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
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
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
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
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