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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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FDS changes alcoholic, jealous husband

His life will not be completed without having a drinking session with his barkada every afternoon or even until wee hours.
This is how 36-year-old Erma Gonzaludo of Brgy. Guintas, Leganes, Iloilo described her husband before they were not included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.gonzaludo
Gonzaludo said they keep on fighting each other even in simple things every time her husband is drunk.
“I feel nervous when he is drunk because sometimes he gets jealous over nonsense things”, Gonzaludo said.
When she gave birth to their eldest son after more than five years of marriage, Gonzaludo thought that it would change everything but she was wrong.
She said her husband, who is a construction worker, still keeps on drinking and sometimes went home with nothing on his pocket.
Gonzaludo added that they could hardly buy milk for their baby and even eat three times a day. Apart from breast milk, she also prepared suam or porridge for their little baby to survive.
Added to that, the beneficiary said she also looked after her sick father, who was staying alone at his nipa hut, few meters away from their home.
Unexpectedly, Gonzaludo said she got pregnant again after several months because they are not practicing any family planning method.
She said her husband doubled time in his job but still their weekly income was not enough to augment their daily needs.
There was a time when she worked in a bakery shop to help her husband but she did not stay long because her father died and nobody could look over her kids.
Gonzaludo said it may have been her luck to be a plain housewife so she kept herself busy in planting vegetables at their backyard so that she could sell it in a nearby market.
However, everything has changed when they were already by the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Gonzaludo said her two kids aged four and five years old are enjoying the privileges given to them as Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.
The beneficiary said that she receives P 2, 200 every after two months for their health and school assistance which is very helpful to their family.
“Once I got my cash assistance, I see to it that big portion of it goes for food, milk, school supplies and allowances of my kids,” she said.
Sometimes, Gonzaludo said her husband is the one attending the Family Development Program (FDS) conducted in their town if she is not available.
“We both learned so many things through FDS. My husband appreciates the positive change in our lives that is why he already stopped drinking liquor because he is afraid to lose the temporary opportunity given to us,” she said.
Gonzaludo said she is very thankful to the government especially to the DSWD for playing a big role in changing her husband’s behavior and point of view.
She added because of FDS they started rebuilding their dreams again especially that are blessed with three children./dswd6//Montesa Grino-Caoyonan.

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DSWD: intensified disaster preparedness in FDS

Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, regional director of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-6) wants to intensify lectures on disaster preparedness in the Family Development Session (FDS) of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The proposal came after four deaths were recorded at the evacuation centers in Iloilo during the preemptive evacuation due to Typhoon Ruby two weeks ago. This, despite recorded cases recorded were not directly caused by the typhoon. Causes include hypothermia, eclampsia, suspected pneumonia and preexisting disease conditions.

Macapobre said Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries should be taught what to bring including jacket and blanket during the preemptive evacuation so that their kids will not suffer from colds.

“Dapat ang mga mothers especially those pregnant and with infants should already know what things to bring when they are moving to evacuation centers,” she said.

Pantawid Pamilya is a program of the national government that aims to alleviate poverty through investment in human capital.

Under such program, beneficiaries may avail of P500 per month for health and nutrition, and P300 per month per child for education, for a maximum of three children per household as long as they are following the conditions set by the program.

Among the conditions are pregnant household member must visit their local health center to avail of pre-post-natal care, avail of appropriate delivery services by a skilled heath professional; avail at least one post-natal care within 6 weeks after childbirth and children 0-5 years old must visit the health center to avail immunization.

Also, have monthly weight monitoring and nutrition counseling for children aged 0-2 years old; have quarterly weight monitoring for 25 to 73 weeks old; have management of childhood disease for sick children; children 3-5 years old must be enrolled in a day care or pre-school program and maintain a class attendance rate of least 85% month;

Those children aged 6-12 years old must be enrolled in elementary and secondary school and maintain a class attendance rate of at least 85% a month and children 6-18 years old must be enrolled in elementary and secondary school and maintain a class attendance rate of least 85% a month.

Apart from these conditions, there are also some co-responsibilities of household beneficiaries especially for parents or guardians. Among these are parents or guardians must attend family development sessions at least once a month, must ensure attendance in Responsible Parenthood Sessions and Family Counseling Sessions, must participate in community activities, promote and strengthen the implementation of Pantawid Pamilya.

Based on the data of the DSWD-6, the FDS has 95.65 percent compliance rate, 89.43 percent for education while health is 84.51 percent.

