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Sec. Soliman invokes vigilance on disaster preparedness

The amiable DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman during the delivery of her message in Santa, Ilocos Sur.

The amiable DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman during the delivery of her message in Santa, Ilocos Sur.

Hon. Secretary Corazon ‘Dinky’ Soliman exhorted that the ultimate goal of disaster preparedness which is ‘zero casualty’ can be done by the converged efforts of  various national agencies, Local Government Units, private institutions and groups that extend mitigating, relief, and rehabilitative services.

This was her message said during the inter-agency cluster meeting of the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) of DSWD in Santa, Ilocos Sur, recently. The CSAP provides financial assistance in the form of construction materials amounting to Php 70,000.00 to a typhoon victim whose house is totally destroyed and is incapable of rebuilding it. This assistance will build for a typhoon-resistant designed home called ‘core shelter unit’.

The short visit of DSWD Secretary was extraordinary since it was inserted only while on  her  way to Bangued, Abra for project site visit on Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and other poverty reduction programs of DSWD.

“The Philippines’ weather is very unpredictable because of climate change. Thus, preparedness is the most important action, Secretary Soliman mentioned. ”

As a summary of the meeting,  at least 200 core shelter units  in  Rosales, San Nicolas and Bani in Pangasinan, and in Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur are being monitored awaiting for their completion. The National Housing Authority (NHA) also committed Php 12 million each  for said towns as funds for site development subject to submission of required documents.  (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Regional Information Officer)

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Core Shelter Units owners get ‘occupancy’ certificates

Lola Rosita, one of the CSAP beneficiaries in their newly built core shelter houses. Inset photo shows Dir. Castillo and Santa Mayor Jeremy Bueno during the awarding ceremony.

Lola Rosita, one of the CSAP beneficiaries in their newly built core shelter houses. Inset photo shows Dir. Castillo and Santa Mayor Jeremy Bueno during the awarding ceremony.

Santa, Ilocos Sur – Sixty (60) families who were once typhoon victims received  ‘Certificate of Occupancy’ as proof of ownership of a ‘core shelter unit’  given by DSWD in partnership with Local Government Unit of Santa, Ilocos Sur.

Graced by Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo and Mayor Jeremy Bueno, the awarding ceremony was held at Brgy. Pasungol, Santa, Ilocos Sur where the core shelter units were established.

For the Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) in this town, DSWD released  Php 4.2 million for the construction materials while the LGU-Santa augmented a 782 square meter- lot for the 60 units, including water system and electrification.

Dir. Castillo lauded the cooperation shown by the beneficiaries in their speedy recovery and rehabilitation through the DSWD’s CSAP. “A new community has risen. This safer ground is now your new home  with your family and  children,” Director Castillo  further mentioned. Taking  good care of the core shelter  units  by improving the surrounding was also encouraged  by Director Castillo.

As the owners of the core shelter units, Mayor Jeremy Bueno warned them not to engage in unpleasant activities like misuse of their abodes. Converged efforts of DSWD, LGU Santa and other private organizations were also recognized.

Rosita Corpuz, 85 year old- beneficiary  awarded with certificate of occupancy  was teary-eyed thanking DSWD for the assistance. “Gapu iti daytoy a tulong naiyadayo kamin iti baybay. Haan kamin nga agkatang katang  nga umakar  iti rabii nu kasdiay nga adda bagyo.” (With this help, we are safer from the raging sea, we will no longer be anxious for a safer place whenever typhoon comes).  (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Regional Information Officer)

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DSWD – FO1 inaugurates new Regional Warehouse

DSWD - Field Office 1 recently inaugurates its Regional Warehouse in Urayong, Bauang La Union. (Inset) DSWD Regional Director Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo together with OCD Director Melchito Castro.

DSWD – Field Office 1 recently inaugurates its Regional Warehouse in Urayong, Bauang La Union. (Inset) DSWD Regional Director Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo together with OCD Director Melchito Castro.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 1 recently inaugurated the newly constructed Regional Warehouse in Barangay Urayong, Bauang, La Union.

With a total area of 12 x 20 meters, the said warehouse is intended to store large stockpile of food and non-food items prepositioned for disaster operations. Led by DSWD – FO1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) Chairperson / Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Melchito Castro, the warehouse was officially opened through a blessing officiated by Rev. Ryan Abellera and a ribbon cutting activity  witnessed by DSWD officials and staff.

