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DSWD  removes unwanted beneficiaries in Central Mindanao

COTABATO CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) delisted over 2,000 beneficiaries from the flagship anti-povety program as part of efforts to strengthen the program implementation in Central Mindanao.

CCT beneficiaries are seen during Barangay Assembly in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Zorahayda T. Taha, region director of DSWD 12, said around 2,135 households from the region’s total 231, 137 beneficiaries were  removed from the agency’s database as they have no longer eligible members in the family for the program.

“We have also delisted 36 out of 22894 Households in the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer due to double entry and not eligible,” Dir. Taha said.

The MCCT aims to increase the reach of the Conditional Cash Transfer program in order to help families and children that are in difficult situations and overcome such situations and be able to mainstream them into the regular CCT program or popularly known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

It is a modified approach designed to maximize the reach of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program for the purpose of helping the street children reunited with their families and bring them back to school.

“We are working also on how our beneficiaries can get a job aside from the financial assistance. That’s the reason why we have livelihood trainings for them,” Dir. Taha said.

“We talked with some of our beneficiaries and told us they wanted to get a job so they can stand on their own,” she added. (End)


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DSWD clarifies issue on incomplete hygiene kit contents for Marawi IDPs

KORONADAL CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development clarified today issue spreading among residents displaced by the five-month siege in Marawi City regarding the items in their hygiene kits.

The DSWD cited in its Family Assistance Record of the IDPs that it will provide them with hygiene items worth P1,825. However, because of problems with the supplier of said kits, the contents of the hygiene kits were limited to items worth more or less P500.

A family shared their first lunch after five months inside the house they abandoned in Basak Malutlut, a village where the fighting first erupted in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, October 29, 2017.

Pictures have been circulating in social media platforms showing the items and some IDPs are questioning why the amount stated for the items is P1,825.

The DSWD explained that the cost of the items and the total cost of each hygiene kit were  predetermined and written on Family Assistance Records much earlier before the actual kits were distributed. There is no intent to overprice the items.

On October 29, DSWD FO XII Director Zorahayda Taha spoke to the returning IDPs in Basak Malutlut, Marawi City and explained that the hygiene items are among the immediate needs of the locals so they decided to distribute the kits  despite of the fact that they were incomplete.

“The hygiene kit is not really the complete hygiene kit dahil medyo nagipit ang oras ng supplier natin, pero oras na mai-deliver ng supplier, ibibigay natin sa inyo agad (The hygiene kit is not yet complete because of the problem on the delivery of our supplier, but as soon as we receive the supplies, we shall immediately distribute them to you),” Dir. Taha assured the families.

The DSWD Field Office has pledged to release the complete hygiene kits as soon as they arrive from the supplier, and to also release the other items from the incomplete kits to those who received them. The DSWD said that it keeps close tabs on the release of the kits and monitors how many have received incomplete kits and in which areas and communities these were distributed.

In the meantime, DSWD Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Emmanuel A. Leyco said, “Matagal pa po ang pagsasamahan natin upang muling maibalik ang ganda ng siyudad ng Marawi kaya gagawin po namin ang aming makakaya upang lalo pang ayusin ang proseso sa pagbibigay ng tulong sa mga apektadong pamilya (We still have a long way before Marawi City returns to its former beauty so we assure you that we will continue to improve the process of providing relief assistance to the affected families).”

Regarding the relief operations in Marawi City, affected families may send inquiries via the mobile number of DSWD Socsargen 0918-9122813. (End)


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DSWD denies alleged prostitution report in evacuation camps

MARAWI CITY – A senior official of Department of Social Welfare and Development denied Wednesday alleged prostitution reports among women from this Islamic City who were displaced in the five-month fighting between government security forces and pro-Islamic State.

Residents displaced by the conflict in Marawi City.

Bai Zorahayda T. Taha, regional director of DSWD 12, said that social workers have conducted investigation about the issue and it turned out negative.

“Our workers were able to talk to camp managers in the evacuation centers in the cities of Marawi and Iligan and they have no reports,” Dir. Taha said.

A report earlier came out from the media disclosed that some displaced women were forced into prostitution due to lack off source of income as their livelihood were disrupted by the conflict.

“We are monitoring and we have 289 women volunteers now engage in religious activities in evacuation camps,” Dir. Taha said.

She said the office also provided five-day cash for work for 289 women led by Aleema Asliah Mostagbal.

At the evacuation centers of Buru-un Fisheries and Maria Christina in Iligan City the reported prostitution turned out negative.

Liza Mije, camp manager at Maria Christina, said she heard about the report but upon verifying there was no case in the camp.

“I only learned the case when someone asks me also but i check and found out negative,” Mije said.

Residents affected by the conflict in Marawi City.

