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DSWD-NCR provides assistance for typhoon Gener victims

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman on Tuesday the distribution of relief goods to some 145 families who are housed at the evacuation center in Brgy. 105, Tondo, Manila.  Some of the affected families are informal settlers from Sitio Damayan Happyland in Brgy. 105 whose houses were damaged by two barges at the height of strong rains and winds brought by typhoon ‘Gener’ on Sunday. DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan, and 2010 Miss Universe 4th Runner Up and DSWD Ambassadress of Children’s Welfare, Ma. Venus Raj assisted in the distribution.

Soliman, in her meeting with the evacuees assured their immediate transfer to the nearby Sitio Aroma temporary housing.  DSWD-NCR will closely coordinate with the city of Manila and the National Housing Authority (NHA) to facilitate the transfer of the evacuees.

As of July 31, four evacuation centers in the National Capital Region are still open to provide temporary shelter to 307 families or 1,243 individuals.  Various forms of assistance have been extended by the national agencies, local government units and non-government organizations to the affected families. ###

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DSWD: Don’t give alms to street children

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) launches today its campaign to ask the public not to give alms to children roaming in the streets to help reduce the number of street children in Metro Manila.

“We would like to enjoin the public to support us in our battle cry to promote ‘tamang tulong ang kailangan, hindi ang pagbibigay limos sa lansangan,’” DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia Bonoan said.

She said the public can help address the problem by not giving alms to children who board jeepneys to wipe the shoes of passengers and by not entertaining the mendicants and children who give solicitation envelopes to passengers in public utility jeeps and buses.

Instead of giving alms, Bonoan encouraged the public to coordinate with DSWD-NCR office, local social welfare and development office, or non-government organizations catering to street children.

 

The 10 areas with high concentration of street children are Roxas Boulevard in Manila; Kalayaan Road, Barangay E. Rodriguez and Quezon Avenue in Quezon City; Balintawak area in Caloocan City; Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City; Greenhills, Ortigas in San Juan City; Kapasigan in Pasig City; Madrigal Avenue, Alabang in Muntinlupa City; and along NAIA Road in Parañaque City.
The DSWD partnered with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), local government units, academe, non-government organizations, and private sector in implementing its comprehensive program for street children, street families, especially Bajaus, which aims for zero incidence of street children and street families in identified priority areas.

Bonoan said homeless street families and Bajaus will be provided with permanent shelter and income-generating opportunities while home-based families of street children will be given livelihood assistance.

The street children, on the other hand, will be provided with educational assistance and alternative education, health and nutrition services and other support interventions through LGUs and partner NGOs.

As of June 2012, DSWD-NCR has provided livelihood assistance to 114 families and cash for work to 35 families.

Some 1,138 street children and 62 Sama Bajaus enrolled in public schools were provided with educational assistance at P2,000 per child, four street families were trained on sampaguita planting, and five families and 12 individual adults were provided with transportation assistance through Balik-Probinsya.###

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Navotas City seniors get social pension

‘Lumalakas at sumisigla ako pag bigayan na ng pensyon (I get stronger and active when it is social pension pay-out time,’ were the words uttered by Felomina Mendoza, 95 and the oldest social pensioner who lined up at Navotas City Hall covered court last July 12 to claim her monthly social pension.

Felomina has seven children and lives with her 5th child.  Despite her old age, she would line up with her grandson, Rolly and patiently waits for her turn to be called to claim her social pension of P500 per month to augment her daily subsistence and other medical needs.

 

 

She recalled that she used to sell candies and other food items in the neighborhood as her past time and to earn a little amount which she will use to buy the food that she likes.  But she stopped a year ago when she incidentally fell down and sustained a lower back injury.

Pedro Sabala, 82, also expressed how happy he was to receive his social pension for the first time.

‘First time kong makatanggap ng pensyon.  Ngayon lang kasi ako napasama sa listahan’ (It’s my first time to receive a pension),’ Sabala said.

Felomina and Pedro were among the 5,419 indigent senior citizens in the National Capital Region who are benefitting from the government’s social pension program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.  Both received 1,500 as pension for the second quarter of 2012.

