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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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DSWD6: stockpile sufficient for El Nino victims

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 6 assured the public that is has more than enough stockpile to respond to El Nino victims.
“We have a 50-000 stockpile of food packs ready to augment the Local Government Units (LGUs) ,” said Rebecca P. Geamala, regional director.
Geamala has activated earlier the Quick Response Team (QRT) of the agency after provinces have declared their areas under a State of Calamity brought by El Nino.
She said that the regional office maintains a ready stockpile all the time so as not to be caught flat-footed when disaster strikes.
Considering that it is still election period, Geamala said that the agency “will be tapping the help of churches in the distribution of goods.”/dswd6/May Grecia-Rago

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17 YEARS OF WANDERING

unicef photo Gaining children’s trust is teaching them  to be more trusting of the world around themSupertyphoon “Yolanda” destroyed houses, ravaged livelihoods and shattered the lives of hundreds of thousands of victims.

But for some, like the Obligar family of Carles town in Iloilo, the calamity also opened doors and brought opportunities.

Amalia and Niel have been married for 25 years and blessed with seven children. But for the past 17 years, they have struggled to take care of Melinda, their fourth child. Melinda was born normal and healthy until she reached eight months old when her parents noticed a delay in her motor development or the ability to control her body movements.

She could not talk, walk and rarely cries. She also could not perform other movements and skills without her family’s assistance and supervision. Even though bothered by her condition, her family remained optimistic, acknowledged her as a special child and tried their best to provide for her needs.

But it has not been easy as they have meager means to meet even their basic needs. The couple works as sugarcane laborers and have six other children to attend to.

They explored all possible solutions and cure for Melinda, even bringing her to quack doctors and medical missions in various places to find any solution for her condition. But for 17 years, they found no answers.

When “Yolanda” struck two years ago on Nov. 8, 2013, Carles was among the areas along the path of the supertyphoon. The Obligars were among the families worst hit by the calamity with their house destroyed by strong winds.

As part of a program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) field office in Western Visayas in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a social welfare officer (as part of the human resource augmentation support from DSWD Region VI) was assigned to the MSWD office of Carles early in 2015.

This was aimed to assist the strengthening of the municipality’s social welfare system with focus on identifying child protection concerns affecting children and adolescents and in the rehabilitation and recovery efforts.

One of the expected outputs of the program is to identify unaccompanied and separated children including children at risk as a result of typhoon Yolanda and to facilitate family reunification and to promote Alternative Family Care. Melinda’s condition was identified in the process.

With the help of social workers from the DSWD, Melinda’s condition was later determined by Dr. Ronald Betita of the Rural Health Unit (RHU) as cerebral palsy. She was also diagnosed as suffering from severe malnutrition.

Under the UNICEF-DSWD program, cash assistance amounting to P10, 000.00 was provided to Melinda on August 19, 2015. This was used to purchase a wheelchair, diapers, medicines and milk to help her and her family deal with her condition.

With the help of the wheelchair, Melinda is now able to attend family gatherings and roam around the community. She has also gained weight.

“Thank you very much sa help. Maayo kay paagi sa inyo nabuligan gid kami sa bata namon sasulod sa 17 years nga paghulat kag pag kadto-kadto kung diin para matagaan ka wheelchair ang anak namon. Madamo gid nga salamat,” her parents said./dswd6/ Unnie Dequilla

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WV gets P374M-worth feeding program

