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5,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries join Family Day in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY — MORE than 5,000 family-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program trooped to the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand in Iloilo City on Sunday, September 28, 2014 in celebration of the Pantawid Pamilya Family Day and Convergence Caravan.

The beneficiaries came from the six districts of Iloilo City – Molo, Mandurriao, La Paz, Jaro, City Proper and Arevalo.

Data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VI (DSWD6) shows that there are more than 11,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to date.

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

Pantawid Pamilya grantees during the ‘Panunumpa Para sa Pagbabago.’

Iloilo City was also the pilot area of Pantawid Pamilya way back in 2008.

Present during the big event were DSWD Assistant Secretary Camilo G. Gudmalin, DSWD6 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, Assistant Regional Director Joel P. Galicia, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog, Dr. Eden Deriada of the Department of Education, Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones of the Department of Health, and Iloilo City Social Welfare and Development Officer Alfredo Villanueva.

Asec. Gudmalin led the recognition of model Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries during the event. Awarded were the family of Ruby Gomugda of Jaro, Iloilo City who was named finalist during the 2014 Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya; and Marianne Rose Abang and Bernard Lipata, grand winners in the Iloilo City and Provincial levels respectively in the 2014 Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children.

Also joining the event were representatives from the Iloilo Provincial Social Welfare and

Happiness is in the faces of every beneficiary who attended the event.

Happiness is in the faces of every beneficiary who attended the event.

Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)./dswd6/Alma J. Estember






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`Being a solo parent is not a hindrance’

Gemma Tanutan of Lemery, Iloilo says, "Kaya ng Pinoy ang pagbabago" as DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman listens during the Pantawid Pamilya Day and Convergence Caravan in Ultra, Pasig City this morning

Gemma Tanutan of Lemery, Iloilo says, “Kaya ng Pinoy ang pagbabago” as DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman listens during the Pantawid Pamilya Day and Convergence Caravan in Ultra, Pasig City this morning

She gave her face a gentle tap and squeezed her arm several times. She still cannot believe it. She and her three children have just climbed the stage and were awarded as this year’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya.
Forty-eight-year-old Gemma Tanutan of Lemery , Iloilo, along with her kids Jawo, Gibb, and Jebie received a plaque of recognition and P30,000 cash prize from DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman during the Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day and Convergence Caravan at Ultra.
Gemma is a solo parent who did everything to raise her five children. Her husband, Evelio, left for Manila 10 years back and has not returned since then. (See related story at

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DSWD supports project for Out-of-School Youth

Department of Social Welfare and Development regional director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre signs the commitment of support for the implementation of the “Abot-Alam” Project, a nationwide campaign and strategy with the preliminary goal of targeting all out-of-school youth in the country and reintegrating them to their communities. The project, which is being spearheaded by the Department of Education and the National Youth Commission, with the support of other national government agencies and stakeholders like the DSWD, aims to achieve a zero percent OSY in the Philippines by 2016./dswd6

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The biggest assistance we got was from DSWD—Aklan guv

KALIBO, AKLAN — Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores expressed gratitude to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for all the assistance it has extended to his province especially in addressing the needs of Typhoon Yolanda survivors.

“I am very thankful because the biggest assistance we received was from DSWD,” the governor stressed, citing that the Department has already released close to P60 million worth of relief assistance to typhoon-affected families in his province.

Miraflores delivered his message before local officials of the Municipality of Batan, officials of national government agencies and beneficiaries during the turnover of livelihood assistance to the locals who survived the “super typhoon.”

DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre personally released a total of P1,711,156 worth of cash assistance for livelihood projects in the towns of Batan, Madalag and New Washington. Batan received P890,000 worth of livelihood assistance for the 59 local fisherfolk for their fish cages and motorized banca and to Marilou Almanon for her Bibingka business.

In New Washington, 78 beneficiaries went home with a total amount of P636,156.00 for their pedicabs, motorboat, and livelihood assistance while 30 checks with a total amount of P185,000.000 were turned over to the local government of Madalag for the starting capital of typhoon survivors for their livelihood projects.

Recovery from destruction

According to Director Macapobre, the government does not stop from looking for ways to help the people recover from the destruction caused by Typhoon Yolanda.

“This is just part of the government’s efforts to help those affected by the typhoon to recover. We want it fast but we have to follow the process,” she said while appealing to the beneficiaries to put to good use the assistance they received. “Use it in buying your new banca, in your business to restore your livelihood. Make it grow for your family.”

The director also said there may be more livelihood assistance to be extended to the typhoon survivors in the future as the Department, together with the other national government agencies like TESDA, DOLE and DA are continuously looking for ways to help them.

