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DSWD distributes cash grants to UCT beneficiaries

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 in coordination with its partners, the Local Social Welfare and Development Offices of the Local Government Units (LGUs), Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), has continued the distribution of Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) to the Social Pensioners and Listahanan poor identified beneficiaries.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte assisted by DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista and Landbank of the Philippines First Vice-President Delma Bandiola distributes the cash grants to the beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT).

UCT is considered the biggest tax reform mitigation under the TRAIN law. It seeks to provide cash aids to poor households or individual for them to survive the increasing price of goods and services.

In one of the payouts this year, President Rodrigo R. Duterte together with DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista and LBP East Visayas Branches Group First Vice President Delma Bandiola graced the occasion and led the ceremonial distribution.

“I believe that UCT is the best among the many cash assistance programs that DSWD implements in adherence to the President’s directives,” said DSWD Field Office VII OIC-Regional Director Rebecca Geamala.

“The region has already accomplished more than 80% of its target,” said RD Geamala.

The UCT has 10 million beneficiaries which include the Pantawid Pamilya households, Social Pensioners and Listahanan identified poor.

Aside from Cebu City, recent payouts were also held in the municipalities of Bantayan and Camotes in Cebu and Inabanga, Bohol.

During the payouts, UCT brochures written in Cebuano were also distributed to inform the public about the program.

Each beneficiary received the lump sum amount of Php 2,400 which is equivalent to Php 200 per month. ###


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For Campugan Family, the show must go on

“Losing my mother was the saddest moment of my life. I am forever grateful to have her as my mother,” posted Clavel Campugan on her Facebook account during her mother’s 56th birthday. The young Campugan expressed that it is very hard for her and her siblings to accept that their mother now rests in heaven and that there is no single day that they would not miss her.

For them, Ofelia Campugan is like a northern star that guides them in the proper direction.

The Campugan Family poses after Pamela’s (second from right) graduation last March 15. With her (from left to right) are Haneleth, Kimberly and Clodualdo to witness the momentous event.

The Campugan family of barangay Poblacion, Cordova, Cebu finished as second runner-up in the 2018 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya National Search during the Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day held in SM North EDSA Skydome in Quezon City on October 14, 2018.

The family went to Quezon City to receive the award except Ofelia who was advised by the doctor to rest.

It was Ofelia’s can-do attitude and willingness that made their family famous for talent contests in their town. She joins “balak” contest and other contests in their town. Her children have also been joining contests such as quiz bowl, declamation, song and dance, beauty pageant, poetry, writing and sports competition.

Once you witness them dance, sing, deliver poems, you cannot help yourself but laugh and be amazed by their God-given talent.

With all the struggles and challenges that have to face, they proved that perseverance, hard work, faith and love will conquer them all.

More than one month after they received their national recognition, Ofelia succumbed to death in the presence of her husband and children.

Sakit man, padayon lang gihapon ug amo nalang dawaton (Though it is painful but we have to move on and just accept it), said Clodualdo in dialect.

The children would always recall how their mother would find ways just to earn money to help their father provide their daily needs.

Tungod ni sa akong mga ginikanan, sa ilang sakripisyo ug kakugi mao nga naka-graduate ko, kami manag igsoon (It is because of my parents, their sacrifices and hardwork I was able to graduate and my siblings),” said Pamela Campugan who graduated last March 15, 2019 with the degree of Bachelor in Elementary Education from Cordova Public College.

Pamela said that her mother is her greatest inspiration.

Clofel Mae will also graduate in Grade 12 this coming April 5, 2019 and she plans to take an engineering course in college and Haneleth, the youngest child, will finish Grade 10 next month. Both are monitored children under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The eldest child, Kimberly still works as a Production Planning and Inventory Control staff at the Mactan Export Processing Zone Authority (MEPZA) in Lapu-Lapu City. Clavel is currently working in ToyoFlex as a Human Resource staff and Jesper just got hired as an office staff in Cordova Cooperative.

