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DSWD feeding program benefits 100K school children in Region 12

COTABATO CITY – More than 100,000 children in public schools in the Region 12 have benefitted from the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a social worker reported Saturday.

Jane Blessy Manguray, supplementary feeding program focal person of DSWD 12, said in a local radio interview that the beneficiary-children included those in the province of Maguindanao, a component province of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Region 12 is made up of the provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Koronadal and General Santos.

Manguray said North Cotabato had the highest number of beneficiaries with 34,693 school children.

They were provided with daily nutritious supplemental food in schools since the start of the classes his year.

She said the 120-day supplemental feeding program aims to improve the nutritional status of school children, many of them in daycare centers across the region.

Manguray explained that the SFP is the provision of food, in addition to the regular meals, to children currently enrolled in daycare centers. It is part of the DSWD’s contribution to the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the government.

The food supplement includes hot meals served during break time in the morning session or in the afternoon session to children in Day Care Centers (DCCs), and Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP).

Manguray explained that parents actively participated in the program because they managed the prepared meal cycle using available local food supplies.

Close monitoring follows after a month to determine improvement in a child’s weight as compared to their weight prior to the SFP. (Edwin Fernandez/PNA)

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Nearly 400 CCT clients now living above poverty line in Region 12 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 will remove at least 397 beneficiaries covered by the state’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program.

In this picture shows DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program attending assembly in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem)

Kristin De Pedro, DSWD 12 project development officer II for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,  said  their removal  was part of the recertification process wherein social workers will determine if they still need to receive the financial assistance from the government.

“All our beneficiaries were subjected to recertification.  The 397 families will be given six months by the Central office upon receiving the notice to appeal before their formal termination in the program,” De Pedro said.

“If they were removed, it only shows they are already above poverty line,” she added.

Under CCT,  the government allocates grants amounting to P500 to P1, 400 for each beneficiary household, depending on the number of eligible children. Each family is allowed a maximum of three children to receive the monthly benefits provided they have to stay in school and maintain class attendance of at least 85 percent each month.

At the same time, pregnant women are also required to avail pre- and post-natal care, and delivery must be assisted by skilled health personnel, while parents are mandatory to take “family development sessions” to enable them to become better parents. (JBM/DSWD SMS)

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SOCOTECO-I banner project utilizes the gov’t database of poor households

From Left, ARD Jackiya A. Lao (DSWD 12 Data Protection Officer), Director Myrna V. Clavesillas, BOT Chairman and Executive Director and designated Data Protection Officer Janice Pauline E. Del Castillo

KORONADAL CITY — SOCOTECO-I Foundation, Inc. entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with DSWD through the National Household Targeting Unit as reference in the selection of beneficiaries mainly, but not limited to, Mission: Juan Koneksyon (M:JK).

The SOCOTECO-I Foundation, Inc. from among its program has identified Mission: Juan Koneksyon (M:JK), a project that intends to provide free electrical installation to poor households.

According to Director Myrna V. Clavesillas, BOT Chairman, the data obtained from DSWD Listahanan database shall be used to determine beneficiaries such as individuals, households, communities, group, etc. in the implementation of other programs of SOCOTECO-I Foundation, Inc. like lighting homes and communities, education, health and wellness, environment protection and livelihood program.

“The beneficiaries of Mission: Juan Koneksyon are poor households from within the franchise of South Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOCOTECO-I),” Clavesillas added.

As of December 31, 2016, there were 167,583 poor households without access to electricity out of the 192,812 poor households with access to electricity in SOCCKSARGEN Areas. Of this figure, a total of 19,584 poor households without access to electricity were from within the franchise of South Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SOCOTECO-I):

From left, Edon M. Onto (NHTU Statistician), Sohra P. Guialel (PPD Chief), ARD Jackiya A. Lao, Director Myrna V. Clavesillas (BOT Chairman), Executive Director Janice Pauline E. Del Castillo (SOCOTECO-I designated Data Protection Officer)

  1. Banga – 1,620 HHs
  2. City of Koronadal – 1,134 HHs
  3. Lake Sebu – 4,610 HHs
  4. Norala – 534 HHs
  5. Santo Niño – 414 HHs
  6. Surallah – 1,612 HHs
  7. T’Boli – 5,491 HHs
  8. Tampakan – 666 HHs
  9. Tantangan – 709 HHs
  10. Tupi – 1,620 HHs
  11. Lutayan -1,174 HHs

The SOCOTECO-I Foundation, Inc. designated Executive Director Janice Pauline E. Del Castillo as Data Protection Officer while Assistant Regional Director for Administration Jackiya A. Lao as designated DSWD 12 Data Protection Officer.

