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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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De Joya, social pensioner

Jacinto de Joya, 77 years of Pamaldan, Cabanatuan City is one of the 44,134 beneficiaries of the Social Pension Program for 2015. “Malaking tulong ito sa akin lalo na sa pagbili ko ng gamot,” he said during the recent payout held in Cabanatuan City, Nuefva Ecija.

The DSWD Field Office III has allocated the amount of P264,804 million for the monthly stipend of the older persons in the seven (7) provinces of Central Luzon.

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.”

The DSWD has issued operational guidelines that senior citizens who are 65 years old and above 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.

Under RA 9994, indigent senior citizens shall be entitled to a monthly social pension of P500 to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs. 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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Social Pension benefits more seniors in Central Luzon

(City of San Fernando, Pampanga) At least 44,134 older persons are benefiting from the Social Pension Program for older persons this year.

Regional Director Gemma B. Gabuya of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office III (DSWD FO III) said that there is an increase of 13,027 beneficiaries for this year due to the lowering of the age requirement from 77 to 65 years old and above.

From the 31,107 beneficiaries in 2014 with P500 monthly stipend or P6,000.00 each for one year or the total amount of P128,780,500, the allocation has increased to P264,804 million for the implementation of the program this year, Gabuya said.

The senior citizens 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.

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.”

The DSWD has issued operational guidelines that senior citizens who are 65 years old and above 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.

Under RA 9994, indigent senior citizens shall be entitled to a monthly social pension of P500 to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs. 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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Reyes’ formula for success

“Magsikap, magtipid lalo na pag nag-uumpisa pa lang sa pangkabuhayang proyekto at ang mga gastusin ay di dapat sosobra sa kinikita.”

The Reyes couple believes that through perseverance and simple living, their family will overcome poverty. This is the story of their transformation from sheer poverty to improved quality of life.

Looking Back

The Reyes family belongs to the Set 3 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of Floridablanca, Pampanga. The family was however one of those tagged not enrolled resulting to non-subsidy for one (1) year. Upon completion of the requirements, they received retroactive payments of P15,000.00. Rizalita, 43, recalled that she cried with joy when she received the amount, “Nuon lang po ako nakahawak ng ganuong kalaking pera kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa pamahalaan sa tulong na ibinigay sa pamilya ko’’.

With the P15,000.00 cash grants on hand, the family prioritized the most important things which include the food and school supplies of their three children enrolled in the program; down payment of one motorcycle worth P3,400.00; and P6,000.00 as payment for the two Aetas whom they commissioned to plant ampalaya and string beans.
The family used the remaining P2,600.00 as capital in trading vegetables and charcoal from the upland areas which they brought to Guagua and Floridablanca public markets. After a month, they started harvesting the vegetables planted by the two Aetas which resulted to more sales and profit.

Before their inclusion in the Pantawid Pamilya in 2010, Joseph Reyes, 45, worked as a farm laborer earning P200.00 a day during planting season and 4-5 sacks of rice during harvesting season. Rizalita used to do laundry jobs two or three times a week. Between planting and harvesting seasons, Joseph was jobless.

To cope with their basic needs, the family had to approach sari-sari store owners in the barangay for their daily food subsistence through credit basis. She said that they could hardly meet the educational expenses of their children especially during lean months of farming. “Life was so hard because of the rebuff we received from our relatives and neighbors whenever we tried to borrow money from them,” Rizalita lamented.

Their house is a one-room affair made of light materials, cogon and sawali. During rainy season, they sometimes experienced uncomfortable nights because the strong rain would usually rouse them from sleep soaked with rain. They could not afford electricity so a lampara (improvised lamp) was all they had that time.
“We were a ‘nobody’ in the community because of our economic status. That’s why we felt very inferior and had to remain on the sidelines for so long,” Rizalita said. She said that the financial difficulty they had for a long time was their motivation for their hard work and for not spending any amount for unnecessary expenses.

