DSWD-3, LGU award core houses to Arayat landslide victims
(City of San Fernando, Pampanga) “Salamat sa gobyerno at may matibay na kaming tirahan,” said Jayne Sigua of Barangay San Juan Bano, Arayat, Pampanga.
Jayne’s family was one of the 57 families/victims of the 2009 Mount Arayat landslide in San Juan Bano who received certificate of house ownership from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), July 3. Governor Lilia G. Pineda who led the awarding rites was joined by Maribel Blanco of the DSWD Field Office III, Arayat local officials and Director Inez Gonzales of the National Housing Authority.
Jayne, 39, recalled that on September 26, 2009 at around 3:00 in the afternoon she heard a strong noise coming from the foot of Mt. Arayat. “Nabigla ako sa malakas na dagundong na nagmula sa paanan ng bundok at kasabay nito ang malalaking bato at putik na mabilis na bumababa sa lupa kung san nakatirik ang aming mga bahay,” said Jayne.
Social Pension benefits more seniors in Central Luzon
Maritess Liwanag, regional focal person of the Social Pension Program said during the Regional Forum and Assessment on the Implementation of RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 held recently at Clarkfield, Angeles City. Liwanag added that the amount of P14,712-million was paid to the qualified seniors for the period January to March 2012.
For 2012, Liwanag said that there is an increase of 2,762 beneficiaries or a total of 11, 222 social pensioners compared to the 8,460 target last year. However, there are social pensioners who were not able to claim their cash grants for the first quarter due to illness and no available representatives to claim the assistance. In case a sick pensioner is being represented, the representative should have proper documents such as authorization and valid identification card to claim the grant in behalf of the pensioner, Liwanag added.
Raising four children under uncertain fate can really deplete a parent’s spirit.
It was not long ago when Analiza Arancon forced herself to decide and to tell her eldest child with Dominador to stop schooling. There was no other option left; to cease from schooling would have saved them from the wrath of poverty and of hunger. Although public schools offer free education for all, still the child stopped at Grade 1.
Analiza’s family lives in Sitio Cabangaan, Cawag, Subic, Zambales. They find shelter in a shanty they pleasantly call home. If one would base the definition of shanty according to the home Analiza’s family built it would be written as a three meters by four meters (3m x 4m) seemingly erected structure with walls of swatches of sack and cartons, a few pieces of plywood and galvanized iron sheets.
SAMA-BAJAO: a cause for unity
The Sama-Bajaos are located in Subic and Masinloc in the province of Zambales, Angeles City, City of San Fernando, Macabebe, Apalit, Magalang, San Simon and Mabalacat, in Pampanga: Baliuag, Bocaue and Marilao in Bulacan; Tarlac City in Tarlac; Mariveles in Bataan; and Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija.
Most of them squat under the bridges and the streets. Those who were able to find livelihood rent their place of dwelling. Generally, however, their meager income does not suffice for the daily demands of subsistence.
Government funds invested for a future engineer “
“To give my family a better life we never had.” This is the dream of John Christian Pacaldo, a Pantawid Pamilya grantee.
Christian, as he is fondly called by his family, is the eldest of Aling Joy and Mang Ricky Pacaldo. Aling Joy is a plain housewife and Mang Ricky is a farmer and sometimes works as a part-time mechanic. The family depends on the P250.00 daily income of Mang Ricky. They have four children aged 16, 14, 10 and 8.
The family lives in a shanty at the municipality of Licab in Nueva Ecija. Christian is an intelligent and a responsible student. He has a good scholastic performance; a consistent honor student and graduated elementary as valedictorian. According to his mother, Christian has made their family life full of hope because of his determination and eagerness to finish his studies and have a decent profession in the future despite the poverty they are currently experiencing.