“We cannot extend assistance to affected families simultaneously. There are bases, there are criteria. Some are given priority and those who were not able to receive now may be included in other services that will be provided in the future,” Director Macapobre explained./dswd6/Wenna B. Bendol


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DSWD6 ends distribution of relief goods


Recently, radio reports surfaced on relief goods allegedly left idle and soon-to-expire noodles at the Iloilo Sports Complex.

We want to inform the public that we have already cleared the Iloilo Sports Complex of DSWD goods on September 3, 2014. The remaining goods were transferred to our rented warehouse where they are being repacked and given to Local Government Units.

Around last week of August, we also vowed to completely release the remaining goods numbering to 72,010 family packs to LGUs on or before September 15, 2014. We would like to inform you that as of yesterday afternoon (September 15, Monday), we only have 1.5 percent left of the goods or 7,831 family packs (out of the total 515,071 packs for the last round of relief distribution). These goods are intended for Malinao and Tangalan in Aklan.

While we were bent on completing the distribution on our promised date, both of these LGUs pleaded to send their trucks on September 16 as they have to arrange for the availability of the trucking services to haul the goods. Nevertheless, we are thankful to all the LGUs who remain steadfast in their commitment to serve the people.

We would like to assure the public that we, at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), are one with you in the intent to help the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.#


Assistant Regional Director






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Unicef reviews services for kids after ‘Yolanda’

Officials of the United Children’s Fund (Unicef) led by Fergus Thomas (third from left), Humanitarian Advisor of Department for International Development (DFID) Field Team and Sarah Norton-Saal (fifth from right), Chief of Child Protection Section pose for a souvenir photo with DSWD Assistant Regional Director Joel Galicia (fourth from left), Institutional Development Division Chief Rebecca Geamala (fifth from left) and Regional Training Specialist Josie Cambel (leftmost). The team from the Unicef visited the DSWD regional office to look at the different support the organization has provided especially in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda and gather experiences of their local partners in the implementation of their programs for children./dswd6

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8 Yolanda-ravaged towns to receive P31.6M

dao, capiz cash for workILOILO Province-Eight towns in Panay Island will be receiving a total of P31.6 million in cash for work program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI in partnership with Local Government Units.
These towns include Anilao, San Rafael, Dao, Bingawan, Banate and Ajuy in Iloilo and Sapi-an in Capiz which will receive P4.3 million each and New Lucena which will receive P1.5 million.
“The amount is intended for those who engaged in cash for work for building livelihood assets in their communities. Prioritized for the program were those who had totally damaged houses when typhoon Yolanda struck the province,” said Rosario A. Sanagustin, head of Protective Services Unit of DSWD.
The department has a total of P384 million funding for cash for work this year intended for 84 municipalities with 84,000 target beneficiaries. The agency is encouraging other target LGUs to complete documentary requirements like accomplishment reports, DTR of beneficiaries who rendered work and photo documentation during actual work execution.
Aside from the cash for work, the agency is also releasing livelihood assistance for various projects such as oyster culture, purchase of tricycle, loom weaving, kalamansi plantation, mini-grocery and vegetable vending amounting to P13.5 million sourced out from donations./dswd6/May Rago-Castillo

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DSWD launches ‘Gawad Listahanan’

ILOILO CITY—To confer awards to local government units for providing services to the Listahanan-identified poor families, the DSWD has organized the first-ever “Gawad Listahanan” or the Data Utilization Awards.

The competition was introduced to the local government units in Region 6 during the conduct of the Feedbacking/Coaching and Orientation with Listahanan Data Users recently.

“We are encouraging all the LGUs who have active Memorandum of Agreement on Datasharing with the DSWD to join the Gawad Listahanan,” said Evangeline B. Felecio, Listahanan Deputy Regional Project Manager.

Aside from recognizing the efforts of the partner LGUs, she added the activity is also aimed to promote the convergence of all social protection stakeholders on the identified poor to effectively address the problem on poverty.

Participating LGUs must nominate at least one locally-funded social protection program that provides direct service/intervention to the Listahanan identified poor such as scholarships, medical assistance, skills and livelihood training, among others. They must also be 100% compliant to the reportorial requirements of the data sharing as stipulated in their MOA with the Department and must have integrated Listahanan in all their social marketing activities.

To officially enter into the competition, LGUs should submit an application form duly signed by their mayor or provincial governor together with the program documents like the list of beneficiaries and Work and Financial Plan. The entry should also be accompanied by a write-up about the program, list of beneficiaries and activities conducted together with the photos showing the actual program implementation and beneficiaries.

LGUs shall be classified as municipal, city or provincial government categories. The winners for each category will be competing at the national level where a cash prize of Php50,000 is at stake.

To give ample time for the participants to prepare the necessary documents, the deadline for submission of their entries is extended until September 30, 2014.

To date, 127 municipal, city, and provincial governments in Western Visayas have already signed a MOA with the Department on the use of the Listahanan database./dswd6/Wenna B. Bendol

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