Over 1 million families receive face masks from DSWD, Task Group Face Mask

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2020   •   885

MANILA, Philippines — Over one million families from various areas in the country received free face masks from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Task Group Face Mask.

The free face masks were turned over to local government units (LGUs) of Muntinlupa City, Pateros City, San Juan City, Navotas City, and Mandaluyong City for distribution to poor and vulnerable families in their localities.

The task force will continue its distribution of face masks to the remaining LGUs in the National Capital Region, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Batangas, Bulacan, and parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

Aside from providing face masks to poor families, the Task Force Face Mask also aims to support micro, small, and medium enterprises whose operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. AAC

Duterte pledges Php5,000 per family affected by Typhoon Odette

Maris Federez   •   December 28, 2021

MANILA. Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to give Php5,000 to each family that was affected by Typhoon Odette.

The President assured that the government has enough funds set for the said financial assistance.

“May pera naman. I am giving P5,000 per family. Itong pera na nakuha ko, which I have gathered, will be sufficient for the assistance of P5,000 for everybody,” Duterte said.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said the joint circular on the releasing of cash assistance to typhoon-hit areas has already been issued.

Año said Php4 billion will be needed for the cash assistance.

Duterte also directed the Department of Social Welfare and Development to procure tarpaulins to be used in making temporary shelters for those who lost their homes.

“Yung mga taong natutulog sa labas, emergency, so bili ka ng trapal appropropriate size good for 6 people,” Duterte said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it will be needing close to Php150 million to give assistance to small businesses that were also affected by the typhoon.

“Ang estimate po namin magiging 2,000 ang beneficiary per probinsiya. Kung 2,000 ‘yan at bawat isa ang programa natin ay P8,000 to P10,000 kada micro entrepreneur para mabigyan ng pangkabuhayan package,” said Sec. Ramon Lopez.

He said that each province hit by Odette will be allotted Php20 million.

To date, the department has already allotted Php8.2 million to be released as assistance to business owners in Siargao.

This is apart from the livelihood aid for 1,000 beneficiaries in Regions 6, 7, 8, and Caraga.

President Duterte said he plans to return to the areas affected by Odette to personally witness the recovery efforts that the government is conducting so far. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

4Ps beneficiaries na fully vaccinated na vs COVID-19, bibigyan ng insentibo — DSWD

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Makatatanggap ng dagdag na insentibo ang mga benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) na nakakumpleto na ng bakuna kontra COVID-19.

Ayon kay Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista, nakatakdang maglabas ng executive order si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte kaugnay ng programa.

“The president will issue an executive order on how to grant incentives to the members of 4Ps once they submit themselves for vaccination without violating the regulations governing the program,” ang pahayag ni Bautista nang bumisita ito sa isang vaccination center sa Zamboanga City noong Martes.

Hindi binanggit ng opisyal kung anong insentibo ang ibibigay sa 4Ps beneficiaries.

Ayon sa DSWD chief, mas marami na ngayong 4Ps beneficiaries ang interesado nang magpabakuna matapos magsagawa ng information drive ang pamahalaan kaugnay ng hakbang.

“We explained to them that they really need to be vaccinated against coronavirus disease during the conduct of the family development sessions,” ani Bautista.

DSWD to assist LGUs hit by STS Maring

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2021

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

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