The payment of social pension for indigent senior citizens is provided for under Republic Act No. 9994, also known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act (ESCA) of 2010. It provides a monthly assistance or subsidy of P500, given on a quarterly basis, to the pre-identified beneficiaries who are indigent senior citizens who are frail, sickly and disabled, without any regular source of income and/or support from any member of the family, and not receiving other pension benefits from government and private agencies.

Based on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) data of DSWD, a total of 145,166 indigent senior citizens nationwide, whose ages are between 77 years old and above are covered in the implementation of the social pension program. ###

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Honoring PWDs on NDPR week celebration

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) honors its employees who are Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) during the launching of this year’s celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week from July 17 to 23.

In a simple program held during the Field Office’s flag ceremony, DSWD-NCR employees offered an inspirational song to their PWD colleagues.

Mr. Allan Balaba, one of the PWD employees expressed his appreciation to the management for acknowledging their capabilities despite their disabilities.

Ms. Liza Mahinay, DSWD-NCR social welfare specialist for PWD sector also announced the agency lined-up activities for the week-long celebration with the theme “Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities in Economic Development.”

The theme aims to contribute and promote the full employment of persons with disabilities and to address barriers and gaps, facilitate stakeholders’ cooperation, develop innovative approaches and support human-rights based initiatives for the economic development of PWDs.

In line with this, DSWD-NCR will conduct a forum on Accessing PWD to Employment on July 25 to enhance the knowledge of partners and stakeholders on strategies and mechanism that will facilitate access to PWDs for employment.

To promote the skills of the PWDs, a skills competition will also be held on July 27 to be participated by PWDs from the local government units.  The PWDs will be competing in different skills categories such as basket making, recycling, painting, cooking, etc.  Prizes will be given away to winning participants.

Other activities to be conducted include the creation of DSWD-NCR PWD employees’ organization and oath-taking of officers of DSWD-NCR PWD organization. ###

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DSWD partners with Ang-Hortaleza for sustainable livelihood programs

In the efforts to strengthen Public-Private Partnership in the implementation of sustainable livelihood programs for the poor families and communities, the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) facilitated the signing of Memorandum of Agreement between the Taguig City Social Welfare and Development Office and Ang-Hortaleza Foundation, Inc (AHFI), held on July 3, 2012 at the office of AHFI in Brgy. Canumay, Valenzuela City.

AHFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization that promotes self-reliance, productivity and local entrepreneurship through an income generating livelihood training program on basic cosmetology through its Ganda Mo, Hanap Buhay Ko project.

Under the MOU, the Local Government Unit (LGU) can request the AHFI to conduct free basic cosmetology training program for its identified Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and guarantees their attendance during the scheduled training.

The AHFI on the other hand will provide the trainers, training materials, certificates of completion and starter kits to the participants who will complete the training program.

Basic cosmetology training to 25 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from the City of Taguig has been set from July 16-20, 2012.

Just recently, 27 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino beneficiaries from the city of Navotas completed a five-day livelihood course on basic cosmetology organized through the partnership of DSWD, City of Navotas and AHFI.

Aireen Salazar, a beneficiary from Navotas City who completed the 5-day training said that the training was very beneficial because it gave her the opportunity to earn.

“Ang mga natutunan ko dito ay magagamit ko para kumita kahit nasa bahay lang,”said Salazr.

“The livelihood course enabled these beneficiaries to acquire skills in identifying types of beauty care tools and its use; haircutting for males and females; foot spa, manicure and pedicure; hair perming; hot oil treatment; hair coloring and highlights,” said Ma. Theresa Rañada, Project Development Officer II of DSWD-NCR. ###

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Family bingo

Paglalaro ng bingo ang libangan at pampalipas oras ko habang hinihintay ang pag-uwi ng asawa at mga anak ko galing sa trabaho at eskwela (Playing bingo has been my past time while waiting for my husband and children to arrive from work and school),’ said Madgelin Soria of Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City.

