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DSWD, LGUs continue to assist Typhoon Glenda victims

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office III continues to assist the victims of typhoon Glenda which occurred on July 15, 2014.

The provision of assistance is in support of the local government units (LGUs) that were adversely affected by the typhoon, said DSWD Field Office III Director Adelina S. Apostol said.

Apostol said that as of 3:00 p.m. today, the DSWD has already provided P2,371,542.50 worth of food and non-food assistance to areas affected by Glenda particularly those hardest hit areas. “This is also part of the Department’s technical assistance and resource augmentation (TARA) function to the LGUs,” Apostol added.

Disaster monitoring reports also showed that a total of P8,236,829.44 worth of relief assistance has so far been provided to the victims particularly those inside the evacuation centers.

Of the assistance extended to typhoon Glenda victims, P2,660,336.30 came from the local government units of the affected municipalities while P3,129,950.64 came from the provincial government of Bataan (P3,000,000.00), Pampanga (P12,500.00), and Zambales (P117,450.64). Some non-government organizations (NGOs) also extended P75,000.00 worth of relief assistance to the victims in the Province of Bataan.

Apostol also said that the widespread flooding spawned by the continuous rain brought by Glenda has affected six (6) provinces in Central Luzon affecting 47,726 families or 221,401 persons in 405 barangays in 48 municipalities in the region. Two hundred seventeen evacuation centers were set-up and served 7,856 families or 31,202 persons.

The typhoon left 742 families with totally damaged houses and 4,453 families with partially damaged houses. There were 111 reported casualties with 10 dead and 101 injured.

Director Apostol has assured the local government units of the Department’s continuous support particularly in the rehabilitation of the affected families especially those who were rendered homeless by the typhoon. The Department will also provide financial assistance to the bereaved families of those who lost their lives during the onslaught of Glenda.

Meanwhile, the LGUs and the DSWD Provincial Action Teams (PAT) of the affected provinces/municipalities are now conducting validation and assessment of the affected families to come up with their respective rehabilitation plans for the victims of the typhoon. ### (Evelyn T. Manalo) July 22, 2014

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Typhoon ‘Glenda’ victims get assistance

Some P1,523,740 worth of relief goods has been provided to the victims of typhoon Glenda which occurred on July 15 affecting the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, and Tarlac.

In her report to Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Director Adelina S. Apostol of the DSWD Field Office III said that the assistance came from the DSWD and the affected local government units (LGUs).

Of the said amount, P707,062.50 worth of relief assistance came from the DSWD; P804,177.50 from the affected municipalities; and P12,500,00 from the provincial government. The relief goods distributed were food (rice, noodles, canned goods, water, and coffee) and non-food (mats, blankets, water jugs, used clothing, and toiletries).

As of 5:00 P.M. today, the affected families were registered at 33,488 or 153,783 persons from the 46 municipalities in the six (6) provinces of Central Luzon. The most affected area was the Province of Bataan with 27,747 families or 129,914 persons followed by Bulacan with 2,504 families or 11,825 persons affected.

Zambales has 2,302 affected families or 7,662 persons; Pampanga with 775 families or 3,609 persons affected; Tarlac with 121 families or 624 persons; and Aurora with 39 families or 189 persons. Of the total affected, 7,732 families or 30,700 persons temporarily stayed in 211 evacuation centers.

Of the 211 evacuation centers opened, 58 evacuation centers are still in operation serving 3,203 families or 12,943 persons. Most of the victims who are still in the evacuation centers are from coastal areas and their houses were totally/partially damaged by the typhoon.

The rains that triggered flood in the affected areas left 542 families with totally damaged houses and 2,490 families with partially damaged houses. There were 15 reported casualties- seven (7) dead and eight (8) injured.

Meanwhile, Director Adelina S. Apostol has assured the affected local government units of the Department’s continuous support particularly in the rehabilitation of the affected families. ### (Evelyn T. Manalo-SMU)

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DSWD FO III reactivates Donors/Social Welfare Inquiry Desk

DSC_0836(City of San Fernando, Pampanga) To facilitate a smoother disaster operation in Central Luzon, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office III has recently reactivated its Donors/Social Welfare Inquiry Desk (D/SWID).

