Lanao del Sur, Nov. 1 (PIA) --- The Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD-ARMM) distributed roughly P2 million worth of projects and services to more than 400 beneficiaries during the People’s Day celebration on October 29.
Regional Vice Governor and concurrent DSWD-ARMM Regional Secretary Haroun Alrashid Lucman headed the agency’s program convergence turnover at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex Grounds in Cotabato City.
This year, DSWD-ARMM applied a convergence approach for all its anti-poverty programs to strengthen the strategy of alleviating poverty in the five component provinces of the region.
The turnover gathered a total of 470 beneficiaries from the agency’s various flagship programs, including Cash-For-Work for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Social Pension, Supplementary Feeding Program, and the Expanded Student Grants Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
ESGP-PA, a scholarship grant program for deserving 4Ps beneficiaries, was one the major highlights of the day’s turnover caravan as 40 scholars from the Mindanao State University (MSU) – Maguindanao and 16 scholars from the Adiong Memorial Polytechnic College (AMPC) received three-month stipend worth P12,000, and one month stipend with book allowance worth P6,000 respectively.
By the end of school year 2016-2017, ARMM, through DSWD and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), would have sent a total of 3,474 ESGP scholars across the region.
DSWD-ARMM also conducted its regular relief distribution to 440 Pantawid beneficiaries and indigenous peoples (IPs) from the municipality of Upi, Maguindanao who were severely affected by the recent drought.
A total of 410 regular Pantawid beneficiaries received food packs worth P360 each, while 30 IP beneficiaries received food packs and hygiene kits worth P1,940 each.
Further, it 65 indigent senior citizens’ three-month stipend amounting to P1,546 each for a total payout of P100,500.
Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, as provided for under Republic Act 9994 (Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010), is an additional government assistance that provides P500 pesos per month to augment the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens aged 65 years old and above.
The agency also mainstreamed its 120-day Supplementary Feeding Program by providing food in the form of hot meals to more than 100 children enrolled in day care centers.
DSWD also implements poverty-reduction and peace-promoting programs such as the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA), Humanitarian and Development Assistance Program and the Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development for Growth and Empowerment (BRIDGE). (BPI/PIA-10)