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C25plane brings more assistance for Batanes

A C25 plane airlifted additional ready-to-eat brown rice bars, candles and bottled water for Basco, Batanes. (Disaster Relief Assistance Update)Typhoon Disaster Relief and Response Sept 25 #ReliefPH #DSWDMayMalasakit #FerdiePH #HelenPH

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Disaster Relief Assistance Update

Typhoon Disaster Relief and Response Sept 24

On September 24, the DSWD Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DReAMB) flew to Basco, Batanes via commercial cargo plane to deliver satelite phons, candles and ready-to-eat food.
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DSWD leads signing of IRR of Centenarians Act; Sec. Taguiwalo appeals for stricter implementation of laws protecting seniors

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will lead the ceremonial signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016 on Monday, September 26.

The law states that all Filipinos, who have reached 100 years old and above, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad shall be honored with a Letter of Felicitation from the President of the Philippines congratulating the celebrant for his or her longevity; and a Centenarian gift in the amount of one hundred thousand pesos (P100,000).

As part of the annual Elderly Filipino Week, October 1-7, the first Sunday of October is also declared as National Respect for Centenarians Day during which, all Filipinos who have turned centenarian in the current fiscal year shall be awarded a plaque of recognition and a cash incentive by their respective city or municipal governments in appropriate ceremonies in addition to the Letter of Felicitation and centenarian gift.

Aside from DSWD, other agencies involved in the implementation of the law’s provisions are Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), and Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO).

“The passage of this Act is a tribute to Filipino centenarians who have spent their lifetime in contributing to nation building,” Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo said.

“Ang mga nakatatanda ay nararapat na ating paglaanan ng respeto at tunay na malasakit (Older persons deserve our respect and true concern),” she added.

Sec. Taguiwalo also said, however, that while this latest law is good, more efforts should be done to strictly enforce already long-existing laws that aim to protect senior citizens who are among the most vulnerable members of society. She said that the sorry condition of many public health care facilities in the country and the exorbitant costs of medicines contributes to the sorry and painful plight of thousands of senior citizens in the country.

She also appealed to local government units all over the country to ensure that their welfare desks and departments give priority to the needs of senior citizens and give them what is due them.

“One of the signs of a compassionate and humane society is its responsiveness to the needs of its elderly members. There is so much to be done to protect our senior citizens and we do them a great disservice when we do not follow and implement laws and programs that have been crafted and passed previsely to help them,” she said.

Sec. Taguiwalo is also a staunch supporter of calls to increase SSS retirement benefits by P2000. ###

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DSWD to distribute bottled water to families affected by water shortage in Sto. Domingo, Albay

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to keep in touch with the local government unit (LGU) of Sto. Domingo, Albay to provide safe potable water to residents affected by the water shortage.
Currently, the Department is procuring 10,000 pieces of 6 liters bottled water for distribution to affected households in 17 barangays in the town.
This is in addition to the 12,000 liters of water supply brought by water sanitation trucks of the provincial government and the water provision given by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) of Sto. Domingo and neighboring town, Tabaco City.
DSWD and concerned LGUs will continue to supply potable water to the families until the problem is fixed.
To date, the DSWD Field Office-V reported that there are 5,129 households or 24,290 persons affected by the water shortage.
Meanwhile, considering the abnormal activity of the Mayon Volcano, DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo assures Albayanos that the Department is prepared to respond to any disaster.
“Aside from the assistance that will be provided to residents affected by the water shortage, the Department has enough resources for distribution in case the condition of the Mayon Volcano aggravates,” assured Sec. Taguiwalo.
The DSWD FO-V has a total of stockpile and standby funds amounting to P90,668,851.12. ###

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Relief ops in Batanes to continue amid new storm

IMG_4638The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assures the public that the rehabilitation and assistance for Typhoon ‘Ferdie’ survivors

will continue despite the arrival of Tropical Storm ‘Helen’ in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Yesterday, September 23, the DSWD Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DReAMB) and DSWD Field Office-II held a video conference to discuss the provision of Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) and cash-for-work (CFW) to 2,241 families with damaged houses.

Aside from the continuing relief assistance distribution, the province of Batanes also started providing galvanized steel sheets to affected families for house repairs.

Social welfare officers are also continuously conducting Psychosocial Support Processing (PSP) to affected families in several barangays in Itbayat to help them recover from the psychological stress and trauma that they experienced after the typhoon onslaught.

Meanwhile, DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo confirms that preparations for ‘Helen’ are now ongoing following the blue alert status issuance of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

“We assure the public that the Department is doing all the preparatory measures for ‘Helen’ including repacking of additional relief goods and intensifying our coordination will local government units in Northern Luzon where the storm is expected to hit,” said Sec. Taguiwalo.

The Department maintains a total of P 801,555,717.72 standby funds and 452,284 Family Food Packs (FFPs) available for distribution. ###

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