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Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary avails of Trabahong Lansangan

Barbaza, Antique-It was like every day is a fight for survival. He lived each 24-hour span of his and his loved one’s lives  thinking of how it is to go on existing.

This was how Stephen Tiad, 32 years old, a resident of Brgy. Jinalinan, Barbaza, Antique, has described the years of being unemployed. He would venture into jobs that met their one day need so as to put food on their table and the next day, he will face the same dilemma.

But for the past six months, Stephen, married to Jennifer and with whom she has four children, life has changed. He no longer had to scrounge around for any work so he could put food on the table.

According to Ginger Villar, Project Development Officer II (PDOII) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Stephen was accessed by the agency to avail of the Trabahong Lansangan jointly implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and DSWD. Stephen’s children are also receiving cash grants for their education and health under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

“Bahul nga salamat kay gintugruan ako sang sini nga benepisyo (I am so thankful that I was given this benefit),” said Stephen.  Under the Trabahong Lansangan, beneficiaries were employed to do declogging of drainage canals, road maintenance and street sweeping.  Stephen earned P250 per day and in the course of six months, he was able to support his family’s daily needs, never had to struggle every morning whether where could he get a living to feed his wife and children.

Beyond this, Stephen was able to save P2,500 and constructed their own rest room with concrete floor and toilet basin, a basic necessity which seemed elusive for them for many years. They used to share with the toilet of their parents whose house is situated adjacent to theirs.

The Trabahong Lansangan, is one of DSWDs means of accessing beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya to gainful employment, in partnership with DPWH. Other beneficiaries are trained on livelihood and managing small-scale enterprises through the Self-Employment Assistance- Kaunlaran (SEA-K).

Although the work did not mean job for years, Stephen felt so grateful because the experience taught him a lesson. “When one is given the chance to work, one must discipline himself and value time because opportunity knocks only once…make the most of it,” said Stephen in vernacular.

Stephen further said that he learned the importance of self-discipline, gained knowledge, enhanced his skills and realized the value of time, learnings which he would always bring with him whatever opportunity would come to his doors.

Convergence strategy
DSWD is implementing a convergence strategy, which has three core programs—the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, KALAHI-CIDSS or Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services and Sustainable Livelihood.

The Convergence strategy aims to maximize results of programs and projects more than what each project can achieve alone.

With the strategy, beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya are prioritized for KALAHI-CIDSS coverage and avail of Sustainable Livelihood and gainful employment./DSWD6/May Rago-Castillo

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7,000 HHs in Bacolod City receive 1st grants from Pantawid Pamilya

Personnel from the Philpost lead the distribution of cash grants to the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program at Brgy. 4, Bacolod City.

Personnel from the Philpost lead the distribution of cash grants to the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program at Brgy. 4, Bacolod City.

ALMOST 7,000 households in Bacolod City received their first ever cash grants from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently.

Belen Gebusion, Provincial Operations Officer of Pantawid Pamilya in Negros Occidental, said the beneficiary-households belong to the Set 6 phase of the Program which were validated late last year.

“These are on top of the more than 3,000 beneficiaries who have been covered by the Program since 2010. To date, Bacolod City has some 10,346 beneficiaries availing of health, nutrition and educational grants through Pantawid Pamilya,” Gebusion said.

Imelda delos Santos of Brgy. 27, Bacolod City said she is very thankful to the assistance from the national government. She received P2,800.

“Dako gid ang bulig sang kwarta nga nabaton ko. Makabakal na ako sang black shoes para sa bata ko sa culminating program nila sa prep. Ang iban, ibakal namon bugas (The money I received is a big help. I could now buy a pair of black shoes for my daughter’s culminating program in preparatory school. The rest of the money will be used to buy rice),”she  said.

Imelda is a mother of five, the eldest of which is in grade 4 while the youngest is five months old.

Gebusion said around P15 million was released for Bacolod City beneficiaries during the two-day cash grant distribution held at Brgy. 4 and Bays Center on March 7-8, respectively. The distribution was led by the Philpost. The cash grants covered the period November-December 2012.

Pantawid Pamilya is the national government’s flagship poverty alleviation program. It provides financial assistance to poor households with children aged 14 years old and below. In exchange of the grants, the beneficiaries need to comply the Program’s conditions on health, nutrition and education. (DSWD6/Alma L. Jornadal)

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CCT improves buying power of the poor

THE Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the national government has enabled poor families to buy in bigger quantities basic commodities for their households.

Joy Rima Paguntalan, 37, of Brgy. Caradio-an, Himamaylan City in Negros Occidental, recalled how she would always prioritize buying several kilos of rice out of her husband’s P3,000 a month pay as a Bantay Dagat patrolman.

Joy Rima Paguntalan of Brgy. Caradio-an, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental during the cash grant release at the City Auditorium.

