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Lingap budget to be replenished

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao Region said that the Office of the President vowed to replenish the budget allocated for the two hospitals in Davao City for the Lingap sa Mahirap program of the National Government.

DSWD-Davao director Mercedita P. Jabagat said in an interview that initially, the Office of the President has given them a total of P150 million for the two identified public hospitals here namely the Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC) and Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) last March.

She added that to date, there were around P50 million left in the budget as estimated P100 million was already disbursed to assist indigent citizens in their medical expenses.

“From the 150 million na na-transfer nila last March, now there is more than 50 million na lang ang balance for the two hospitals,” Jabagat said.

Based on the record of the Davao City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), there were about 66,000 beneficiaries who received medical assistance from DSWD, Philippine Charity and Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Lingap sa Mahirap and Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corporation (PAGCor).

“We were instructed to submit a report on the status of our disbursement and according to the OP, they will replenish,” she said.

The budget came from the social fund of President Rodrigo Duterte.

She added that during a meeting here, there were amendments on the guidelines for the Lingap at Gabay Para Sa May Sakit program. It will expand and will soon cover prosthetics, assistive devices, diagnostics, laboratory procedures and additional qualified beneficiaries.

The program will provide assistance through the issuance of guarantee letters for the purchase of medicines from hospital pharmacies or from partner drug stores wherein the DSWD will be the lead agency who will manage and implement it and ensure that the assistance are properly distributed to indigent citizens.

The SPMC and DRMC are two of the six public hospitals in the country that were chosen to benefit from the program. The Office of the President allotted P1 billion budget for this and each citizen has a limit of up to P75,000 only. (Sun Star Davao)

 

 

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280,000 households pinpointed as poor

(Davao City) – Out of approximately 836,000 households surveyed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Davao region, a total of 280, 224 households are identified as poor during the period May 2015 to January 20, 2016.

The DSWD has identified approximately 5,000,000 households considered as poor out of 15,000,000 households assessed nationwide.

The 2017 survey was put on hold due to lack of budget and due to martial law.

“After the validation we ran out of funds, so there are places that we were not able to conduct the survey. In those places there are people who complained that they are poor but were not included in the Listahanan,”said Mae P. Valentin, Listahanan regional field coordinator during the Stakeholders Forum conducted by DSWD at the Metropolis Suites on December 13, Wednesday.

She said that the previous survey had a budget of P 18 million nationwide.

She said that DSWD was not able to immediately conduct the data sharing of the result of the survey because of the Data Privacy Act of 2012 and that they needed to comply its requirements. DSWD had to negotiate with the National Privacy Commission to allow them to share the data they have gathered.

“It was settled recently, we already have guidelines, we also have Memorandum of Agreement so we can now share,” she said.

She said that they needed to ensure that DSWD will not break any law upon sharing the result of their survey because it is a sensitive matter.

The data gathering which ended on November 2017 is a part of the On Demand Application (ODA) of DSWD, wherein re-survey was conducted based on validated complaints.

The DSWD assessed 9,377 households out of 12,981 households it surveyed this year but some transferred residences while some can no longer be traced.

She said that the latest data they have was from the survey last November 2017 but she cannot divulge the data yet because the data will undergo a process and will be validated by Proxy Means Test (PMT) which determines if the household is poor or not.

Valentin clarified that a person who underwent the household assessment does not immediately qualify to be listed as program recipient.

“That is what we have been telling the people, that they will not be automatically a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program even if they have undergone the survey because the 4Ps has a different criteria. The Listahanan is an information system and not a program,” she said.

The Listahanan aims to remove political interference in choosing the beneficiaries of 4Ps in the barangay. (Edge Davao)

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DSWD bares household survey results in forum

The Department of Social Welfare and Development conducted a stakeholder’s forum on December 13, Wednesday at Metropolis Suites Davao City.

The forum aims to share the result of the household assessment survey conducted last May 2015 to January 20, 2016 and to educate the participants about the Data Sharing Protocol & Data Privacy Act of 2012 or Republic Act 10173.

“We also want them to understand why they need to have a memorandum of agreement once they want to request a sensitive data because they might go to prison if someone (who is not in the moa) will know about it,” said Mae P. Valentin Regional Field Coordinator on the sides during the Stakeholders Forum.

This was attended by 30 participants from national government agencies such as Commission on Higher Education, Department of Health, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Provincial Local Government Unit and Non- Government Organizations.

“We only look into agencies who have social programs,” said Valentin.

The guideline in sharing the data gathered from the Listahanan (Memorandum Circular 12 Series of 2017) was discussed during the forum.

It’s objective is to serve basis in prioritizing the poor as beneficiaries of Social Protection Programs. It aims to establish a systematic way of data sharing, ensure data security mechanisms are in pace and increase coordination between agencies.

RA 10173 is a law that protects individual personal information stored and communication system of the government and the private sector or Data Privacy Act, Executive Order 2 Series of 2016 which prescribes the procedure that will guide public officials in operationalizing full public disclosure and transparency in the public service and NAP General Circulars Nos. 1 and 2 which prescribes the rules and regulations governing the Management of Public Records.

The penalties for violation of RA 10173 range from imprisonment of six months to seven years in prison and a fine ranging from P500,000 to P 8 million, depending on the gravity and frequency of the crime committed. (Edge Davao)

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Selling, buying of relief goods punishable by imprisonment of up to 12 years – DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) today reiterated that selling and buying for consumption or resale of the Department’s family food packs (FFPs) and other relief supplies that are intended for distribution to disaster victims is prohibited under Republic Act No. 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.

