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7 towns submit list of El Nino affected families

SEVEN municipalities heeded the call of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI to submit their list of El Nino-affected families.

This revealed Luna Moscoso of the Protective Services Unit (PSU) of DSWD.

The towns were identified as Janiuay, Sta. Barbara, Oton, Alimodian and Miag-ao, all in Iloilo Province; and Cuartero and Maayon in Capiz.

“These municipalities will first receive our augmentation for El Nino affected families in form of rice and assorted canned goods,” said Moscoso.

Each family will get four packs with six kilos of rice and assorted canned goods or equivalent to 24 kilos of rice and 40 canned goods.

Moscoso said that these LGUs have schedule with DSWD to get the food packs already.

Earlier, the DSWD has called on LGUs to submit the masterlist of those affected along with the proposal in reaction to a protest action held by Pamanggas outside the agency compound.

“The food packs are ready for dispatch. But we cannot release them without the list of those affected from the LGUs,” said Rebecca P. Geamala, regional director.
She also emphasized that disaster response remains to be the responsibility of the localities and DSWD only augments resources.
“Along with the rest of the government, both LGUs and other agencies, DSWD recognizes the urgency of responding to the situation of hunger affecting the poor. We are ready to augment the LGUs,” said Geamala./dswd6/May Grecia-Rago

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Pantawid Pamilya to go paperless

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is eyeing a paperless transaction in monitoring the Compliance Verification System (CVS) of the Pantawid Pamilya student beneficiaries.
This was confirmed by no less than DSWD Sec. Corazon “Dinky” Soliman during her regular consultation activity with more than 500 Parent Leaders in Banga, Aklan recently.
As proposed, Soliman said teachers will be given laptops or cellphones to easily encode and update the attendance of studentsthat are enrolled inboth elementary and high school.
She added the updated attendance will be directly sent by teachers using their gadgets to central data base.
“This is to fast track the delivery of services to our beneficiaries,” she said.
Pantawid Pamilya is a human development measure of the national government under the DSWD that provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor, to improve the health, nutrition, and the education of children aged 0-18.
Recipients must comply with program conditions as verified through the CVS to receive cash.
On a bimonthly basis, City and Municipal Links distribute CVS forms to schools and health facilities where recipient children and mothers are enrolled and registered with the program.
School teachers and health facilities identify only those recipients who have not complied with program conditionalities.
Municipal and City Links collect these forms and enter the data at the regional level before electronically transmitting them to the national office where recipients’ conditionalities are linked with the payment system.//dswd//Montesa G. Caoyonan

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Kakanin vendor now a teacher graduate

Sometimes you have to walk away from what you want in order to find what you deserve.”
Leaving her three children under the care of her husband just to work in Manila was the most painful decision she has ever made.
Mary Cris Sanchez, 35, of Brgy. Catmon, Altavas, Aklan decided to work as nanny in Manila to help her husband provide the daily needs and school expenses of their children.
The luck, however, is still with Mary Cris when she was chosen to be one of the scholars of the Municipality of Altavas.
Opportunity knocked on her door, Mary Cris did not want to miss it so she decided to go back to Altavas and enrolled herself at the Altavas College with the course of Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED).
Another luck was when the Sanchez family was included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program which cover three of their children.
With free tuition, Mary Cris was able to manage her expenses in school as well as her children’s expenses from high school and elementary at the same time.
However, the income of her husband from peddling tricycle was not sufficient for their daily needs.
Having her small saving earned from previous job plus the income of her husband, Mary Cris decided to venture into small business like selling kakanin or native delicacies.
Mary Cris brought her delicacies to their school to sell them to her classmates every breaktime. Her three children also volunteered to sell in their classes.
The family has been into this livelihood more than two years already until one day Mary Cris’s husband Roger was diagnosed to have a dystonia – a state of abnormal muscle tone resulting in muscular spasm and abnormal posture.
Mary Cris said upon knowing that the illness of her husband had no cure, she conditioned herself and their children that they need to strive hard for their family to survive.
Mary Cris is very thankful with the understanding and support of her three children.
Time passed by, Mary Cris could not imagine how she survived from four years of struggle. Now, she is holding her diploma after graduating on April 5, 2016.
“Before, I am always holding my basket full of kakanin but now I am holding my diploma that reminds me of all my tears and sleepless nights overcoming all the hardships I have in my life,” she said.
Presently, Mary Cris is taking her review in preparation for the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) on October this year.
Mary Cris hopes that she could pass the board examination so that she could apply and have a stable job that could sustain the needs of her family especially the maintenance of her husband.
“Thanks God and to the program because it has helped us a lot to realize our dreams,” she said.//Montesa G. Caoyonan/dswd6

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THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI will always respect the right of the rallyists to peaceful assembly.

The camping out of Pamanggas outside the Field Office compound since Monday until May 27, 2016 is a right which we cannot snatch away from them.

We, however, would like to stress the following points:

• We belie their allegations that we have not released even a single food pack in the course of eight months. This is not true. We would like to set the record straight. We have released P7.6 million-worth of food packs numbering to 21,292 already.

• The response to crisis and disasters remains as the primary responsibility of the Local Government Units. DSWD augments the resources of the LGUs when they express for the need.

• We have already communicated to the LGUs to submit to us their proposal and validated list as this is our reference in releasing food packs for the victims. So far, Oton LGU has completed its proposal and masterlist. We already have a schedule for the releasing of goods as we have coordinated with the locality.