Joy Rima Paguntalan of Brgy. Caradio-an, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental during the cash grant release at the City Auditorium.

“Bisan wala sud-an, basta may tinig-ang lang, busog ang mga bata. Kabudlay gid kung mawad-an bugas sa balay kapin pa kung naga-eskwela sila, (Even if there is no viand so long as there is rice, my children will have a full stomach. It’s difficult if we run out of rice because then, my children would go to school hungry)” Joy said.

Joy Rima Paguntalan of Brgy. Caradio-an, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental during the cash grant release at the City Auditorium.

Joy, who now avails of cash grants through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, happily shared that she could now afford to buy one sack of rice to ensure the family’s daily rice consumption.

“Kung wala pa ang Pantawid Pamilya, indi pa ako makasarang magbakal isa ka sako nga bugas (Had it not been to Pantawid Pamilya, I could never have afford buying one sack of rice),” she said.

“Ginapa-igo-igo lang man namon permi ang sweldo sang bana ko kag ang kita ko sa pagbaligya isda sa tanan nga galastusan sang mga kabataan sa eskwelahan, (My husband’s pay and my earnings as a fish vendor could hardly meet our expenses for the household and my children’s education)” she added.

Joy and husband Jay Gary have three children—Joe Fritz, third year high school; Jaywel, grade 5; and Joyce, grade 4. All three are receiving P300 each per school month as education assistance from Pantawid Pamilya. Aside from the educational grant, the family also receives P500 monthly for health and nutrition. The cash grants are released every two months either through Philpost or Land Bank of the Philippines.

On February 19, Joy was one of the 3,573 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who lined up at Himamaylan City Auditorium to get her cash grants covering the period November to December 2012 and  January to February 2013.

Joy said the P5,600 she received would again be spent for her family’s food and her children’s vitamins and school expenses.

MARKET DAY

Beneficiaries who have received their cash grants can be seen crowding up stalls selling rice, vegetables, breads, shoes and slippers, umbrella, and other informative school materials.

Beneficiaries who have received their cash grants can be seen crowding up stalls selling rice, vegetables, breads, shoes and slippers, umbrella, and other informative school materials.

During the cash grant release facilitated by the personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) of Himamaylan, vendors set up their merchandise outside the City Auditorium. [Beneficiaries who have received their cash grants can be seen crowding up stalls selling rice, vegetables, breads, shoes and slippers, umbrella, and other informative school materials.]

Beneficiaries who have received their cash grants can be seen crowding up stalls selling rice, vegetables, breads, shoes and slippers, umbrella, and other informative school materials.

Pantawid Pamilya Bookkeeper Christine Jangad said rice and bread are always the first to be sold out, indicating the grantees’ priorities of their cash grants.

Pantawid Pamilya is the national government’s poverty alleviation program that provides cash grants to poor families with children aged 14 years old and below. Beneficiaries can avail of the cash grants for five years provided that they comply with the conditions on health, nutrition and education. These conditions include availing themselves of regular health care services, posting at least 85 percent school attendance among children aged three to 14 years old and attendance to Family Development Sessions. (DSWD6/Alma L. Jornadal)

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NHTU conducts special validation on ‘Habagat’ affected areas

The National Household Targeting Unit of the Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 is now conducting a special validation of the areas that were affected by the ‘Hanging Habagat’ (southwest monsoon) last year.

Twenty-seven enumerators and four area supervisors, who were hired for the activity, recently underwent training at the Eon Centennial Hotel in Iloilo City in preparation for the special validation. They were deployed on March 7, 2013 to 11 areas in Iloilo including Iloilo City to assess a target of 9, 827 households that were affected by the weather disturbance.

Assessment of affected households should be done before the March 29, 2013 election ban, said Rebecca P. Geamala, NHTS-PR’s deputy regional project manager.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman earlier approved the conduct of special validation in Regions 1, 3, 4A, 4B, 6 and the National Capital Region. Approximately, one million households were reportedly affected by the strong winds and rains, causing families to flee their homes and stay with relatives or relocate to other places. A corresponding budget of P10 million was allocated for the training workshops, traveling expenses, cost of service for field support staff, and other logistics who will conduct the special validation. In Regon 6, the special validation will cover the towns of Oton, Dumangas, Janiuay, San Joaquin, Igbaras, Pototan, Zarraga, Leganes, Barotac Nuevo, New Lucena and Iloilo City. The NHTU has already secured a list of families affected by Habagat from the local government units for name matching.

The special validation is aimed at achieving these goals: determine the present condition of NHTO identified poor and non-poor households, know the poverty status of households not yet assessed by NHTO but were affected by Habagat and to generate a pool of potential beneficiaries to be included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Enumerators will be using the Household Pre-Assessment Form (HPAF), the Household Need Assessment Form (HNAF) and the Household Assessment Form (HAF) to assess the present condition of households. The HPAF will be used as an inventory of households staying in the areas affected by Habagat and help the NHTU identify the poor and non-poor households already in the database and those who are not. The HNAF will help identify the needs of the households and will increase the information in the HAF while the HAF will determine the poverty status of the household.

