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DSWD-NCR prepares for 2013 household assessment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) conducted recently an orientation with representatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) which aimed to mobilize and seek their support on household assessment, held at Makati Palace Hotel.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said the activity is part of the preparations of the Field Office for the conduct of household assessment this year.

“For the second household assessment, we will be updating the database of poor households that was generated in 2009 based on a uniform, objective and transparent methodology,” Bonoan added.

During the orientation, the participants were informed about the new brand of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) which is Listahanan, which will use the tagline ‘Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan,’ to clear misconception of the public that the project provides grants and services to the households classified as poor.

Bonoan emphasized that Listahanan establishes a list of poor families in need of assistance from social protection program. She also disclosed that the second household assessment targets 1,267,292 households. DSWD-NCR hired 1,637 project-based staff which will be deployed in different cities/municipality in Metro Manila to undertake the assessment.

During the 2009 enumeration, a total of 5,255,188 households have been identified by DSWD as poor, wherein 316,823 are from the National Capital Region.

Listahanan or NHTS-PR is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services. ###

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DSWD–NCR and RIACFF confer the family of a rag sewer and laborer as NCR’sHuwarangPantawidPamilya 2013

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) and the Regional Inter Agency Committee for the Filipino Family (RIACFF) conferred the family laborer from Pasig City as this year’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.

Declared as winner was the Odiame Family from Manggahan, Pasig City. Jessie who works as a laborer and Elena as a rag sewer was blessed with four children, who despite poverty managed to provide for the education and health needs of their children.

The family was registered as beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in March 2009. Elena happily shared that the Pantawid Pamilya program is such a blessing to her family because since they received monthly cash grants, they were assured that the education and health of their children are provided. New opportunities were likewise opened to expand their source of living.

Before they became beneficiary of the program, the family derived their income from sewing a few pieces of rags sewn by Elena and sold by her husband on the streets.

The rag-making routine of the family turned into a small family business at home when Elena availed of P10,000 capital assistance in January 2011 through the DSWD’s Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program to expand their business.

After some months, they were able to improve their rag business through increased volume and improved its packaging. Likewise, they were able to pay the loan capital in just eight months.
Today, they employ some Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries if they get orders in bulk to meet the demands of the two manufacturing companies in Pasig City where they supply the rags. They feel blessed in giving opportunities to others to earn an income.

Mr. Odiame is also the president of the Villa Cruzes Neighborhood Association who initiated the move to locate the owner of the private lot where they have built their houses, together with other Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. Through his negotiation with the lot owner, they are now paying the rights of the lot and now become owner.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said the family was conferred the title of Huwarang Pamilya among the 16 LGU nominees in Metro Manila because of their exemplary efforts in leading different community endeavors and for their perfect compliance with the conditionalities set under the program.

DSWD’s Poverty Reduction and Programs Bureau Director Honorita B. Bayudan, 2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner Up and Ambassadress of Children’s Rights and Welfare Ms. Maria Venus Raj and members of the RIAC-FF led the awarding ceremony.

The criteria for judging are: A family with 100% compliance in all conditionalities -25 points; a family that practices and promotes healthy living- 20 points; a family that is actively involved in community and environmental endeavors – 20 points; a family who demonstrates love and respect for the community including the environment – 20 points; and a family who manages and utilizes grants properly-15%.

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DSWD–NCR and RIACFF confer the family of a rag sewer and laborer as NCR’sHuwarangPantawidPamilya 2013

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) and the Regional Inter Agency Committee for the Filipino Family (RIACFF) conferred the family laborer from Pasig City as this year’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.

Declared as winner was the Odiame Family from Manggahan, Pasig City. Jessie who works as a laborer and Elena as a rag sewer was blessed with four children, who despite poverty managed to provide for the education and health needs of their children.

The family was registered as beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in March 2009. Elena happily shared that the Pantawid Pamilya program is such a blessing to her family because since they received monthly cash grants, they were assured that the education and health of their children are provided. New opportunities were likewise opened to expand their source of living.