The Campugan family had given us so much inspiration. Indeed, the family’s story of trials and triumphs will always remain in our hearts. Their loss is after all, the beginning of a new journey. They have lost their northern star but they have already secured each one of them a burning torch within their hearts.

They may have lost a cast in their theatrical play but for them as they positively and always do – the show must go on.

Ofelia left all of us with a lesson that despite all the odds in life, one must be strong and must stay faithful to God. For now, the Campugan lives with the legacy of their mother. ###


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SLP releases more than 185M to its qualified participants

As a capability program that provides access to opportunities to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of poor, vulnerable and marginalized communities, the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) never stops providing livelihood assistance to qualified participants in the region.

The different Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) participants of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental pose with gladness after receiving their SLP grants.

The Field Office has assessed, validated and approved a total of 1,850 project proposals within the region.

As of February 2019, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the SLP released a total amount of Php 185,126,067.72 to 31,073 qualified SLP participants of region 7.

In Cebu province, a total of Php 81,159,200.00 was released to 17,714 SLP participants, of which 2,237 are Pantawid beneficiaries and 15,477 are Non-Pantawid beneficiaries.

A total of Php 33,231,586.22 was released in Bohol province to 4,162 participants which accommodated 2,559 Pantawid beneficiaries and 1,603 Non-Pantawid beneficiaries.

In Negros Oriental, the DSWD SLP released the amount of Php 62,695,281.50 to 8,463 participants with 4,522 Pantawid beneficiaries and 3,941 Non-Pantawid beneficiaries while Siquijor province released the amount of Php 8,040,000.00 to 734 participants with 358 Pantawid beneficiaries and 376 Non-Pantawid beneficiaries.

This assistance from the government is used for different livelihood projects like rice retailing, sari-sari store, general merchandise, hog raising, cattle fattening, bigasan, upcycling materials, water refilling stations, handicraft making, food processing, egg-laying, duck raising, balot production, furniture making, home décor making, fashion accessories making, different kinds of food production and others.

The government through DSWD strives in providing livelihood projects like SLP to the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged residents in the region. Now, the department continues giving grants to them in Central Visayas. ###


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DSWD-7 now accepting GIP applicants for 2019

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Central Visayas is now accepting applicants for the Government Internship Program (GIP) for calendar year 2019.

This program aims to provide a chance for youths to acquire life skills and learn disciplines or etiquette related to labor and employment while earning a stipend for 30 days that may help them for their daily school sustenance in the coming school year.

Based on the minimum requirements of this program, applicants should be 18-25 years old, in good health condition, high school graduate/TESDA Certificate holder/has attended Ladderized Education Program (LEP), with a family monthly income not exceeding the existing poverty threshold which is Php 9,063.75, and a member of Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) or a youth of family under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Interested applicants may visit the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Offices in their provinces and look for their respective SWAD Team Leaders. The following are the SWAD Team Leaders for each province of Central Visayas region: Ms. Ligaya Dael for Cebu; Ms. Rhea Marie Tubongbanua for Bohol; Ms. Jenny Egagamao for Negros Oriental; and Ms. Michelle Ylaya for Siquijor.

The deadline for submission of application on this program is March 29, 2019. All applications are subject to assessment by the Technical Working Group. ###


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DSWD SLP’s Likhang Hiraya staged at Parkmall

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) recently opened its weeklong trade fair and photo exhibit on March 11, 2019 at Parkmall rotunda, Mandaue City.

Dubbed as Likhang Hiraya: Pangarap patungong PagSibol, the activity aims to strengthen and increase the public’s awareness and familiarity to the SLP’s works, and its impact to the beneficiaries.

Models Hazel Jade Ybañez (left) and Fernando Villarin Jr. (right), SLP Project Development Officers, wear these chic and stylish raffia cocktail dress and modern raffia barong outfit made out of raffia palm trees from the municipality of Danao, Bohol. The creation of these unique apparels is supported and promoted by the local government unit of Danao.

