Listahanan 3 field workers receive salaries despite COVID-19 challenge

Tuguegarao City – Workers employed for the conduct of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) 3rd Round of Household Assessment started receiving their salaries yesterday, March 25, 2020, at the field office compound.

A total of 199 encoders of the program will receive their compensation until today, with a total amount of P6,498,912.00 allotted for the encoders’ salaries.

The distribution of salaries for the program’s enumerators, area supervisors and area coordinators has also started and shall resume again later on.

Social distancing and other safety measures meanwhile were set in place before the start of the payout, to include checking of temperature before entering the field office compound, alcohols and sanitizers applied to all individuals coming in and the requiring of IDs.

The 3rd round of household assessment aims to produce an updated list of poor households that shall be the basis of the agency, and other partners through a memorandum of agreement (MOA), for the identification of beneficiaries of its programs and services.

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DSWD Field Office 02 conducts preventive measures for COVID-19 threat

Tuguegarao City – In line with the declaration of Code Red Sublevel 2 by President Duterte last March 12, 2020, the DSWD has released guidelines for the implementation of its programs and services while the alert level is still in effect.

The implementation of the following programs shall be suspended from 12:00 AM of March 15, 2020 to 12:00 AM of April 14, 2020:

1. Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens;
2. Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT);
3. Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program;
4. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM);
5. Listahanan;
6. Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA);
7. Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP);
8. Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

The beneficiaries of the above-mentioned programs are advised to adhere to the suspension of the programs to prevent the possible spread of the COVID-19 through activities such as payouts, meetings, and activities involving close contact with several persons.

The provision of financial assistance through the agency’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) shall continue but will be limited to a maximum of 50 clients per days for the field office’s Crisis Intervention Section (CIS) and 30 clients a day for its Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) offices.

Those availing of the AICS are advised to wait for information from field office personnel as well as local social welfare and development officers as to when funds will become available before heading to the Regional Office or its SWAD offices.

Sanitation and social distancing measures have already started in the field office and SWAD offices for further preventive measure to the COVID-19.

Individuals with questions and/or concerns are advised to contact hotline 304-1004 or send their concerns at www.facebook.com/DSWDDos. ###

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Listahanan nears completion of 3rd round assessment phase

Tuguegarao City – The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction or Listahanan has finished assessing 646,009 households out of a total target of 654,788 households, a 98.66% accomplishment rate as of March 05, 2020.

The achievement comes after the completion of the 3rd round of household assessment’s preparatory phase last year which required Listahanan staff to attend a training of trainers as well as roll-out training for field staff to conduct relevant activities relative to the assessment of households.

The assessment phase also started last year and is expected to wrap up by the end of March 2020.

Field staff assessing household intake information using Household Assessment Forms (HAFs) which are then sent to the DSWD Field Office 02 for encoding. As of today, 444,611 HAFs have been downloaded out of the total 646,009 households assessed so far.

After completion of the assessment and encoding phase, verification is done to make sure all the data collected and encoded follows the data written on HAFs. The production of the initial list of poor households shall be done after this.

The validation and finalization phase shall follow after to ensure the accuracy of the Listahanan database. All the data will then be sent to the National Household Targeting Office (NHTO) in the DSWD Central Office for it to undergo the Proxy Means Test (PMT).

The reports generation phase and data sharing of the final list of poor households shall follow after, which will then kickstart data sharing activities of the Listahanan in the regional area. These are expected to start by CY 2021.

The list of poor households to be generated by Listahanan shall be used by the DSWD and its partner stakeholders, through a memorandum of agreement, for the identification of beneficiaries of different social protection programs and services. ###

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DSWD FO2 forges partnership with Philippine Army’s 5th Infantry Division through signing of MOU

Gamu, Isabela – Food and non-food items of the DSWD Field Office 02 can now be prepositioned in military warehouses in Gamu and Echague, Isabela operated by the Philippine Army’s 5th Infantry Division (PA 5ID) Camp, after a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed earlier today between the two parties.

Leading the DSWD party was Regional Director Fernando R. De Villa, Jr. while Major General Pablo M. Lorenzo led the way for the PA 5ID in a ceremony held at the 5th Infantry Division’s Headquarter.

The signing of the MOU comes after a series of calamities last year prompted the field office to come up with new strategies and solutions to make the delivery of services during its disaster response operations more efficient to the areas that it serves.

With the new set up, food and non-food items of the DSWD can now reach Isabela municipalities, even as far as the provinces of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya if needed, faster as the items would not have to be transported from a farther location.

Director De Villa, Jr. meanwhile lauded the signing as an opportunity to strengthen the partnership of the agency with the Philippine Army, with the PA 5ID already being tapped before to help in the various endeavors of the field office during calamities.

Major General Lorenzo, in his speech, mentions the eagerness of the PA 5ID to assist the DSWD in its disaster endeavor as part of their greater goal of being able to bring government programs and services closer to the people.

The DSWD Field Office 02 maintains a warehouse in Tuguegarao City for its food and non-food items along with prepositioned goods in its Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) offices in Batanes, Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya. ###

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DSWD programs and services reach far-flung municipality through DILG’s Local Serbisyo Caravan

Staff from the DSWD Field Office 02 attended the Local Serbisyo Caravan headed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 02 at Brgy. Andabuen, Benito Soliven, Isabela earlier today.