The Field Office also established accountable persons who will manage the warehouse in accordance to Memorandum Circular No. 25 or Organization of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Operations Office. (by: Allan O. Lulu / Information Officer II, Pantawid Pamilya)

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Amputee passes DSWD-AVRC’s vocational courses

G-Jay Oandasan, an amputee trainee of the AVRC receiving his award from Asst. Regl. Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta.

G-Jay Oandasan, an amputee trainee of the AVRC receiving his award from Asst. Regl. Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta.

G-Jay Oandasan of Sual Pangasinan, a youth with one leg and without hands or ‘amputee’  is among the 56 persons with disability (PWD)  who passed training courses at DSWD Area-1 Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) in Dagupan City.

After training for 6 months to 1 year, these PWD-trainees have acquired skills on dress making, tailoring, Massage Therapy, Food and Canteen Management, Beauty Care and Hairdressing, Orientation and Mobility, and Braille Reading.

G-Jay Oandasan is a real inspiration among the PWDs who were confirmed graduates by Asst. Regional Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta during the 50th Graduation Exercises held recently.

Despite G-Jay’s disability, his confidence and self worth is shown in his cheerful  face. Now even more confident because of his acquired skills in Food and Canteen Management.

Apart from mainstreaming in the community and independent living,  70% of the trainees were already employed prior to their graduation. Indeed, employment facilitation is among the concerns of the AVRC to help these  PWD graduates access their right for development and employment at the same time.

True to this remarkable changes in the lives of these PWDs, Center Head Elizabeth C. Manuel reminded them to pursue greater dreams. “After this commencement exercise, you should also graduate from your feelings of pity and hopelessness, to emphasize on abilities rather than disabilities,”  Ms. Manuel further advised.

Also, the AVRC -1 is already an accredited training facility by the Department of Health particularly on massage therapy. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information  Officer II).

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DSWD’s Php 24.7 M goes to Indigent Senior Citizens’ Stipend

Lola Gudelia S. Estrada, a social pensioner in Umingan, Pangasinan who just received her stipend amounting to Php 1,500.00

Lola Gudelia S. Estrada, a social pensioner in Umingan, Pangasinan who just received her stipend amounting to Php 1,500.00

There were 16, 510 indigent senior citizens who received Php 1,500.00 each as stipend for the months of January – March this year. This is through the DSWD’s Social Pension Program which released  a total amount of Php 24.7 million for the first quarter alone.

This was disclosed by DSWD Regional Director Marcelo   Nicomedes J. Castillo as the Agency pushed for the release of these assistance to  indigent senior citizens before the Election Ban on March 29, 2013.

The release of stipend was done for a month only despite the region’s geographical challenges such as mountainous terrain and far flung municipalities along with its few program implementers.

DSWD has maximized its manpower deployed at the provincial offices and the support staff from the Local Government Units greatly helped in the speedy release of stipend, Director Castillo further mentioned.

To promote convenience among the ailing senior citizens, some 687 social pensioners will receive their stipend through Philippine Postal Corporation otherwise known as ‘PhilPhost’. This will be done  by the end of the second quarter to 5% of total beneficiaries.

With this, the PhilPost couriers will deliver the stipend right at  the door steps of the indigent senior citizens in  Malasiqui, Bayambang, and Umingan in Pangasinan that are pilot municipalities.

The Social Pension Program is further promoting the rights and benefits of indigent senior citizens as stipulated in Republic Act No. 9994 or Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2009.  Indigent senior citizens are those at least  77 years old, not receiving any regular pension from private and/or  government institutions, and considered as poor by the NHTS-PR and OSCA-validated senior citizens. This is also DSWD’s contribution in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) particularly on eradicating extreme poverty and hunger around the globe by 2015. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Regional Information Officer)

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NEDA: Pantawid Pamilya gaining ground

Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries regularly access to basic health services, a confirmation of their better performance in terms of health and education as compared to non - beneficiaries.

Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries regularly access to basic health services, a confirmation of their better performance in terms of health and education as compared to non – beneficiaries.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is gaining results in reaching its desired long-term outcomes of poverty reduction, said the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

In the region, currently there are a total of 159,097compliant 6 -14 years old enrolled in primary and secondary school; 15,309 compliant 3-5 years old enrolled in pre-school and; 56,441 household beneficiaries who access health services.

Based on the Socioeconomic Report (SER) 2010 – 2012, NEDA stated that Pantawid Pamilya has made remarkable progress in terms of achieving the development outcomes for its beneficiaries in the short term.

According to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, as a result of a 2011 impact evaluation, program beneficiaries are more likely to perform better particularly in health and education compared to non – beneficiaries.