This is a part of the Field Office III’s continuing preparation for any disaster that might visit the country, said DSWD Field Office III Director Adelina S. Apostol.
The Donors/SWID, which will be manned by designated staff from the Standards Unit (telephone number- (045-861-2413) under the Quick Response Teams (QRT), is immediately activated during the occurrence of disaster, Apostol added.

The Donors/SWID will directly answer queries on information pertaining to disaster updates as well as provide information to non-government organizations and other groups who may be interested to give donations to the disaster victims particularly those in the evacuation centers, Apostol stressed.
Apostol also said that the D/SWID will provide prospective donors on areas that are least served including the list of goods/commodities that are not being provided by the government or non-government organizations involved in disaster operation.

To speed-up the repacking of goods, the Field Office will be utilizing volunteers from the Philippine Air Force, Philippine National Police, national government agencies and non-government organizations. ### (Evelyn T. Manalo-SMU) July 17, 2014

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DSWD prepositions relief goods to provinces in Central Luzon

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office III has prepositioned relief goods to the five (5) provinces of Central Luzon in support of the local government’s disaster relief operations.

DSWD Field Office III Director Adelina S. Apostol said that 6,200 family food packs were prepositioned to the Provincial Action Teams of Aurora (2,000 packs); Bataan (200); Bulacan (1,000); Tarlac (1,000); and Zambales (2,000). The DSWD also provided 17,100 cans ready to eat food (RTEF), 6,012 bottled water, 1,000 family kits, and 200 sleeping kits.

As of 8:00 A.M. today, typhoon Glenda has affected 398 families with 1,372 persons in six (6) municipalities from the five (5) provinces of the region.

Nine evacuation centers were set-up with 398 families or 1,372 persons from Aurora (3); Bataan (1); Bulacan (2); Pampanga (1); and Zambales (2).

As part of the disaster preparedness, Assistant Regional Director Irene C. Crespo has convened all the quick response teams (QRT) for update of weather conditions and possible effects of typhoon ‘Glenda’.

The Field Office, with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) in Region III, is in close coordination with the local DRRMC at the provincial and municipal levels of the affected towns. ### (Evelyn T. Manalo) July 16, 2014

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KC-NCDDP to benefit 3 towns in Nueva Ecija

Deputy National Program Manager Alexander Glova discusses the salient features of the Kalahi-CIDSS – National Community Driven Development Program during the orientation participated by the officials of the three targeted municipalities (Gen. Natividad, Quezon, Talugtug, Nueva Ecija).

Deputy National Program Manager Alexander Glova discusses the salient features of the Kalahi-CIDSS – National Community Driven Development Program during the orientation participated by the officials of the three targeted municipalities (Gen. Natividad, Quezon, Talugtug, Nueva Ecija).

Deputy National Program Manager Alexander Glova discusses the salient features of the Kalahi-CIDSS – National Community Driven Development Program during the orientation participated by the officials of the three targeted municipalities (Gen. Natividad, Quezon, Talugtug, Nueva Ecija). [/caption]

At least three municipalities in the Province of Nueva Ecija are now beneficiaries of the Kalahi-CIDSS-National Community Driven Development Program, Director Adelina S. Apostol of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III (DSWD FO III) said during the project orientation held recently in Angeles City.

The block grants from KC-NCDDP amounting P37.9-million will fund various development projects in the municipalities of General Mamerto Natividad, Quezon and Talugtug, Apostol added.
In his presentation, Deputy National Program Manager Alexander Glova said that Cycle 1 of the project will benefit some 94,671 households in the 64 barangays in the three target municipalities.

KC-NCDDP, a poverty alleviation program of the National Government implemented by the DSWD, is supported by the Philippine Development Plan (2011-2016). The expansion into a national scale of the operations of community driven development (CDD) was approved on January 18, 2013. The strategy has been tried and proven effective in Kalahi-CIDDS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services), the parent project of KC-NCDDP.

KC-NCDDP aims to empower local communities, improve local governance, and reduce poverty by providing funds for community infrastructure, common service facilities and capability building. The Project is designed to enable the poor to participate in community development.

To be implemented by the DSWD and the local government units, KC-NCDDP will enable the communities of targeted municipalities become empowered to achieve improved access to services and to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation.

