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A total of P276M UCT assistance released to Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiaries in Bicol

An amount of P276,854,400 have been released to 115,356 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in Bicol for the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries with land bank cash cards are the first to receive the UCT assistance of P2,400 (P200 per month) for the whole year (2018). The remaining 258,215 pantawid pamilya beneficiaries of which 252,552 beneficiaries come from Regular Pantawid Pamilya and 5,663 beneficiaries come from Modified Conditional Cash Transfer without cash cards will receive the UCT grants on April 2018 through partner conduits.

UCT is a component of the national government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) program that aims to assist indigent Filipinos that will be affected by the rising prices because of the implementation of the new tax reform program.

As stipulated in the TRAIN act, DSWD is responsible for the implementation the UCT scheme for three years.

For this year 2018, an amount of P2,400 (P200 per month) will be released. For 2019 and 2020 an amount of P3,600 (P300 per month) will be provided to beneficiaries of UCT.

Among the beneficiaries of UCT in the Philippines, are 4.4 million Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, three million indigent senior citizens of Social Pension Program and 2.6 million households selected from the Listahanan or National Household Targeting System (NHTS-PR) which will undergo through validation process.

According to Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, the validation process of Listahanan is expected to last for three months and the final list of beneficiaries are targeted to be out by the end of May. “Thus, distribution of the UCT assistance for Listahanan are targeted to be done by June 2018,” he explained.

One of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who received the cash grant for UCT is thirty-eight year old Cherry Escario of Busay, Daraga, Albay. “Hindi po namin ito inaasahan, pero maraming maraming salamat po. Gagraduate na po ang anak ko ngayon na Marso at malaki po itong tulong sa amin, lalo na sa pag-paaral ng tatlo ko pong anak,” she said.***GLindio,IO-4Ps

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Albay officials acknowledge DSWD’s augmentation support in Mayon Relief Operations

Guinobatan, Albay—The Albay mayors who were present during the Hatid-Tulong: Mayon Caravan last February 28, 2018 expressed gratitude to Dir. Arnel Garcia of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V for the incessant relief augmentation to the affected families by the Mayon volcanic activities.

The Hatid-Tulong: Mayon Caravan is a humanitarian caravan, the first of a series, spearheaded by the DSWD together with other member-agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) mobilized resources for the delivery of additional augmentation assistance.

As of the press time, the DSWD’s cost of assistance reached PhP84,582,344.72 comprised of 150,039 FFPs and other non-food items such as malong, dignity kits, toys, blankets, tents, sleeping kits and laminated sacks. There are 15,710 families inside evacuation centers.

DSWD Region V quickly responded to the needs of the local government units (LGUs) and provided the requested relief goods days after the first blow of Mayon eruption in January. DSWD has also provided the 28-day food requirement for the month of February as agreed.

Nine LGUs namely, Camalig, Daraga, Guinobatan, Ligao City, Malilipot, Tabaco City, Sto. Domingo, Legazpi City and Bacacay received a total of 23,800 DSWD family food packs (FFPs) last February 28, 2018. These FFPs were ferried by 24 trucks from the DSWD warehouse in Pasay City to fulfill DSWD’s commitment to the LGUs with depleted resources.

Tabaco City Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro who is present during the caravan said that it is challenging to manage evacuation centers because the LGU needs to spend at least PhP400,000 a day for 2,000 affected families but thanked DSWD for the additional aid.

“Digdi ko sana namati ang bilog ang suporta ning mga national government agencies (NGAs) para matabanangan ang mga LGUs. Ang tingog ta tigdadangog asin tigtatawan importansya kang DSWD (This is the only time I felt the full support from the national government agencies (NGAs) to support us, the LGUs. DSWD heed our call for help,” Luistro added.

Camalig Mayor Ahrdail Baldo also added that she felt the presence of the NGAs most specially the assistance of DSWD.
“Dakulang pasalamat kay Dir. Garcia dahil kung wara po ang DSWD, gurutom po kita, gurutom su mga evacuees ta. Indi na kami mamroblema na mga mayors ta DSWD na ang nagpakawn para sa bulan ning Pebrero (Thank you very much, Dir, Arnel Garcia. If not for your help, our evacuees will starve. We, the mayors, are no longer troubled because DSWD provided for February),” Baldo said.

