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Norma Garcia, a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiary is one of the recipients of Cash Assistance from Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BUB) under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The Municipality of Apalit, Pampanga was allotted  P1.7M BUB budget for 2014 which was used as Capital Assistance for 183 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, 11 non-Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and 53 solo parents. The awarding, which was held on January 23, 2015 was led by Vice-Mayor Pedro Nucom with  MSWDO Harley Cortez, Municipal Treasurer Elizabeth Bustamante, and Joana Timbol, DSWD SLP Field Project Development Officer.

Norma, 49 years old and  married with eight children, is a Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiary since 2012. All her children were able to study with the help of the program. Her four children finished high school while the other four are still in school. The eldest, Norbert who is 27 years old now works abroad as a massage therapist and helps the family in their everyday expenses.  Her second child, Zorren, 25, is already married while Robert, 23, works as a construction worker like his father. Maria Jane, 21, helps her mother do the household chores.

Norma’s husband earns Php2, 000.00 a week, which according to her, cannot support the basic needs of the family. She helps her husband by selling rice cakes in their barangay and earns from Php 1,000.00 to Php 3,000.00 when there are order of  rice cakes which is on an irregular basis.

“Nagsimulang magbago ang buhay namin noong nakasama ako sa mga napahiram ng puhunan sa tulong ng BUB-SLP capital assistance. Nakatanggap ako ng P5,000.00 at ito ay ibinili ko ng oven na ginagamit ngayon sa pagluluto ng kakanin at hindi na ako napapaso sa uling na dati kong ginagamit,” Norma said.

Aside from being a housewife, mother and a vendor of rice cakes, Norma is also an active Pantawid Pamilya parent leader and treasurer of the Matapat Group under the BUB-SLP.  She was also a Barangay Health Worker of Barangay Cansinala, Apalit, Pampanga. “Marami akong ginagawa para sa pamilya ko at bilang parent leader pero suportado ako ng aking pamilya,” she said.

Her son, Robert is also a beneficiary of the Skills Training program under the DSWD-SLP in partnership with Arayat Institute Technology and Trade (AITT). He was one of the first batch of graduates who studied Shield Metal Arch Welding NCII (National Certificate II) held in Apalit from January 21 to February 10, 2015 and graduated on April 16, 2015. Robert is now planning to work abroad to use his welding skills and help his family.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa gobyerno lalo na sa DSWD sa lahat ng tulong na aming natanggap sa BUB-SLP at sa patuloy na suporta ng Pantawid Pamilya. Nakapag-aral ang aking mga anak na may baon at masustansyang pagkain at nagkaroon pa ako ng dagdag puhunan sa aking munting negosyo at gumanda ang aming buhay. Patuloy na nakakapag-aral ang aking mga anak  at nakapagtapos pa ng pagwewelding ang isa kong anak  na  magiging daan upang magkaroon ng magandang hanapbuhay at makatulong sa kanya at sa aming pamilya,” Norma concluded. ###






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Barangay Pulong-Bahay: forever grateful to KALAHI-CIDSS

“Dahil sa KALAHI-CIDSS natuto kami sa mga bagay na hindi namIn inakalang kaya pala namin. Nagkaroon kami ng  napakaraming pagkakataon upang makatulong sa aming barangay.”

Alipio Viloria proudly said this during the Municipal Inter-barangay Forum – Participatory Resource Allocation held last May, where they ranked number one (1). Their proposed sub-project, which  is Communal irrigation System will control the flood in the village during rainy season. With a total of Php 9,119,200.00 from DSWD Grant and Php 156,500.00 from the Local Counterpart Contribution, this project is set to start early August once the money has been downloaded to their Barangay bank account.

Villoria, 47 years old and married with three children, is farmer and as a part time tricycle driver. He has also served his village by being a village police.

 “Simula ng maging volunteer ako sa KALAHI-CIDSS, nagbago na aking pananaw sa buhay. Hindi ko inakalang may magagawa ako para sa aking barangay. “said Villoria.

