To transition to digital platform and accelerate information dissemination with the “new normal” setting, DSWD Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) launched its first ever digital information caravan entitled DSWD Uno, Balita at Kwento live streaming via DSWD Field Office 1 Facebook Page today.

The said video live streaming runs every Tuesday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 NN for the month of October 2020. This week, securing Public Solication Permit and updates on Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) were discussed.

“There are laws that have to be followed when conducting solicitation and fundraising campaigns to promote transparency and accountability,” said DSWD FO 1 Public Solicitation Focal Eliza Aromin. Any person, corporation, or organization desiring to solicit for charitable or public welfare purposes shall first secure a permit from DSWD as provided in Memorandum Circular No. 17 series of 2014 (MC 17, s.2014). Any person found violating the provisions or the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to MC 17, s.2014 shall, upon conviction, suffer the penalty of imprisonment of not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than PhP1,000.00 or both such imprisonment and fine, at the discretion of the court. Solicitation activities such as caroling during Christmas season and those intended for religious purposes do not require a DSWD Public Solicitation Permit; however, local government units have the right to issue their ordinances regarding the conduct of caroling and other solicitation drives. “Ang paglikom ng pera ay may kaukulang responsibilidad at pananagutan (Raising money has a corresponding responsibility and accountability),” Ms. Aromin added.

Meanwhile, KALAHI-CIDSS uses the community-driven development approach, a globally recognized strategy for achieving service delivery, poverty reduction, and good governance outcomes. “KALAHI-CIDSS projects have great impact in the livelihood of people since construction of infrastructure such as roads paved better access particularly on the transport of goods,” said DSWD FO 1 Specialized Programs Division OIC-Chief Virginia Sesay. Other KALAHI-CIDSS projects completed in Region 1 were water systems, footpaths, hanging bridges, and Child Development Centers.

The topics for the next weeks are: Social Pension Program, Centenarian, and National Elderly Week Celebration on 13 October; Supplementary Feeding Program and Executive Order No. 70, Institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, Creating a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), and Directing the Adoption of a National Peace Framework on 20 October; and Adoption, Foster Care, and Internal Social Services Office (ISSO) on 27 October.

DSWD Uno, Balita at Kwento is a digital information communication campaign that aims to spread news and updates on various DSWD programs and services through virtual platform. The goal of the activity is to help bridge the gap in making the information accessible to Filipinos during this difficult time. #By: Nicole Kasandra A. Lipawen, Information Officer I, Social Marketing Unit