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DSWD field staff gumawa ng mga hand sanitizers bilang paghahanda sa payout

Pinangunahan ni Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Municipal Link Gina Opana ng DSWD Field Office VIII ang pag-gawa ng mga hand sanitizers para sa mga beneficiaries sa munisipyo ng General MacArthur, Eastern Samar.

Ito ay bilang paghahanda sa gagawing payout upang maiwasan ang paglaganap ng nakamamatay na Corona Virus o COVID-19.

Ginamit niya ang kanyang sariling personal na pera upang bumili ng mga sangkap gaya ng zonrox para sa nasabing sanitizers. Ang pinaglagyan naman ng mga panlinis ng kamay na ito ay mga recycled bottles mula sa kanilang lugar. 

Katulong ni Opana sa mahalagang inisyatibong ito ang iba pang DSWD staff, nurses mula  sa kanilang Rural Health Unit, at mga 4Ps parent leaders.

Samantala, ang 4Ps payout sa Eastern Visayas Region ay magsisimula ngayong Abril 2020. Ngunit hindi sabay sabay ang pagkuha ng grants dahil na nga sa implementasyon ng Physical Distancing sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic.

Ang mga benepisyaryo ay mahigpit na pina-aalahanang makipag-ugnayan at sumunod sa abiso ng City o Municipal Links.  

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Social Amelioration Update

Look: DSWD staff now conducting simultaneous, region-wide orientation regarding the implementation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

DSWD staff, headed by the Social Welfare And Development Team (SWADT) Leaders and the Project Development Officers (PDOs) of the Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) are now in the different provinces of Region VIII to orient Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDOs) on the implementation of the SAP. Once the LGUs have been fully oriented, the barangay officials can begin the house-to-house distribution of the Social Amelioration Cards.

The SAP is part of Republic Act 11469 (the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act), which was enacted as a response for COVID 19. This program aims to provide assistance to the indigent families who are affected by the community quarantine. Its beneficiaries include 4Ps beneficiaries, senior citizens, persons with disability, pregnant and lactating women, solo parents, overseas Filipinos in distress, indigent Indigenous Peoples, underprivileged and homeless individuals, and other members of the vulnerable sectors.

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DSWD Now Conducting Orientation on Bayanihan to Heal Act

In response to the ongoing COVID threat, the Duterte administration has signed into law the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.  This act has a provision for  social amelioration programs, which aims to provide assistance to qualified individuals who are affected by the quarantine. These qualified individuals include:

1. Senior Citizens
2. Persons with Disability (PWDs)
3. Pregnant and Lactating women
4. Solo parents
5. OFWs in distress
6. Indigent Indigenous Peoples
7. Underprivileged Sector and Homeless Citizens
8. Informal Economy Workers (including:
directly hired or occasional workers,
subcontracted workers,
homeworkers,
house helpers,
drivers,
micro-entrepreneurs and producers,
family enterprise owners,
subminimum wage earners,
farmers, fisherfolk and farm workers,
employees affected by no work, no pay policy,
and stranded workers.

Currently, DSWD is conducting an orientation on this Act and is now planning orientations for the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDOs), who will then orient the citizens affected by enhanced community quarantine.

The beneficiaries must fill out the Social Amelioration Cards (SAC), which will be distributed by the LGUs. These will then be submitted to DSWD for validation. 

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Kapag ikaw ay nagtanim, tiyak na mayroon kang aanihin

Sa Brgy. Balud, Tanauan, Leyte, masayang ibinahagi ng isang benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) na si  Clarisa Modesto mula sa pamilya ng mga magsasaka ang tungkol sa kanilang mga pananim na nakatulong upang hindi sila magutom lalo ngayong may malawakang sakuna dulot ng Corona Virus o COVID19.

