DSWD grants free college education to indigent families
admin • June 8, 2016 • 7606
DSWD Regional Director Resty Macuto talks to reporters. (UNTV NEWS)
ORMOC CITY, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is bolstering its support to members of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Eastern Visayas by subsidizing the college education of their children.
Under the Expanded Student Grant in Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation, more than 2,000 students will be given a chance to enroll this year at any of the 10 state universities selected by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for the program.
According to DSWD Regional Director Resty Macuto, applicants don’t necessarily have to be exceptionally intelligent to receive a grant. They just need to have passing grades and the determination to finish college.
Background checks shall be required prior to validation of applicants. A shortlist of qualified students will be given to CHED.
Each ESGP-PA grantee will receive Php 30,000 for the whole year.
DSWD will be strictly monitoring recipients of the program since there are grantees that claim the cash but do not report to class.
Meanwhile, DSWD has gathered the first 100 graduates of the ESGP-PA program in Ormoc City to serve as an inspiration to new recruits this school year.
The department has also sought assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment and other government agencies, to find job placements for the program’s graduates.
Macuto said, government should continue to support these marginalized families until they achieve an improved standard of living.
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
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
Over 200 rescued children are still waiting to be fetched by their parents according to the Manila Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
These children are among the 365 minors rescued from the streets in the past 30 days. Only 129 have been fetched by their parents.
The Manila DSWD said the rest of the rescued children are temporarily staying at the Manila Boystown in Marikina City.
DSWD Director Maria Fugoso said not all of the rescued children are from Manila.
She said they are already coordinating with several local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila.
Fugoso reminds parents not to let their children wander off in the streets.
“Sana iyong mga magulang maalagaan iyong mga anak nila kasi hindi naman sila forever nasa Boystown (I hope the parents can care for their children because they cannot stay in Boystown forever),” she said.
Mayor Moreno plans to talk with the parents of the children rescued from the streets.
“There’s a law that punishes the parents under the concept of neglect of minors. Now we’re looking into it,” he said.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)
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