Also, Mayor Herbie Aguas of Sto. Domingo and Ligao City Mayor Patricia Alzua agreed with the other mayors and personally thanked DSWD for all the assistance provided to their constituents given the financial constraints.

Office of the President honors DSWD Region V for the Mayon Relief Operations
The DSWD Region V through Dir. Garcia received the presidential watch that was awarded by the Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Sec. Francis Tolentino from the Office of the Presidential Coordinator for Mayon Operations last February 27, 2018. The watch was accorded to DSWD because of the agency’s good performance in the ongoing Mayon Disaster Operations.

Guinobatan Mayor Gemma Ongjoco who is the host town of the Hatid Tulong: Mayon Caravan congratulated Dir. Garcia for the recognition received.

“He deserves the recognition because DSWD Region V is hands-on and is our active partner on the ground,” Ongjoco sai.

Similar watch was also awarded to the regional office of the Department of Health (DOH). (with reports from DSWD Central Office)

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DSWD Region V pays tribute to 2017 retirees

Legazpi City—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V celebrated the contributions of its 2017 retirees by honoring them in a program dubbed as Salamat, Mabuhay! yesterday at Kanzo Hall and Restaurant.
“It is my honor to be part of this celebration. This is the chance to pay tribute to our retirees together with their friends, families and relatives,” Dir. Arnel Garcia said.

Two former DSWD employees namely, Sammy Buenconsejo, a Social Welfare Assistant at Crisis Intervention Unit and Renato Millena, an Administrative Officer I at the Cash Section, received a plaque of appreciation and cash incentives.

Each of them received a total amount of PhP15,000.00 from DSWD Region V and Social Welfare Employees Association (SWEAP) Bicol.
Buenconsejo served the Department for 21 years while Millena reached 25 years. The former was also the focal person for the promotion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) rights.

Aside from the retirees, Regional Director Arnel Garcia also honored their families for the support.

“Ang retirement ang pagkakataon na babalik ka sa pamilya mo at pasasalamatan sila. Ito na yung time para bawiin yung oras na nawala (Retirement is your chance to return to your family and thank them. This is the time to recover the lost time),” Dir. Garcia said.
He also advised the honorees that retirement should not be seen as the end of their journey and consider it an opportunity to learn a new skill.

Responding to Dir. Garcia’s remark, Millena said that though he misses DSWD, he can now spend all of his time with his family and plans to return to his old hobby of biking and jogging.

“Salamat sa pamunuan ng DSWD at sa lahat ng empleyado. Salamat sa masasayang araw na naging produktibo (I thank the DSWD management and its employees. Thank you for all the productive days),” Buenconsejo said.

He added that both men are extraordinary workers because of their commitment to public service. DSWD employees also prepared audio-video presentations, rendered songs and delivered messages to the two honorees.

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DSWD Region V orients NGAs on CCCM

Mr. Joseph Teston, Planning Officer III explains the collection, management and dissemination of information during the Orientation on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) for evacuation center management team members to the nine (9) municipalities affected by Mayon Volcano eruption.

Legazpi City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V conducted an orientation on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) to evacuation management team members to the nine (9) municipalities affected by Mayon Volcano eruption last February 22, 2018 at Bicol Food Delights Restaurant and Events Hall, Legazpi City.

Dir. Arnel Garcia reiterated that DSWD Region V is aiming for zero-issues during the Mayon Disaster Operations, and through the CCCM capacity building of camp managers, the welfare of the evacuees is ensured.

The event aims to share information on the guidelines of managing evacuation centers.

“This is a commitment of the agency [DSWD] to provide standard CCCM such as the designation of responsible offices or persons, implementation of laws and issuances, guide on resource allocation and quality of basic needs and services,” Garcia said.

The CCCM orientation will contribute in ensuring the safety and protection of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Albay due to the eruption of Mt. Mayon.

Ms. Marites Quismorio, Social Welfare Officer II, discussed salient provisions of the DSWD-DILG-DOH-DepEd Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 series of 2013 such as the composition and functions of the Evacuation Center Management Committee (ECMC), composition and functions of Evacuation Center Management Team (ECMT), recommended Evacuation Center Management Structure and do’s and don’ts in CCCM.