For him, learning how to process documents, procurement and taxes are some of his great experiences during the seminars and workshops that the program provided. He did not expect that he will experience attending such activities because he did not even finish elementary. “Never in my wildest dreams that I will get the chance to sit down with the people who work for the government and at the same time to create our own project proposals,” he said. 

 With these, he gained self-confidence; he was able to talk in front of a big crowd while discussing their project proposal with confidence.  Now, he believes that he can do much better than being a farmer and a driver.

Their village is situated in a low lying area and during rainy season, the residents experience heavy floods. There were times when they experienced strong floods which resulted to some casualties. There was an instance wherein 10 people from the village were drowned because of heavy rains. Five survived and the other five were dead  and Villoria’s brother was one of them. Since then, when heavy rains or typhoons occur, he gets worried for their safety. 

That is why we are very thankful that our village is one of the beneficiaries of KALAHI-CIDSS, Villoria said. “Malaki ang naitulong ng programa sa mga pagbabago sa aming barangay.  at habang buhay naming pasasalamatan ang KALAHI-CIDSS sa mga ibinigay at ibibigay pang pagbabago sa aming buhay. ### (jdp-KC)



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Central Luzon’s 64,288 seniors to get stipend from Social Pension Program

Sixty four thousand two hundred eighty eight older persons from Central Luzon are beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program of the Government for 2015.

Mary Jean Balico, Social Pension Program focal person said that the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III (DSWD FO III) has already scheduled the payout starting July 21.

 DSWD FO III will disburse the amount of P123,231,500 stipend  to seniors aged 65 and above who were  identified based on the result of the data generated by the Listahanan or National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the DSWD.

Of the 64,288 beneficiaries, 46,419 are existing pensioners who will receive P1,500.00 for the months of April-June while 13,957 who are additional beneficiaries for 2015 will receive P3,000.00 each for the months of January-June. The remaining 3,912 seniors are replacements of those seniors who were dropped from the list due to death, transfer of residence, unlocated, or found out to be beneficiaries of other social insurance system.

The provision of the P500 monthly social pension to indigent senior citizens is provided under Republic Act No. 9994, also known as the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.” Under the law, indigent senior citizens shall be entitled to a monthly social pension of P500 to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs.

Under the operational guidelines issued by the DSWD, senior citizens who are 65 years old and above and who meet the eligibility criteria will benefit from this program. All qualified senior citizens shall receive their P500 monthly social pension on a quarterly basis.   

Indigent senior citizens are those who are frail, sick, disabled, not receiving monthly pension from Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), Armed Forces of the Philippines Savings and Loan Association, Inc. (AFPSLAI) and other private insurance companies. Senior citizens who do not have permanent source of income or regular support from their families or relatives are also qualified to avail of the program. ### (Social Marketing Unit)

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DSWD FO III assesses families in evacuation centers


(Meycauayan City, Bulacan) The DSWD Municipal Action Team assesses the families who are evacuated staying  at Malhacan Elementary School, Malhakan in this city. The team uses the Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card  (DAFAC) in assessing the 13 families or 65 persons who are affected by typhoon Falcon which occurred on July 8.

The DAFAC aims to validate the status of affected families and will also serve as reference for the provision of additional and appropriate interventions.

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DSWD Field Office III assists Typhoon Falcon victims

(City of San Fernando, Pampanga)  The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III (DSWD FO III) reported that a total of P1,271.000.00 relief assistance has been extended to the victims of Typhoon Falcon in Central Luzon.

Four thousand one hundred family food packs composed of six (6) kg. of rice, eight (8) tins canned goods (corned beef and sardines) and six (6) sachets 3-in-1 coffee, have been extended to the Province of Bulacan.

The flooding spawned by the continuous rain brought by Falcon has affected three (3) provinces in Central Luzon affecting 7,295 families or 36,253 persons in 47 barangays in seven (7) municipalities of the region.

Bulacan, the hardest hit province, has 7,180 families or 35,671 affected from the municipalities of Meycauayan, Marilao, Obando and the City of San Jose Del Monte; Bataan with 65 families or 332 persons affected from the municipalities of Dinalupihan and Mariveles; and 50 families or 250 persons in Zambales.