Dir. Taha said local officials of Lanao del Sur have formed a team task to probe the alleged prostitution. (End)

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11-year-old Maranao student says being poor not reason to achieve dreams in real world

KORONADAL CITY — For 11-year old Grade Six Maranao student, being poor should not be an excuse to achieve one’s dreams in life.

Nor-Azisa Decampong, Supreme Pupil Government president of Marbel 1 Elementary School under Special Education Program, came from a poor family in Koronadal City in South Cotabato but she continue to excel tremendously since in her first grade.  Her parents were both sidewalk vendors.

Nor-Azisa Decampong, Supreme Pupil Government president of Marbel 1 Elementary School.

“I wanted to become a teacher someday so I can teach other children in our community.

My parents are my source of strength that’s why I am giving my best in school,” Decampong, their school’s 2016 journalist of the year.

“With he help of Allah, I can finish get a college degree and when that happen, I can help take out our family to poverty,” she added.

According to Decampong, who is active in their school by participating in Mindanao’s school press conference, said they have not rich and the government’s program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, means a lot to them.

Decampong said since the program covered them she felt the government is real and sincere in helping poor people like them.

“Because of the Pantawid Pamilya, she learned that a lot of people are below poverty line and all their reasons they have not finish their education,” she said.

“I learned to save money and it must be used to the needs that are very important like education. I learned to become clean in all aspect whatever you status in life now. And being poor is not the reason we cannot finish our education because there are several government programs that helps poor people like us,” she added.

For Maranao children affected by the give-month conflict in Marawi, Decampong urged them to focus in their studies for it’s the only key to their development.

Jovelyn Pedroso, Decampong’s adviser in campus journalism, said apart from being president of their school, she is active in their organization.

“She’s been with us in the group in the last two years. She is very dedicated and responsible leader in our school,” she said.

Last year, Pedroso said Decampong was their representative in Regional School Press Conference in Sultan Kudarat copy and headline writing.

“We are so proud of her,” he said.

Sajarata, 48, the mother, was thankful they were included in the program four years ago.

“Our income as sidewalk vendors not enough to support our five children. But the government program means a lot to us. It’s a big help,” she said.


  1. What are the changes in your life since you became beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program?

There are a lot of changes in my life. First, I became closer to Allah. I am always thanking him for the blessing I get. Second, I am studying hard to finish y studies and I can get a degree in college for my future.

 I learned how to save money and spend it properly. I learned the importance o cleanliness whatever my status in life. Being poor is not a hindrance to get education because there are government programs like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program that helps the poor. 

  1. In all you learned in school and community, what is more important to you?

Being good to others…that’s important to me that I learned. And that’s the most important trait of a person. I think no successful person in real world that got that kind of characteristic.

  1. As student covered by the program, what can you do to become successful?

All I can do is to study hard so that I can get a good job in the future. That’s the reason also why I am aiming to get high grades in school so that when I reach college I can get a scholarship. When I finish my studies and get a good job, I can help to other poor people in our community. I will be a good example to other children in my village. I will encourage them to study hard because education is the only key to a successful life. I will follow all the laws and encourage my friends to do the same because I all Filipino will follow the laws of the country we can cross the bridge to success. 

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DSWD suspends CCT conditions for Marawi beneficiaries 

MARAWI CTY, Oct. 26 — DSWD officer-in-charge Secretary Emmanuel Leyco announced the suspension of conditionality’s of beneficiaries under Conditional Cash Transfer Program as the government commenced the full swing rehabilitation of this warn torn city.

DSWD OIC Secretary Emmanuel Leyco (L) and DSWD 12 regional director Bai Zorahayda Taha (C) distribute food to children at the capitol in Marawi City.

Speaking with reporters during a press briefing at the provincial capitol here on Wednesday, Leyco said conditions lifted under Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program  include  class attendance of at least 85 percent each month of children and the mandatory to take “family development sessions”.

“We allocated at least three billion to cover the relief assistance for the people displaced by the fighting until December this year,” SEC. Leyco said, adding returning residents to cleared areas here will be provided with one sack of rice and assorted canned goods.

For next year, he said they will be needing additional three billion to continue the delivery of services to Marawi.

“We might have lapses in the delivery of services but I assure you we will attend to them in earnest,” he said, citing the delay in some delivery of food aid to evacuees.

Leyco also announced the temporary appointment of DSWD 12 regional Director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha as their point persoN for Marawi crisis intervention. (End)

DSWD OIC Secretary Emmanuel Leyco speaks to reporters during press conference at the provincial capitol in Marawi City.


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DSWD assures full support to returning evacuees in Marawi 

ILIGAN CITY, Oct. 24 — Senior officials of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured Monday more aid to families affected by the armed clashes when they return to Marawi City.

DSWD OIC Secretary Emmanuel Leyco (L) inspects October 24, 2017 rice supplies inside a warehouse in Iligan City.

