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PRESS STATEMENT: We respect rallyists’ right to peaceful assembly

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) respects the right to peaceful assembly of the rallyists who have started camping out since early Monday and will be staying for five days outside the office compound.

We, however, stand firm that our department has never been remiss of its duty in responding to Yolanda survivors. We have so far released P3 billion in emergency shelter assistance (ESA), relief assistance, cash for work and livelihood projects to the Provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Negros Occidental and Guimaras.

The following are our specific answers to the issues of the rallyists:

First, on the demand for scrapping of the Memorandum Circular 24 or the Guideline for ESA Implementation in Yolanda Affected Areas, we would like to clarify that all services of the DSWD have eligibility requirements and for ESA for the Yolanda victims, these are spelled out in MC 24. This is our basis in releasing ESA and this will be the same guideline that will be used by the Commission on Audit (COA) in post auditing such huge amount of disbursement. We will be in a very difficult situation if we do not follow the guideline. Another, the field office, being the implementing arm of Central Office cannot overrule or scrap an order that is signed by the Secretary of the DSWD. Further, Yolanda affected several other regions and it cannot be that the regional office will have a different guideline in its ESA implementation.

We commit to the rallyists though that we will communicate to Central Office the sentiment of the protesting groups.

Second, on the concern for swift releasing of ESA, we would like to inform the public that we have released the ESA fast contrary to speculations that we were slow. For ESA alone, we have released nearly P1.7 billion to LGUs. Although the budget was only downloaded on December 29, 2014, we have reached 105,000 families in a short span of time.

We, however, cannot release to all victims of Yolanda because we have to follow the guidelines. Specifically, MC 24 states that, “Regular employees of the government and private sectors/organizations with fix monthly salary below P15,000.00 shall also be eligible, provided they have not received the same assistance from other agencies and are indicated in the masterlist of beneficiaries in accordance with the DSWD Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DFAC).”

To all the families affected who are eligible, we assure that as soon as funds will be downloaded to us by the DBM, we could also release fast the assistance to their LGUs provided the latter has completed the documents required.

Third, on the issue that there is a need for additional funds for all Yolanda victims, we call on those who feel they are eligible and were not listed to go to their respective Local Social Welfare and Development Offices and have their names listed. The names on the list will be subjected to a validation where our Municipal Action Team (MATs) must be represented so that when the list is submitted to the regional office, it is already final and validated. We will be calling all the six governors of the region to a meeting so that they can help us by monitoring all the mayors in their areas so that everyone will be able to submit the final and validated list of additional victims to the regional office on or before March 31, 2015. We intend to consolidate the submission and forward an additional fund request to DSWD Central Office by April 10.

We, the DSWD regional office 6 family, will always continue to be steadfast in the delivery of social welfare programs and services to the people of Western Visayas.

Regional Director, DSWD Field Office VI

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DSWD: P1.4B released for WV in emergency shelter assistance

ILOILO City-The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released a total of P1.4 billion in emergency shelter assistance (ESA) for Yolanda survivors in Western Visayas.
“We assure that we can pay swiftly the affected families as long as the funds are downloaded to us,” regional director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre said in a dialogue with members of Pamanggas who went at the DSWD compound on Wednesday.
The ESA is a cash grant provided to families whose houses are either totally or partially damaged. It aims to provide assistance to families affected by the typhoon to purchase housing materials for the repair and reconstruction of their damaged houses. The rate of assistance is P30,000 per family or individual beneficiary whose houses were totally destroyed and P10,000 for those with partially damaged houses.
If broken down, Libacao in Aklan received P109.6 million for all the 3,655 families with totally damaged houses.
In Antique, Culasi got P109.4 million for all 7,228 families with totally and partially damaged houses.
In Capiz, Panay received P173.6 million for all 5,787 families with totally damaged houses; Pontevedra got P43.5 million for all families with partially damaged houses; and Tapaz, P69.4 million for all families with partially damaged houses.
In Iloilo, Sara received P240.4 million for 8,015 families with totally damaged houses; Lambunao, P72.5 million for 7,250 families with partially damaged houses; Ajuy, P9 million for 300 families with totally damaged houses; Concepcion, P18 million for 600 families with totally damaged houses; and Estancia, P9 million for 300 families with totally damaged houses.
In Negros Occidental, P93.8 million was released for 7,178 beneficiaries with both totally and partially damaged houses.
“We pay the LGUs who have completed their documents in a first come first serve basis,” said Macapobre as she urged that other LGUs must complete all the papers needed so that the agency could immediately pay them as soon as funds are downloaded to their office./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo and Merry Jezzel Brendia

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300 kids in Antique receive toys

BARBAZA, Antique-SM City Foundation through the Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 (DSWD-6) distributed 300 toys to Pantawid Pamilya-covred and school-based children in the town of Barbaza, Antique during a medical mission conducted at the compound of St. Anthony High School here

The endeavor is part of the SM City Foundation’s “Share A Toy project” that encouraged kids to share their used and old toys to those less fortunate children.

Barbaza Mayor Gerry Necor said household beneficiaries coming from 39 villages of the town were given free feeding, medical, dental, surgery operation and medicines.