In 2015, it can be recalled the DSWD conducted the house-to-house assessment to get the socioeconomic information of the households. This resulted in the identification of 360,395 poor households out of the 805,379 total assessed in SOCCSKSARGEN Region.

Additionally, to request the list of poor households including their personal information, the following documents are needed along with the letter of request addressed to the Regional Director:

Local Government Units (LGUs)

  • Signed MOA (Governor/Mayor)
  • Sangguniang Panlalawigan/ Bayan Resolution
  • Executive Order designating a Provincial/City/Municipal Data Privacy Officer

National Government Agencies (NGAs)

  • Signed MOA with designated Data Protection Officer

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)

  • Signed MOA with designated Data Protection Officer (DPO)
  • Board Resolution (original copy)
  • Valid proof of identification of agency head and DPO
  • SEC Registration

Members of the Academe

  • Data sharing shall be limited to raw data and statistics
  • The letter of request from researcher/professor/research adviser and vouched by the Dean or any school authority

As specified in the guidelines, all stakeholders requesting access to the list of poor are required to designate at least one (1) Data Protection Officer who will oversee the use, security and protection of the data.

Furthermore, data users shall submit to the DSWD reports on how the data were utilized including if these were shared with other data users.

Listahanan, also known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), is an information management system that identifies who, where and how many poor are nationwide.###

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DSWD 12 releases 16M financial capital for business of clients in Central Mindanao

KORONADAL CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 12 released Tuesday more than 16 million worth of financial capital assistance to identified associations as part of central government’s efforts to combat poverty in the region.

Gemma Rivera, DSWD 12 assistant regional director for operations, said at least 41 qualified organisations were also given civil society certificates during the ceremonial turn over of their respective checks at the regional office in this city.

DSWD 12 ARD for administration Jackia Lao talks to beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and SLP during the distribution of their financial capital assistance in Koronadal City. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem)

“We hope that with the cash assistance all of you can start with business for a better life,” ARD Dir. Rivera said.

Bonifacio Selma, promotive division chief, said the financial assistance for the 41 organizations with members also covered by the government’s conditional cash transfer program, was channeled through the office’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

“We will be monitoring the progress of their business they indicated in their proposals,” he said.

Archie Valdez,  Association of Nationalist Disabled Persons in Koronadal City, thanked the government for the assistance.

Valdez said they proposed Php 100,000. 00 to procure  egg incubator for Balut – boiled fertilized duckling egg— business.

“Once we have the incubator, we will buy the eggs from our suppliers and our group will sell it to the public,” he said.

The DSWD SLP program aims to improve the standard of living of poor households by facilitating opportunities for development and management of resources viable for micro-enterprises, community empowerment through skills training and employment facilitation. (DSWD/JBM/SMS)

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DSWD provides assistance to families affected by flooding in Maguindanao

Due to the effects of the heavy rain showers affecting various regions in the country, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided augmentation support to families affected by a flooding incident that occurred in Maguindanao.

According to the latest report of the DSWD Disaster Response Management Bureau (DRMB), the Department has already released P1,353,600 worth of assistance to affected families in the municipalities of Sultan Mastura and Sultan Kudarat.

DSWD 12 regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha said about 14,096 families or 71,322 persons were affected by the flooding incident.

Dir. Taha said they are in close coordination with concerned local government units and the DSWD-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for request for additional assistance and interventions for the affected residents.  (DSWD/JBM/SMS)

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Poverty rate declines 5 percent due to CCT 

KORONADAL CITY — The World Bank (WB) reported the country’s poverty rate declined by 5 percent this year, according to a senior official of Department of Social Welfare and Development.

In their new poverty assessment report released last month, the WB cited  from  2006 to 2015 robust economic growth helped the poverty rate in the Philippines to fall by 5 percent.

DSWD 12 regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha said the poverty rate declined from 26.6 percent in 2006 to 21.6 percent in 2015

due to factors like the expansion of jobs outside agriculture, government transfers, in particular to qualified poor Filipinos through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (a conditional cash transfer program), and remittances.

Beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program are seen June 8, 2018 in the town of T’boli, South Cotabato. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem)

Dir. Taha said the WB based their assessment from the 2015 records where 22 million Filipinos, or more than one-fifth of the population, still living below poverty line.

“This is a good news for us. We thank the World Bank for their assessment,” Dir. Taha said.

Mara Warwick, WB country director for Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand, said their report finds that increased wage income and the movement of workers out of agriculture, transfers from government social programs, and remittances from domestic and foreign sources were major forces in the poverty decline over the past decade.

“This experience gives us hope that the Philippines can overcome poverty,” said Warwick.

“With a strong economy, the country is well-placed to end the vicious cycles of unequal opportunity that trap people in poverty, set in place measures to improve service delivery, and boost job opportunities,” Warwick added.

In Region 12, over 250,000 families are currently covered by the program also known as Conditional cash Transfer.

Under CCT,  the government allocates monthly grants amounting to P500 to P1, 400 and P 600 rice allowance for each beneficiary household, depending on the number of eligible children. Each family is allowed a maximum of three children to receive the monthly benefits provided they have to stay in school and maintain class attendance of at least 85 percent each month.

At the same time, pregnant women are also required to avail pre- and post-natal care, and delivery must be assisted by skilled health personnel, while parents are mandatory to take “family development sessions” to enable them to become better parents. (JBM/DSWD)

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Government provides relief to residents affected by military assault vs. lawless elements in Maguindanao, North Cotabato

PAGALUNGAN, MAGUINDANAO — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 extended relief assistance Monday to families affected by fresh fighting between military and armed lawless elements in Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces.

On June 10, the military launched surgical air strikes and ground assault against members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the marshland near the town SK Pendatu in Maguidnanao, leaving 15 armed men dead, eight others wounded and two captured. More than 2,000 families were also displaced, local social welfare officers reported.

In this picture taken June 11, 2018, shows residents displaced by the military’s offensive in Maguindanao are seen at the evacuation centre in Pikit, North Cotabato. (Photo by Peter Pechon)

Norhata Benito, DSWD 12 chief of Risk Reduction and Management Section, said around 2,120 families were provided with blanket, hygiene kit and relief food packs.

“Our partners from the local government will continue the verification of internally displaced families,” Benito said.

The military’s target was the group of Abu Toraife, the leader of the BIFF, a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that is currently engaged in peace talks with Manila.

Toraife split from the MILF when it signed a peace deal with Manila three years ago. The MILF then dropped its separatist bid for an independent state in the south, an idea that did not sit well with Turaipe. He broke away from the rebel chain-of-command and led his followers, who numbered in the few dozens, to press on with the fight. (DSWD- 12 / SMS)

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CCT beneficiaries celebrate family day in South Cotabato town 

T’BOLI, South Cotabato — Residents covered by the country’s anti-poverty program convened in this town remote village on Friday, June 9, to celebrate family day  that highlighted the importance of family unity and togetherness.

Thousands of beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program attended the event held at the gymnasium of Aflek village,  according to regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha.

Beauty pageant contestants are seen during Family Day celebration in T’boli, Southern Cotabato. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem)

“It is important that there is adequate assistance provided for families, especially the poor, to strengthen them. That is why our government government, together with the local government units, are helping each other in the delivery of services,” Dir. Taha said, adding in the context of social development, families should remain at the center whether in the conceptualization or implementation of policies and programs.

Lawrence Belle Develos, municipal link, said their daylong event, which coincide in the town’s 2nd Kesbung (unity) festival, aimed to enhance and motivate the hidden skills of beneficiaries as part of the family development sessions.

“It’s fun. We have dance, singing and beauty pageant contest,” she said.

Under its conditions, the program, also known as Conditional Cash Transfer,  allocates Php 600 monthly rice allowance and P500 to P1, 400 grants for each beneficiary household, depending on the number of eligible children. Each family is allowed a maximum of three children to receive the monthly benefits.

It calls children aged 3 to 18 to stay in school and maintain class attendance of at least 85 percent each month. Pregnant women are also required to avail pre- and post-natal care, and delivery must be assisted by skilled health personnel, while parents are mandatory to take “family development sessions” to enable them to become better parents. (DSWD-12/SMS)

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