On the other hand, Mr. Joseph Teston, Planning Officer III, tackled the information management such as the Information Management Tools being used, masterlisting and profiling of disaster victims and logbook of donations received in kind.

Teston stressed the importance of effective information management in evacuation centers.

“The information management is important because we will be able to have evidence-based decision-making and planning, common language to discuss issues and concerns and their corresponding action and efficient internal operations management and external coordination,” Teston explained.

The event was attended by various field offices of national government agencies (NGAs) such as Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Agriculture (DA). /ramsertan/

For more information, you may visit the official Facebook page: @dswdfo5 or DSWD Region V


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38 SLP program participants passes skills training on food and beverage services NC II

About 38 SLP program participants graduated in skills training on food and beverage services National Certification (NC) II through Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at Daet, Camarines Norte, last February 27, 2018.

The training was a project of SLP under Employment Facilitation (EF) Track in partnership with Global IT. A total of Php 754, 460.00 was allocated for the said skills training that will cover all the expenses of the program participants. EF is one of the tracks of SLP that prepares its participants to be qualified and ready to enter employment. The program facilitates different interventions to the participants for them to acquire/improve their employable skills, gain knowledge and access to the available job opportunities, prepare the requirements prior to employment (e.g. processing of documents, NSO, birth certificate, NBI clearance, medical clearance, filling up of job application) and enter employment.

After completing the 20 days of training and passing the NC II assessment, 34 graduates will be deployed in Taytay, Rizal under Flavorcrest, a company connected to biggest fast food chains in the country, two will apply in Department of Education (DepEd) and the other two was hired at Daet Restaurant as Crew.

Prior to their graduation day, the program participants were very determined in fulfilling their dreams.

“Opportunity knocks only once and the program participants should grab it. This is a platform for them to improve their lives, and make their parents proud,” Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) Francia Pabia said.

According to Kevin Tolin, 23, the class valedictorian said that of all the residents of Daet, they are very fortunate to be chosen as scholars, thanked SLP of DSWD for giving the opportunity.

“As a recipient of the project we/I must do our best in order to thank them by doing our job well. Let us not disappoint them for it is a sign of ungratefulness. This is the start of our new path.”, he added.

Furthermore, the Food and Beverage Services NC II is a technical-vocational program that trains students on the preparation of food plans and meals for restaurants, hotels, canteens, banquets and functions, and basically any establishment that serves food to a large number of people. This program also educates students about kitchen/service area procedures and protocols and the general routine and responsibilities.

Lastly, program participants upon deployment, will still receive allowances and will closely monitor by the IPDO and MPDO assigned to ensure the success and effectiveness of the training they undergone until they all become a regular employee.

SLP is a community-based capacity building program that aims to improve the socio-economic condition of the participants. It facilitates interventions that expand the livelihood asset base of the participants (human, social, physical, natural, and financial capital) so they may either have gainful employment or successfully manage a microenterprise. #PRNPOJ03/02/2018

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The path to Mainit is also for humans

Community volunteers of Barangay Mainit, Bato, Camarines Sur envision a new chapter for their community after the successful construction of their pathway project.

If you had a chance to choose between an untrodden path or smooth highway, which one would you choose?

Is it the path less traveled or the accessible concrete road? Considering a number of advantages, one will choose the concrete road, the one traveled by many as compared to a path which is not open and difficult to walk on or drive through. We prefer the easiest way to get to our destination rather than experience troubles during our journey. But a different scenario was given to the people of Barangay Mainit in the municipality of Bato, Camarines Sur.

They would rather take the risk getting through the tough path just to reach the town proper for work or even school.

Barangay Mainit is one of the poorest barangay out of the 33 barangays in the municipality with 59 households.

The barangay is located in a very remote place with a distance of 11 kilometers starting from Bato town proper.

Residents cross two towns namely, Nabua and Balatan to reach their secluded abode. Upon reaching Brgy. Palo in Balatan, they have to walk for one hour and 15 minutes going to Mainit.

According to former Mayor Jeanette Bernaldez, the barangay experienced difficulties in accessibility and delivery of goods and services because there are no existing roads to connect the village to their own town.

