DSWD serves 9,000 stranded OFWs in first 100 days

admin   •   October 11, 2016   •   4770



As part of the first 100 days of the Duterte administration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that one of its biggest accomplishments is the delivery of prompt and compassionate service to 9,476 stranded overseas Filipino workers or OFWs in Saudi Arabia.

The agency reported that it has provided psychological intervention to convince the OFWs to return home.

It added that the agency has also provided livelihood to the repatriated OFWs.

“I think it is important to highlight that, that the first 100 days of the Duterte administration include the compassion that was absent in the previous administration vis-à-vis our stranded OFW,” DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said.

DSWD also allotted one billion pesos to fund the rehabilitation of 37,000 drug dependent surrenderers that will run for about 2 years.

Moreover, President Rodrigo Duterte has also instructed the department to visit and give financial, livelihood assistance and counseling to the families of wounded and deceased soldiers.

Aside from this, the DSWD also plans to conduct a “national kumustahan” among 4Ps beneficiaries to monitor if they are properly using the government fund.

READ: DSWD defends irregularities on implementation of 4P’s

Meanwhile, Taguiwalo said that she has been receiving several complaints from the victims of typhoon Yolanda claiming that relief goods did not reach them.

The DSWD is now investigating these complaints especially in the most affected areas.

“It’s going to be a major challenge to us how to address this (…) The problem is how to validate this claim because we really want to give those who have not received anything,” Sec. Taguiwalo said.

The secretary believes that the international humanitarian aid will not be affected despite some of the presidents statements against international communities. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

Manila DSWD: Over 200 rescued children still haven’t fetched by parents

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2019

Minors rounded up by authorities for violating curfew ordinance

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)

PMAAI calls out Tulfo for remarks vs DSWD Secretary

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 3, 2019

(L-R) DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista and broadcaster Erwin Tulfo

The Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Incorporated (PMAAI) has called out broadcaster Erwin Tulfo for his remarks against Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista.

According to PMAAI President PCol. Arthur Bisnar, they are hurt by Tulfo’s ‘degrading’ remarks against a former official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Bisnar said that even though they have accepted Tulfo’s apology, this is not a sufficient reason not to file a case against him.

“Iyong apology ni Mr. Tulfo that’s not enough kasi nga ang affected doon iyong pamilya niya to include ang lahat ng relatives niya so ang nagre-react pa lang ngayon ay ang PNP, (Mr. Tulfo’s apology is not enough because [Bautista’s family] is affected, including all relatives) I understand iyong ranger they are making a manifesto right now sa social media, they are in full support of our DSWD secretary,” he said.

Bisnar added that they will also file a complaint with the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) and the National Press Club for Tulfo’s actions.

On May 27, Tulfo reportedly called Sec. Bautista “buang” or crazy during his radio program.(with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Duterte signs law institutionalizing 4Ps

Robie de Guzman   •   May 23, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a measure institutionalizing the government’s strategy in reducing national poverty.

Duterte signed the Republic Act 11310 or the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Act” last April 17. A copy of the signed law was released by Malacañang on May 22.

The law aims to provide financial assistance to poor Filipino families that meet certain qualifications, to uplift marginalized sectors from poverty and to improve the quality of life for all.

Among those qualified for the program are farmers, fisherfolks, homeless families, indigenous peoples and those in the informal settler sector, and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas including those without electricity.

Under the law, qualified poor household beneficiaries will be provided with conditional cash transfers for a maximum period of seven years to improve the health, nutrition and education aspect of their lives. The National Advisory Council may recommend a longer period under exceptional circumstances.

Qualified household beneficiaries on a nationwide basis shall be selected by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) using a standardized targeting system.

Standardized Targeting System, under the law, refers to a system identifying who and where the poor households are through the generation of a socio-economic database of poor households that is adopted by national government agencies and implemented by the DSWD.

The DSWD is tasked under the law to conduct a regular revalidation of beneficiary targeting every three years.


To be eligible for the cash grants, household or families must meet the following criteria:

  • Classified as poor and near-poor based on the Standardized Targeting System and the poverty threshold issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority at the time of selection;
  • Have members who are newborns up to 18 years old as well as those who are pregnant at the time of registration;
  • Willing to comply with the conditions specified by this Act

The following schemes shall be observed in the implementation of conditional cash transfer:

  • Financial aid of not lower than P300 per child enrolled in daycare and elementary programs for a maximum of ten months per year;
  • Financial aid of not lower than P500 per child enrolled in junior high school for a maximum of 10 months per year;
  • Financial aid of not lower than P700 per child enrolled in senior high school each month for a maximum of 10 months per year;
  • Health and nutrition grant shall not be lower than P750 per month for a maximum of 12 months per year.

The law states that all qualified beneficiaries of 4Ps shall automatically be covered in the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP).

“The necessary funding for their coverage shall be sourced from revenue generated pursuant to Republic Act No. 10351, otherwise known as the “Sin Tax Reform Act of 2012,” the law stated.

For continued program eligibility, the law obliges all qualified household-beneficiaries to comply with the following conditions: pregnant women must avail of pre-natal services, give birth in a health facility and receive post-partum care and post-natal care for her newborn; children from newborn to five years old must receive regular preventive health and nutrition services, including check-ups and vaccinations; children aged one to 14 must avail of deworming pills at least twice a year;

Children five to 18 years old must attend elementary or secondary classes at least 85 percent of their time; at least one responsible person must attend family development sessions with DSWD, at least once a month.

Failure to comply with set conditions will subject the household-beneficiary to case management process which may lead to the termination of cash grants.

Any person who will be found falsifying their data or information in the registry to avail of the conditional cash transfer program may be imprisoned for a month up to a year or be fined with not less than P10,000 but not more than P100,000.

The 4Ps started during the time of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It became the flagship anti-poverty program during the time of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino and was continued by President Duterte. (with details from Rosalie Coz)


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