“We need to rebuild Marawi. We need to bring people back as well the normalcy in the lives of the people,”  said officer-in-charge Secretary Emmanuel Leyco.

Leyco said when the people return to their homes laters this month the office is planning to give one sack of rice to every family along with canned goods.

Bai Zorahayda Taha, DSWD 12 regional director, said SEC. Leyco inspected their warehouses for relief aid in the town of Initao, Misamis Oriental and in this city when then fighting erupted on May 23.

Dir. Taha said  SEC. Leyco also met local officials and discussed with other line government agencies officials how to improve government services to affected people.

“The government will provide the relief supplies to affected people until December this year. That’s the commitment of the government,” Dir. Taha said.

Earlier, the military reported residents from 72 other villages, mostly situated in areas that had been under military and police control, started returning this week.

Marawi, the country’s only Islamic City in Mindanao, was devastated by the siege by the militants who waved IS-style black flags and hung them on buildings they had occupied in its business district and outlying areas.

Volunteers prepare relief supplies October 24, 2017 inside a warehouse in Iligan City.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said at least P50 billion is needed to fund the rehabilitation of war torn city of Marawi. (( Reports from Jeoffrey Maitem, Dennis Domingo II, Hilbert Estacion, Salahuddin AbdelGafur)

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DSWD’s Men Opposed to VAW tells tribal men “Be advocate of women’s rights”

Rommel Camaganacan, MOVE president, orients tribal men in Kihan, Malapatan, Sarangani.

MALAPATAN, Sarangani — Men Opposed to VAW Everywhere of Department of Social Welfare and Development said Thursday they intensified their campaign on violence against women in the region.

Rommel Camaganacan, president of MOVE in the region, said around 300 tribal men along with their wives have attended their daylong orientation last October 10 in the village of Kihan here. All of them are currently covered by the government ‘s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

“Not all cases of violence against women were committed by men. There are also men advocates working and helping to end VAW,” Camaganacan said.

“The participants were receptive. We devide the sessions. Women were also oriented about their rights,” he added.

Camaganacan said Bonifacio Selma, Arthur John Gabucan, Merdibon Mangana and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Municipal Links facilitated the orientation.

DSWD 12 regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha underscored the need to educate the public on women’s rights issues as well the urgency of fighting and stopping the abuse and exploitation of women.

“Women’s rights are issues that should be supported by all Filipinos — men and women alike. We all have mothers, sisters, wives, aunts, nieces, daughters, and partners,” she said.

“Abuses against women are not acceptable and never will be. There is no excuse for abusing and exploiting women, so we must all work together to promote women’s rights and help each other understand their importance,” she added.

Arthur John Gabucan, a member of MOVE, tells women about their rights.

In Manila, the DSWD Central Office is currently monitoring the alarming number of cases of abuse and exploitation of women.

Based on the records of department’s Policy Development and Planning Bureau, a total of 2,797 women in especially difficult circumstances (WEDC) were served by the DSWD’s residential care facilities from January to September last year.

Based on case category and region, the department monitored and provided assistance to 210,842 WEDC from January to September 2016. Some 127 were cases of sexual abuse (76 rape; 47 incest; and four acts of lasciviousness) and 232 were cases of sexual exploitation (227 cases of prostitution; once case of pornography; and four cases of cyber-pornography).

The MOVE is an organization of men who committed themselves to be actively involved in the elimination of VAW that seeks to speak out against VAW; examine, propose and formulate total male involvement and actions in the elimination of VAW; form partnerships and linkages with similar groups working on VAW, locally and internationally; organize and conduct researches, studies and fora in recognition of the social effects of VAW for policy and program development; and establish resource network on VAW.

Aside from DSWD, local MOVE groups have been established in RegioN 12, Quezon Province, Aklan, Sultan Kudarat, Norther Samar and Southern Leyte. (End)

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DSWD 12 welcomes South Cotabato intensified programs for IPs

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato — The Department of Social Welfare and Development welcomed Thursday several programs implemented by partners intended for IP communities in South Cotabato.

Bai Zorahayda T. Taha, DSWD 12 regional director, said the development projects under South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes will likely help improve the lives of the IPs.

T’boli children covered by the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer Program play in the town of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. 

Dir. Taha said the interventions will push for development of  thousands of clients covered by Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program and KALAHI-CIDSS in South Cotabato.

“This is a good indication that the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is for the people,” Dir. Taha said.

IP representative to the Provincial Board Edgar Sambog recently reported they focused on implementing various development projects including farm-to-market roads, school buildings and health centers in remote IP communities.

At the same time, the provincial government  has been conducting community outreach programs in remote tribal communities to provide IP members with livelihood projects , health services and educational programs. (End)

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