the last week of September to coincide with the celebration of the Family Week.


Last year, the Villanueva family from Sitio Pulo, Brgy. Tanza, Navotas City, bested the other nominees and as the winner for the regional search, they will be representing the NCR in the national Search this 2013.


DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said that the family of Manuelito and Lucita Villanueva was declared “Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2012” because of their commendable performance as parents and as responsible beneficiaries of the program.


As winner of the Search, Villanueva family became an advocate of Pantawid Pamilya and Manuelito appeared in a TV commercial of the ‘Bawal Ang Epal Dito’ campaign of the DSWD which was aired nationwide before the mid-year elections.


Deadline of submission of nomination is until July 12, 2013. (FO-NCR Social Marketing Office, July 5, 2013)###

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