Before they became beneficiary of the program, the family derived their income from sewing a few pieces of rags sewn by Elena and sold by her husband on the streets.

The rag-making routine of the family turned into a small family business at home when Elena availed of P10,000 capital assistance in January 2011 through the DSWD’s Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program to expand their business.

After some months, they were able to improve their rag business through increased volume and improved its packaging. Likewise, they were able to pay the loan capital in just eight months.
Today, they employ some Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries if they get orders in bulk to meet the demands of the two manufacturing companies in Pasig City where they supply the rags. They feel blessed in giving opportunities to others to earn an income.

Mr. Odiame is also the president of the Villa Cruzes Neighborhood Association who initiated the move to locate the owner of the private lot where they have built their houses, together with other Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. Through his negotiation with the lot owner, they are now paying the rights of the lot and now become owner.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said the family was conferred the title of Huwarang Pamilya among the 16 LGU nominees in Metro Manila because of their exemplary efforts in leading different community endeavors and for their perfect compliance with the conditionalities set under the program.

DSWD’s Poverty Reduction and Programs Bureau Director Honorita B. Bayudan, 2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner Up and Ambassadress of Children’s Rights and Welfare Ms. Maria Venus Raj and members of the RIAC-FF led the awarding ceremony.

The criteria for judging are: A family with 100% compliance in all conditionalities -25 points; a family that practices and promotes healthy living- 20 points; a family that is actively involved in community and environmental endeavors – 20 points; a family who demonstrates love and respect for the community including the environment – 20 points; and a family who manages and utilizes grants properly-15%.

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DSWD, PGMFI award P244,000 capital assistance to community entrepreneurs

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) and the Philippine Good Work Mission Foundation, Inc. (PGMFI) recently awarded Php 244,000 worth of capital assistance to six (6) organized Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) associations from the cities of Quezon, Caloocan and Manila.

The DSWD-NCR and PGMFI, through Ahon Kabuhayan project awarded to the 34 SEA-K beneficiaries their capital assistance ranging from P3,000 to 15,000.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said that PGMFI has extended more than P4.4M capital assistance to 744 beneficiaries from the cities of Manila, Quezon, Caloocan, Taguig, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas and municipality of Pateros.

Bonoan also thanked the PGMFI, represented by former DSWD Undersecretary Belinda Manahan for complementing the limited resources of the government. Meanwhile, she challenged the recipients to properly manage the capital assistance, as the success of their business depends on their management of the funds.

Ms. Evangeline Labatete, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary who received her second loan was thankful for the assistance received from PGMFI and DSWD.

“Malaki ang pasasalamat ko DSWD at sa Ahon Kabuhayan project dahil natulungan akong mapaunlad ang aking negosyo. Simula sa maliit na karinderya, napalago ko ito at ngayon meron na akong sari-sari store,” Evangeline shared.

Ahon Kabuhayan is one of the projects of PGMFI which uses the SEA-K scheme. It aims to alleviate the plight of the poor by providing them assistance to start a small business or augment their existing capital.

The DSWD for its part identified, the beneficiaries and provided capacity building through conduct of Basic Business Management Training to the members of the SEA-K associations.

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KINDLED JOY IN THE MIDDLE OF DISASTER

A joyful voice of a Pantawid Pamilya child-beneficiary was heard around the evacuation center as she sees the 177 boxes of cake donated by Goldilocks for the victims of typhoon Maring with southwest monsoon, at Baseco Evacuation Center on August 21, 2013.

She is Marissa Pineda, 10 years old, with an innocent, yet jolly face who wished for a birthday cake for her coming birthday on August 28, 2013 which was granted seven (7) days earlier before her actual natal day.

According to DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan, Marissa’s family is one of the 464 families from Baseco, Manila who left their home from August 18 to 21, 2013 to prevent enormous damages aside from their damaged houses.
According to Marissa’s mother, Nelia Pineda, 50 years old, a garlic peeler who earns P50 per day, that day when Marissa received a whole cake as a treat for her coming birthday was the first cake ever that the child had.