Member of Indigenous People (IPs) Vilma Magbanua, who is also a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary from Barangay Man-up, Altavas in Aklan said through the FDS she learned the importance of health and proper hygiene.

Since then, her family is practicing proper personal hygiene such as taking a bath everyday, wearing clean and neat clothing, making their hair and nails look clean and tidy.

She said this practice also includes cleaning their surroundings and regularly bringing their children to the health center.

Magbanua added if ever the disaster preparedness will be integrated at their FDS, she is very thankful because she will have more ideas on disaster preparation especially that their area is vulnerable to landslide.(dswd6/Montesa G. Caoyonan)

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P9.5M released as shelter aid to Tapaz ‘Yolanda’ survivors

TAPAZ, CAPIZ—Ninety-four year-old Noveliches Gloria was misty-eyed as her frail and shaking hands tapped the DSWD worker’s arm as her sign of gratefulness for the P30,000.00 emergency shelter assistance she is about to receive.

“Salamat, salamat, salamat. (Thank you, thank you, thank you),” she said while her wrinkled face and lips flashes a pleasant smile.

Noveliches could hardly walk or stand on her own but she really wanted to go and personally receive the check.

“Despite having difficulty, she woke up early. She was excited,” said her son, Matias, 62, who was with her at the municipal gym, in dialect.

Matias said their family will no longer have to squeeze in a makeshift room he has built after Typhoon Yolanda wrecked their house a year ago. “We were not able to reconstruct our house because we don’t have money to do so,” he added. He is a farmer while his wife remains at home to take care of her mother-in-law and their grandchildren. All of the couple’s five children are already married.

317 families received ESA

A total of 317 families whose houses were totally damaged by “super” Typhoon Yolanda received checks worth P30,000.00 each.

DSWD regional director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre, Protective Services Unit Head Rosario Sanagustin and Capiz Social Welfare and Development office team leader Josephine Degala released the checks to the beneficiaries.

Tapaz Municipal Mayor Rosemarie Gardoce thanked the DSWD for the assistance as she encouraged her constituents to spend the money where it is intended.

DSWD 6 director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre hands over the check worth P30,000.00 as emergency shelter assistance to 94-year-old Noveliches Gloria of Tapaz, Capiz./dswd6

DSWD 6 director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre hands over the check worth P30,000.00 as emergency shelter assistance to 94-year-old Noveliches Gloria of Tapaz, Capiz./dswd6

“This is a very good Christmas gift because as we can see many of you have not rebuilt your houses. Just make sure you use the money wisely, so your family will spend your Christmas or New Year under a new home,” the mayor stressed.

First in Capiz

Director Macapobre commended the local government unit, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, down to the barangay level for fast tracking the validation and submission of the list of affected families to the DSWD.

“I thank your officials and all those who were involved in the preparations of the papers. I’ve heard they spent sleepless nights just to have these papers submitted early to our office. In the whole of Capiz, you are the first municipality to receive the emergency shelter assistance,” her pronouncement received a resounding applause from the beneficiaries.

The director likewise appealed to the 317 families who just received the ESA to help the Department by telling their neighbors and other typhoon-affected families to be patient and wait for the next batches of releasing.

“You are just the first batch. More batches will be coming but we just want to make it clear that not all those who lost their homes will receive because there are guidelines that we have to follow,” Macapobre explained. Under the guidelines set by the DSWD Central Office, only those families who earn below P15,000.00 a month are entitled to receive the ESA./dswd6/Wenna B. Bendol

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Renewing the commitment vs human/child trafficking

The Philippines Against Child Trafficking-Iloilo chapter joined the observance of the International Day Against Human Trafficking through an activity entitled, “Magbugtaw, Hibalo-on, Ipakigbato ang Imo Kinamatarong Batok sa Human Trafficking” at the San Pedro, Molo covered gym in Iloilo City.

In this photo, children were among the participants to the activity, which was highlighted by a solemn candle lighting, signing of commitment of support and zumba dancing./dswd6

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DSWD ties up with Habitat to provide shelter for Yolanda survivors

ROXAS CITY–The Department of Social Welfare in Development, in partnership with UN Habitat for Humanity, is implementing a core shelter project for families in this city who lost their homes to Typhoon Yolanda.

Recently, the DSWD 6, through Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre released a total of P6,020,000.00 to 86 residents of Barangay Milibili, Roxas City whose houses were totally damaged by the “super typhoon” last year.