IMG_0861WESTERN Visayas is getting a P374 million-worth feeding program.
The amount will be spent for the implementation of Supplementary Feeding program for three to five years old children enrolled in day care service.
If distributed, Iloilo will get P118.4 million; Antique, P41 million; Capiz, P34.9 million; Aklan, P26.4 million; and Guimaras, P8.7 million. The amount also includes P145.2 million for the neighboring Negros Island Region (NIR).
“Through the feeding program, we will be able to contribute to curb hunger in the region, specially among young children,” said Rebecca P. Geamala, regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 6 which is implementing the project.
The amount will benefit 208,278 children in the region.
The feeding program provides food, in addition to the regular meals,to enrolled day care center children.
This is in the form of hot meals as recommended by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) and served during break time to children.
This program is implemented in response to the 2006 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) conducted by the National Statistics Office which showed that 11 percent of Filipino families had income that cannot buy the food needed by family members for nutritional well-being and health.
These families are considered hungry and food poor.
Also, it aims to improve knowledge, attitude and practices of children enrolled in day care centers, parents and caregivers through intensified nutrition and health education.
In the same manner, it targets to improve and sustain the nutritional status of all target children and refer to health units medical and nutrition-related problems of children./dswd6/May Grecia-Rago

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DSWD6 releases P19.4M aid

DSC_0538THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 6 released a total of P19.4 million assistance in Western Visayas.
The amount was disbursed in form of medical, burial and educational assistance in the first quarter of the year.
“It is the Local Government Units (LGUs) which must be able to respond first to their people. But we at the DSWD are here to provide augmentation should the people need more help,” said Rebecca P. Geamala.
The service falls under the implementation of Aids for Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), one of the programs of DSWD.ss
If broken down, P11.8million went to medical aid; P4.6 million for burial; and P2.9 million for educational assistance.
If distributed by province, residents of Aklan got P1.2million; Antique, P2.1 million; Capiz, P1.5 million; Iloilo, P3.8 million; and Negros Occidental, P8.6 million.
A total of 5,477 individuals have availed of the services./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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San Dionisio to get P8.2M shelter aid

dialogue with RD Geamala San dionisioTHE town of San Dionisio will be getting P8.2 million in Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA).
This was assured by DSWD Field Office 6 regional director Rebecca Geamala who personally talked to representatives of the different barangays of the town who flocked at the agency compound early Monday asking for clarification as to when will the release of their ESA.
“Even before you came to our office, we have already scheduled the release of the assistance for your town,” said Geamala, regional director.
Geamala said that the assistance is intended for 828 families whose houses were partially damaged wayback when typhoon Yolanda hit the region in 2013.
She promised that the aid will be released by May 2 through a partnership with the religious group in the town considering that it is election period.
“The delay of the release was because there was a need for us to revalidate the list after receiving reports of those who had totally damaged houses classified under partially damaged and those with partially damaged houses categorized under totally damaged,”said Geamala.
The agency has released P8.2 billion in ESA as of first quarter of 2016.
It has completed the disbursement to all areas covered by the Comprehensive Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan (CRRP) way back in September last year./dswd6/May Grecia-Rago

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Kalahi-CIDSS inaugurates P3-M projects in Anini-y

cuttingThe Department of Social Welfare and Development recently inaugurated a P3-million Kalahi-CIDSS projects in Anini-y, Antique.
DSWD-6 Director Rebecca Geamala led the inauguration of 1.2 x 76 linear meters hanging bridge and foot path at Barangay Igpalge.
Geamala recognized the cooperation among the community volunteers, local government unit and barangay local government unit that resulted in the completion of the sub-projects.
“It is the community that identified the need for the hanging bridge and foot path. This will not only address the needs of the current generation but also of the next generation.”
Anini-y Mayor Reynaldo Pollicar expressed his gratitude to Kalahi-CIDSS for providing the grants to the community.
In Barangay Igpalge alone, Kalahi-CIDSS had invested P4.1 million worth of projects to address its basic infrastructure needs.
Pollicar also acknowledged the Geamala’s presence in the inauguration. “Director Geamala is the first regional director to visit Igpalge.”
Igpalge is an upland barangay that is 15 kilometers away from the town proper.
Aside from the hanging bridge and foot path projects, Igpalge have also availed a health station project and rehabilitation of a school building which is now on-going. ‪//‎MaricarCalubiran‬

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