PMAAI calls out Tulfo for remarks vs DSWD Secretary

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 3, 2019   •   3973

(L-R) DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista and broadcaster Erwin Tulfo

The Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Incorporated (PMAAI) has called out broadcaster Erwin Tulfo for his remarks against Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista.

According to PMAAI President PCol. Arthur Bisnar, they are hurt by Tulfo’s ‘degrading’ remarks against a former official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Bisnar said that even though they have accepted Tulfo’s apology, this is not a sufficient reason not to file a case against him.

“Iyong apology ni Mr. Tulfo that’s not enough kasi nga ang affected doon iyong pamilya niya to include ang lahat ng relatives niya so ang nagre-react pa lang ngayon ay ang PNP, (Mr. Tulfo’s apology is not enough because [Bautista’s family] is affected, including all relatives) I understand iyong ranger they are making a manifesto right now sa social media, they are in full support of our DSWD secretary,” he said.

Bisnar added that they will also file a complaint with the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) and the National Press Club for Tulfo’s actions.

On May 27, Tulfo reportedly called Sec. Bautista “buang” or crazy during his radio program.(with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Sta. Ana, Cagayan evacuees return home as flood subsides

Maris Federez   •   November 21, 2019

CAGAYAN, Philippines – As the rain quiets down in Sta. Ana, Cagayan, the evacuees who have occupied the town’s multipurpose hall queued to return to their respective houses.

Sixteen barangays in Sta Ana were submerged in water, affecting 377 families or 1,514 individuals, according to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the local government distributed relief supplies to the affected families before they set out to return to their homes.

“So far, ngayon Ma’am, nag-subside na po iyong tubig so safe na po silang pabalik sa kanilang bahay,” said social welfare assistant Hilda Bañezta.

Officials expect that the power supply will be restored by Thursday or Friday (November 22).

Meanwhile, the local government announced that classes in the whole province of Cagayan have resumed on Thursday except those in preschool and kindergarten.

Further suspension of classes at any level will be at the discretion of the local executives in the 20 municipal mayors in the province. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

DSWD appeals to public not to give alms to street children, beggars

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 7, 2019

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has urged the public not to give alms to street beggars including street children, homeless people, and members of Indigenous Peoples (IP) groups.

The DSWD said this is in pursuant to Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1563 or the Anti-Mendicancy Law which prohibits begging or soliciting of charitable donations by the poor and other religious organizations on the streets.

The department advises the public to think of other means to help in order to keep street dwellers and IP groups away from mendicant activities that may endanger their lives.

“DSWD advises the public to provide responsible types of assistance such as conducting organized gift-giving and caroling activities, feeding sessions, story-telling, and medical missions at the activity centers in the local government units (LGUs),” the DSWD said in a statement.—AAC

DSWD, DILG to clean up 4Ps beneficiary list

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 10, 2019

A Filipino family ride on a makeshift trolley along a street in Manila, Philippines, 05 December 2018.  EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will begin their clean up of the list of beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The two departments seek to narrow down legitimate and qualified 4Ps beneficiaries following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Listahanan 3.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, there had been reports of unqualified 4Ps beneficiaries.

Marami ng mga report na nagsasabi na may mga pamilya na hindi naman mahihirap ang nabibigyan ng tulong mula sa 4Ps, at ito ang nais nating iwasan sa pamamagitan ng Listahanan ng DSWD (There are reports saying there are families that receive beneficiaries from 4Ps but are not really poor. This is what we are trying to avoid through the DSWD’s Listahan),” he said.

Año added that through the Listahan 3, there will be a guarantee that no non-poor families will benefit from the programs of the government such as the 4Ps.

Meanwhile, DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the department will coordinate with local government units (LGU) in completing this database of poor families.

Mahalaga na marating ng mga surveyor mula sa DSWD ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan sa mga pamayanan upang masiguro na makakarating sa kanila ang tulong ng pamahalaan (It is important for DSWD surveyors to reach poor families in communities to ensure they can receive aid from the government),” Malaya said.—AAC

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