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Lower House passes free dialysis bill for poor Filipinos

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A patient undergoing dialysis (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — The House Committee on Health has approved the proposed free dialysis for poor Filipinos.

The proposed law mandates each government hospital to set up a dialysis facility.

The bill also seeks to expand the coverage of the Philhealth benefit package to include kidney transplant.

Under the proposal, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be in charge of identifying the beneficiaries of the free medical service.

The bill is scheduled for plenary debate and voting before passing it into third and final reading at the House of Representatives. — UNTV News & Rescue

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DSWD distributes P24-B cash grants to 10-M Filipinos affected by TRAIN Law

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018


Ten million indigents will benefit under government’s unconditional cash transfer program (UCT).

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) begins the distribution of P24-billion worth of financial aid to 10 million indigent Filipino beneficiaries of the unconditional cash transfer program (UCT).

The UCT is a program mandated by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law as aid to individuals who might be affected by its implementation.

The law states that 10 million individuals will benefit from the said program.

Four point four (4.4) million of them are members of the Pantawid Pamilyang  Pilipino Program  (4Ps).

Three million are elderly and indigent beneficiaries of the social pension program while 2.6 million are on the list of the DSWD who will still have to undergo validation.

“Inaasahan kasi natin na bagamat hindi Dapat na ganun kalaki ang impact ng TRAIN sa inflation gusto nating matulungan ang mamamayan na magtaas man ang presyo meron silang huhigutin,” said DSWD officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco.

(Although the impact of TRAIN law on the inflation is not that huge, we still want to help the public so that even when prices of products may rise, they will have the money for it.)

Leyco said that the program will take effect for three years.

Beneficiaries will receive P200 monthly, or a total of P2,400 this year.

The monetary assistance will increase to P300 monthly, or P3,600 in 2019 and 2020.

“Kaya po ang napagkayarian namin dito sa DSWD ay ibigay ng buo na P2,400 kesa P200 a month,” said the official.

(What we have decided to do here in DSWD is to give the entire P2,400 instead of P200 pesos a month.)

Among the first beneficiaries who withdrew the monetary assistance was Jinky dela Peña, a beneficiary under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

“Kung tutuusin kulang po. Meron kami cash grant so parang dagdag na lang po,” said Jinky.

(This is actually not enough. We have a cash grant, so this is just an additional.)

Another beneficiary, Ricky Lopez , is thankful for the cash grant which is a huge help in sending his child to school.

“Nagpapasalmat ako sa ngayon dahil nadagdagan yung binibigay sa amin,” said Ricky Lopez, a UCT beneficiary.

(I’m thankful because the amount I am receiving has increased.)  — Maris Federes | UNTV News & Rescue

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DSWD, DOH, to conduct psychological debriefing on Joanna Demafelis kin

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

A Joanna Demafelis kin undergoing briefing by government personnel

MANILA, Philippines —The representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Health (DOH) visited the home of the Demafelis family to check on their condition after the death of their daughter Joanna, the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) found inside a freezer in Kuwait.

The DSWD and DOH personnel talked to the parents and siblings of the slain OFW to know their current emotional and mental state.

According to Joanna’s brother Joejit, they are still deeply grieving the murder of their loved one.

He said they never expected Joanna to suffer such a horrific fate.

Joejit noted that Joanna longed for nothing more than to help her family.

“Nung makita ko ang result ng autopsy, ‘di ko matanggap-tanggap na bali-bali yung katawan niya. Kung anu-ano ang pinaggagawa sa kaniya,” said Joanna’s brother.

(When I saw the result of the autopsy, I could not accept the fact that her body was broken in several places. They did horrible things to her.)

Dr. Donnabelle Quindipan, the psychiatrist of the DOH Region 6, said the family of Joanna should receive psychological first aid to lessen the loneliness they are suffering.

Psychological first aid is provided to people who have experienced traumatic events.

It aims to address the needs and ease the psychological burden of an individual by giving him or her care and education regarding stress.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is set to visit the wake of Joanna tomorrow to personally send his condolences to her family. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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New batch of OFWs from Kuwait arrives in the Philippines

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Some of the repatriated overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait

MANILA, Philippines — A new batch of repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait arrived at past 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Numbering to more than 500, including 50 of minor age, it is considered as the biggest batch of OFWs that have been granted amnesty by the Gulf state.

Each was given P5,000 financial assistance and P20,000 livelihood assistance.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also handed the undocumented minors P5,000, while the Department of Health (DOH) assured medical assistance to those who arrived sick.

“Sinabi ni President Duterte na kahit ubusin natin ang pera ng gobyerno para tulungan ‘yung ating mga OFW, gagawin natin iyon(President Duterte said that even if we use up all the government’s fund in helping the OFWs, we will do it),” said Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Atty. Brigido Dulay.

Based on OWWA records, there are around 10,800 undocumented OFWs in Kuwait but only 3,000 availed of the amnesty program.

This is why OWWA considers the 2-month extension of the amnesty program a welcome development.

The decision to extend the program came one week after the Philippines formally filed the request to the Kuwaiti government.

OWWA believes the extension will give a significant leeway for other OFWs to have their papers processed for repatriation.

“Doon pa lang sa ating shelter ay punong-puno na ngayon. Baka itong mga ito ay mailikas din natin at maiuwi natin sa Pilipinas dahil sa extension na ito(In our shelter alone, it is already crowded. We might also relocate these OFW’s and repatriate them due to this extension),” said the deputy administrator.  —Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue


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