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    DSWD offers free prescription drugs for the poor

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 30th, 2016

    Department of Social Welfare and Development Sec. Judy Taguiwalo

    According to Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, the one billion-peso fund for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) from the office of President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has not been downloaded yet to the department since the guidelines for using the fund has just been finalized.

    Nevertheless, those who cannot afford to buy medicines can avail of DSWD’s assistance by presenting their valid prescription and certificate of indigence to DSWD field office.

    Instead of giving cash, DSWD will replace valid and updated prescriptions with guarantee letters and referrals to pharmacies and hospitals.

    “Hopefully, ma-implement natin ito by the start of next year 2017. Kahit ngayon hindi pa na-download sa department ang one billion, inumpisahan na ho natin ito,” Sec. Taguiwalo said.

    (Hopefully, we can implement it by the start of next year 2017. The one billion-peso fund has not been uploaded to the department but we have already started it [program].)

    “Kung may mga reseta ho na valid at indigent ho yung nangangailangan, hahanapan ho ng paraan ang department na maibigay ito dahil alam natin ang usapin ng gamot ay nag-i-spell out ng buhay o kamatayan lalo na sa mahihirap natin,” she added.

    (If you have valid prescription, and you are indigent and in need, the department will look for ways to provide you the medicines because we know the issue of medicines spells out  life or death particularly for the poor.)

    The talks for memorandum of agreements with major hospitals and generic drugstores that will help in the implementation are still ongoing.

    Currently, DSWD has signed MOUs with six hospitals in different areas of the country.

    An individual can ask for medical assistance amounting to five to 25 thousand pesos quarterly through the recommendation of a field social worker. Above these amounts, requests have to be facilitated and approved by social welfare and development officials.

    “In extremely justifiable cases, the amount of assistance beyond 25,000 but not to exceed 75,000 may be granted subject to the approval of the assistant secretary for protective programs for DSWD central office to the regional director to DSWD field office,” said Taguiwalo. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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    LP senators deny hand on alleged ouster plot vs. PRRD

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — Senators allied with the Liberal Party (LP) have once again denied having plans to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

    According to LP President Sen. Francis Pangilinan, the president just wants to divert the public’s attention away from the issues he is facing.

    “Ang concern natin dito ay ang conspiracy na nauwi sa pagpapalusot ng P6.5 billion na shabu sa BOC kasabwat ang mga drug syndicate. Ang conspiracy na iyon ang dapat ipinapaliwanag ng gobyerno,” said Pangilinan.

    (Our concern is the conspiracy that resulted in the entry of the P6.5 billion worth of shabu at the BOC in conspiracy with drug syndicates. And that conspiracy must be explained by the government.)

    For Sen. Bam Aquino, Liberal Party members have nothing to do with any effort to oust the president, adding that Duterte may just be making up the ouster plot issue.

    “Gaya ng kaniyang mga paratang sa bank account ni Senator Trillanes, he probably also made that up. Gawa-gawa lang po iyan. Hindi po totoo (Just like with the bank account of Senator Trillanes, he probably also made that up.  It’s just made up. These are not true.),” he said.

    Aquino also noted that criticisms against members of the opposition are not a good sign.

    “Secretary Aguirre has even created a group against what he calls the enemies of the state, including what he calls the ‘yellowtards’. This is already a political persecution,” said the senator.

    Meanwhile, according to the former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and now senator, Panfilo Lacson, any plot to oust the president is impossible to succeed.

    “Pwedeng may nag-iisip, pero will they succeed? Ang 82% na approval at trust rating ng Pangulo, mukhang mahirap mangyari ang ma-oust siya through either people power or… military naman, unlikely because he’s so close with the military,” said Lacson.

    (It’s possible that someone is thinking about it, but will they succeed? With the 82% approval and trust rating of the president, it would be difficult to oust him through people power or…military is unlikely to do that because he’s so close to the military.)

    Solicitor General Jose Calida initially divulged that some groups and personalities are colluding to destabilize the president. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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    Trillanes offshore accounts being used for destabilization ops

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Sunday, October 1st, 2017

    FILE PHOTO: Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

    MANILA, Philippines — A country against money laundering allegedly gave the information to President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the offshore accounts of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

    This was revealed by the chief executive in an interview on the state-run television, PTV last Friday night.

    Trillanes allegedly closed some of his accounts and that the hidden funds were possibly used for destabilization efforts against the Duterte administration, such as organizing anti-government protests and paying witnesses like retired SPO3 Arthur Lascaña and self-confessed hitman, Edgar Matobato.
    “Based on analysis, the funds being laundered by Trillanes and his group may not be for their personal use, but rather, it is being used for their cause and possibly to destabilize government by paying for witnesses and funding destabilization operations,” said President Duterte.
    The chief executive added that in the future, he will release more evidence regarding the said offshore accounts.

    On the other hand, Trillanes said in a statement that Duterte’s claims are just new rumors to divert the public’s attention from the investigation regarding the president’s billions of pesos worth of hidden wealth. — UNTV News & Rescue

     

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    Large portion of DSWD’s 2018 budget to support 4P’s and social pension of poor senior citizens

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

     

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    MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) plans to allocate a huge chunk of its P137-billion proposed budget to its flagship program, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s).

    The 4P’s would get an P89-billion allocation, while the DSWD also plans to allot P19-billion for the monthly pension of poor senior citizens.

    This means that the number of senior citizens who will receive a P500-monthly pension might rise to 2.8-million.

    “Now that senior citizens are being standardized, we are now compliant with the standard definition of a senior citizen which is at 60 years old. And we anticipate this year or next year there will be a 7% increase,” said DSWD Officer-in-Charge USec. Emmanuel Leyco.

    In the proposed budget, the DSWD allots P1.2-billion for the subsidy from the tax reform package for the cash transfer program.

    According to DSWD officer in charge Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco, the said subsidy would be a huge help for  poor families who may be affected by tax reforms the government plans to implement.

    “This is what we are looking at, when the prices of goods increase, the number of poor would also increase. This is why we are happy with the tax reform resolution to increase the subsidy and implement it slowly,” Leyco said.

    About 4.4 million families stand to benefit from the 4-P’s  program of the government. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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