“We wanted to increase the knowledge and information of the general public about the SLP of DSWD,” said OIC-Regional Director Rebeccca P. Geamala.

Adopting this year’s communication tagline, SIBOL: Solidarity and Inclusivity in Building Opportunities for Livelihoods, the program wants to promote its advocacies in relation to sustainable livelihood, and its multifaceted socio-economic impacts to people and communities. It also aims to highlight the benefits of strong partnership and collaboration of people and institutions in the program’s pursuit of sustainable livelihood.

OIC-Director Geamala added, “I dream and desire that our products will not only reach region 6, 7 and 8 in the Visayas cluster, hopefully, it will be brought to other countries. And, we will make these associations very strong and self-sustaining that can create more members and would employ others to ensure that they too will be accessed to basic services like income generation.”

The weeklong product display, photo exhibit and trade fair at Parkmall started on March 11, 2019 and will end on March 15, 2019.

“We are banking on the power of images and visual exhibition as effective communication tools to further educate and engage the general public’s interest in SLP,” said Dir. Restituto B. Macuto, SLP National Program Manager.

Highlights in the opening salvo included a launching of SLP book entitled Bidlisiw: SLP Compendium of Stories of Change; a demonstration of fashion necklace making out of shell covered by GMA 7’s Cecille Quibod-Castro for her DIY program; and, a very unique and creative presentation of products solely made by the SLP program participants through a fashion show.

The SLP Project Development Officers (PDOs) sashayed down the ramp with purely local and handmade products created out from the participants’ creative ideas and visions like sinamay products of Bacong, Negros Oriental; raffia products of Danao, Bohol; shells products of Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu City; Cebu and a fashioned dress out of recycled materials of Siquijor, Siquijor.

According to Director Macuto, Likhang Hiraya is a very timely and fitting celebration because it highlights that behind the tedious processes of the SLP there is remarkable beauty and art in what the DSWD SLP do and achieve together with participants. ###


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DSWD, Landbank issue cash cards to 4Ps beneficiaries

To fast track in receiving their cash grants, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII and the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) issued cash cards to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) partner-beneficiaries.

A Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiary in Cebu City receives her ATM card from the Landbank of the Philippines personnel.

These cash cards were issued by LBP to the 154,121 4Ps partner-beneficiaries who had no cash cards yet and previously got their cash grant through over-the-counter (OTC) transactions or offsite payment.

The cash grants are usually disbursed to beneficiaries through LBP and they can claim their cash grant through a cash card or through OTC. In far-flung areas, conduit banks who are mostly rural and cooperative banks accredited by LBP are tapped in OTC payout.

Mas madali na kini sa pagkuha sa among cash grant ikompara sa OTC kay sa una man gud magsayu mi lakaw gikan sa among balay padung sa lugar sa payoutan karun pwede na kami maka-adto sa banko miskin unsa nga oras (This would be much convenient in receiving our cash grant compared to the OTC because before we would leave the house early in going to the payout site but now we can go to the bank any time we want),” said Mary Joy Baflor of Brgy. Adlaon, Cebu City.

All Mary Joy’s children are monitored under 4Ps who are studying in Grade 5, Grade 4 and the youngest child is enrolled in an Early Childhood Care and Development center.

Nakatabang gyud ang cash grant sa Pantawid sa pagpaeskwela sa mga bata labi na nga dili paigo ang kita sa akong bana gikan sa pag-uma (The cash grant of Pantawid helps in the education of our children especially that the income of my husband from farming is not enough),” added Mary Joy.

To augment their food consumption, Mary Joy also shared that they maintain a vegetable garden in their house.

The releasing of cash cards in four provinces of region 7 has started on February 16, 2019 and is targeted to finish by the end of April 2019.

