Residents evacuate after firefight with ISIS militants in Marawi city

UNTV News   •   May 25, 2017   •   3722

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MANILA — Residents fled their homes in Marawi City on Wednesday following intense fighting between government troops and Islamic militants who took over large parts of the city.

“We want to hide because there are a lot of ISIS militants there,” said evacuee Ali Najer.

An elderly evacuee Hajja Mariam said, “We came from Marawi City and we left because of the chaos. We’ll stay in Iligan City for now.”

The exodus of residents followed a failed raid by soldiers on Tuesday on a hideout of the Maute militant group which triggered clashes and chaos across the largely Muslim city of Marawi.

 

Soldiers and police had set up various checkpoints in the region and inspected the fleeing residents who sought shelter in neighboring towns.

Police and soldiers are closely monitoring all entry and exit points in Iligan City to prevent the terror group from penetrating the city.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development has activated its Disaster Response and Management Bureau Operations Center in Iligan City.

According to DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo, they have on standby food packs and non-food items for residents affected by the clash.

DSWD assures to keep the safety of the residents in the area especially the women, children and the elderly. – Marje Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue

DSWD allots P100k per field office for PWD assistive devices

Robie de Guzman   •   July 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has announced that starting this year, an annual budget of P100,000 will be allocated for each of its field offices to provide assistive devices for persons with disability (PWD) in the country.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the DSWD said the move is in line with its mandate of providing programs and services to vulnerable sectors, especially the PWDs.

“The person with disability sector is among the most affected by the declaration of community quarantine brought about by the spread of COVID-19 in the country,” it said.

“To help them regain and develop their self and social enhancement, the DSWD, through its Field Offices will provide augmentation support for the assistive devices of blind and low vision, deaf/hearing impaired, and orthopedically and physically challenged individuals,” it added.

The DSWD said these devices may include talking laptops and tablets, talking canes/smart canes, and Braille system for the blind and visually impaired; hearing aids with beamforming technology, customized headphones, and Cochlear implant for deaf and hearing impaired; motorized wheelchair, customized wheelchair, tri-wheelchair bike, talking watch, customized artificial eyes, and neuro-prosthesis for the orthopedically and physically challenged.

“Persons with disability may request for the augmentation support of their assistive devices through the Focal Person on Persons with Disability Welfare Program and Assistance for Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) at the Crisis Intervention Units (CIUs) of the DSWD Field Offices,” the department said.

With the current situation, the DSWD said PWDs may send representatives to apply and claim for assistance at the field offices in their areas.’

Social Welfare Action Development teams in the provinces are also mobilized to accept applications and send these to the Field Offices for processing, it added.

To avail of the assistive devices, the PWDs are advised to prepare and submit the following documents:

  • Medical certificate indicating the disability with date issued
  • Full name and signed by attending physician which will be valid for 3 months
  • Request for assistive devices and quotation showing the amount of the assistive device
  • Barangay Indigency Certificate of the person with disability or client
  • One valid identification card

“The Department hopes that through these assistive devices, the persons with disability will continue to be productive and contributing members of society, despite their disability, in these critical times,” the DSWD said.

DSWD urges public anew to report fraudulent use of PWD IDs

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Tuesday reiterated its call on the public to report individuals who are illegally using persons with disability (PWD) identification cards.

The DSWD renewed its appeal following reports circulating on social media about people posing as PWDs to avail of the benefits and privileges intended for persons with disabilities.

Administrative Order No. 001, Series of 2008, issued by the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), states that PWD IDs shall only be issued to persons with permanent disabilities due to any one or more of the following conditions: psychosocial, chronic illness, learning, mental, visual, orthopedic, speech, and hearing conditions.

These also include persons suffering from disabling diseases resulting from their limitations to perform day-to-day activities as normally as possible.

Under Republic Act No. 10754 or the Act Expanding the Benefits and Privileges of Persons with Disability, PWDs are given 20% discounts; exemption to value-added tax (VAT); 5% discount on basic necessities and prime commodities; and free use of express lanes in commercial and government transactions.

The department noted that the issuance of the PWD ID will only be through the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO), located in every city or municipality in the country.

The DSWD warned that falsification of public documents and the use of falsified documents are criminal offenses and are punishable under the Revised Penal Code.

It urged the public to report incidents involving the illegal use of PWD ID to the NCDA through council@ncda.gov.ph or report to the PDAO or to any law enforcement agency.

The DSWD said it will coordinate with concerned agencies to monitor the issue.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier directed local government units to be stricter in the issuance of PWD IDs. It also urged business establishments to report instances on the use of fake PWD IDs to the police and issuing LGUs for proper action.

DSWD provides aid to locally-stranded individuals in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   June 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Tuesday assured it will continue to provide assistance to individuals who are stranded in Metro Manila due to coronavirus quarantine measures.

“DSWD will continue to coordinate with local government units and concerned agencies to determine and provide appropriate interventions and assistance to LSIs (locally-stranded individuals) in Metro Manila,” the agency said in a statement on Monday night.

The department said that on June 17, it provided financial assistance, through its Field Office National Capital Region (FO-NCR), to around 500 LSIs currently staying in Pier 4 in North Port, Manila.

Most of the LSIs who received aid under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program were stranded workers, students and overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who were unable to return to their provinces amid the coronavirus crisis.

The DSWD also reported that LSIs temporarily staying in the facility of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City have also received financial aid on June 19.

Officers of the DSWD FO also went to the Philippine Coast Guard Gymnasium, Eva Macapagal Port Area in Manila to distribute Family Food Packs (FFPs), sleeping kits, and sanitation kits for OFWs stranded in Pier 15, South Port.

Earlier, the department also provided financial assistance and non-food items to LSIs staying at the Villamor Airbase Elementary School and at the Philippine State College of Aeronautics in Pasay City.

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