She usually gets a portion from her husband’s hard earned money from tricycle driving as her starting capital for playing bingo.  In times when she has nothing left in her pocket, she would still continue playing and just rely on luck.  When lucky enough, her P10 capital would give her P200-P300 cash.  But when fortune turns against her, she will go home with empty pockets. “Minsan, pag wala talagang pera, nangungutang pa ako ng pampuhunan. Pagkalipas ng mga dalawang oras, lumalaki na ang panalo. Pag minamalas naman, talo ka na nga, may utang pa,” Madgelin narrated.

Madgelin, 38 years old, with 3 children is seemed to be addicted with Bingo, one of the most popular games in the world.  She is hooked into it and would always long to play this game which is also called a ‘game for all.’

But her life’s routine changed when her household became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in 2010.  She was identified and voted as parent leader who should also serve as a role model to her members.

“Sa meeting ng mga pareng leaders, paulit-ulit na sinasabi ng amin ng City Link ang mga tungkulin at gawain bilang parent leader. Kasama na ang pagpapaalala at pagbabawal sa pagsusugal, (Our City Link always reminds us of our responsibilities as leader and advises us not to be involved in any gambling activity),” said Madgelin.
She shared that she could not find the exact words to describe how the program changed her priorities in life. Every time she is invited to play bingo by her bingo playmates, she would decline the invitation.

“Nahihiya na ako ngayong maglaro ng bingo lalo na at Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary na ako. Bilang isang parent leader, kailangang maging role model ako sa aking grupo. Paano sila maniniwala sa akin na bawal ang pagsusugal kung nakikita nila na ako mismo ang gumagawa (I stopped playing bingo when I became a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilya.  As a parent leader, I want to become a role model to my group members)” Madgelin added.

 

Since she stopped playing bingo, Madgelin has more time to spend for her three children ensuring that they are properly feed with nourished food and regularly attend to their classes.

She also ensures that the hard-earned money of her husband is spent wisely to meet the needs of her family, to include their daily food consumption and utility expenses.

Her family receives P1,400.00 grants every month from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, which she spends for the daily school allowance of her children and school related expenses.

“Dalawang taon na pala akong hindi nagsusugal. Pag maayos ang samahan ng pamilya,  malulusog at nag-aaral ng mabuti ang mga bata, panalong-panalo na. Bingo na ako! (It has been two years since I stopped playing bingo.  Seeing my family happy and healthy and with the assurance that my children can go to school regularly, it feels like winning the bingo game).

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program is a rights-based program that invests in children by giving financial assistance to poor households with children aged 0-14 so they can continue sending their children to school and provide them proper health and nutrition. The program believes that by promoting the rights of the children to have education and good health care, poor families have their chances of rising from poverty. ###

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DSWD, Manila Chinatown Charity aid poor households

The Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR), in partnership with Manila Chinatown Charity Foundation, Incorporated (MCCFI) conducted a medical mission for the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Sitio Damayan, Barangay 105, Tondo, Manila last July 1, 2012.

Some 46 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were able to avail of the medical consultations and check-up provided by medical professionals who are volunteers of MCCFI.

DSWD-NCR Regional Director, Ma. Alicia S. Bonoan said that this partnership is part of DSWD’s thrust to build partnership with government and non-government organizations to complement its efforts to deliver effective social services to the marginalized sector of the society.

“The medical mission held last July 2 was just the first of the 23 missions that will be held in Sitio Damayan and targets the 1,930 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the barangay,” Bonoan added.

Meanwhile, another five household beneficiaries of the program from Barangay Sto. Niño, Marikina City received a recipe guide book from National Nutrition Council (NNC) to guide them in preparing nutritious and healthy foods for their children.

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NCR celebrates nutrition month

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) through its Health and Allied Unit has lined up several activities in the Field Office and in centers and institutions for the celebration of the 38th Nutrition Month.

Ms. Melissa de Mesa, DSWD-NCR nutritionist announced during the Monday flag ceremony that this year’s nutrition month theme is “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain!”

De Mesa said that the theme focuses on the importance of vegetables in healthy diet, to address micronutrient deficiency and prevent non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.

Among the activities lined-up for the month long celebration included the nutri-parade participated by clients and staff which also marked the launching of the event, hanging of streamers, conduct of nutrition related lectures, Search for “Batang Malusog” and Healthy Baby Contest, nutri-bingo, poster making contest and cooking demonstration. ###

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