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Lower House passes free dialysis bill for poor Filipinos

by UNTV News   |   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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President Duterte names Isko Moreno as new DSWD undersecretary

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018


President Duterte has appointed former Manila vice mayor, Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso, as new undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

His appointment papers were signed by the President on May 8 and were released by Malacañang on Wednesday, May 9.

In 2017, he was appointed chairman and CEO of the North Luzon Railways Corporation but resigned after three and a half months in office, citing “personal reason” for quitting. —UNTV News & Rescue

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UNTV accorded Most Supportive Media Partner award

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region VI accorded UNTV the distinction of being the agency’s most supportive media partners for 2017.

The award was in recognition of UNTV’s unrelenting efforts to help advocates “for the welfare of the poor and vulnerable sector” by being an instrument in disseminating the agency’s programs and services.

Such services, according to DSWD, led to the “upliftment of lives and empowerment of Ilonggo households.” — UNTV News & Rescue

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

by UNTV News   |   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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