DSWD allots P100k per field office for PWD assistive devices

Robie de Guzman   •   July 1, 2020   •   787

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has announced that starting this year, an annual budget of P100,000 will be allocated for each of its field offices to provide assistive devices for persons with disability (PWD) in the country.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the DSWD said the move is in line with its mandate of providing programs and services to vulnerable sectors, especially the PWDs.

“The person with disability sector is among the most affected by the declaration of community quarantine brought about by the spread of COVID-19 in the country,” it said.

“To help them regain and develop their self and social enhancement, the DSWD, through its Field Offices will provide augmentation support for the assistive devices of blind and low vision, deaf/hearing impaired, and orthopedically and physically challenged individuals,” it added.

The DSWD said these devices may include talking laptops and tablets, talking canes/smart canes, and Braille system for the blind and visually impaired; hearing aids with beamforming technology, customized headphones, and Cochlear implant for deaf and hearing impaired; motorized wheelchair, customized wheelchair, tri-wheelchair bike, talking watch, customized artificial eyes, and neuro-prosthesis for the orthopedically and physically challenged.

“Persons with disability may request for the augmentation support of their assistive devices through the Focal Person on Persons with Disability Welfare Program and Assistance for Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) at the Crisis Intervention Units (CIUs) of the DSWD Field Offices,” the department said.

With the current situation, the DSWD said PWDs may send representatives to apply and claim for assistance at the field offices in their areas.’

Social Welfare Action Development teams in the provinces are also mobilized to accept applications and send these to the Field Offices for processing, it added.

To avail of the assistive devices, the PWDs are advised to prepare and submit the following documents:

  • Medical certificate indicating the disability with date issued
  • Full name and signed by attending physician which will be valid for 3 months
  • Request for assistive devices and quotation showing the amount of the assistive device
  • Barangay Indigency Certificate of the person with disability or client
  • One valid identification card

“The Department hopes that through these assistive devices, the persons with disability will continue to be productive and contributing members of society, despite their disability, in these critical times,” the DSWD said.

DSWD to utilize new facility for SAP payout in QC

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) plans to tap a new payout facility to hasten distribution of the Social Amelioration Program’s second tranche of cash aid to Quezon City residents.

This, after the DSWD reached out to the Quezon City local government to settle issues over delay in the payout of cash subsidies to many of the SAP beneficiaries in the city.

According to the agency, the delay were often caused by lack of information, particularly the contact numbers of beneficiaries.

“Naipaliwanag sa amin na nahihirapan sila sa pamimigay dahil marami sa mga benepisyaryo ay hindi kumpleto ang impormasyon, gaya ng cellphone number (They said they had difficulties in releasing the cash assistance because of incomplete information on the beneficiaries such as cellphone numbers),” said  Mayor Joy Belmonte.

The new payment facility is expected to hasten the payout process as well as provide manual payout delivery services to recipients who do not have contact numbers for wire transfers.

“Pinaplantsa lang nila ang mga detalye para ito’y agad na maisakatuparan at upang mapakinabangan na ng ating mga residente ang SAP na ipinangako sa kanila ng national government (They are ironing out the details before proceeding so that the residents can finally benefit from SAP which the national government promised to them),” she added.

So far, the city’s Social Services Development Department said only 151,192 beneficiaries have received the second tranche of the cash assistance amounting to P8,000 out of the 377, 584 SAP recipients in the city, 

Once settled, the payout will begin in October.

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More public transport drivers receive SAP cash assistance

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2020

More Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) and Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) drivers affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have received aid under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

A total of 216,556 drivers have received their emergency cash subsidy under SAP, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“Of the number, some 169,939 TNVS and PUV drivers come from various parts of the country while 46,617 are residents of areas declared under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) on May 1 and May 2,” the DSWD said.

The cash subsidies of the drivers were distributed through the digital scheme with DSWD’s partner-Financial Service Providers (FSPs) such as GCash, Paymaya, Starpay, and several bank branches across the country.

Meanwhile, the DSWD is validating its list to prevent any duplication of names.

The department also said that drivers who are not included in the list but are eligible to receive aid are referred to concerned DSWD Field Offices for inclusion to the roll of SAP waitlisted beneficiaries. -AAC

DSWD-7 releases 301K relief packs for COVID-19 response

Maris Federez   •   September 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 7 said that the provision of family food packs (FFPs) as augmentation support for COVID-19 response operations continues.

On its Facebook post, the DSWD-7 said they have been providing FFPs to local government units as well as to other national government agencies, organizations, stranded individuals, and displaced workers.

The agency said that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has released a total of 301,843 FFPs equivalent to around P136 million, as of September 1.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca Geamala said that the FFPs from the department is contained in a box with the agency’s logo.

She noted that each box has markings on its expiry date, a reminder that it should not be sold, and a warning that selling, buying, repackaging, and replacing of DSWD relief goods are criminal offenses under the DRRM Act of 2010.

“The way how we give the FFP should be the way how it will be given to the people,” Geamala said.

She added that there should be no other tags or stickers attached on the FFP.

The official said that FFPs are purposely given by the DSWD to make sure that people, even from far-flung areas, will be served by the department through the request of the local government units.

“The purpose of giving this to the local government units is to augment the need of the people that are affected by COVID-19,” she said. —/mbmf

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