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DSWD FO 1 will soon notify Listahanan’s 48,998 poor households as additional UCT beneficiaries

Rain or shine, the field staff of Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program diligently went even in the remote areas of the poor households in order to check and update their information.

The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 (DSWD FO 1) is now preparing for the upcoming notification activity of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program. A total of 48,999 households will be notified through home visits starting next month as beneficiaries of the UCT Program.

Out of the 48,998 households that are UCT beneficiaries, 3,754 households are from the Province of Ilocos Norte; 3,952 from Ilocos Sur; 5,987 from La Union; and 35,305 households from the Province of Pangasinan.

The UCT beneficiaries were validated from the 76,103 poor households of 2015 Listahanan list. From the 76,103 targeted poor households in Region 1, 5,655 households are from the Province of Ilocos Norte; 6,232 from Ilocos Sur; 9,920 from La Union; and 54,296 households from the Province of Pangasinan.

According to the report of the National Household Targeting Section (NHTS) Regional Information Technology Officer Aristedeo V. Tinol, 68,480 poor households from the 76,103 targeted poor households were tagged as validated in the UCT database. The remaining 7,623 households were not validated due to the following reasons: the households are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the households are unlocated, the housing unit of the households are vacant during the validation activity, the households do not have qualified respondent, the households refused to be interviewed, and the households were already transferred to another Region.

DSWD Field Office 1 employees exerts additional effort in locating and validating the targeted poor households of UCT who transferred within the City/Municipalities of Region 1.

In an interview, DSWD FO 1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo said that all the funds for UCT grants are lodged with the Land Bank of the Philippines that is why prior to the implementation of the UCT payout, DSWD FO 1 officials had a meeting with the Land Bank Managers regarding the different payment methods available and suitable for all the UCT beneficiaries such as the active beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the indigent Social Pensioners of Social Pension Program, and the Listahanan identified poor households.

The UCT refers to the social welfare benefit under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law or the Republic Act 10963 in the amount of PhP200.00 per month in 2018; and PhP300.00 per month in 2019 and 2020. (by: Jaymante Pearl B. Apilado, Administrative Assistant III, NHTS-PR/Listahanan)

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Farmers in Rosario, La Union advance in farming techniques

Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participants ready for palay transplanting

A hundred (100) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participants  in various barangays of Rosario, La Union are continuously acquiring new farming technologies and techniques to improve their production yield through a cropping season-long Skills Training on Rice and Mushroom  Production. The said training is part of the PhP15 million partnership project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office I through SLP and Philippine Rice Research Institute Batac catering to 985 SLP participants in Region I.

Itultuloytayo ti panagtitinnulongtayo. Uray nagaget tayo no saan tayo ammo ti teknolohiya, mauditayo latta. No masurotantayo ti teknolohiya, bumaba ti production cost ken dumakkel ti kitatayo (Let us continue helping one another. Hardwork without knowledge on new technologies will leave us behind. If we learn new farming technologies, we can minimize production cost and improve the yield),” said PhilRice Dir. Reynaldo C. Castro during the ceremonial transplanting at Brgy. Gumot-Nagcolaran on 13 July 2018.

With facilitation from the PhilRice staff, program participants were taught on the crop management system for rice called the “PalayCheck System”. This provides a collaborative learning framework for farmers to improve their understanding of production principles and their management skills to enable technology localization. The crop management area focuses on seed and variety selection, land preparation, and establishment of crop, nutrient, water, pest, and harvest.

DSWD-SLP and PhilRice Batac have also been conducting Skills Trainings on Oyster, Mushroom and Vegetable Production to identified SLP participants in Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte since May 2018. Target full implementation of the said partnership project is before the end of the current year. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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DSWD FO 1 disaster relief services continue

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1, through the support of its volunteers, conducts round the clock repacking and distribution of family food packs (FFPs) to monsoon rain affected victims in the region. Since 21 July 2018, a total of PhP13,849,087.00 food and non-food items have been handed to affected individuals and families in all provinces of Region I.

