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Job fair for Negrense held

BAGO City–A job fair was successfully held today (September 2) at Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Cultural Center, Bago City.

Jointly conducted by the city government of Bago and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a total of 737 individuals joined the activity, which carried the theme, “Address the situation of poverty, increase people’s resiliency.”

Of the 737, 469 were beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program coming from Binalbagan, Hinigaran, E.B. Magalona, Bacolod City, Murcia, Don Salvador Benedicto, Pulupandan, Pontevedra, Valladolid, Candoni, Ilog, Sipalay and Cuayan. The rest were non-beneficiaries.

Partner entities were ROMAC Visayas Incorporated, Integrated Management and General Services, KALAHI-NCDDP, SM Department Store, SM Save More, Dynamic Builders, Incorporated, Lopue’s Department Store, and Teletech./dswd6/May Castillo


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Iloilo City gov’t thanks DSWD for Social Pension

The City Government of Iloilo expressed gratitude to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the implementation of the Social Pension for indigent senior citizens in the city.

A total of 22 senior citizens received their social pension from the DSWD through Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog during a ceremony held at City Hall on August 29. The mayor distributed cash of P1,500 to each of the beneficiaries as their stipend for one quarter.

“We are thankful to the DSWD for this even as we in the City Government also never fail to implement programs and projects for the elderly like free medicines, ‘libre sine’ and incentives for centenarians,” Mayor Mabilog said.

The Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens is one of the provisions stated under Section 5 Republic Act 9994, otherwise known as the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. It is an additional government assistance in the amount of Five Hundred Pesos (P500) monthly stipend to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens.

Priority beneficiaries are senior citizens 77 years old and above, who are frail, sickly and disabled, without a regular source of income and/or support from any member of the family, and not receiving other pension benefits from government and private agencies./dswd6/Wenna B. Bendol with a report from Iloilo City Government

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Listahanan helped us easily identify program beneficiaries–LGUs

Local social welfare and planning officers of local government units expressed appreciation to the DSWD’s Listahanan, which they said, is of big help to them especially in identifying beneficiaries of their programs and services for the poor.

At present, the staff of the National Household Targeting Unit of DSWD Field Office VI are going around the different provinces of the region to gather feedback from the LGUs and at the same time orient them on the upcoming 2nd Round Assessment of poor households.

“It provided us with readily available data that we can use in identifying beneficiaries of the programs and projects that we implemented,” said Aurora Lim, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of Tibiao, Antique. It has not only saved their time and effort, but most importantly, resources because it ensured that the beneficiaries are the real poor, she added.

Participants from the provinces of Iloilo, Capiz and Antique also emphasized that the use of Listahanan database has improved their LGUs’ credibility because the project was initiated by DSWD and not influenced by any politician./dswd6/Wenna B. Bendol


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KALAHI hires 1,192 new staff

KALAHI CIDSS-National Community Driven-Development Program Orientation. The Department of Social Welfare and Development is currently conducting an orientation on the newly hired staff of KALAHI CIDSS- National Community Driven-Development Program in Western Visayas at the regional office. A total of 1,192 staff to include area coordinators, deputy area coordinators, municipal financial analysts and community facilitators were hired to implement KALAHI CIDSS projects in 117 municipalities regionwide

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Press statement: We never stopped working for the survivors and we will continue to do so

relief distribution smallThe Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI, in partnership with Local Government Units, has been helping survivors of typhoon Yolanda in Western Visayas since it struck the region on November 8, 2013. In fact, even before typhoon Yolanda made a landfall in Western Visayas, the DSWD has prepositioned a total of 3,000 sacks of rice in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental.

From November 8 until end of December 2013, the DSWD has already released P154 million worth of relief goods as immediate assistance to affected families all over the region. This, along with the last round of relief distribution which is still ongoing brings the figure at P862,558,693 worth of goods equivalent to 1,129,175 food packs.

The men and women of DSWD have been working nonstop to provide assistance to the victims of the super typhoon.

We are therefore saddened to hear the barrage of criticisms that our Department is getting from one local radio station recently despite of clarifications we already gave them through interviews.

We would like to inform the public that the goods referred thereat are what remain of the ongoing last round of distribution that is part of our rehabilitation phase, which the office only received in the last week of June and July in staggered delivery due to its volume.

We have already completed the distribution of the last round of relief augmentation to LGUs in Iloilo, Capiz and Antique comprising 86 percent of the total 515,071 (only for the last round) food packs.

What remains there is the 14 percent or 72,010 food packs of noodles and canned goods intended for Negros Occidental and three towns of Aklan, specifically Buruanga, Malinao and Tangalan. Our Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Unit is already working out for the cargo transfer of the goods for Negros Occidental. As for the LGUs in Aklan, we have informed them to send trucks so they could pull out the goods intended for them.

As to the noodles, we would like to clarify that some of the date of expiry will be in the months of October and November 2014. While this is beyond our control as the Field Office did not procure these but were instead delivered to us, we accept accountability.

We shall make sure that all these will be distributed on or before September 15, 2014.

The DSWD has never been remiss of its duty, braving heat and rain, to extend its arms to those affected by typhoon Yolanda. In fact, we’ve had workers who were injured and workers who also lost their homes. But we never stopped working for the survivors and we will continue to do so.