“The DSWD does not tolerate and strongly condemns the selling and buying of the Department’s relief goods. We would like to inform the public that those who commit such acts will be held liable and will be penalized under the law,” DSWD Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel A. Leyco said as he responded to reports that the Department’s relief goods were seen being delivered and sold in a sari-sari store in Iligan City.

Section 19 of RA10121 prohibits the selling of relief goods, equipment, or other aid commodities intended for distribution to disaster victims. It also prohibits buying, either for consumption or resale, of relief supplies both from disaster relief agencies and from the recipient disaster-affected persons.

Other prohibited acts include preventing the entry and distribution of relief goods in disaster-stricken areas; diverting or misdelivery of relief goods; forcibly seizing of the goods intended for a specific group of victims or relief agency; and,  accepting, possessing, using or disposing of relief supplies not intended for nor consigned to a person.

The prohibited acts further include misrepresenting the source of relief goods either by covering or replacing the labels, repacking the goods into containers with different markings, or by making a false verbal claim that the goods came from another agency or persons; and, substituting or replacing relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities with the same items of inferior or cheaper quality.

Under the law, those who commit any of the prohibited acts face a fine ranging from P50,000 – P500,000 or imprisonment of six years up to 12 years.

DSWD Field Office (FO) XII Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos, who is also the Assistant Program Manager for Special Operations in Marawi and other Affected Localities, has earlier warned that evacuees from Marawi City who will be proven guilty of selling the relief goods provided to them by the Department will be disqualified from receiving future aid from the government.

“We understand that they are in need of money, that is why they sell relief goods. But we also have to realize that based on our guidelines, selling these relief goods is prohibited. These goods are meant for their own consumption,” Dir. Ramos earlier said.

OIC Leyco encouraged the public to report all cases involving the selling and buying of relief goods to the DSWD.

“We call on the public to help us guard the relief aid intended to the victims of disasters and calamities by reporting to us all cases that involve selling and buying of the Department’s relief goods The aid that the government provides are for our fellow Filipinos who have been affected by a crisis. Those who commit these illegal acts are robbing the victims of the help that they badly need,” he said.

Reporting of cases

The public may report cases involving the selling and buying of DSWD relief goods through the DSWD Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau’s (DReAMB) e-Reklamo platform, a web-based complaints management ticket system. It may be accessed through the following ICT channels:

  • http://ereklamo.dswd.gov.ph/ website wherein each complaint is assigned a unique ticket number that can be used to track the progress and responses online. A valid email address is required to use this system.
  • SMS using the following syntax:
  • Text DSWD <space> ereklamo <space> “Name of Complainant” <space> Location <space> “Complaint Message” and send to 3456 (any network).  Each text message is charged P1.00.
  • Email to ereklamo@dswd.gov.ph

They can also report to the nearest DSWD Field Office.

Meanwhile, those in Marawi and neighboring municipalities may also directly report such cases to the following numbers:

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Best community volunteers big winners at Kalahi-CIDSS Bayani Ka! Awards

Davao City (DSWD XI) – Nine groups of Kalahi-CIDSS volunteers were cited for their exemplary contribution in community-driven development during the recently concluded 4th Regional BayanI Ka! Awards at Grand Menseng Hotel here.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recognized the efforts of Kalahi-CIDSSS Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) Andap, New Bataan and Kapalong Council of Women under the Gender and Development category.

For Improved Local Governance category, BSPMC New Casay of Braulio E. Dujali and BSPMC Tagugpo of Pantukan were awarded while BSPMC Cabayangan of Braulio E. Dujali was feted for Environmental Protection.

BSPMC Sua-on of Kapalong won the category on Indigenous People’s Welfare, BSPMC Taytayan of Cateel for Sustained Community Volunteer Group, BSPMC Cogon Bacaca of Kiblawan for Persons with Disability, and BSPMC Dujali of Braulio E. Dujali for Youth category.

The winners received a plaque of recognition and cash prize.

The nomination and validation ran from November through December 2017.

Following the awards ceremony, two volunteers shared their heartwarming experience on how the program has changed their lives and their community, as well as their struggles and triumphs in managing the sub-project they have chosen.

“I never expected this award and to stand here before all of you because we encountered various trials when we were constructing our road access sub-project. I had setbacks, some people never believed in my capacity to lead maybe because I am woman and a PWD at that, but we made it,” teary-eyed but beaming Joesielyn Rellin, of Cogon Bacaca, Kiblawan and winner under the PWD Category related her story.

Conducted annually, The Bayani Ka! Awards is a social marketing initiative of Kalahi-CIDSS which seeks not only to recognize the significant work done by program supporters but also to develop a pool of champions to help in promoting the program.

Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Coordinator and Chief of DSWD XI Institutional Development Division Ma. Elena S. Labrador, said the 4th Regional Bayani Ka! Awards recognizes the hard work of community volunteers and Local Government Units (LGU) who put others before their own selves.

“We have witnessed the triumphs of our community volunteers, whose commitment and resilience have helped their communities defy the odds and find the collective strength to fulfill their shared vision despite the myriad of challenges they face.”

She added, DSWD recognizes the invaluable support and efforts of the Kalahi-CIDSS community volunteers, partner LGUs, and other stakeholders who have been working for the improvement of their communities.

Kalahi-CIDSS or Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, one of the core programs of DSWD, is a community-driven development program of the Philippine Government aiming to empower people through sustainable development, enhanced participation in local governance, and management of poverty alleviation projects. (DSWD)

 

 

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