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DSWD Goes Green

Often we overlook the fact that the way we take care of the environment affects our climate, that sometimes disasters are a direct result of how we treat our surroundings. And as the typhoon season approaches, the need to take action becomes more and more apparent.

At the Department of Social Welfare and Development, we recognize the link between our environment and our climate. That is why we do our best to take care of our environment. Last month, DSWD Field Office VIII launched a clean and green campaign. During this campaign, DSWD staff started to make the office greener by adding plants in the office. Aside from beautifying the office, this would also help in cooling the atmosphere by reducing excess carbon dioxide in the air.

And just recently, DSWD staff from the Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) participated in a Coastal Clean-up Drive conducted by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) at Brgy. Fisherman’s Village, San Jose, Tacloban City. This clean – up drive is part of the National Disaster Resilience Month celebration, with the theme “Kahandaan sa Sakuna’t Peligro Para sa Tunay na Pagababago.”

During this activity, DSWD staff, together with barangay officials and other participating agencies, picked up trash along the coast of San Jose. These trash items were collected in sacks and were picked up by the General Services of the City Government of Tacloban City.

These activities, indeed, exemplify DSWD’s drive to care for the environment which, in turn, contribute to a greener, cleaner world. Because every small step we make contributes to the bigger picture, and the small things we do may have huge consequences.

photo credits Francis Batula

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Kalahi CIDSS drainage canal and water system to aid safety and sanitation in Almeria

During the ribbon-cutting of the 77 linear meter Construction of Drainage Canal led by Hon. Mayor Richard Jaguros and DRPM Gerardo Peneda with the BLGU officials and residents.

The DSWD Kalahi CIDSS officially inaugurated and turned over a 77 linear meter drainage canal to residents of Brgy. Look and 1, 160 linear meter water system with 8 tapstands of Brgy.Pili in Almeria Biliran on July 10, 2019.

The community of Look identified the construction of a drainage canal as a safety response, being a disaster-prone area, whereby the water would level up during the rainy days. The situation greatly affects the 143 students of Look Elementary School, a two-class room school building funded by Kalahi CIDSS.

Kalahi CIDSS-funded Construction of Drainage Canal located at Look Elementary School.

Hon. Rolando De Guzman, Barangay captain of Lo-ok, expressed gratitude for the drainage canal because students no longer experience flood in school. He pledged that the community will take good care of the drainage canal for its sustainability just like how they maintain the two classroom Elementary School building built under Kalahi CIDSS in 2017.

He said “Among tatalinguhaon nga ampingan kining mga proyekto nga gihatag sa Kalahi CIDSS para mapuslan sa mga musunod na henerasyo.

 [We will take care of the sub-projects funded by Kalahi CIDSS so that the next generations can also benefit from them.]

On the other hand, the residents of Brgy. Pili prioritized water system for their Local Government-Unit (LGU)-led implementation under Kalahi CIDSS for a clean and safe water source addressing every household’s basic necessity.

In the message of Engr. Peneda, he extends his gratitude for the partnership of Kalahi CIDSS program with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority wherein the former initiated to tap the latter so that women labor workforce would undergon a Nontraditional Skills Training on masonry and plumbing.

Lolinda Bagdoc, TESDA trainee who was involved in the construction of water system,after undergoing nontraditional training said that she learned a lot. She stated, “Sa training, nahibalo ko pandugtong sa mga hose. Daghan among nakan-onan. [In this training I learned how to connect the hosepipes. I learned a lot.]

She even added that even though she is not a community volunteer, she extends her observation to the enhancement of capacities and skills.

The Kalahi CIDSS’ principle supports for Gender and Development Mainstreaming. It upholds that women are not limited to their reproductive and productive roles but should widen their occupational choices and opportunities to maximize the capacities of the women.

One of the eight Water System tapstands funded by Kalahi CIDSS which was turned over to the residents of Brgy. Pili.

Hon. Mayor Richard Jaguros, Hon. Vice Mayor Marygie E. Tacoy and KalahI CIDSS Deputy Regional Program Manager Gerardo Peneda  graced the inauguration of the sub-projects

Hon. Vice Mayor Marygie E. Tacoy (second from the left) joins DRPM Gerry Peneda (fourth from the left) in the ribbon-cutting for the 1,160 linear meter Water System with 8 tapstands.

  Community-Driven Development is a strategy used by Kalahi CIDSS which encourages the members of the community to become the main agents in identifying, implementing and maintaining the sub-projects.