Geamala said the results of the assessment will be used as basis what services and assistance would be provided to the affected families. Those identified poor but are not included in the database of NHTS-PR may later on be considered for their possible enrolment in Pantawid Pamilya, while those who would not come out as poor during the assessment would still be provided with services based on their needs./DSWD6/Wenna A. Berondo

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Public warned against fake money bills

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is warning the public especially the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program against unscrupulous individuals who are circulating fake P500 and P200 bills.

The warning came after one Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary from Badiangan, Iloilo reported that her P500 bill was found fake when she intended to use it as payment for her groceries in one store in Iloilo City. The incident happened two days after the beneficiary received her cash grant from the Program worth P4,400.

DSWD Field Office VI Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre said unscrupulous individuals might take advantage of the Program beneficiaries’ unfamiliarity to the genuineness of the money bills changed to them.

“It is important that the beneficiaries immediately report to the proper authorities if they get hold of fake money bills and for them to remember the last person, store or establishment that they had money exchanges. They could even solicit the help of our City and Municipal Links to help report these cases,” Macapobre said.

The DSWD leads the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Under the Program, beneficiaries could avail of P500 per month as assistance for health and nutrition, and P300 per school month per child for education.

The cash grants are released every two months through the Land Bank of the Philippines and its conduits – rural banks and the Philpost.

Beneficiaries could avail of the cash grant provided that they comply with the following conditions: availing of regular health care services, be attended by a trained or professional health worker during child birth, posting at least 85 percent school attendance among children aged three to 14 years old; and attending to monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS). (DSWD6/Alma L. Jornadal)

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Bawal ang ‘epal’ in DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya program

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is urging the public to remain vigilant in reporting political candidates who are using the programs of the national government, particularly the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, to advance their political ambitions.

DSWD Field Office VI Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre said their office had set in place the Grievance Redress Hotline numbers 0918-9122813 to accommodate and validate reports and complaints from the public against undue politicking.

Reports reaching the DSWD Field Office VI alleged that some local political candidates had claimed credits in the increase in the number of beneficiaries in their localities and the continuing provision of the cash grants.

Macapobre clarified that the DSWD has developed a system to identify poor households through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) to determine eligible families who should be prioritized by government interventions.

The NHTS-PR has identified 5.2 million poor households nationwide. By 2016, the national government targets to provide them with the necessary assistance for health, nutrition and education through the Pantawid Pamilya program.

“Pantawid Pamilya is a program of the national government. The DSWD, being the lead agency implementing the program, has the right to delist beneficiaries but only if they are found and verified to have violated or disobeyed the Program conditionalities,” said Macapobre.

In launching the “Bawal ang Epal” campaign, Macapobre said the DSWD wants to make clear the Program’s policies and guidelines particularly in the selection and delisting of beneficiaries to avoid political pressure and misinformation.

“Epal” is a street lingo for a credit-grabber. In this case, it refers to politicians who claim a government project would not have materialized had it not been for their personal efforts, or worse, their personal funds.

“We encourage the public to be vigilant. All reports will be given due confidentiality and proper action,” Macapobre said.

To date, a total of 295,127 households in six provinces of the region are covered by Pantawid Pamilya. Negros Occidental has the highest number of beneficiaries with 110,338; followed by Iloilo with 85,335. Capiz has 37,205; Antique with 28,194; Aklan with 26,252; and Guimaras with 7,803.

Nationwide, the Program covers more than three million beneficiaries. (DSWD6/Alma L. Jornadal)

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P94,000 worth of aid released to fire victims

The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development has released more than P94,000 worth of assistance to the families who were affected by a fire that hit Sitio Sinikway, Barangay Tabucan, Mandurriao, Iloilo City last Saturday.

The DSWD-6 provided augmentation support such as plastic mats, blankets, used clothing, bottled water and family food packs amounting to P94, 350.000.

Records of the Disaster Management/Crisis Intervention Unit show that as of 8:00 a.m. Sunday, there are 107 families affected or 565 individuals. There were 102 houses totally damaged while three were partially burned.

Out of the affected families, 21 are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries. DSWD-6 Assistant Regional Director Joel P. Galicia assured them, however, that can request for new identification cards (IDs), especially that now is the time of releasing of their grants.

As of writing, 56 families or 280 persons are still at Tabucan Elementary School, which was identified as the evacuation center, while 51 families or 285 individuals are staying with their relatives and neighbors.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) of Iloilo City, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office provided immediate relief assistance to the affected families in the form of family food packs (rice, noodles, beef loaf, pork and beans and sardines), bottled water and used clothing amounting to P99,800.00./DSWD6/Wenna A. Berondo

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