The activity was in support to E.O.70, creating a Whole of Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC). The event, organized to bring government programs and services closer to far-flung areas of the region, was attended by 12 National Government Agencies’ DSWD, DILG, TESDA, DOH, PNP, DTI, DA, DAR, NCIP, DPWH, DEPED, DOLE as well as the Isabela Electric Cooperative (ISELCO), the Provincial Local Government Unit of Isabela and the Municipal Local Government Unit of Benito Soliven.

The DSWD, for its part, brought services such as payout of the 2nd semester grant of the Social Pension Program for beneficiaries in the area who were not able to receive their grant last year, assistance to grievances by beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program as well as to questions of participants regarding other programs and services of the DSWD.

A certificate of appreciation was also given by the DILG to the field office at the conclusion of the activity for its contributions to the said event. ###

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2nd Malasakit Center in Region 02 launched in Isabela

Ilagan City, Isabela – DSWD Assistant Secretary Rodolfo Encabo, together with staff from the DSWD Field Office 02, attended the inauguration of a Malasakit Center at the Gov. Faustino N. Dy, Jr. Memorial Center in this city earlier today.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go led the formal launching of the center that shall be a one-stop shop for the provision of financial aid coming from the DSWD, PCSO, DOH and PhilHealth.

The center is the second to be launched in the Cagayan Valley Region after the inauguration of a similar center in the Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Tuguegarao City last January 2020.

The DSWD also led the distribution of assistance through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) to 15 affected families from the torrential rains that caused widespread flooding in the city last year at the Ilagan City Community Center. The individuals also received food packs coming from the Office of the President (OP).

Forty (40) individuals meanwhile received AICS financial assistance in the Malasakit Center after assessment by social workers from the Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Isabela after the center’s inauguration. Each individual received P2,000.00 each for a total of P80,000.00 worth of aid given after the center’s inauguration. ###

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New centers and residential care facilities virtually-launched

Enrile, Cagayan – With DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista, members of the Executive Committee, Regional Directors and fellow field offices watching through a virtual loop, the field office’s new center constructions and renovated facilities were launched through a simple ribbon cutting ceremony held at the Cagayan Valley Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth (CV-RRCY) here yesterday.

The ceremony was part of the simultaneous launching of new and renovated facilities of DSWD centers in different regions throughout the country, in a move to address the growing need and increasing demand for such facilities in recent years.

In 2018, the DSWD downloaded more than P58 million to the field office for new construction and repair of the centers’ facilities. The amount was an opportunity to make the centers more functional and amenable to the needs of the centers’ clients and staff.

This after the completion of the preparation of plans and program of works for infrastructure projects which became the basis for the downloading of the said funds.

The field office has three (3) centers catering to susceptible individuals; the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) provides temporary care and shelter to abandoned, neglected and abused children, the Regional Haven for Women and Girls (RHWG) gives temporary care to vulnerable, disadvantaged and abused women and the CV-RRCY caters to children in conflict with the law (CICL) for rehabilitation of their emotional, psychosocial and psychological well-being.

The RSCC, which was inaugurated in May 1991, is the oldest facility of the three, followed by the RHWG in May 1997 and finally, the CV-RRCY in April 2010.

Majority of the new constructions in the centers focused on adding more bed capacity as a response to the possible increase in the number of clients that may be referred to the centers and the increase in the number of staff to cater to the clients as a result.

Centers’ clients and staff meanwhile are elated because of the new facilities that they are able to use. Old facilities were either renovated or replaced with newer ones and new constructions to add to the existing ones led to a more holistic working environment in the centers.

Staff of the field office centers recognize the importance that these facilities will have as now they can more easily conduct their roles and responsibilities to be able to contribute more to the goals of the agency as a whole.

The field office is also now in the midst of preparing its plans for additional centers’ projects for submission to the central office as basis for funding in year 2021. ###

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Hope amidst challenges

Princess, 29, from Talisay, Batangas has been without her husband Jerry, 34, for many days since Taal’s eruption.

Princess recalls that as they evacuated with the volcano’s eruption, her husband decided to seek a job in a nearby town. This after losing his livelihood with the volcano’s continuous unrest so he can continue to support their three children Brianna Jane, 8, Blain Jacob, 5, and Bianca Jade, 2.

Now without her husband to tend to their kids in an evacuation center for more than a week, she anxiously waits for better days even as she is unsure when she’ll see her husband again.

Princess also weeps at the thought of not having anything to go back to if and when the state of the volcano eases.

“Natabunan na ng makapal na abo yung bahay namin. Sira na ho ito. Minarapat naming umalis agad dahil delikado na noong magpatuloy na tumira doon,” Princess recalls.

Now temporarily residing in an evacuation center in Calaca town, Princess and her kids wait for their reunion with his husband and father to her kids.

Her face also brightens as she mentions how thankful she is that her family were unharmed and that though they lost their house and other possessions along the way, the important thing is that they are all safe.

“Nagpapasalamat ako at mayroon kaming pansamantalang tinitirhan pati na rin sa tulong na patuloy na ibinibigay ng iba’t-ibang ahensya ng gobyerno at ng iba pang magaganda ang loob para punan ang mga pangunahin naming pangangailangan dito,” Princess says.

Princess shows the courage of a Filipino as she vows that they will again rise after this calamity and that she, along with her husband, will do their best to provide a brighter future for their kids.

“Kalamidad lang ito. Ang mga nawala sa amin ay mapapalitan. Mabubuo muli ang aming pamilya, babangon muli kami,” Princess ends. ###

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