DSWD trains field staff for special validation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III trained 56 field staff that will conduct special validation for social pension and modified cash transfer beneficiaries at Hacienda Gracia Hotel and Resort, Pampanga.
The training aims to equip the field staff with skills and understanding of their roles and responsibilities for them to be effective the time they will be deployed in their area of assignment.

Director Adelina S. Apostol thanked the field staff for their unwavering support for DSWD to identify the real poor who are in need of social protection programs. The hired field staff for the special validation same workers who assessed during the first assessment in 2009.
A total of 9,020 senior citizens and 2,146 MCCT beneficiaries in need of special protection will be assessed during the said validation.

According to General Appropriations Acts for 2014 senior citizens aged 77 years old and above who are registered in the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction database or Listahanan shall receive P500.00 as monthly stipend.

The validation will take place to observe the goal of the department of eradicating beneficiaries who are not real poor and not included in the Listahanan database.Listahanan will validate 299 senior citizens in Aurora, 604 in Bataan, 1,689 in Bulacan, 3,962 in Nueva Ecija, 919 in Pampanga, 938 in Tarlac and 609 in Zambales.

On the other hand, MCCT provides cash grants for the purpose of helping families and children in difficult circumstances overcome their situation. The program’s clientele includes PWDs, itinerant IP’s, Indigenous People, Habagat victims, street families and abandoned/neglected children.
Current MCCT beneficiaries will be validated to ensure their inclusion in the Listahanan database. 280 MCCT beneficiaries will be validated in Aurora, 190 in Bataan, 285 in Bulacan, 893 in Nueva Ecija, 56 in Tarlac, 261 in Pampanga and 181 in Zambales.

The special validation will be led by the Listahanan in seven (7) provinces of Central Luzon. Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholder. (Alexis Myer I. Delicano)

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Inspiring Changes: Stories of Empowered ‘Juanas’

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III (DSWD FO III) celebrated Women’s Month by showcasing Inspiring Changes: Stories of Empowered ‘Juanas’ on March 27, 2014, a search for exemplary women on their respective fields. The photo features Jesusa M. Domingo, a former resident of Home for Girls-Tarlac, who is cited for being an inspiration for children and women in especially difficult circumstances.

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Empowered “Juana” of Pampanga

Women Entrepreneur Category winner Alma S. Gueco from Mabalacat City, Pampanga claims her award during the culminating activity for Women’s Month, Inspiring Changes: Stories of Empowered Juanas, an event that recognized the resiliency of women from different sectors of the community. (From L-R: Assistant Regional Director for Administration Irene C. Crespo, Regional Director Adelina S. Apostol, Alma Gueco and her daughter, staff from Mabalacat Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, and Project Development Officers of Pampanga.)

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Empowered “Juana” of Zambales

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III (DSWD FO III) in coordination with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) celebrates the National Women’s Month which is celebrated every March with the theme, “Juana, ang Tatag mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong!”

In line with this celebration Inspiring Changes: Stories of Empowered Juanas, an event that recognized the resiliency of women from different sectors of the community like the Women Leaders of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Women Survivors of Disasters, Women from Indigenous Peoples Community, Women Entrepreneur who are recipients of Social Livelihood Program and Women from Centers and Institution.

The winner from the category of Women from Indigenous Peoples Community is Lucy F. Badar, 41 years old, a member of Aeta tribe residing in Barangay Cabatuan, Botolan, Zambales.

Jerry Miguel Badar married Lucy and became parents of two children, Princess Jillian and Johnuel who were enrolled in grades 1 and 2. Jerry is working abroad as a laborer who provides the family’s monthly allowance.

As a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Social Work with eligibility on professional civil service, Lucy had given significant contributions and is also an active member of the community.

In June 1991-April 1993, she worked a s a Day Care worker in Brgy. Cabatuan and Brgy. Saraza as a molder of good moral values of pre-schoolers ages 3-4.

From 2001 to 2002, Lucy worked as an activator in National Commission of Indigenous Peoples for her own community by teaching them how to write, read and at the same time uplift their spiritual values. As a result, the Aetas from her community were able to interact with other people.

For almost a year, Project Development Institute Inc. hired her as a Land Tenure Improvement Community Organizer. Her job was to identify all public lands of Zambales to see if it is covered by Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) or a part of ancestral domain which is to be distributed to the people’s organization or to the families that belong to the poorest of the poor.

Lucy not only served her people but she also became a Community Development Worker for Sentro Para sa Ikakaunlad ng Agham at Teknolohiya that serves fisher folks. She was tasked to organize them and empower them through seminars and by providing them a stable source of income through livelihood programs. In 2013, she was hired as documenter during the Grassroots Budgeting Meeting.

Her experiences in community service and development helped her when she became a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and was appointed as a Parent Leader in 2012.

Lucy dedicates her weekdays for the children in the IP community as she gathers children ages 3-5 to teach them how to read and write for free and during summer she also gives time to teach teens. She also became an advocate of women empowerment by organizing a regular meeting that teaches them their rights and their roles in society. Lucy also helps them by providing them knowledge on how to have an additional income for their families’ every day needs.