He added doctors and other physicians were provided by Colegio Delas Hijas De Jesus Alumni Association based in Iloilo City who sponsored the said medical mission while some municipal physicians in Antique also rendered their voluntary services.

Necor thanked the DSWD-6 and SM City Foundation for initiating this project to make these Pantawid children happy.

Pantawid Project Coordinator Jonathan Anteza said the partnership and trust given by the SM Foundation to the department is a big privilege to share those blessings to less fortunate children in the region especially those covered by Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Toto, nine years old, of Brgy. Capoyuan, was very happy when he received a toy.

Despite he was born with cerebral palsy disorder but his mother Marlyn Osia is patiently sending him to school everyday. Toto is now a grade two pupil.

According to him, he wants to be a police officer when he grow up to secure the people..

Anteza said apart from giving toys, 10 Pantawid trainees under the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) also offered their free massage services to interested beneficiaries.

A total of 40 trainees who availed the training in Antique had already graduated from the program and now working at the most renowned Island of Boracay in Aklan.

Trainee Marlon Gongco, 19, of Brgy. Poblacion, said he wants also to work in Boracay or anywhere else when there is an opportunity so that he could help his parents and six siblings in their daily needs.//dswd.6/Montesa Grino-Caoyonan.

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DSWD-6 to Pantawid benes: No pawning of cash cards

Pantawid Pamilya grantees during the 'Panunumpa Para sa Pagbabago.'

While there are isolated cases of Pantawid Pamilya grantees pawning their cash cards, many more adhere to program conditions determined that they could make positive changes in their lives.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Western Visayas (DSWD-6) warned all beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program not to pawn their cash cards as guarantee for their loans, collaterals and other lending transactions.

This after the Grievance Redness System (GRS) of the Pantawid Pamilya program in the region has been receiving reports on cash card pawning and making use of Pantawid documents as loan collateral since last year.

Only last week, 67 Pantawid grantees who came from villages of Barangay 1, Banago, Bata and Mandalagan, all in Bacolod City were caught pawning their cash cards to a female lender, who later surrendered those pawned cash cards to Bacolod City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) after several mediations made by Punong Barangay of Brgy. Banago.

DSWD-6’s Pantawid Pamilya Project Coordinator Jonathan Anteza emphasized that the misbehavior being shown by those beneficiaries is a clear violation of one of the conditions set by the program under the Pantawid Pamilya National Advisory Council (NAC).

NAC is an inter-agency and highest policy- making body that provides policy directions and guidance on matters pertinent to Pantawid Pamilya implementation.

Under NAC Resolution No. 20 series of 2014, it is stated that beneficiaries who were complained of or caught pawning their cash cards will be facing the following: first offense, warning by the Municipal Link (ML); second offense, suspension of grants for three months or temporarily change of grantee to another responsible adult member or in the absence of an eligible household member, the MSWDO, until suspension period has concluded; and third offense, termination from the program issued by the NAC based on the recommendation of the Regional Advisory Committee.

Anteza said any appeal will no longer be entertained after the approval of NAC.

In the case of Bacolod City, Anteza said caught grantees will be placed under counselling and monitoring.

“This is an isolated case and very minimal. If you will based it on our total number of beneficiaries here in the region it’s just less than one percent, however, we are not tolerating them. This incident may serve as lesson to those other beneficiaries and we are emphasizing that we are very serious and committed to strictly implement the program”, he said.

Anteza added that Pantawid Pamilya supports the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals to help eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and promote gender equality and empower women.

As of January this year, there are 325, 775 active beneficiaries in the region.

Nora Abella, 45, of South San Jose, Molo district, Iloilo City admitted that there was a time that she also thought of pawning her cash card after her three children got sick.

Abella, a widow for nine years, however, said she valued her kids just like how she valued the privilege given to her by the government.

“On that moment, I was thinking that taking risk in violating the condition is just like letting go of the opportunity. All I could do is to pray to God that somebody might help me or offer money for my kids’ medication,” she said.

God has been good when her prayers were answered. Abella said her two brothers-in law extended money to her for medicines and food of their nieces and nephew.

Abella’s good behavior earned the trustof her fellow beneficiaries who elected her as parent leader. She has been into the program for almost four years. Selling street food has been her livelihood since then when husband died.

According to her, she is confident that her three kids will finish their high school after they were included on the program. Every after two months, she has is receiving P 2,800 and spends it for their food and education.