One DSWD FFP consists of 6 kilos of rice, 6 sachets of coffee, 4 cans of sardines, and 4 cans of corned beef which are either packed in a box (from DSWD National Response and Logistics Management Service or NRLMS) or a plastic bag with printed DSWD (from DSWD Field Office). Likewise, one sleeping kit consists of a blanket, plastic mat, mosquito net, and malong-like wrap around tube cloth while one family/hygiene kit consists of a bath towel, undergarments, shorts, sandos, shirts, and slippers.

Bayanihan. Community volunteers assist in the distribution of FFPs at Dagupan City and help in the repacking of FFPs at DSWD Satellite Warehouse in Santa Barbara, Pangasinan.

“The process of requesting (family food packs) is very fast. Our budget cannot give the support it needs to cater almost 100,000 people in the municipality. What you (DSWD) have given us is very helpful. It assures us na lahat ng tao na apektado ay mabibigyan ng relief, tulong, at suporta (It assures us that all affected are given relief goods, help and support),” said Mayor Joseph Arman Bauzon of Calasiao, Pangasinan who also assisted in the distribution of family food packs. The said municipality, along with San Carlos City and Dagupan City, is still flooded that residents even use kuligligs to haul their FFPs.

Disaster Response Management Division Chief Maricel S. Caleja reiterated that selling and buying for consumption or resale of the Department’s FFPs and other relief supplies that are intended for distribution to disaster victims are prohibited as stated under Republic Act No. 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. Ms. Caleja also assures the recipients that all FFPs are all new and safe for human consumption, and that family/hygiene and sleeping kits are procured brand new. (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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SWDL-Net, City of San Fernando, DSWD intensify advocacy on solo parents’ welfare

The solo parents select their officers

The City Social Welfare and Development Office of San Fernando, La Union in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field I (DSWD FO I) conducted an Orientation on Republic Act No. 8972 or the Solo Parents’ Act of 2000 to solo parents of Barangay Sevilla. Parental leave, flexible work schedule, medical and educational assistance, and campaign against work discrimination were among the points of discussion during the orientation.

Intensifying the advocacy on solo parents’ empowerment, the said activity is the pilot project of the Social Welfare and Development Learning Network (SWDL-Net) Field Office I in the city. SWDL-Net is a linkage of organizations, agencies, schools and individuals spearheaded by DSWD who provide and conduct training and related capacity building programs on social welfare and development, primarily on poverty alleviation and social protection in the country.

The different social services and programs of the Department were also discussed during the activity to guide the participants to access assistance per assessment and validation during the profiling.

Solo but not alone. The DSWD staff guide the solo parents during the profiling activity.

The group later elected their officers and organized themselves as Brgy. Sevilla, SCF Solo Parents Association, the first Solo Parent Association of the city in the barangay level. “Madami palang pribilehiyo ang pagiging Solo Parent. Sisikapin naming pamunuan ng maayos ang aming asosasyon para maging inspirasyon sa ibang solo parents (We have learned that being a solo parent has a lot of priviledges. We aim to govern our association well that we shall become an inspiration to other solo parents)”, said the Association President Carlota G. Dela Cruz.  (by: Janine Joy B. Altero, Social Marketing Officer, Sustainable Livelihood Program)

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DSWD FO 1 releases PhP11.15M worth of relief goods to monsoon rain victims

Hauling of family food packs to Calasiao, Pangasinan

At the onset of the monsoon rains enhanced by Tropical Depression ‘Josie’ last weekend (21 July 2018), the DSWD Field Office 1 immediately coordinated with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) for the immediate transport of relief goods to the heavily flooded towns of Calasiao and Urbiztondo in Pangasinan.

With direct instructions from Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, the Disaster Response Management Division sustained close coordination with the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Team Leaders, P/C/MDRRMCs, and P/C/MSWDOs in the monitoring of situation, provision of augmentation support and collation of disaster reports in the last four days.