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DSWD FOVIII prepares LGUs for Listahanan 3

As part of the preparatory phase for the forthcoming Listahanan Third Round Household Assessment, the DSWD Field Office VIII began conducting a series of consultation – dialogues with Local Government Units starting July 9, 2019 in Tacloban. 

Attended were 29 Local Social Welfare and Development Officers (LSWDOs) from the first and second districts of Leyte and Samar Province.

This was followed by same activity on July 10, 2019 in Ormoc City with 27 LSWDOs and representatives from the 3rd and 4th Districts of Leyte and also of Biliran Province.  

For Southern Leyte, it was held in Maasin City on July 11, 2019. Another consultation dialogue is set on the third week of July in Eastern Samar.

The highlight of the activity was the discussion on the LISTAHAHAN 3rd Round Household Assessment calendar of activities, its updates, and status on the hiring of field workers. Likewise, there was an open forum for sharing of experiences of LGUs in the past household assessments.

The DSWD likewise set agreements with the local government units as to the field workers’ security as well as logistic support for  the upcoming third round assessment. For Northern Samar and Samar provinces,  these are  still for finalization.

The team was headed by Yvonne Serrano- Abonales, Social Welfare Officer V and the National Household Targeting Section Staff, all of the DSWD Field Office VIII.

Meanwhile, the Listahanan Third Round Household Assessment data gathering phase will start October 2019.#

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DSWD Showcases Services of the Disaster Response Cluster

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VIII, in celebration of the 2019 National Disaster Resilience Month, organized a one-day exhibit showing the various resources of each member agency of the Disaster Response Cluster of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC).

Held late last week at the Tacloban City Hall Grounds, DSWD displayed an array of services under the agency’s response, like family food packs containing six kilos of rice, four cans of corned beef, four cans of meat/beef loaf and six sachets of coffee, the Go Bag, first aid kits and rescue equipment such as helmets and a spine board. Photos of DSWD’s relief operations during the first semester of 2019 were also put on exhibit.
According to OIC Pauline Liza Nadera of DSWD FO VIII’s Disaster Response Management Division, “We cannot prevent the storms. However, this exhibit is a testament that we have learned. We have risen from the storms, and with the cooperation of our partners and the different agencies, we can bring help to those who are in need.”

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Tacloban Rescue Unit (TacRU), the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army showcased the equipment for rescue operations, that included helmets, spine boards, first aid kits, rescue tools such as axes and sledgehammers, as well as specialist equipment like power tools for the extraction of motor vehicle accident victims, a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), and a chainsaw.

The Department of Education (DepEd), meanwhile, highlighted the safety equipment used in schools that spells readiness of the students during disasters, while The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) displayed firefighting equipment used during grassfires. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), on the other hand, had for their exhibit oil spill control equipment, satellite equipment, patrol boat, and sea rescue equipment including wetsuits, scuba gear and masks.

Access 5 has their High Frequency (HF) and Very High Frequency (VHF) radio equipment and highlighted their advocacy for the use of these radio equipment, especially during disasters when conventional phone reception is unavailable.Aside from showcasing these resources, the exhibit also showed that the Disaster Response Cluster is prepared to augment the Local Government Units when needed during disaster response.

Newly-installed DSWD Regional Director Marie Angela Gopalan, in an interview, pointed, however, that even with all the available resources of member agencies, disaster preparedness should begin at home. “It should start with one’s self,” she said.

Photo credits Jhoanne Cuesta, Marthea Clarisse Espiritu

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Senior Citizens to get one-year Social Pension this semester

The DSWD Field Office VIII announces that it will now start conducting  pay-outs for Social Pension.

For the pay-outs that are set to begin this July, social pension beneficiaries should expect to receive their stipend of Php6,000.00. It will continue to be paid by semester.

There was a delay in the payment, following the call for nationwide re-validation of beneficiaries,  to ensure that only the rightful beneficiaries will benefit from the Social Pension. Out of 212, 186 beneficiaries, 154,320 were found eligible. 

Meanwhile, DSWD has stopped downloading of funds to the local government units as it will be the DSWD itself which will handle the pay-outs.

DSWD Regional Director Marie Angela Gopalan pledged to ensure that all Social Pension beneficiaries in the region get their stipend soon. 

Indigent senior citizens aged 60 and above, and senior citizens who do not have Social Security System (SSS) or the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) pension, or have no regular support from their families are qualified in the program.

Each of the social pensioners, who are senior citizens, are entitled to receive PHP500 monthly. Each will receive PHP3,000 every semester or a total of PHP6,000 annually.

