Guidelines on ‘ayuda’ distribution in NCR Plus released
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have released implementing guidelines on the distribution of aid to NCR Plus residents affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
A joint memorandum circular was issued on Thursday (April 1) to serve as guidance in the allocation of financial assistance after President Duterte approved the release of P22.9 billion to affected individuals.
The assistance of P1,000 per person will be given to low-income earners whose livelihoods have been severely affected by the ongoing ECQ in Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite — collectively tagged as “NCR Plus”.
The DSWD shall generate the list of beneficiaries. Once the local government units receive their respective funds, it should be distributed among the intended recipients within 15 calendar days if given in cash and within 30 calendar days if in kind.
DILG spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that the decision to provide the aid in either cash or in-kind will be up to LGUs.
“The LGUs have the discretion to determine if the assistance will be given in cash or in-kind provided that the assistance gets to their constituents soonest,” he said.
Individuals who are qualified to receive aid but not on DSWD’s list may still be included by the LGU provided that there are still remaining funds to accommodate them.
The LGUs shall post the list of target beneficiaries on their official social media accounts, websites and public areas where the community can see it for reference and transparency.
The DILG will form a joint monitoring and inspection team for each LGU to ensure that the allocated assistance will reach intended recipients.
DSWD to assist LGUs hit by STS Maring
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it is prepared to assist local government units (LGUs) hit by Severe Tropical Storm ‘Maring’.
Based on the October 12 report, the DSWD still has P1.06 billion stockpiles and standby funds, where more than P133 million is the available standby funds in the DSWD Central Office and its Field Offices (FOs).
The department also added that a total of 381,893 family food packs (FFPs) are prepositioned in strategic locations around the country.
The DSWD reported that, 762 families or 2,536 persons are currently taking temporary shelter in 58 evacuation centers in the said regions.
The Department’s Quick Response Teams in the affected regions remain on alert status to work with concerned LGUs in assisting their constituents. AAC
DSWD mourns passing of former Secretary Dinky Soliman
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has expressed its condolences to the family of former Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman who passed away Sunday, September 19.
In a statement, the DSWD looked back on how Soliman was as their chief.
“Secretary Dinky, as she was fondly called by her colleagues and employees of the DSWD, was a brilliant social worker and a devoted champion of social change,” the statement said.
Soliman was at the helm of the DSWD in two administrations. The first was during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the second was under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.
She was at the forefront in the implementation of various DSWD programs, “one of which was the development and operationalization of the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS.”
Under Soliman, the DSWD championed the enactment of milestone laws, among which are the Magna Carta of Social Workers, Magna Carta for Women, and Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.
“The DSWD family will truly miss Secretary Dinky. Apart from her notable accomplishments for the Department, she will also be remembered for her sunflower greetings,” the statement further read.
Ex-DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman passes away at 68
MANILA, Philippines — Former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman passed away Sunday morning, September 19. She was 68.
Soliman passed away at 7:32 am due to complications from renal and heart failure.
She was last seen in public at the necrological services of former President Benigno Aquino III last June.
Soliman held the position as DSWD chief twice: first during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the second, under the presidency of Aquino.
Prior to joining the government, Soliman was a known civic society leader and activist, being with various non-governmental organizations that take care of poor, underprivileged communities.
Soliman obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She earned her master’s degree in public administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.