At the national level, the report shows that as compared to non-program beneficiaries, Pantawid Pamilya households had higher insurance coverage (10%); schoolchildren had higher enrolment rates for 3-5 years for Day Care (10%) and 6 – 11 years old for basic education (5%); had higher school attendance for 6 – 11 years old (4%) and 12 -14 years old (5%).

Moreover, beneficiaries’ spending patterns shifted as it focused more on education (36%) and basic medical costs (33%) compared to non -beneficiaries.

The report supports the recent findings of the World Bank that Pantawid Pamilya is on the right track to achieving its objectives.

Finally, Sec Balisacan said, “The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is really a long – term investment and the immediate progress we have initially seems affirms the program’s success in the coming years.”

Region  1 presently has 181,439 household beneficiaries being catered by the program experiencing same notable progress.

by: Allan O. Lulu / Information Officer II, Pantawid Pamilya

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DSWD – FO1 initiates dialogue with SGPPA scholars


DSWD – Field Office 1 headed by Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Coordinator Venus F. Rebuldela hold the Consultation Dialogue with SGPPA scholars to gather their issues in the program implementation in the four provinces of the region.

To identify issues and elicit recommendations from students on the implementation of Students Grants – in – Aide Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGPPA), DSWD – Field Office 1 recently initiated the Consultation Dialogue to Children Enrolled under the SGPPA in the four provinces of the region.

This is to provide necessary attention to the welfare of 143 identified beneficiary – scholars who are currently enrolled in the two Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) identified State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) namely Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) in La Union and Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Ilocos Norte.

Various issues on dropped outs, the selection process and compliance to satisfactory grades were raised. For dropped outs, Provincial Links will be visiting these students and convince them to return in school. However, they will be asked to sign a waiver if they decline the opportunity. This is to allow others to benefit from the said opportunity.

For the selection of replacements to these dropped outs,  the students recommended 1.) those who are really willing to study and are currently enrolled to avoid drop outs; 2.) those upcoming graduates with good academic performance; and, 3.) those who were previously assessed and endorsed but not selected by the SGPPA National Steering Committee (SGPPA – NSA).

The students also suggested that the remaining stipend alloted for their tuition will be used for either summer classes, travel allowance or use for other fees in the campus.

These suggestions will be presented to the Regional Oversight Committee (ROC) for discussion and approval.

The DSWD reminded the students, as scholars, to achieve satisfactory grades in order to continue with the program.

SGPPA is a program, in partnership with CHED and Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), that provides scholarship assistance to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

by: Allan O. Lulu / Information Officer II, Pantawid Pamilya

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DSWD Team Reviews Bottom Up Budgeting Projects in Ilocos Norte

dswd-teamLAOAG CITY – DSWD Field Office 1  together with other agencies of  the  Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) reviewed  and validated  proposed projects of Laoag City, Dingras and Badoc  among other LGUs  for endorsement and funding .

This is among the highlights of the RPRAT Consultative Workshop on Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB)  with DBM, DILG, DSWD, DOH, DA, DOLE, DENR, DAR and TESDA.

For 2013, these  agencies will coordinate with focus LGUs, facilitate completion of requirements, continue to oversee until implementation. Implementing LGUs later on will  report their accomplishments to the respective agencies, while agencies will provide internal guidelines to LGUs to ensure  transparency and accountability.

DBM will release funds directly to the budget of participating agencies and it was reiterated that such fund is already included in the budget of the participating  agencies.

DSWD Team composed of  Planning Officer Cristina Dacanay,  Social Welfare Officer III/ Convergence Focal Person Virginia P. Sesay, SWO II Mary Grace Rendon and Project Development Officer III Agnes Tambalo, reviewed proposed projects of said LGUs.

According to Ms. Virginia P. Sesay, this activity helped LGUs develop appropriate projects under the menu of DSWD which include  community-driven projects, Sustainable Livelihood Program, Services/Programs for the Family, Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, and Social Pension Program.

Laoag City’s  projects on Core Shelter Program and Livelihood Projects for women and senior citizens were accepted with the amount of Php. 1,600,000.00 and  Php. 400,000.00 LGU counterpart.

In Badoc, Ilocos Norte, the project Upgrading of Day Care Centers in Brgy.  Saud, Badoc, Ilocos Norte was accepted with agreement that the LGU will provide counterpart of Php. 67,500.00.

Moreover, in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, three (3) Skills Trainings  were  accepted with add-on livelihood component  that will come after the conduct of trainings.

For the BUB projects the one-year project implementation can start already, hence, LGUs need to strategize. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, RIO with report from Virginia P. Sesay, SWO III/ Convergence Focal Person).

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