Consultation meeting of RDRRMC with DSWD Dir. Castillo and OCD Dir. Melchito Castro on the result of aerial disaster assessment of Tropical Storm ‘Josie’

As of today, the affected Local Government Units (LGUs) were provided family food packs (FFPs) with a total amount of PhP10.58 M. Likewise, PhP573,575.00 worth of non-food items were provided to the following areas: Calasiao – PhP119,400.00 (sleeping kits), Urbiztondo – PhP362,440.00 (kitchen utensils and family / hygiene kits), Malasiqui – PhP91,725.00 (hygiene and sleeping kits), based on their needs/requests.


Dir. Castillo’s meeting with RDRRMC Chairperson Melchito Castro was focused on the deployment of Rapid Disaster and Assessment Needs Analysis (RDANA) Team to Pangasinan. The result of Aerial Survey Assessment on the damages afflicted to the Province of Pangasinan was also tackled, e.g. damage and loss of agricultural crops including economic loss to small and big enterprises and vendors. Continuous and fast mobilization of resources was agreed upon by the Council.

As Vice-Chair of the Response Cluster, the DSWD together with member-agencies decided to deploy medical teams to the evacuation areas in Sta. Barbara and Dagupan City in Pangasinan. Also, uniformed men from AFP, PNP, and Philippine Navy with the DPWH were maximized for the conduct of rescue operations and in transporting and distribution of relief goods.

To date, 695,978 individuals from 141,101 families are affected in all the provinces. From these, 10,758 individuals from 2,646 families were served at the evacuation centers in 17 cities/municipalities of La Union and Pangasinan.

Further, two (2) houses were totally damaged and fifteen (15) houses were partially damaged due to landslide and flashfloods in the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and Pangasinan.

Packing of FFPs is done round the clock to meet the needs of requesting Local Government Units (LGUs) especially those that are still underwater and sources of income were temporarily suspended.  (By: Iryn D. Cubangbang, IO)

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Sec. Orogo visits Narvacaeno centenarian, dispenses social services

(Top photo) Sec. Virginia N. Orogo meets centenarian Bonifacia Palyas who received her PhP100,000 check and (below photo) hands 1,000 family food packs to fisherfolks at Narvacan Central School, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur on 21 July 2018.

To meet people in communities for them to get a feel of the touch of the government through DSWD’s programs and services is among the agenda of the visit of Sec. Virginia N. Orogo in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur just recently.

101-year-old Bonifacia Palyas of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur received her PhP100,000.00 check as centenarian gift from the government. Sec. Orogo was pleased to have met the happy centenarian and assured her that DSWD Social Workers will assist them to the LandBank as the servicing bank in the encashment of check.

The centenarian who was born on 1 June 1918 is still looking strong with her thin frame. She managed to say thank you when asked what she wanted to say to the government. According to grandchild Gary Palyas, they will use the money to buy food and vitamins of Bonifacia and also save some for future purposes.

Sec. Orogo mentioned the universal protection scheme for DSWD beneficiaries as one of the strategies in providing fast lanes when accessing services. “Hindi na kayo pipila para humingi ng tulong (you won’t suffer long queue anymore),” Sec. Orogo said.

When asked about the amendment of the Solo Parents Welfare Act or Republic Act 8972, the proposed amendment include 20% discount on goods and services, flexible time for solo parent employees, and establishment of minding centers in every office or corporation.

Also, 1,000 family food packs were distributed to fisherfolks whose fishing activities stopped due to continuous rains brought about by Typhoon Henry and monsoon rains.

The activity also showcased other services such as payout of 1,712 pensioners of the Social Pension Program and the awarding of check in the amount of PhP1,070,000.00 for 97 beneficiaries from nine (9) Sustainable Livelihood Program Associations. (By: Iryn D. Cubangbang, IO)

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DSWD’s AVRC produces more skilled Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)

Fifty-one (51) PWDs who have successfully completed one-year social and vocational training courses at DSWD’s Area 1 Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC 1) in Dagupan City are now ready to join the mainstream of workforce in Region 1.

