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  • Anti-poverty program launched for 600 of ARMM’s poorest families

    COTABATO CITY – Starting this January, the regional Department for Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-ARMM) will begin the implementation of its Apat Dapat program as part of its efforts to combat poverty in the region. The program’s pilot run is set to last until December 2016, and will cater to the 40 poorest families in 15 select ARMM municipalities.

    The program will supplement the ongoing poverty alleviation initiatives both of the regional and national government. It will follow the ‘four for the poor formula,’ which zeroes in on the four most basic needs of a family, namely food, water, light, and shelter.

    The four basic needs were determined by a study regarding poverty incidence in the region, conducted by the Regional Planning and Development Office. Major interventions include ensuring families are housed in secure homes with its own water and sanitation system and a basic lighting facility, while providing them with the means to expand their livelihood and achieve food sufficiency along the way.

    “Combating poverty has two phases, the long-term and the short-term. While the Apat Dapat program is initially a short-term program, gradually we’re expecting that we’ll earn the necessary experience and milestones for the continuity and expansion of the program into a long-term solution to poverty,” DSWD-ARMM Secretary Rahima Alba said.

    To ensure that the program will meet its goals, the DSWD will oversee the conduct of case management of every household. It also hopes to coordinate with the Department of Health’s rural health units and its nutritionists in monitoring the health. There will be 15 pilot municipalities – three municipalities in every province of the ARMM – with forty family beneficiaries in every municipality.

    The pilot municipalities are Matanog, Barira and Datu Anggal Midtimbang in Maguindanao; Balindong, Lumba-Bayabao, and Taraka in Lanao del Sur; Tuburan, Tipu-tipo, and Sumisip in Basilan; Talipao, Parang, and Pandami in Sulu; and Tandubas, Simunul, and Sibutu in Tawi-tawi.  (Bureau of Public Information/Mindanao Examiner)

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  • DSWD-ARMM Pantawid program resumes distribution of cash grants in Maguindanao

    COTABATO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD-ARMM) resumes the payout of cash grants to beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Maguindanao after months of delay.

    Rahima Datumanong Alba, DSWD-ARMM office-in charge, explained “The delay of the payment of grants for unpaid periods started when conduit Globe Exchange Inc. (GXI) failed to replenish the fund from the previous payouts to its merchant partner Loaded Marketing.”

    She also explained that before the suspension of the payout in October 2015, the DSWD, through conduits GXI and Loaded Marketing, was paying Period 5 (September-October) and Period 6 (November-December) of 2014 as well as unpaid grants starting Period 6 of 2012.

    The release of payout for Period 6 covering the months November-December in 2012 and for the same period in 2014 to 22 towns of Maguindanao will start on Thursday, January 7.

    Towns in Maguindanao’s first district where qualified beneficiaries would soon receive cash grants are Barira, Matanog, Parang, Datu Blah Sinsuat, Upi, Sultan Mastura, Sultan Kudarat, North Kabuntalan, South Upi, Mother Kabuntalan, and Datu Odin Sinsuat (Dinaig).

    Those in the second district are as follows: Datu Hoffer,  Shariff Saydona, Datu Unsay, Datu Saudi, Datu Piang, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Guindulungan, Talayan, Talitay, Pagalungan, and Pagagawan.

    Based on DSWD-ARMM data, GXI has previously released a total of P373,852,600 cash grants to 120,286 beneficiaries in Maguindanao. The Land Bank of the Philippines serves as the sole authorized disbursement agent of the DSWD for the nationwide distribution of cash grants. It also authorized money transfer agents to deliver the grants.

    The choice of conduits went through a bidding process undertaken by the Landbank Head Office Bids and Awards Committee.

    Sec. Alba reiterated that the agency continuously monitors the distribution of cash grants to the beneficiaries across the region.

    4Ps is the national government’s flagship poverty alleviation initiative, providing grants to the poorest households in order to improve health, nutrition and education of children.

    The cash grants comprise P500 per month per household for health and nutrition expenses and P300 per child each month for educational expenses. Households with three qualified children would receive P1,400 monthly. (Bureau of Public Information/Mindanao Examiner)

  • DSWD-ARMM: Focus on food sufficiency, livelihood crucial for poverty alleviation

    COTABATO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has launched the pilot run of its Apat Dapat program, an anti-poverty initiative that will focus on 600 of ARMM’s poorest families.

    The program will focus on key interventions concerning four basic needs of every family, namely food, lighting, water and sanitation, and shelter. The beneficiaries of the Apat Dapat program’s pilot run are among the poorest of the poor in the region. “We hope that the Apat Dapat program’s focused approach will prove to be a good fit alongside the broader approaches taken by our existing anti-poverty initiatives, all of which are community-driven development projects,” DSWD-ARMM Secretary Rahima Alba said.

    Accoording to Alba, ensuring food sufficiency and livelihood, the first of the four components of the Apat Dapat program, involves four modalities. These are (1) satisfying every families’ recommended dietary allowance for protein and energy, (2) identifying what livelihood is best for the families and providing the necessary livelihood training, (3) encouraging families to put up small livelihood activities such as backyard gardening and poultry raising that can support food sufficiency, and (4) gradually transitioning the livelihood activities from being food security measure to also being a source of income for the families.

    “Along with continued support in construction of solar dryers and warehouse, as well as the provision of equipment and machineries, we are making sure that every family in a community can live a life where their needs are met through the Apat Dapat program,” Alba said.

    Technical assistance have been provided by the World Food Program to ensure the sustainability of the food security program, with input from the World Bank which has been consistent in being ARMM’s partner in poverty alleviation. The DSWD-ARMM is looking into a partnership with the Department of Health’s rural health units and local nutritionists to make sure that food sufficiency and security goals are met. (Bureau of Public Information/Mindanao Examiner)

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