Twenty four evacuation centers have been set-up and have served 530 families or 3,443 persons. Nine evacuation centers are still in operation serving 163 families or 763 persons.These are in Meycauayan with four (4) and City of San Jose Del Monte with one (1); Mariveles with one (1) and Dinalupihan with three (3).

There were four (4) reported casualties, two drowned and two hit by collapsed fence. One (1) 18year old male from San Marcelino, Zambales was reported missing and one (1) family from Dona Remedios Trinidad with totally damaged house.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Government of San Narciso in Zambales has distributed sleeping mats to the affected families in Barangay Beddeng.

The DSWD Field Office III Quick Response Teams (QRTs) and the Provincial/Municipal Action Teams continuously work closely with the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (DRRMCs) in their respective areas. ### (Social Marketing Unit)



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DSWD, LGU launch program for Sama-Bajaus

Mr. Julhari Gascali, vice president of the Sama-Bajau Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance (NASA) of Bakod Bayan, Cabanatuan City signs the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the SALINLAHI Project for Sama-Bajaus of Cabanatuan City.


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DSWD, Cabanatuan City ink MOA for Sama-Bajaus

Cabanatuan City Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara and Director Thelsa Biolena of the DSWD-Social Technology Bureau during the signing of the  Memorandum of Agreement for the SALINLAHI Project for the Sama-Bajaus in Cabanatuan City.

The SALINLAHI or the Sama-Bajau Localized Interventions and Learning Approach for Holistic Improvement is a community-based project that shall pilot-test Culture-based Early Cildhood Care and Development (ECCD) as a social welfare and development model intervention to be implemented in the Sama-Bajau Activity Centers in Region III and NCR.

In Region III, the project will be pilot-tested in Barangay Bakod Bayan, Cabanatuan City and will benefit 121 families  and 110 children aged 0-6. The project seeks to strengthen maternal and child care education of Sama-Bajaus parents; promote culture-based learning sessions for Sama-Bajau children at the activity center; and increas access of Sama-Bajau families to local services.

The 121 Sama-Bajau families are beneficiaries of the DSWD Core Shelter Assistance Program (CSAP) worth P8,470 million.  The City Government of Cabanatuan provided the lot in Barangay Bakod Bayan.

Aside from the the CSAP, the DSWD also funded the construction of the activity center worth P2.5 million; Supplementary  Feeding  Program for Bajau children worth P551,000.00; and Cash for Work worth P524,160.00. ### (Social Marketing Unit)

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Day Care Workers Week celebration in Central Luzon

(City of San Fernando, Pampanga) More Than 2,000 day care workers in the seven provinces and 14 cities of Central Luzon converged at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in this city in celebration of the 33rd Regional assembly of Day Care Workers with the theme, “ Day Care Workers: Sa Matapat, Mahusay, at Magiliw na Paglilingkod, Kakayahan at Kagalingan ng mga Bata ay Sigurado  ”.

The annual assembly, which was spearheaded by the Regional Federation of Day Care Workers and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III (DSWD FO III), seeks to familiarize and promote camaraderie among the day care workers in the region.

The event was also aimed to strengthen the partnership with the families, local government units (LGUs) and community and also to familiarize them with Republic Act 7610 Also Known as the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

DSWD FO III Director Gemma B. Gabuya lauded the day care workers for their contribution in the physical, social, and intellectual development of the pre-school children. She added that the Day Care Service is a part of the government social protection mandate for pre-school children. 

Gabuya also assured the day care workers ot he Department’s continuous advocacy for the passage of the Magna Carta of Day Care Workers.

Meanwhile, Maribeth Ortiz, MSWDO of Guagua Pampanga shared the Municipality of Guagua’s Best Practice in the Implementation Of Day Care Service.

The highlights of the event were the dance competition among the provincial/city day care federation chapters where Zambales won the first place while San Jose del Monte City won the first place in the Draw and Tell contest.

The event, which was hosted by the Province of Pampanga, was part of the observance of the Day Care Workers Week which is being observed on the first week of June of every year. The celebration, which is mandated by Presidential Proclamation No. 404 series of 2003, recognizes the vital role of the day care workers in the promotion of the rights of children. ### (Social Marketing Unit)


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