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DSWD partners with Provincial Government of La Union on ‘frontline programs’
 
By Iryn Q. de los Reyes
posted 12-Jul-2012  ·  
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The DSWD and the Provincial Government of La Union complement social welfare and development efforts to 16,357 poor families through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program; 2,318 poor senior citizens on Social Pension Program, and 13,375 Day Care Children on Supplementary Feeding Program, among other vulnerable individuals being assisted.

Thus, DSWD Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo reported during his attendance to the Provincial Government of La Union Monday Program as guest speaker.

“DSWD in partnership with Local Government Units has proven to be the lifeline and refuge of individuals, families and communities facing threats of poverty, discrimination, and difficult situations. Nalalampasan ang bawat kahinaan at mahirap na sitwasyon ng isang indibiduwal, pamilya at komunidad sa tulong ng lokal na pamahalaan at ng nasyonal gaya ng DSWD,” Director Castillo exhorted.

As mentioned, the month of July is loaded with observance and celebrations such as National Disaster Consciousness Month, Nutrition Month and the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (July 23-20).

On disaster preparedness, mitigation activities that respond to vulnerabilities of families and communities were cited such as activities that rehabilitate community structures and facilities through the Cash for Work for Internally Displaced Persons (or those affected by typhoons in the previous year).

In the last 6 months, DSWD has invested Php 1M given as cash for the displaced or disaster victims participating in the completion of community projects in Burgos, Pugo, Tubao and Bauang for this year 2012. Activities such as clearing and digging of canals, repair and improvement of irrigation canals, foot bridges, and repair of Day Care Centers were among those mentioned.

Also, health and nutrition concerns was highlighted in celebration of the Nutrition Month bearing the theme “ Pagkain ng Gulay Ugaliin, Araw –araw Itong Ihain.” Amidst fast-paced life, advancement and lifestyle, the rise of food-chains and ready –to-eat foods, basic and proper nutrition is set aside, thus, vegetable dishes must be included in the food served at home. He further exhorted ‘gawin nating ma- gulay ang mundo.”

Further, the mainstreaming of the persons with disabilities (PWDs) in development such as in the regular workforce (at least 5 percent ) and equal opportunities in maximizing their potentials was cited. To further foster skills training for the PWDs, a Sheltered Workshop is also being conceptualized by the Provincial Government through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

Aside from these, the Director took the opportunity to provide updates on core social protection programs of the DSWD.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program has long term social development goal of breaking the intergenerational poverty through investment in human capital by helping the children become healthy and keeping them in-school, Director Castillo shared.

Director Castillo emphasized compliance with the conditionalities of the Program such as attendance to school (85%), regular check-up of children and pregnant women, and attendance to Family Development Sessions. A bi-monthly payment of cash grant is released through Land Bank of the Philippines whereby a maximum of Php 1,400.00 a month is given to a poor household with 3 qualified children (0-14 years old).

Also, with our partnership with non-government organizations, faith-based groups, other regional line agencies pouring –in their services, there is a transformation of values and practices on health and education, family solidarity, and empowerment happening among our poor fellow.

Director Castillo pointed out that these programs are not the main solutions but are strategies in poverty reduction efforts where all levels at the Local Government Unit and the National Government work where poor families are empowered and become self propelling.

Now on its second year, Supplementary Feeding Program will continue to provide additional hot meal to in-school Day Care Children during their regular days in school. As mentioned this is DSWD’s contribution in the realization of the Millennium Development Goals particularly on the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger. In La Union, there are 13,375 Day Care Children in 551 Day Care Centers included in this program.

With the capital assistance given by DSWD, the LUVWI or La Union Vibrant Women Inc. supported by Congressman Francisco Ortega was recognized with their microenterprise. For the 5 organized groups in La Union, an amount of Php 670,000.00 was awarded by DSWD as capital assistance subjected for a rollback in 2 years.

As an assurance of continued partnership with the Provincial Government of La Union, “we carry on with our resources and expertise that will bring us easier and closer to our visions and missions” Director Castillo said.

Moreover, this was his challenge, “the wide latitude of partnership, commitment and passion displayed in all our efforts addressing the concerns of our poor and vulnerable groups can be futile if desired results are unattained”.

“Much had been done, and much is still awaiting to be done. If we desire to create an impact in the lives of the people we serve, we must add feet to our faith and love to our hands, Director Castillo further said.” ( by: Iryn Q. de los Reyes, Information Officer II)

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