DSWD eyes 6,600 poor households to replace delisted 4Ps members

By Roi Lomotan

 

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DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Provincial South Cluster Supervisor Reggie (with mic)  Locsin clarifies the issue of inclusion and exclusion in 4Ps during the Kapihan Forum held on Aug. 16, 2019 at Valencia Central Elementary School, Valencia town. (PIA7-NegOr)

 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is targeting around 6, 666 poor households in Negros Oriental to be covered by the government’s conditional cash transfer program.

DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Provincial South Cluster Supervisor Reggie Locsin announced this in a Kapihan Forum last week in this town.

Locsin clarified that the department is not expanding the coverage of 4Ps and the figure she mentioned are slots for replacement for those households that have been deactivated or delisted in the program.

The DSWD representative explained why these households were delisted from the program.

When their kids who were beneficiaries of 4Ps finished their school, or are over 18 years of age which is the age ceiling for a Pantawid beneficiary, they wont be in anymore, she explained.

On the other hand, there were also households who voluntarily waived their inclusion to the program because of improved economic conditions.

Originally, the actual slots was 6, 393 but the local DSWD has added more 273 slots as buffer.

However, she said the 6, 666 slots are not yet sub-divided among every Local Government Unit (LGU) in the province.

Kani siya wala pa siya na-segregate per LGU kay on-going pa matching ani nila for possible duplication. Daghan kaayo tag kaso sa una nga nag-duplicate ang mga household. Mao nay usa sa gilantaw mao wala pa gipakanaog (ang programa). Posible ang registration nato ani magsugod by next month (The slots are not yet distributed per LGU because the process of matching for possible duplication is still on-going. I think that is the reason why registration is not yet rolled out. Hopefully this will start next month),” Locsin said.

Locsin also noted that those households who were registered under the Listahanan Program of DSWD in 2015 will be given priority in the enrolment in 4Ps.

In relation to this, Locsin also clarified issues related to the inclusion and exclusion in 4Ps during the Kapihan forum.

This concern has been identified by the Negros Oriental Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NOTF ELCAC) as one of the top issues associated with the insurgency problem in the province.

Locsin elaborated that in 2008 a unit of DSWD conducted the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS PR) which aims to identify the “poorest of the poor” families and gather their information in a database which will be used as reference for appropriate poverty alleviation interventions.

The families who were validated and included in the list of the poor from the Listahanan became the primary beneficiaries of 4Ps.

Locsin disclosed that until now they still get complaints questioning the inclusion of some families in the 4Ps but she also pointed out that during the enumeration period there were also families who were not interviewed by their validators because they refuse to be interviewed while some parents are out for work when the validators came to their area.

In 2015, another round of Listahanan was conducted nationwide. This will serve as basis for the expanded coverage of 4Ps beneficiaries.

It was also noted in the forum that the expansion temporarilly was put on hold upon President Rodrigo Duterte’s assumption into office. This is the reason why DSWD has not added more beneficiaries of the program.

For the meantime, the plan is to replace the delisted or deactivated 4Ps beneficiaries.

However, Locsin said families who are interested to be part of 4Ps should worry because there is a new directive to hold third round of Listahanan enumeration this year which would start possibly in October.

For now, Locsin is making an appeal to the public to report to them if they notice families who are possible candidates for 4Ps inclusion or exclusion.

“Amo ra pod ning gipanawagan kung kinsa man tong nakit-an ninyo na inyong kasilinganan na miyembro sa Pantawid Niya dili siya ayangan na to be member of the Pantawid tage lang mi ug ngalan kay amo ra pod ning ipaagi sa insakto na proseso (I would like to appeal to everyone if you know household which you think should no longer be included in the 4Ps give us their name so we can verify. There is an exact process on this) ,”  Locsin concluded.

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DSWD sets up database to address poverty

By Jennifer C. Tilos

 

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4Ps Provincial Link Asela Bella Tse (with microphone) in a briefing with Negros Oriental Public Information Officers (File Photo)

 

 

The Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) here has established a baseline data to determine the contributory factors why some recipients of Pantawid Pamilya program still remain poor.

Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Link Asela Bella Tse said the gathering of information is very important to set up a baseline data to pinpoint the actual reasons why they are still poor or waht are the causes of poverty so that we can identify the appropriate interventions.

Under Pantawid program, the province has more or less 65,000 household-beneficiaries

The Pantawid intends to keep the poor children in school or continue schooling, however, based on records some 22, 231 children have not continued schooling or are always absent, thus, have not complied with the conditions on 85 percent required attendance in school, said Tse.

The data also showed that 936 children are working as house or farm helpers even at their young age and 56 taking care of their young siblings.

It is also recorded that 35 kids get pregnant early and 30 are living-in as husband and wife.

Some 908 children listed, have discontinued or stopped schooling due to distance of the schools from their house.

The top reasons for discontinuing schooling, Tse said some children walked four hours going up and down hills to reach the school that made them too tiresome or difficult to continue schooling.

With this, the DSWD enhances convergence strategies among national government agencies and local government units to address some challenges for poverty alleviation and social protection in the province.

In a convergence meeting, Tse said with the data available as evidence, it is possible to provide policy or implement projects of different convergence initiatives to address poverty in the province.

For now some LGUs have started the interventions especially on the sanitation advocacy to provide access of sanitary toilet in each household like Mabinay, Manjuyod, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad, Siaton, Tanjay City, and Pamplona, said Tse.

The rest are stepping up to be zero open defecation to address health problems and reduce medical expenses among the households.

Tse said poverty is a complex challenge that needs convergence strategies to improve the well-being of the people in the province.

‘Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya’ winners named

By Jennifer C. Tilos

 

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Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) officials together with the top three family winners of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya and the judges from NORSU, DOLE, and Voice of the Free during the awarding ceremony in Dumaguete City. (PIA Negros Oriental)

 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office here named the top three winners of this year’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya search Friday in Negros Oriental.

The family of Nicolas and Elbe Bohol of the municipality of Mabinay, active recipient of the Pantawid Pamilya program, was selected as the first placer model family.

The second and third placers of the search are the family of Gleen and Justina Villego of Basay town and Emilio and Emilda Esteral family from Siaton, respectively.

Provincial Link Asela Bella Tse of DSWD said they are now part of the agency’s family ambassadors who can help promote or advocate the ‘Pantawid Pamilya’ program and serve as a good role model in their barangay.

The provincial winners received a cash prize of P7,000, P5,000, and P4,000 for the 1st, 2nd, and third placers, respectively, and a certificate of recognition during the provincial awarding ceremony.

The father of the Bohol family, Nicolas, is a carpenter and completed only Grade 2 while his wife Elbe, accepts laundry services from their neighbors to sustain the needs of the family.

Nyx, 22, and third child of the seven children of the Bohol family said their parents tried harder and struggled in looking for means to provide them with the education and basic needs despite their lack of education.

For now, the four children are graduates of different fields.

Nyx is applying at the Department of Education as a school teacher, her two older siblings have graduated from a Bible school, now a pastor and a policeman, while another one is applying to be a policeman.

With the help of the Pantawid program and those working siblings, Nyx said the three younger ones continue their studies in Mabinay and her mother now has a small sari-sari store in their house.

Tse said the search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya aims to highlight the role of the Filipino family as the core support to building a stronger foundation of the community as well as in the country.

Information Officer Kerwin Macopia of DSWD7 said this recognizes outstanding family beneficiaries who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community where they reside.

Macopia said through this search, families also showcase the improvement in their lives as the fruits of their own hard work and inspire the whole country despite the challenges they experience brought about by poverty.

The Bohol family as the provincial winner will compete in the regional level search.

DSWD sets the desk validation criteria for the annual search which include strong family ties and harmonious relationship while upholding Filipino values despite the challenges of poverty (25 percent), family practices and promotes healthy living and environment care (20 percent), family involvement in community activities (20 percent), family as inspiration to others in the community (20 percent) and strives to improve living conditions amidst difficult situation (15 percent).