It was learned that in case the pensioner dies on any day within the semester, he/she shall be entitled to receive the full amount of stipend for the semester to be given to the authorized representative.

The Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPICS) is a monthly government assistance to indigent senior citizens intended to augment their daily subsistence and medical needs. It started in 2011 through the Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.#

The DSWD Field Office VIII announces that it will now start conducting  pay-outs for Social Pension.

For the pay-outs that are set to begin this July,  social pension beneficiaries should expect to receive their stipend of Php6,000.00. It will continue to be paid by semester.

There was a delay in the payment, following the call for nationwide revalidation of beneficiaries,  to ensure that only the rightful beneficiaries will benefit from the Social Pension.  Out of 212, 186 beneficiaries, 154,320 were found eligible. 

Meanwhile, DSWD has stopped downloading of funds to the local government units as it will be the DSWD itself which will handle the pay-outs.

DSWD Regional Director Marie Angela Gopalan pledged to ensure that all Social Pension beneficiaries in the region get their stipend soon. 

Indigent senior citizens aged 60 and above, and senior citizens who do not have Social Security System (SSS) or the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) pension, or have no regular support from their families are qualified in the program.

Each of the social pensioners, who are senior citizens, are entitled to receive PHP500 monthly. Each will receive PHP3,000 every semester or a total of PHP6,000 annually.

It was learned that in case the pensioner dies on any day within the semester, he/she shall be entitled to receive the full amount of stipend for the semester to be given to the authorized representative.

The Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPICS) is a monthly government assistance to indigent senior citizens intended to augment their daily subsistence and medical needs. It started in 2011 through the Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.#

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Symbolic hand-over of new DSWD Director, meaningful

Three things made the hand – over of the new DSWD Field Office VIII Regional Director in last Monday’s affair worth remembering. 
 At the Sophia’s Way of the Leyte Park Hotel in Tacloban City, outgoing OIC – Regional Director, Yvonne Serrano – Abonales, passed on to incoming Regional Director, Marie Angela Gopalan, the DSWD Field Office VIII flag. 
 The flag bears the hands that symbolizes care for the welfare of the people – workers and beneficiaries alike, and the heart, for passion for service.
Then, the Key of Responsibility which stands for trust and confidence in carrying on the programs and services of the Field Office. 
 Lastly, the red vest which speaks of the commitment of the men and women of the Department to uplift the lives of many marginalized and vulnerable Filipinos.
Director Gopalan, in the opening of her acceptance speech, stated, “it is a pleasure to be part of this team and I, too, will have to do justice to my position, seeing how you have worked so hard.”
She continued by saying, “We’re facing challenging times and responding to it can come at great personal cost. Despite this, we need to always give what the department deserves.”
Director Gopalan, in all humility, also told the DSWD Field Office VIII staff, “ I don’t know how to be a Regional Director. Teach me.”
The newly-installed official has been with the DSWD Central Office for almost 16 years – with the Human Resource and Development Bureau (HRDB), the Social Welfare Institutional Development Bureau, and the National Household Targeting Office. 
 This is her first Field Office assignment #

Outgoing OIC-Director Yvonne Serrano Abonales (left), side by side with the new Regional Director, Marie Angela Gopalan (right) after the ceremonial turn-over of the DSWD flag.

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A decade of partnership for a healthier tomorrow

The success of any program implementation calls for intensive efforts and initiatives among the beneficiaries, staff, and even the partner stakeholders. The absence of mutual relationship between these key persons would result to ineffectiveness and inefficiency in the program implementation.

In the case of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), it is really important to bring partners into the scene of convergence towards social development. In the municipality of Motiong, Samar, the implementation is lightened by supportive stakeholders, one of whom is the 4Ps focal person and public health nurse at Motiong Rural Health Unit– Feliberto Francisco L. Sison. #DSWDMayMalasakit #DSWDKalingaAtPagmamahal

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CDD Signature Campaign as part of BARR

Part of the Barangay Accountability Review and Reporting (BARR) activity is the conduct of Signature Campaign wherein the local government officials and communities have pledged their support to continue to adopt the Community-Driven Development (CDD) process, it being a national strategy in poverty alleviation. Signature campaign is part of the Kalahi CIDSS month celebration across all 23 LGU-led municipalities in Region VIII.

Through CDD, we can accelerate delivery of basic services, promote inclusive development and enhance the Participation, Transparency and Accountability in governance so that the marginalized, discriminated and vulnerable sectors of the communities be able to rise out from poverty and improve their well-being.

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