The cash cards can be used in any Land Bank ATM outlets without additional charge or in any bank with additional charges. ###


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DSWD-7 conducts voters’ education, information campaign to 4Ps beneficiaries

To further strengthen the election-related and active citizenship campaign of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-7 to its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries, a series of Voters’ Education and discussion of election info-briefer have been conducted since February 26, 2019.

Kerwin Macopia, Pantawid Information Officer, discusses further the election info-briefer to the Pantawid Partner beneficiaries in Mandaue City.

This effort aims to provide beneficiaries with information that will importantly guide them in protecting themselves and the program from possible exploits during elections. In the activity, Pantawid partner-beneficiaries were constantly encouraged to exercise their right to suffrage and protect its secrecy and sanctity amid the spread of fake news on the program implementation and the approaching elections.

Pantawid Information Officer Kerwin Macopia who led the discussion and distribution of the election info-briefer to Pantawid partner-beneficiaries in Mandaue, Lapu-lapu and Cebu City had emphasized one of the misconceptions of the beneficiaries and other people about the program and elections.

Wala’y laing makapatangtang ninyo sa programa kon dili ang inyo lamang dili pagsunod sa mga kondisyon niini ug kung wala na moy mga estudyante nga makarga sa programa (You can only be removed from the program if you fail to comply with the set conditions of the program or if you no longer have eligible children for monitoring),” emphasized Macopia.

The beneficiaries are also encouraged to report any anomalies or suspicious activities related to Pantawid Pamilya and elections in their area to the DSWD or City/Municipal Link nearest to them.

The 4Ps is a program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 18 and below. It provides cash grants to compliant household beneficiaries with health grant worth Php 500 and educational grants worth Php 300 and Php 500 for each children studying in elementary and high school. Apart from that, the beneficiaries are also entitled with a rice subsidy in the form of cash amounting to Php 600. ###


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DOLE turns over livelihood starter kits to DSWD-7 AVRC II graduates

A total of 26 visually and orthopedically impaired graduates of skills training in the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) II of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – 7 have recently received livelihood starter kits amounting to Php 243,292.50 from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 7’s Integrated Livelihood Program.

Mr. Em Caniban (second from right), one of the visually impaired graduates of the DSWD-7’s AVRC II receives a livelihood starter kit from the DOLE Integrated and Livelihood Program with massage therapy tools and items inside.

The Integrated Livelihood Program of DOLE is a capacity-building assistance/grant for the livelihood of the vulnerable and indigent workers, either for individual or group livelihood projects.

Labor and Employment Officer Fernando S. Lopez and Administrative Assistant IV Erwin A. Demiar of DOLE-7 spearheaded the turnover and distribution of the 26 livelihood starter kits to AVRC II graduates of the courses Massage Therapy, Sewing Craft, Commercial Arts and Craft, Computer Technology, Consumer Electronics, Commercial Cooking and Basic Cosmetology to help them immediately start a livelihood activity.

Mr. Graeme Ferdinand Armecin, head of AVRC II, has expressed his appreciation on this provision of tools, supplies and materials to the 26 PWD graduates of the Center through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program in collaboration with the Helping Hands Organization of PWDs Inc. which is an accredited co-partner of DOLE and a self-help group organized by AVRC II.

“The continued partnership of DOLE-7, DSWD-7 and the Helping Hands Organization of PWDs Inc., manifests how the government and private people’s organization is supporting and preparing PWDs to be economically productive,” added Mr. Armecin.

This effort aims to promote livelihood and entrepreneurship among the marginalized sectors in the community that includes the Persons with Disability (PWD) and reduce the impact of poverty to generate employment through actual practice of acquired skills and use of livelihood starter kits.

This is a one-time assistance for this group of graduates who were identified as beneficiaries of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program but the proposals from Partner-People’s Organizations like the helping Hands Organization of PWDs Inc. for the provision of financial assistance for starter kits to another group of AVRC II graduates will still be accommodated. ###


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