Things took a turn for the better

“With the income derived from our livelihood projects: planting rice to the agricultural lot pawned to us and the backyard piggery, we can now see positive changes in our living condition,” Rizalita said. According to her, their monthly income now ranges from P30,000-40,000.00 and that they already finished paying the motorcycle with side car which they use in their business. Their second motorcycle, which is being used as school service for their children, is now on the second year of payment. “Our children are now comfortable in going to school because they don’t have to walk very far,” Rizalita said.

The construction of our three-bedroom house is now underway, Rizalita said with a happy note on her voice. Although their present dwelling is made of cogon and sawali, it is a far cry from the one they used to have, Rizalita
added. They used a lampara before but now they already have some appliances such as TV set and DVD player, electric fans, beds with mattresses, rice cooker and some electronic gadgets.

Rizalita said that she has gained confidence in dealing with people and can now express her ideas without fear of being rebuffed. She has to attribute this to the Family Development Sessions (FDS) and the trainings and seminars that she attended as a parent leader of the Pantawid Pamilya. As a result, she was elected as classroom secretary for her two sons enrolled in Grades IV and V. She is also one of the Barangay Health Workers in their community and was elected president of the Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SKA) because of her remarkable ideas during the Business Management Training (BMT) held in their town.

Meanwhile, Joseph personally attends to the agricultural lot pawned to them where they yield 30 sacks of palay every four months.

There is also a notable improvement in the health of their children because of the sufficient and nutritious food intake they have. Their academic standing in school has also improved, Rizalita proudly said.

Gains of the Sustainable Livelihood Program

In 2013, the family had also benefitted from the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the DSWD which they invested (P10,000.00) in expanding their livelihood endeavor, cogon and buho trading. Rizalita said that they are getting an additional profit of P1,000.00 per week.

We believe in the saying, ‘save for the rainy days’ that’s why we opened a savings account after my attendance to the BMT, Rizalita said. She was convinced on the importance of savings and had learned how to prioritize the needs of her family especially the education of her children.

Today the family earns more than enough for their basic needs. Rizalita has this lesson to impart to other beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya and Sustainable Livelihood Program: “Magsikap, magtipid lalo na pag nag-uumpisa pa lang sa pangkabuhayang proyekto at ang mga gastusin ay di dapat sosobra sa kinikita.” ### (SMU/SLP)

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Gawad LIstahanan Winner

Mayor Santiago Austria (5th from left) of Jaen, Nueva Ecija receives the first Gawad Listahanan Award under the Municipal Category from DSWD field Office III Regional Director Gemma B. Gabuya during the 64th DSWD Anniversary celebration. Also in photo are former Regional Director Adelina S. Apostol (3rd from left), ARD Irene C. Crespo (2nd from left), MSWDO Paperlyn Pablo (6th from left) and some DSWD Field Office III staff.

The municipality of Jaen replicated the social pension of the Department in their municipality to respond to the needs of many senior citizens who are not covered by the national government. Listahanan-identified poor senior citizens are the first priority of the municipality. Out of 990 indigent senior citizens listed on the database 770 are still alive and qualified for the assistance.

The Listahanan database became part of every program and services of the municipality. The focal person of each sector uses the database as priority in different services which they call as ‘Listahanan Habit’. The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office oriented all the barangay captains of Jaen to fully understand and appreciate the importance of Listahanan.

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Aurora bags Gawad Listahanan Award

Regional Director Gemma B. Gabuya ((5th from left) awards the first Gawad Listahanan to the Provincial Government of Aurora under the Provincial Category during the 64th DSWD Anniversary celebration. Eleanor Olivar (6th from left), Provincial Planning and Development Officer IV receives the award in behalf of Governor Gerardo Noveras.

The province has registered 4,754 beneficiaries of its locally funded Educational Assistance Program in the Listahanan database of poor families. The Listahanan database serves as the province’s directory in targeting and selecting beneficiaries of the programs and services being implemented in the province. Also in photo are ARD Irene Crespo (3rd from left), former Director Adelina S. Apostol (4th from left) and DSWD Field Office staff.

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