“Ang hiling nga niya ay pag nakuha ko na ang cash grant namin sa Pantawid Pamilya ay ibili ko siya ng cake para sa birthday niya, pero naibili na ng ilang pangunahing pangangailangan yung nakuha ko kaya sabi ko, hindi ko na siya mabibilhan ng cake,”(Her wish was for me to buy cake when we receive our cash grant but the money was already spent for our major needs, that’s why I told her that I can no longer buy cake for her birthday) Nelia added.

The Pineda family started as beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya on December 2008, receiving Php800.00 per month or a total Php 1,600 every payout.

Marissa is the only child of Nelia and Saturnino Pineda, 49, a construction worker who is very thankful to Pantawid Pamilya program, since they are now able to provide for the education and health needs of their only child.

Further, Nelia was employed at the Trabahong Lansangan of DSWD in partnership with DPWH on April to December 2012 where she earned P456 per day as a street sweeper.

“Hindi namin inakalang sa ganitong panahon ay maibibigay ang matagal nang kahilingan ng aking anak. Bilang magulang, sobrang saya ko na makitang tuwang-tuwa siya sa kanyang natanggap na cake,” (We never thought that today, the wish that is much longing by my child will be granted. As a parent, I’m so glad to see my daughter very happy with the cake she received) Nelia disclosed.

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JULIE’s BAKESHOP DONATES TO TYPHOON VICTIMS IN METRO MANILA

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) received 1,000 loaves of tasty bread from Julie’s Bakeshop, for victims of massive flooding caused by Habagat and TS Maring.

These were distributed to 1,000 families in the evacuation centers of Caloocan, Pateros, Muntinlupa and Malabon.

Photo shows Mr. John Michael Leabres of Julie’s Bakeshop turning over the donated loaves of tasty bread to DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan. ### (FO-NCR Social Marketing Office, September 12, 2013)

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Sanctuary Center residents celebrate Buwan ng Wika

The Sanctuary Center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) capped the annual observance of Buwan ng Wika last August 30, 2013 through the conduct of various therapeutic activities for its improved mental clients.

This year’s theme is, “Wika Natin Ang Daang Matuwid.”

Clients and staff of the center commemorated the event in a festive mood as they dressed in colorful Filipiniana costumes.  Selected clients cheerfully flourished their self-made headdress to represent the different festivals of the country.

Thirty (30) residents paraded within the vicinity of the center to showcase the beautiful apparel of different regions and colorful wreath of different festivities.

Ms. Margarita Ortega, OIC of Sanctuary Center said the celebration focuses on flourishing colorful costumes, educating the participants about the significance of the event and reminding them of the value of maintaining the Filipino culture despite the onslaught of Western and Eastern influences nowadays.

During this event, the participants actively engaged in the Search for Ms. Lakambini, poem recital, singing of Filipino Kundiman songs, folk dance among elderly clients and a short play entitled, “Tara Na, Biyahe Tayo,” showcasing the different regions and their culture. Clients also played various traditional Filipino games such as hatawang palayok at pabitin which added excitement to the program. ### (FO-NCR Social Marketing Office, September 11, 2013)

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DSWD-NCR conducts orientation for the second round of household assessment

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) recently conducted orientation to the Local Government Units (LGUs) for the second round of household assessment, held at Greenhills Elan Hotel. This was participated in by representatives from the Mayor’s Office, City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office and Urban Poor Affairs Office.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said the event aimed to mobilize and seek the support of the LGUs for the second round of enumeration that will be conducted on September to December 2013 to update the list of poor households in Metro Manila.

During the orientation, the participants were informed about Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

Some misinformation about the targeting mechanism of the project cycle was also clarified.

Bonoan disclosed that the second round of enumeration is targeting approximately 1,267,292 poor households who need social protection services.

During the 2009 enumeration, a total of 5,255,188 households have been identified as poor in the country.  Of these, 316,823 are from the National Capital Region.

Listahanan or NHTS-PR is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services. ###(DSWD-NCR Social Marketing Office, September 03, 2013)

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