AVRC 1 management announced that most of the graduates this year are already employed. Such is among the most significant accomplishments of the Center for the PWD sector.

The AVRC 1 is serving PWDs from Regions I, II, III, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). It offers short courses such as   Dressmaking, Tailoring, Cookery, Massage Therapy, Beauty Care and Hair Dressing, Men’s Hair Cutting, Computer Course, and Bread and Pastry Production.

Vergel F. Deciles, an orthopedically-handicapped most outstanding graduate from Mapandan, Pangasinan is a TESDA NC II holder on Cookery and Bread and Pastry Production and is currently engaged in buy and sell.

Dir. Alicia Bonoan from DSWD – Protective Services Bureau, the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the recently held 55th Graduation Exercises, was represented by Ms. Annily Burgo. In her message, Dir. Bonoan reminded the graduates to accept every opportunity and every challenge that may come along their way despite having disability and that they must learn to live well and to never give up.

The activity was also graced by officials from partner-agencies and supporters including friends, families, Local Social Welfare and Development Officers, Government and Non-Government Organizations, and Self-Help Group leaders.

AVRC 1 Training Center Superintendent II Elizabeth C. Manuel posted a challenge to the PWD graduates. “After this day that you have graduated, the self-pity and hopelessness should already stop. Now is the time for you to show your abilities rather than disabilities,” Ms. Manuel said.  She also urged them to keep up the good work and to prove that PWDs are partners in the developmental change for progress. (By: Iryn D. Cubangbang, IO II with report from Ms. Baby Janet Cruz, AVRC 1 – Manpower Development Officer)

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DSWD’s Php70.7M Cash for Work assisted Ilocos Norte Green Wall, water tributaries in span of 3 years

Since 2016, the Cash for Work on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CFW-CCAM) has reforested and protected at least 4,500 hectares of forest lands in Ilocos Norte. CFW-CCAM has also preserved  rivers/riverbanks/coastline  barangays  and provided temporary jobs in partnership with Ilocos Norte  Gov. Imee R. Marcos and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO).

Aside from continuous tree planting, ‘kaingin’ or burning of trees for charcoal making has ceased in many parts of the areas where assigned Barangay Ranger Officers have maintained  and protected seedlings planted through CFW-CCAM and guarded  the mountains from any  grass fire or man-made fires.

In Saguigui, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Tribal Chieftain Emiliano Rabago is maintaining at least 4 hectares of forest land planted with fruit-bearing trees and coffee. During CFW activities, everyone in the community participates to include the elderly  and youth  who are very thankful of the  10-day work especially during lean months wherein they have no source of income at all. In here, 60,000 coffee seedlings are maintained ready for planting to other open and devastated lands in Ilocos Norte through its  Greening Program.

Twelve areas are part of the Greening Program through CFW-CCAM including Laoag City, Solsona, Dingras, Badoc, Bangui, Pagudpud, Pasuquin, Vintar, Nueva Era, Pinili, Burgos, and Bacarra.

Also, Mangrove Planting Program along the coastlines and other bodies of water in Ilocos Norte was intensified through the  CFW-CCAM. The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte is hopeful that if their  projects are sustained, many families and communites will be protected from extreme weather event, such as storm winds and floods, storm surges, and tsunamis particularly in Laoag City, Badoc, Currimao, and Pasuquin.  Mangato River in Laoag City used to be filled with wastes and waterlilies especially during high tide. After the mangrove and nipa palm planting funded by CFW-CCAM, the area is now a beautiful scenery and is hoped to be developed as an eco-tourism park.

On the Green Wall of Ilocos Norte and PENRO Greening Program, the seedlings required are provided by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte as a counterpart for the said program. As mentioned by PENRO Head Estrella Sacro, CFW-CCAM is necessary to sustain the workforce, thus, maintaining the progress of projects towards proper management and conservation of the environment through local greening initiatives.

During the project monitoring, community folks appreciated the  efforts of the government under the leadership of Gov. Marcos and DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo. (By: Iryn D. Cubangbang, IO II)

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