What makes the project unique Apostol stressed is that it is corruption free because the grant goes straight from the DSWD Central Office to the community bank account. Every peso spent on the project is reported through a multi-level monitoring system. ### (Evelyn T. Manalo)

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Certificate of registration

Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III awards Certificate of Registration to the Federation of Senior citizens Association of the Philippines, Angeles City Chapter during the Monday flag raising ceremony. The certificate is in recognition of its effort to contribute to the upliftment of the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged sector of our society.

This entitles the agency to be included in the registry of Social welfare and Development Agencies of the DSWD.

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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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DSWD FO III Opens its Gates for Summer Job Seekers

One of the recipients of the Government Internship Program in DSWD Field Office III: 27-year old mother of three Kristine Limwho is also a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. She was assigned as a GIP in the Cash Unit.

One of the recipients of the Government Internship Program in DSWD Field Office III: 27-year old mother of three Kristine Limwho is also a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. She was assigned as a GIP in the Cash Unit.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III has implemented the Government Internship Program (GIP) for 2014.

The GIP, a component of the Kabataan 2000, was developed with the end goal of providing opportunity for both out of school and in school youths a hands-on experience of working in various government agencies, which they could later use when they later decide to be part of the government workforce.

This is likewise an opportunity for them to learn life skills in the workplace at the same time earn money to augment for their school needs. This program is implemented during summertime when the youth are on vacation, thus using their available time in a productive manner.This is also in recognition of the demands for more opportunities for young people to earn to augment family income and at the same time enhancing their sense of responsibility and developing positive attitude towards work, the OSY, students and even college graduates/vocational courses will be provided summer job.

The program is aimed to initiate the youth to public service; to serve as a recruitment mechanism for potential public employee; and to extend possible financial assistance for the next school year. It is open toyouths who are 18-30 years old and who are either in-school youths/students, out-of-school youth or college graduates/vocational courses who are unemployed.

The GIP is implemented in the 17 Field Offices of the DSWD (including ARMM) in partnership with the local government units.

The work should immediately start as soon as they are assessed to be eligible which means that they may not start at the same time and period as long as they can complete 22 days that started on April 21, 2014. Participants who are in school who may not complete 22 days due to start of school year are subject for replacement.

DSWD FO III participants were assigned in the DSWD residential facilities to perform not only actual office work but also assist in the implementation of DSWD programs and projects or do direct service work in communities where DSWD programs are implemented in partnership with the LGUs.

The participants may be engaged in the following areas of engagement: DSWD centers and institutions; Cash for Work/Disaster Risk Management Program; Crisis Intervention Units; Social Pension for Indigent Senior citizens; Supplementary Feeding Program; Day Care Centers; Internally Displaced Persons (for ARMM, Field Office X and XII; and Pantawid Pamilya.

The DSWD will provide the participants with stipend commensurate to applicable minimum wage in the region. For Region III, each participant will be paid P300/day.

Twenty Five individuals (10 are region-based and 15 are deployed in centers and institutions) were given a chance to be under the Government Internship Program. One of them is 27-year oldmother of three Kristine Limwho is also a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. She was assigned as a GIP in the Cash Unit; she said that before her family became part of the Pantawid Pamilya, they did not know anything about the government and its basic services.

Kristine recalled their life before she became a grantee of the program, according to her, life is not easy for them especially her husband is only working part time and does not have a regular job which do not generate a regular income to provide for their daily needs and the education of her children but when Pantawid Pamilya came the education of her children is a not a problem anymore.

She said that being a beneficiary of the program is a big improvement in her life. She is also thankful that she was chosen to be a GIP and she intends to use the money that she will get for her children’s schooling allowances. “Sobranglakingtulongng Pantawid Pamilyasaamin, at dahilditohindikonakailangan pang problemahinangpag-aaralngakingmgaanak.” Kristine added.

She also mentioned that her dream is for her children to finish school and do not walk on the same path as she does for she did not finish her Hotel and Restaurant Management degree because of her unexpected pregnancy. Now, she sees her internship with DSWD FO III as a stepping stone to a greater future for her family with the aide of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.#(Alexine Bianca RdS.Castañeda)

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