DSWD appeals to public not to give alms to street children, beggars

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 7, 2019   •   413

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has urged the public not to give alms to street beggars including street children, homeless people, and members of Indigenous Peoples (IP) groups.

The DSWD said this is in pursuant to Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1563 or the Anti-Mendicancy Law which prohibits begging or soliciting of charitable donations by the poor and other religious organizations on the streets.

The department advises the public to think of other means to help in order to keep street dwellers and IP groups away from mendicant activities that may endanger their lives.

“DSWD advises the public to provide responsible types of assistance such as conducting organized gift-giving and caroling activities, feeding sessions, story-telling, and medical missions at the activity centers in the local government units (LGUs),” the DSWD said in a statement.—AAC

More than 2,000 volunteers sign up for DSWD Taal Volcano relief efforts

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) on Tuesday said it received an overwhelming response for its call for volunteers for its relief operations for those affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

In a Facebook post, the DSWD IV-A said more than 2,000 volunteers had signed up to help in the repacking of relief goods that would be distributed to residents in areas badly affected by the eruption.

The DSWD also expressed gratitude to the 250 volunteers who helped repack food packs on Tuesday at its warehouse in General Mariano Alvarez in Cavite.

“These food packs are for distribution to the affected families of the #TaalVolcano eruption in Cavite and Batangas provinces,” it added.

Due to the overwhelming response from people who are eager to help in the relief operations, the DSWD encouraged volunteers to sign up in the link they provided to process their schedule.

The Office of the Civil Defense earlier reported that the volcanic unrest displaced more than 35,000 people in Batangas. The province of Batangas has been placed under a state of calamity.

Taal Volcano is currently under Alert Level 4 following a phreatic explosion that occurred last Sunday, January 12.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, alert level 4 means a hazardous eruption is imminent within hours to days.

Sta. Ana, Cagayan evacuees return home as flood subsides

Maris Federez   •   November 21, 2019

CAGAYAN, Philippines – As the rain quiets down in Sta. Ana, Cagayan, the evacuees who have occupied the town’s multipurpose hall queued to return to their respective houses.

Sixteen barangays in Sta Ana were submerged in water, affecting 377 families or 1,514 individuals, according to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the local government distributed relief supplies to the affected families before they set out to return to their homes.

“So far, ngayon Ma’am, nag-subside na po iyong tubig so safe na po silang pabalik sa kanilang bahay,” said social welfare assistant Hilda Bañezta.

Officials expect that the power supply will be restored by Thursday or Friday (November 22).

Meanwhile, the local government announced that classes in the whole province of Cagayan have resumed on Thursday except those in preschool and kindergarten.

Further suspension of classes at any level will be at the discretion of the local executives in the 20 municipal mayors in the province. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

DSWD, DILG to clean up 4Ps beneficiary list

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 10, 2019

A Filipino family ride on a makeshift trolley along a street in Manila, Philippines, 05 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will begin their clean up of the list of beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The two departments seek to narrow down legitimate and qualified 4Ps beneficiaries following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Listahanan 3.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, there had been reports of unqualified 4Ps beneficiaries.

Marami ng mga report na nagsasabi na may mga pamilya na hindi naman mahihirap ang nabibigyan ng tulong mula sa 4Ps, at ito ang nais nating iwasan sa pamamagitan ng Listahanan ng DSWD (There are reports saying there are families that receive beneficiaries from 4Ps but are not really poor. This is what we are trying to avoid through the DSWD’s Listahan),” he said.

Año added that through the Listahan 3, there will be a guarantee that no non-poor families will benefit from the programs of the government such as the 4Ps.

Meanwhile, DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the department will coordinate with local government units (LGU) in completing this database of poor families.

Mahalaga na marating ng mga surveyor mula sa DSWD ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan sa mga pamayanan upang masiguro na makakarating sa kanila ang tulong ng pamahalaan (It is important for DSWD surveyors to reach poor families in communities to ensure they can receive aid from the government),” Malaya said.—AAC

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