Binigyang-diin ni Clarisa na walang magugutom lalo na kung marunong magtanim. Sabi pa nga niya, “Dahil kapag ikaw ay nagtanim, tiyak na mayroon kang aanihin.  Sa oras ng mga sakuna o krisis, ikaw ay mayroong makakain.”

Kaya naman lubos ang kanyang pasasalamat sa 4Ps at sa kanilang Municipal Link sa pagtuturo sa kanila ng gardening sa Family Development Sessions (FDS). Ang kaalaman na ito ay kanilang pinahalagahan at inaksyunan.

Dahil sa gardening o pagtatanim, hindi sila nahihirapang maghanap ng mga gulay at mga sangkap sa pagluluto. Habang namumunga ang kanilang mga pananim, malaking grasya daw itong maituturing.

Sa kabilang dako sa Brgy Zone 6, San Roque, Northern Samar, ang grupo naman na pinangungunahan ni 4Ps parent leader Brenda Enero, kamakailan ay nag-ani ng ilang mga talong, pechay, at sitaw mula sa kanilang communal garden. Ngayon ay mayroon silang masustansiyang pagkain sa kanilang mga mesa at sila din ay kumita ng halos Php660 mula sa pag-bebenta ng ilan sa kanilang mga pananim.

Si Brenda ay matiyagang nagsisikap para sa kanyang pamilya at sa kanilang komunidad. Siya ay gumigising ng maaga upang asikasuhin ang kanilang garden at sa buong araw naman ay nagtratrabaho bilang isang Barangay Health Worker. “Walang mangyayari kung wala kang gagawin at panay reklamo lang. Maging positibo tayo. Sa kabila ng kahirapan, laging may pag-asa. Patuloy tayong magsumikap, maging madiskarte sa buhay, at maging busy” ayon kay Brenda. #DSWDKalingaAtPagmamahal #DSWDMayMalasakit @dswdserves @Department of Social Welfare and Development

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As COVID-19 sweeps across the country, the Local Government Units together with DSWD continue to step up efforts in showing support for the barangay frontliners.

In San Julian Eastern Samar, Maritess Calvadores, MSWDO assigned DSWD team to help the LGU staff in making do-it-yourself face shield masks.

The LGU provides materials such as laminating film, foam, double sided-tape and tie wire to address face mask shortage.

To date, 230 pieces of face masks are ready for distribution to barangay frontliners.

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DSWD Field Office VIII continues to deliver services through AICS program amidst COVID-19 pandemic

ADVISORY

All over the region, DSWD Field Office VIII continues to deliver services for WALK-IN Clients and REFERRED Clients of CRISIS INTERVENTION UNIT through the ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS IN CRISIS SITUATIONS (AICS). ASSISTANCE comes in the form of FINANCIAL AID or GUARANTY LETTERS FOR MEDICAL AND BURIAL, and FINANCIAL AID FOR EDUCATION, FOOD, and TRANSPORTATION.

Even with the COVID-19 Pandemic, the CIU operates during regular working days at the Field Office VIII along Magsaysay Boulevard in Tacloban and in satellite offices spread out in strategic areas of the provincies/cities.

However, the CIUs take precautionary measures for the protection of clients and staff from the deadly disease by limiting the number of clients daily and observing SOCIAL DISTANCING.

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Local Government Units and the DSWD are working together on the ground so that the needs of families affected by the imposition of Community Quarantine are provided.

The LGU of Pintuyan, for instance, launched “Basura Mo Bigas Ko Project” in close coordination with the DSWD Municipal Action Team headed by Grace Manocsoc.

The project encourages families to make an Ecobrick in exchange for rice provided by the LGU. The DSWD team takes charge of the rice distribution.

Ecobrick is essentially a plastic bottle packed with non-biodegradable waste used as building materials to create structures and furniture.
The Local Government Units are doing innovative ways of helping families in need during COVID-19 pandemic.

DSWD’s Social Welfare Action and Development Teams (SWADTs) are set up in every province to provide technical assistance and resource augmentation to the LGUs.

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