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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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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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