Abella said she might not avail of the program anymore if she allowed herself to pawn her cash card./dswd.6//Montesa Grino-Caoyonan

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DSWD6 celebrates 64th anniversary

Gawad listahananThe Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI celebrated its 64th anniversary this morning. The program was conducted to recognize the contributions of the DSWD Field Office VI partners, retirees and loyal employees.
A thanksgiving mass was held at 7.30 am in Punta Villa Iloilo on February 6, 2015 followed by the melodic opening prayer and national anthem.
Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre led the celebration with her inspiring welcome message and a commendation to the retirees, partner agencies, as well as DSWD employees for having part of the agency’s 64th year.
Plaques of recognition were given to Uygongco Foundation, Inc. and Janeta De Los Santos as Salamat Po Awardees; Iloilo City LGU, Janiuay,Iloilo and Valderrama Antique, as Model LGUs; Escalante City, Cabatuan, Iloilo and Province of Iloilo as Gawad Listahanan Awardees; La Carlota City Federation , Negros Occidental Provincial PYAP Federation and Negros Occidental Provincial ERPAT Federation received Gapas Award as Best People’s Organizations.
Gawad Ulat award was also given to media partners like GMA Iloilo for the Most Supportive TV Station, RMN for the Most Supportive Radio Station,Panay News for the Most Supportive Newspaper and Glenda Sologastoa as the Most Supportive Beat Reporter.
Special awards like Loyalty Award, Best Support Staff, and Pasasalamat to Retirees Award were also given to DSWD Field Office VI Employees and Retirees for their invaluable contributions and services in the agency’s history/MerryJezzelBrendia

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WV gets gawad listahanan nat’l award

WESTERN Visayas’ entry in the Gawad Listahanan national awards won the top spot.
Under the City category, Escalante from Negros Occidental bested other 16 Local Government Units which joined the search.
Listahanan, also known as National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), is an information m

Escalante City Social Welfare and Development Office is implementing an Indigency Program which uses DSWD's Listahanan database of poor households in identifying who most needs government intervention.

Escalante City Social Welfare and Development Office is implementing an Indigency Program which uses DSWD’s Listahanan database of poor households in identifying who most needs government intervention.

anagement system that makes available to national government agencies, LGUs and other social protection stakeholders a comprehensive list of poor families in need of assistance.
Escalante City’s entry “Indigency Program” was able to implement a social protection program that provides direct service to the Listahanan-identified poor, such as scholarships, medical assistance and skills and livelihood trainings.
They were able to use the Listahanan as the basis of their beneficiary identification in the implementation of their locally-funded Indigency Program to serve the poorest of the poor.
Representatives of Escalante will be going to DSWD Batasan Complex on January 29, 2015 for the 1st Gawad Listahanan final awarding and announcement of winners, during the celebration of the Department’s 64th Anniversary.
Escalante will be receiving a plaque citing the highlights of their contribution and significance of their partnership with the Department and a cash prize of P50,000./Merry Jezzel Brendia


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Why Karen is now often seen in school

FOR her, school is fun. But there are times when she just cannot go there.
Karen Grace Palma, now 11 years old and a grade five pupil of Guihaman-Buntatala Elementary School in Leganes, Iloilo, says that she wants to be in school all the time because she learns so many things and enjoys the company of her friends and classmates.

But years back, there were times when she had to be absent no matter how she wanted to study. Her parents left her younger siblings for her to attend to.
“I had to be home to look after my other siblings,” Karen said.

Karen Palma's winning entry

Karen Palma’s winning entry

Aside from this, when she was in school back then, she had to contend with her worn out slippers, an empty stomach and old uniforms.

This scenario has been changed with Karen’s inclusion under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

These days, Karen is seen walking, together with her siblings, and bearing the slippery rice field and two bridges and highway to reach school.

But unlike before, Karen is now always present in school, has a new school uniform and school supplies, and now wearing her black shoes.

“Now, I already have more than 85 percent attendance in school,” she said.
To avail of cash grants, beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya should comply with the program conditions. Among which is an 85 percent attendance in class.

Palma said when her mother received the first pay-out three years ago, three of them who are included in the program got their new school uniforms, shoes and bags.

“I am very happy with the program. Apart from grooming, good health, I am also improving in all my academic subjects,” she added.

Palma has been very active in both in-school and extra-curricular activities. In fact, she got the first place in poster making contest during the Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago writeshop on December 15-16, 2014.//dswd6.Montesa Grino-Caoyonan.

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Capiz towns get P694.7M for emergency shelter assistance

1 - CopyROXAS City-Municipalities of Capiz here yesterday received P695.7 million for the emergency shelter assistance (ESA) intended for typhoon Yolanda survivors.

If broken down, P477,600,000 was released for Roxas City; P173,610,000 for Panay; and P43,570,000 for Pontevedra.
The amount will go to 15,920 families with totally damaged houses in Roxas City; 5,637 families with totally damaged houses and 450 families with partially damaged houses in Panay; and 4,457 families with partially damaged houses in Pontevedra.

The amount was released by Protective Services Unit (PSU) head Rosario Sanagustin to the municipal treasurers as witnessed by Capiz Governor Victor Tanco, Panay mayor Dante Bermejo; and their respective municipal and city social welfare and development officers. It will be the LGUs which will be releasing the aid to the families.

The ESA is being released by the agency as part of the rehabilitation efforts to help Yolanda survivors rebuild their homes. The amount of P30,000 is intended for those with totally damaged houses while P10,000 will be released for those with partially damaged houses.

Earlier, regional director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre said, “With the releasing of the assistance, we hope that Ilonggos will be able to repair their houses as soon as possible.”


Macapobre also called on the beneficiaries to ensure that the amount goes to the repair and rebuilding of their houses.

“Ensure that the amount goes to the house repair and rebuilding. Do not buy a television or a cellphone,” said Macapobre./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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