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

UNTV News   •   September 27, 2017   •   14323

 

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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

DSWD to utilize new facility for SAP payout in QC

Marje Pelayo   •   September 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) plans to tap a new payout facility to hasten distribution of the Social Amelioration Program’s second tranche of cash aid to Quezon City residents.

This, after the DSWD reached out to the Quezon City local government to settle issues over delay in the payout of cash subsidies to many of the SAP beneficiaries in the city.

According to the agency, the delay were often caused by lack of information, particularly the contact numbers of beneficiaries.

“Naipaliwanag sa amin na nahihirapan sila sa pamimigay dahil marami sa mga benepisyaryo ay hindi kumpleto ang impormasyon, gaya ng cellphone number (They said they had difficulties in releasing the cash assistance because of incomplete information on the beneficiaries such as cellphone numbers),” said  Mayor Joy Belmonte.

The new payment facility is expected to hasten the payout process as well as provide manual payout delivery services to recipients who do not have contact numbers for wire transfers.

“Pinaplantsa lang nila ang mga detalye para ito’y agad na maisakatuparan at upang mapakinabangan na ng ating mga residente ang SAP na ipinangako sa kanila ng national government (They are ironing out the details before proceeding so that the residents can finally benefit from SAP which the national government promised to them),” she added.

So far, the city’s Social Services Development Department said only 151,192 beneficiaries have received the second tranche of the cash assistance amounting to P8,000 out of the 377, 584 SAP recipients in the city, 

Once settled, the payout will begin in October.

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DSWD-7 releases 301K relief packs for COVID-19 response

Maris Federez   •   September 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 7 said that the provision of family food packs (FFPs) as augmentation support for COVID-19 response operations continues.

On its Facebook post, the DSWD-7 said they have been providing FFPs to local government units as well as to other national government agencies, organizations, stranded individuals, and displaced workers.

The agency said that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has released a total of 301,843 FFPs equivalent to around P136 million, as of September 1.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca Geamala said that the FFPs from the department is contained in a box with the agency’s logo.

She noted that each box has markings on its expiry date, a reminder that it should not be sold, and a warning that selling, buying, repackaging, and replacing of DSWD relief goods are criminal offenses under the DRRM Act of 2010.

“The way how we give the FFP should be the way how it will be given to the people,” Geamala said.

She added that there should be no other tags or stickers attached on the FFP.

The official said that FFPs are purposely given by the DSWD to make sure that people, even from far-flung areas, will be served by the department through the request of the local government units.

“The purpose of giving this to the local government units is to augment the need of the people that are affected by COVID-19,” she said. —/mbmf

Former rebels to receive P1.36 million assistance from DSWD

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 24, 2020

Former rebels from Districts 1 and 2 of Zamboanga del Sur will receive a total of P1.36 million livelihood assistance grant according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Friday (August 21).

In a statement, the DSWD said its Field Office (FO) in Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) conducted a livelihood orientation on August 6 to 54 former rebels to prepare them for the subsequent provision of livelihood aid under the agency’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

“Aside from DSWD, other national government agencies have extended assistance to the former rebels, including the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) which provided aid through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP),” the DSWD said.

The former rebels also received psychosocial interventions from the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

Other assistance include, provision of protective services, such as house rental assistance, psychosocial counseling, food packages, and hygiene and sleeping kits. AAC

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