• The rest of the LGUs have yet to submit to us the validated list. We continue on following up with them to submit the documents. Much as we want to release the food packs, we can only release to LGUs with the list because we are bound to observe guidelines in consonance with the principle to judiciously use government resources.

• We denounce to the strongest terms the use of minors in the protest actions. They should be with their families at home and enjoying their childhood. Instead, they are exposed to heat, rain and danger as they are utilized to collect donations in the road.

• The DSWD has available goods anytime that the LGUs can submit their list.

We assure the people of Panay Island that DSWD has enough food packs, more than 50,000 currently, to augment the resources of the LGUs to help the victims of El Nino.

Along with the rest of the government, both LGUs and other agencies, DSWD recognizes the urgency of responding to the situation of hunger affecting the poor. We are ready to augment the LGUs.

Regional Director
DSWD Field Office VI

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DSWD6: more female get trafficked

MORE female individuals continue to be victims of human trafficking.
This was revealed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 6.
If compared with men, 83 percent of the total victims of human trafficking from year 2014 were women. This translates to 55 women out of 66 victims.
The remaining 17 percent were men or a total of 11 persons.
“Most of their cases were illegal recruitment and prostitution. We would like to warn our ladies from falling prey to illegal recruiters as well as those who may force them to prostitution,” said Rebecca P. Geamala, regional director of DSWD6.
Geamala said DSWD6 provided the victims with livelihood assistance amounting to P320,000.
“We also provided counseling services to them. Aside from that, we provided transportation and medical assistance. But these are curative measures already. What we want the Ilonggos to practice is vigilance from not being victimized,” she said.
If broken down by province, there were 29 from Iloilo; Negros Occidental, 12; Capiz, four; Aklan, three; and Guimaras, one. A total of 17 cases are from other parts of the country outside of Region 6.
Most fall prey to the trick of illegal recruiters and those who force their victims to prostitution because of offers for high pay and perks./ dswd6/May Grecia-Rago

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78,706 elderly to get social pension

lola theodoraA TOTAL of 78,706 elderly will be getting social pension.
Based on records of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 6, this is way higher than the senior citizens reached last year.
“We are glad to tell the people in the region that we will be able to reach more elderly. In fact, there are more than 11,000 senior citizens who could receive the stipend on top of our existing pensioners,” said Rebecca P. Geamala, regional director of DSWD6.
In 2015, there were 67,499 pensioners.
This year, there will be 27,425 pensioners in Iloilo; Capiz, 10,499; Aklan, 9,842; Antique, 9,575; and Guimaras, 2,759. In the neighboring Negros Island Region (NIR), there are 18,607 pensioners.
The pensioners will be receiving P500 per month to be released at P1,500 every quarter or a total of P6,000 per year.
Budget allocation for the year including Negros Occidental is pegged at P472.2 million.
The program aims to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens.
It is in line with the fulfillment of the obligation of the government to protect the most vulnerable sector through social protection, and for the full implementation of the Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.
It also aims to improve the living condition of eligible indigent senior citizens./dswd6/May Grecia-Rago

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Economics Professor: CCT contributes to local economy

cct payout photoThe Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program, locally known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), contributes to the local economy and benefits all members of the communities involved.

Jean Lee Patindol, economics professor at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City, in an “Economic Terms and Trends” lecture at the Philippine Information Agency-sponsored Developmental and Technical Writing Seminar held at the Iloilo Grand Hotel last April 20, pointed this out.

Patindol said the cash grants that the Pantawid Pamilya or 4Ps beneficiaries are receiving every payout are usually mostly used for purchasing commodities within the communities where the beneficiaries reside. “This has a domino and multiplier effect. Local businesses which earn income from the beneficiaries’ purchases are then encouraged to invest more in their businesses, even as they also purchase from other sectors. This creates business and investments growth which can, in turn, lead to employment growth. In the end, both 4Ps and non-4Ps members of communities,” she explained.

From a macroeconomic perspective, Patindol stressed that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is not a dole out because it has integrated social components. “I know that the program has certain conditions. Apart from attending the Family Development Sessions (FDS), beneficiaries are also obliged to comply with periodic check- ups and school attendance so it is not a simple dole out of cash,” she added.

Patindol said that the program is very beneficial to the poorest of the poor households and this needs to be institutionalized for long-term sustainability.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development measure of the national government under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor, to improve the health, nutrition, and the education of children aged 0-18. Presently, Region 6 has 319, 528 household beneficiaries. Of the number, Aklan has 27,268; Antique, 28,533; Capiz, 38,349; Guimaras, 8,176; Iloilo, 92,175; and Negros Occ., 125,027.//dswd6//Montesa G. Caoyonan

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El Nino affected families get P5M-worth food packs

THE families affected by El Nino received P5.5 million-worth of food packs.
Records of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 6 shows that a total of 15,292 food packs were distributeed to10,992 families.
“We have been responding to victims of El Nino since the last quarter of 2015. We also assure that DSWD is here to augment the resources of the Local Government Units (LGUs) should they express the need for it,” said Rebecca P. Geamala, regional director.
Based on records, the food packs were released to the municipalities of Ivisan, Panay, Roxas City, Pontevedra, Pilar and Sapian, all in Capiz province.
Each food pack contains six kilos of rice and 15 assorted canned goods.
“We have a stockpile of 50,000 food packs to readily respond to the LGUs,” said Geamala./dswd6/May Grecia-Rago

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