 

 

 

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DSWD to conduct 2nd nationwide assessment to identify poor families

The Department of Social Welfare and Development announced that the 2nd nationwide assessment will be conducted in the 2nd quarter of 2014 to identify poor families needing assistance of anti-poverty programs and services.

The assessment will be undertaken through the DSWD’s project dubbed as “Listahanan” or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). Listahanan is an information management system that identifies and assesses who and where the poor are. Listahanan makes available to the national government agencies and social protection stakeholders a pioneer database consisting of comprehensive information about poor families nationwide.

In Central Luzon, there will be 1,451,248 households to be assessed for both rural areas and pockets of poverty in urban areas. Saturation will take place to get complete information about the poor and near poor families in rural areas. With this, DSWD Field Office III will be needing 4,062 field staff that will go through training to be really equipped with their task the time they will be deployed in their area of assignment.

The result of the second round of household assessment will be used in identifying beneficiaries of social protection programs and services by 2014 onwards. It will also be shared to different national government agencies that will target poor households as their beneficiaries in their respective programs.

According to Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, the second round of assessment will be using android tablet instead of pen and paper in the urban areas as the tool in collecting primary data of poor families, this is to minimize the risk of losing the family assessment forms during the shipment and expedite the data collection process. On the other hand, enumerators in the rural areas will still be using paper and pencil due to difficult access of internet in the area.

“We ensure that this second round of household assessment will be a success to identify who and where the real poor are,” Director Adelina S. Apostol said. (Alexis Myer I. Delicano)

 

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PhilHealth launches ALAGA KA Program; uses DSWD Listahanan database

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Department of Health (DOH) launched yesterday the multi-sectoral advocacy campaign named “ALAGA KA- Benepisyong Alamin at Gamitin –  para sa Maayos na Buhay.

The program aims to keep the members informed of their PhilHealth coverage, benefits and other public health programs of the DOH. It also demonstrates the support of everyone to become promoters of the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) as informed and empowered members.

The launching, which was simultaneously held in 17 regions of the Philippines, was witnessed by 1,760 indigent beneficiaries of Region 3.

In Region 3, the launching was held at Bren z. Guiao Convention Center, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, Philhealth Vice President Lolita V. Tuliao, Director Adelina S. Apostol of DSWD field Office III, Director Leonita P. Gorgolon of DOH, Director Florida Dijan  of DILG graced the said event.

There were 1,750 poor households identified by Listahanan who witnessed the said event. Member data records were distributed to participants for updating.  Some of the participants were provided services like the enlistment and profiling under Primary Care Benefit Package or TSeKap (Tamang Serbisyong Kalusugang Pampamilya).

A help desk was set up wherein some staff of Listahanan answered queries and validated if beneficiaries are already in the database. Those who are not in the database of Listahanan will be subject for assessment. (Alexis Myer I. Delicano)

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1st District of Bataan inks MOA with DSWD on Listahanan

UntitledRepresentative Herminia B. Roman of the First District of Bataan signed Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III at Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Olongapo City, on March 29.

The MOA signing is a sign of partnership with the Department through Listahanan, an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services.

KABAKA (Kababaihan ng Bataan Tungo sa Kaunlaran), a women’s organization which emphasizes self-reliance through the scheme “teach-a-man-how-to-fish” approach was founded by Roman in December 1997. The organization gives the people opportunity to rise above their present situations.

Roman organizes and sponsors various seminars on livelihood to these women such as flower arrangement, fish and meat processing, and soap making to help her constituents uplift their living conditions.

Over dinner, Deputy Project Manager Lalaine de Leon explained the project cycle of Listahanan to Roman and its importance in helping her constituents. She said that the database consists of the initial list of poor households in their locality.

Roman said that she signed a MOA to give the social services to the deserving poor in their locality.

To date, there are 54 municipalities, four (4) cities, three (3) congressional districts and four (4) provincial offices that entered into a MOA on data sharing with the Department. ### (Alexis Myer I. Delicano)

 

 

 

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1st District of Bataan inks MOA with DSWD on Listahanan

Representative Herminia B. Roman of the First District of Bataan signed Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III at Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Olongapo City, on March 29.

The MOA signing is a sign of partnership with the Department through Listahanan, an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs and services.

KABAKA (Kababaihan ng Bataan Tungo sa Kaunlaran), a women’s organization which emphasizes self-reliance through the scheme “teach-a-man-how-to-fish” approach was founded by Roman in December 1997. The organization gives the people opportunity to rise above their present situations.

Roman organizes and sponsors various seminars on livelihood to these women such as flower arrangement, fish and meat processing, and soap making to help her constituents uplift their living conditions.

Over dinner, Deputy Project Manager Lalaine de Leon explained the project cycle of Listahanan to Roman and its importance in helping her constituents. She said that the database consists of the initial list of poor households in their locality.

Roman said that she signed a MOA to give the social services to the deserving poor in their locality.

To date, there are 54 municipalities, four (4) cities, three (3) congressional districts and four (4) provincial offices that entered into a MOA on data sharing with the Department. ### (Alexis Myer I. Delicano)

 

 

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