DSWD explains P83-B unspent funds for 2020

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2020   •   206

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has explained the unspent P83 billion fund in the department’s 2020 budget.

The department said the budget is programmed for the implementation of various programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) for the remaining months of this year. The bulk of the said fund, amounting P48.3 billion, is allotted to the department’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Around P2.1 billion is allotted for the Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) for children, P3.9 billion is allotted for the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, P13.7 billion is for the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS).

Meanwhile, there is still a remaining balance in the department’s funds for Bayanihan 1 and 2, which is P5.14 billion and P6 billion, respectively.

The DSWD said the balance was due to “a delay in the approval and release of the 2019 General Appropriations Act, coupled with the problems and difficulties from the ensuing COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The Department wishes to emphasize that these are all programmed funds indicated in the General Appropriations Act, which can only be modified upon receiving an approval from the DBM,” according to a statement of the DSWD.

It also assured the public that it is exerting its best efforts to expedite the utilization of the funds for their intended purpose within the fiscal year. -AAC

Donation drive para sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo, dapat may solicitation permit — DSWD

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpaalala ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa publiko hinggil sa umiiral na panuntunan sa pagsasagawa ng fundraising o donation drive para sa mga nasalanta ng kalamidad.

Ayon sa DSWD, obligadong kumuha ng solicitation permit ang sinumang nais magsagawa ng donation drive upang makalikom ng pera o anumang uri ng kontribusyon para sa charitable o public welfare purposes.

Ginawa ng kagawaran ang paalala matapos makatanggap ng mga ulat na may mga grupo at indibiduwal na nagsasagawa ng donation drives para sa mga pamilyang naapektuhan ng mga nagdaang malalakas na bagyo.

Sa ilalim ng Presidential Decree 1564 o ang Solicitation Permit Law, kailangang kumuha ng permit mula sa lokal na pamahalaan o sa DSWD ang mga magsasagawa ng fundraising drive.

Layunin nito na matiyak ang transparency at accountability sa nalikom na salapi.

Ang mga lalabag sa polisiya ay maaaring maharap sa multa o parusang pagkakakulong.

Ayon sa DSWD, posibleng samantalahin ng ilang grupo ang mga nangyaring kalamidad upang manloko ng kapwa-tao at makalikom ng pera para sa sariling kapakanan.

Over 1 million families receive face masks from DSWD, Task Group Face Mask

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Over one million families from various areas in the country received free face masks from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Task Group Face Mask.

The free face masks were turned over to local government units (LGUs) of Muntinlupa City, Pateros City, San Juan City, Navotas City, and Mandaluyong City for distribution to poor and vulnerable families in their localities.

The task force will continue its distribution of face masks to the remaining LGUs in the National Capital Region, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Batangas, Bulacan, and parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

Aside from providing face masks to poor families, the Task Force Face Mask also aims to support micro, small, and medium enterprises whose operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. AAC

DSWD extends aid to Typhoon Rolly victims in Catanduanes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 4, 2020

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has extended its assistance to the victims of Typhoon Rolly in Catanduanes.

The department’s team distributed relief supplies to residents of Barangay Francia in the Municipality of Virac. They also went to one of the barangays of Bato Municipality which is one of the hardest hit towns in the  province.

Around 3,000 family food packs (FFPs), 400 pieces of 20-liter bottled water, and 3,944 small  bottled mineral water were loaded for dispatch to Catanduanes. Another 3,000 FFPs and 80 pieces of laminated sacks is scheduled to be delivered on Wednesday (November 4).

DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista assured that the department has sufficient resources to sustain its ongoing disaster operations for Typhoon Rolly with more than P877 million stockpile and standby funds  ready to be used.

As of Tuesday (November 3), the department has already provided more than P5.3 million worth of assistance to affected localities in Regions II, MIMAROPA, V and NCR. -AAC


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