In an interview with Evelyn Gazon, 42, housewife, she narrated that the path going to the barangay was only meant for carabaos to walk on since it is very muddy during the rainy season. She furthered that they sometimes experience floods just to reach their barangay.

Yung iba nga po kumakain na lang sa daan dahil sa inaabot na sila ng gutom bago makaakyat sa amin dahil nga po sa mahirap ang daan (Some people eat in the middle of their journey to the village)”, she said.

Even the children find it difficult to tread the muddy path.

According to Gazon, their teachers often give consideration to students from Barangay Mainit to attend school even though their uniforms are covered in mud.

Gazon also said that her neighbors cannot seek immediate medical attention from the main town.

Yung mga taong nagkakaroon ng mga sakit, kailangan pa ilagay sa duyan para pagtulong- tulungan na makarating sa Palo (Those who are ill are transported using makeshift hammock carried by people to Palo),” Cabandongga Evidor, 63, housewife, described.

Evidor also said that some never reach the town proper alive most especially those with worst health condition and those who were involved in accidents.


From their longing for proper accessibility, they moved as a community to meet their needs. Through DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, they were able to construct a 450-meter pathway. As of now, it is already open for motorcycles and three to four-wheel vehicles.

The Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) is a poverty alleviation project implemented by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which uses Community-Driven Development (CDD) strategy to achieve service delivery, poverty reduction, and good governance outcomes.

In order to carry out the project, women managed this since men were out to work.

Kahit wala man yung mga lalaki, naging aktibo yung mga babae na magtrabaho sa proyekto. Kung ano man ang nararapat na gawin, ginagawa naming mga kababaihan (With the absence of men, women were active to accomplish the project. If any work arises, we, women try our best to execute it)”, Evidor said.

Even the mayor of Bato was very impressed of what the group can accomplish to improve their community.

Kahit may mga gawain sila sa kani-kanilang pamilya, hindi sila nagdalawang isip na tumulong sa programa ng DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS (Even though they have families to tend to, they don’t hesitate in helping carry out DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS)”, Municipal Mayor Frank Bernaldez said.

According to Merly Gozo, housewife, they pursued the project because they don’t want to see their children experience the same circumstances like them.

But, the community was not exempted in experiencing challenges as they implemented the project.

At first, they were not able to find contractors who wanted to apply for bidding due to the distant location of the village.

Naramdaman ko ang pagod namin kasi hirap kami kung paano kami makahanap ng contractors. Marami kaming contractors nakuha pero nung nalaman ang location namin, lahat sila back out. Minsan kapag nakausap namin, kaya nagback-out sila kasi baka daw malugi sila (I also experienced weariness because of contractors backing-out. We were able to find so many contractors but most of them have backed out when they found out the location of the barangay. When we talked to them about the reason, they often said that they might suffer financial loss)”, Gazon recounted.

Despite the difficulties, they were able to find a contractor because the Procurement team continuously encouraged contractors to help them construct the pathway that will contribute to the improvement of accessibility going to the barangay.

Sa tulong ng buong barangay, sa tulong ng mga staff ng Kalahi, lalong lalo na kay Lord at sa DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS, lubos po ang pasasalamat namin (With the help of the barangay, Kalahi-CIDSS staff especially to God and the program, we are very thankful)”, Gazon expressed.

Volunteers are always considered as modern-day heroes because of their willingness to work for the betterment of others.

Malaki ang tulong ng volunteers sa amin. Kahit wala silang natanggap na incentives. (The volunteers helped a lot in our community even though, they don’t receive incentives.)  I appreciate their enthusiasm to help in the development of their barangays. For me, they are the unsung heroes of the barangays”, former Municipal Mayor Jeanette Bernaldez said.

Although these people experienced difficulties during their journey, it is fulfilling for them to see the smiles of their loved ones as they appreciate the developments they made as a community.

Because wherever you go, the person who walks with you is more important rather than the path itself. /ramsertan/

About DSWD Kalahi-CIDSS

Camarines Sur has implemented Kalahi-CIDSS in 35 municipalities with a total implementation grant of Php 1,901,084,652.89 and local counterpart contribution of Php 72,384,679.02 from barangay and municipal local government units (LGUs) to fund community-managed sub-projects.