(Original signed)
Assistant Regional Director

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`I will be a policeman someday’



BINGAWAN, Iloilo-Barely three feet in height, he was noticeable among the crowd of people inside the town’s gymnasium that day. Clad in a blue t-shirt, he looked innocent at why people were so busy moving from one table to another.
He was seven-year-old JB Falces of Brgy. Ngingi-an in this town in Central Panay. He accompanied his mom Welba who received the P2,100 cash grant from the national government intended for the schooling and health of her children during the Caravan of Social Services organized by the Office of the Ombudsman in partnership with DSWD and other agencies.
Asked why he joined his mother, the boy said, “Gapangayo ko bakal papel sa eskwelahan(I was asking her to buy me paper for school),” he said.
JB, who is currently enrolled at Ngingi-an Elementary School, has six other siblings. Three of them are already in high school while one has a family of her own and another is an infant.
While JB did not seem to have bothered about the large number of the crowd that day, he wore a smile as her mother announced, “Mabakal pa gid ako uniform nila sa eskwelahan karun maam (I’m going to buy them uniform for school).”

Welba admitted that it has been hard for her and her husband Justiniano, 48 years old, to provide for their children.
She has no work while Justiniano drives a dump truck for construction projects. “Gapasalamat gid kami sa gobyerno sa pagbulig sa amon. Sang wala Pantawid, budlay mag-asikaso sa mga bata. Gapangita man ko kwarta para makabulig-bulig. Subong, mahatagan ko gid sila tiyempo (We are thankful to the government for helping us. When Pantawid Pamilya was not helping us, it was very difficult to give focus to my children. I had to both find means to earn and at the same time attend to them. Now that we are getting help, I have more time for them).”
When JB was asked about his dream, he said, “Gusto ko mangin pulis sa urihi (I want to be a policeman someday).

Welba said that Pantawid Pamilya has brought positive changes in their lives.
“Hanggud gid bulig sini sa amon. Muna nga ginapaeskwela namon ang amon kabataan kay bal-an namon nga amo na ang paagi para mauntat ang kaimulon. Sa pag-eskwela, kaya namon ang pagbag-o. (This is a big help to us. That’s why we are sending our children to school because that is the only way to stop poverty. Through education, we can achieve change).

That day, it was not only the family of JB that was reached by the government. There were thousands more who were served by the government as the National Government Agencies (NGAs), with the leadership of the Ombudsman and partnership with DSWD, brought the government closer to the people.
DSWD alone released P1.1 million in cash grants to 731 family beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya coming from Bingawan. Aside from this, a total of P608,000 was released for the implementation of Social Pension in the town and adjacent municipalities of Tapaz, Dumalag and Jamindan.
Beneficiaries also lined up for services of PhilHealth, Department of Agriculture, and other agencies./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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DSWD, Iloilo provincial gov’t ink MOA for implementation of P20.4M projects

ILOILO CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Iloilo Provincial Government, formalizing the implementation of the P20.4 million projects funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian government.

DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre led the signing of the MOA with PA Raul Banas, Mayor Matt Palabrica (Bingawan), Mayor Reynor Gonzales (Lambunao), Mayor Mariano Malones Sr. (Maasin), Vice Mayor Rene Hortada (Calinog) and Vice Mayor Jovino Tugbang Jr. (Barotac Viejo) for the implementation of projects under the Kalahi-CIDSS.
The P20.4 million DFAT projects, formerly Australian Aid (AusAid) will cover the construction of 15 sub-projects to include day care centers and school buildings in the five municipalities.

The P20.4-million grant is part of the P33.1 million allocations for Western Visayas for nine municipalities. Iloilo is receiving the biggest share with Capiz receiving P11,050,00 and Negros Occidental with P1.6 million.

The towns of Maasin, Calinog and Lambunao are already DFAT covered areas in 2013 and are also identified as KALAHI CIDSS- National Community Driven-Development Program (KC-NCDDP) implementation. Bingawan and Barotac Viejo are new DFAT areas.

Aside from the DFAT funded projects, they also signed a MOA for the implementation of KALAHI CIDSS-National Community Driven-Development Program (NCDDP).

KC-NCDDP’s implementation is part of the government’s rehabilitation effort to disaster-declared municipalities./dswd6/Maricar M. Calubiran


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DSWD6 releases P3.2M livelihood assistance for hardest hit Yolanda towns

Mayor Arnold Betita receives the livelihood assistance for his constituents in Carles, Iloilo from DSWD regional director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre. Witnessing are other mayors and local officials.

Mayor Arnold Betita receives the livelihood assistance for his constituents in Carles, Iloilo from DSWD regional director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre. Witnessing are other mayors and local officials.

ILOILO-The DSWD6 here released P3.2 million worth of livelihood assistance to six hard-hit Yolanda towns.
The amount is part of the donations received by the agency. If broken down, a total of P369,050 was disbursed for Balasan; P662,400 for Carles; P719,518 for Ajuy; P379,195 for Lemery; P428,000 for Concepcion and P693,590 for Estancia. Total beneficiaries reached 590.
Amount differed depending on the livelihood projects of the beneficiaries which included oyster culture, banca with petromax, fishing, tindahan sa barangay, buy and sell, vegetable production, sewing and organic farming, poultry raising and tricycle service.
The amount was released through checks named to individual survivors on Monday (August 18, 2014) by DSWD regional director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre in a simple ceremony in Estancia. Nearby municipalities, on the other hand, were represented by their municipal mayors who received the checks and will consequently distribute them to their constituents.

Forty-eight-year-old Wilfredo Dapilaga of Brgy. Bayuyan, who currently stays in one of the bunkhouses in Estancia town expressed his appreciation to the help that the government has extended to him and his family.
“I received P1,250 for my Oyster culture livelihood project. Thank you for helping us. Our house was totally destroyed and this assistance, although not big, can already help me earn again,” he said.
Lourcy Suansin, who also stays at the bunkhouses, likewise said that the assistance would go a long way for her and her six children.
“Thank you for helping us. We will really use this for our oyster culture project,” she said.
Also present during the releasing of aid was United Nations-Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) Officer Kenga Shandralingam./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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