One of the beneficiaries, Jocelyn Salido, thanked both agencies for helping them put up their home, which they already transferred to before the very recent Typhoon Ruby came.

“We felt safe in our new home during the typhoon. We are very grateful. We never imagined we would have a house like that,” she said dialect, comparing their old bamboo and wood house to the new one, which is made of concrete.

Each of the 86 family beneficiaries received P70,000.00 worth of check as the DSWD’s counterpart for the housing project. Each unit of house is worth P135,000.00. The remaining amount was provided by Habitat.

Macapobre said the project is an example of active partnership between the government and civil society organization. “Our former problem, which we could not seem to find a solution, is now solved because we are helping each other.”/dswd6/Wenna B. Bendol


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DSWD6: We’re working 24/7 to pay ESA to Ilonggos


SARA, Iloilo- The head of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here assured Ilonggos that they are working 24/7 to fast track the payment of Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) to Yolanda survivors.
“We have been working 24/7 to ensure that Ilonggos will have a merry Christmas,” said Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, regional director of DSWD Field Office VI.
Macapobre told this to the residents of Sara, Iloilo during the releasing of ESA worth P9 million on Wednesday (December 17) , specifically P30,000 each for 300 families. Also present were Congressman Niel Tupas Jr. and Vice Mayor Neptali Salcedo.
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 totally damaged houses.
“With the releasing of the assistance, we hope that Ilonggos will be able to repair their houses as soon as possible so that they will have a happy Christmas. Sa Pasko, hindi na sila mababasa dahil hindi na tumutulo ang kanilang bahay (In Christmas, they won’t get wet anymore because their roofs don’t have leakage).

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.

During the activity, it was evident the Sara LGU gave first priority to Persons with Disability (PWDs) and elderly.
Albert Aguinaldo, a PWD, for instance was all smiles when he received the assistance from Macapobre and Tupas.
“Salamat gid sa bulig. Ipakayo ko ni sa akon balay (thank you for the assistance. This is for the repair of my house,” he said.

Seventy-two-year-old Rodolfo Azuelo of Villa Hermosa likewise thanked DSWD regional director Macapobre for the assistance.
He said he is still living in a makeshift house where he lives alone. Azuelo, already paralyzed because of a bullet in his spinal column, said his house was totally damaged when Yolanda lashedin their area. “Bisan muskitero ko ginlupad ni Yolanda (Even my mosquito net was blown away by Yolanda).”
“Madamo gid nga salamat. Ibakal ko ni material para mapag-on ang akon balay (thank you so much. I will use this to buy housing materials so I could have a sturdy house),” Azuelo said
During the event, 25 kilograms of rice per family survivor was also released./dswd6

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P2.5M worth of BUB projects inaugurated in San Carlos City

SAN CARLOS CITY—The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently inaugurated several projects in this city with a total funding of P2.5 million, which will benefit hundreds of young children.

DSWD 6 OIC Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca P. Geamala led the inauguration of Lupao Daycare Center in Barangay Quezon, Bairan Daycare Center in Barangay Buluangan and Maragoos Daycare Center in Barangay Nataban. The three projects have a total funding of P2.1 million.

Meanwhile, the DSWD regional office, through the BUB, also provided the funds worth P400,000.00 for the purchase of materials for San Carlos City’s Mobile Education for Streetchildren.

Geamala interacts with the kids who are beneficiaries of the Mobile Education for Streetchildren.

Geamala interacts with the kids who are beneficiaries of the Mobile Education for Streetchildren.

City Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor commended and thanked the DSWD and all the people behind the project. In fact, he said, the city government, has been extending its all-out support to the programs of DSWD, particularly the Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood Program.

On the other hand, Geamala said “the DSWD, as the head agency in social protection, has been implementing various social welfare and development programs in partnership with the LGUs.” She acknowledged the role of the San Carlos City LGU together with the DSWD field workers in the success of the projects of the agency.

“What we conduct today (inauguration) is the result of our partnership plus the hardwork of our people down to the ground,” she stressed./dswd6/Wenna B. Bendol



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Rice in relief packs are of good quality –DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assures the public that the rice it is giving as part of relief assistance to calamity-affected families are of good quality.

In this photo, typhoon-affected families in Ajuy, Iloilo receive P30,000 as emergency shelter assistance and 25 kilos of rice each from the DSWD regional office.

“You see, they are white and well-milled. They are of commercial quality,” DSWD 6 director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre said contrary to the claims of many that NFA rice given as part of relief for calamity survivors have odor and of poor quality (inset photo)./dswd6

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