DSWD had allocated Bato with Php 65,753,834.47 with a counterpart from the LGU of Php 1,792,480.94.

The construction of 450-meter pathway starting from the boundary of Barangay Palo to Mainit barangay proper has a total project cost of Php 4,617,195.00.

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DSWD Bicol gears up eligibility check for cash subsidy program inclusion

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Bicol through its National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan is now preparing for the validation of 147, 846 poor households in the region next month.

According to DSWD Bicol Regional Director Arnel Garcia, the validation is in line with the implementation of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program.

“To ensure that the household beneficiaries belong to the poorest sectors, the result of the Listahanan 2 shall serve as the basis for determining potential beneficiaries by conducting a validation activity to ensure that these households will be able to receive the grant”, explained Garcia.

Garcia also clarified that the households to be validated are the Listahanan 2 identified poor in 2015 assessment that are non-Pantawid Pamilya and Social Pension beneficiaries.

The UCT is one of the social mitigating measures of the government to protect the poor, to help them cope up with the full implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act that took effect this year.

Under the TRAIN law, the DSWD will implement the UCT scheme in three years. Program beneficiaries including Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program, Social Pension, and the validated Listahanan-identified poor households will receive cash grants amounting to Php 200.00 for each household per month this year, which will rise to PhP 300.00 in 2019-2020.

DSWD to hire 443 employees for UCT validation

Unlike the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program, which has certain conditions on health and education of children, the UCT is an outright subsidy to the poor that will alleviate the impact of the excise tax on fuel and sugar products.

In line with the forthcoming validation, the DSWD will hire 329 validators and 114 administrative aides to be deployed in the six provinces of Bicol Region.

Validators will be waged at PhP50.00 per validated form while administrative aides will receive 11,200.00 monthly.

Garcia announced that the department is now accepting applications for the said vacancies. Interested applicants may submit the documentary requirements which include the letter of intent and CS Form 212 or the Personal Data Sheet directly to DSWD Regional Office, Buraguis, Legazpi City c/o Records Section or via electronic mail to on or before March 2, 2018.

LGU Orientation on UCT

Furthermore, the DSWD is set to conduct the orientations to the local government units to discuss matters concerning the validation before its implementation in March.

“We will closely coordinate with the LGUs and keep them involved for the smooth implementation of this validation,” said Garcia.

He also said that a new project management office for the UCT will be formed to focus on the payroll preparation and distribution of cash grants.

The DSWD aims to finish the validation process in May and targets to distribute the cash grants to the Listahanan identified poor in June 2018.

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. It is a database that contains comprehensive information about poor families nationwide which serves as a basis for the identification of potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.

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DSWD Region V to launch Adoption Consciousness Week Celebration 2018

As part of promoting legal adoption in the Philippines, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region V and partner-government agencies will conduct a week-long celebration of Adoption Consciousness with the theme, “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin! (Spread Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption) this coming February 22 to March 7, 2018.

The theme promotes legal adoption as an expression of unconditional love and support to abandoned, neglected and surrendered children.

This year’s celebration aims to disseminate basic information about adoption, educate the public on the legal process of adoption, respond to inquiries of the public on adoption and other forms of alternative family care and provide program orientation on adoption and foster care laws and guidelines.

The celebration will kick off with a Fun Run starting from Bicol University main entrance to Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City on February 22, 2018.

It will be followed by a brief program and hand printing activity as part of the commitment setting on raising awareness about legal adoption.

As part of the consciousness week, adoption help desks will be opened simultaneously at SM Naga City, Camarines Sur and Ayala Mall, Legazpi City on February 24-25, 2018 to provide information about the adoption process, documentary requirements, procedures and the benefits and effects of adoption to the public.

Help desks will be also available in the DSWD Provincial Offices particularly in Camarines Norte and Albay on February 27, Camarines Sur on February 28, Catanduanes and Masbate on March 1 and Sorsogon on March 2.

The department will lead adoption fora in the different schools such as Unibersidad de Sta. Isabel in Naga City and Bicol University Tabaco campus on March 1 and 7, respectively. #PRRAMS2018Feb20

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