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DSWD strengthens relief ops for 'Butchoy' survivors

MANILA - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has intensified its disaster operations to provide immediate attention to Typhoon Butchoy victims in Regions III, IV-A, and ARMM, the hardest hit areas by the disaster.

The DSWD strengthened the capacity of its Field Offices in providing augmentation support to affected local government units and closely coordinating with other concerned agencies.

“We continue to strengthen our DSWD Field Offices, LGUs and concerned agencies to provide immediate relief assistance to the needs of the typhoon victims. Our people on the ground are reaching out to more affected families and are ensuring that no victim will be left behind,” Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said Monday.

Taguiwalo reiterated her call to affected families to report their situations on the ground so that the Department can respond immediately.

“Huwag po kayong mangiming lumapit sa mga social workers sa inyong lugar at ipagbigay alam kung ano pa ang inyong mga pangangailangan (Do not  be ashamed hesitate to ask for help from social workers in your areas),” Taguiwalo told affected families.

As of 5PM of July 10,  there are 127 families or 563 persons inside 16 evacuation centers set up by LGUs in the affected areas in Bataan, Zambales, Batangas, Rizal, and Maguindanao.  Likewise, some 14,097 families or 70,663 persons who are outside evacuation centers are also provided with relief supplies.

DSWD-FOs in these regions continue to assist LGUs in providing food support, managing the evacuation centers, and in profiling the evacuees.

DSWD FO-III has already received 10, 000 additional family food packs, out of the 60,000 family food packs from the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) and is continuously coordinating with concerned agencies for the status of the affected victims and possible support needed by LGUs.

In Region IV-A, the local government of Batangas has already provided relief assistance to the typhoon victims. They are constantly coordinating with the DSWD-FO IV-A for monitoring and other needed actions.

In Maguindanao, the provincial government provided 90 bags of rice to the affected families through the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO). The DSWD-FO XII, in close coordination with the DSWD-ARMM, has already scheduled to distribute family food packs to the affected families.

Currently, the DSWD’s Disaster Response Assistance and Management Bureau (DReAMB) and Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) are closely coordinating with concerned DSWD Field Offices for close monitoring and immediate provision of additional assistance, if needed.

More funds for El Niño-hit areas in Region XII, ARMM

QUEZON CITY, Apr. 23 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has sub-allotted anew a total of P615,376,370 to DSWD-Field Office XII for its continuing support for El Nino affected areas in the region and in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

This amount is sourced from the additional fund released to the DSWD by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) specifically P662,500,000 additional Quick Response Fund (QRF) to the P1.32 billion QRF for 2016 and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM) Fund.

It can be recalled that the DBM has authorized the DSWD to use its QRF amounting to P1.32 billion and regular funds to respond to El Niño requirements.

Earlier, the DSWD has released P739,492,203.33, as of April 19, out of the 2016 P1.32 billion QRF fund covering the assistance for El Nino affected families nationwide. The amount includes the cost of food assistance and the implementation of Cash-for-Work (CFW).

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that it may be significant to mention that ARMM has its own fund source and yet the DSWD still provided augmentation assistance to the region.

“Even with the separate funding, the DSWD provided to the DSWD-ARMM, as of April 19, a total of P389,811,605.00 since 2015 to augment their resources for El Niño. The amount was utilized for the implementation of CFW in El Niño-affected areas in the region,” Soliman said.

“Along with the rest of the government, DSWD recognizes the urgency of responding to the situation of hunger affecting the poor in many parts of the country,” Sec. Soliman emphasized. (DSWD)


COTABATO CITY — The damages to agricultural crops brought about by the long dry spell and rat infestation in Maguindanao rose to PHP110 million, officials said Tuesday.

With this, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will increase its support to affected farmers, according to Sec. Alexander Alonto of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF-ARMM).

He said to date, dry spell and rat infestation in the province destroyed more than PHP110-million worth of agricultural crops.

Alonto cited a report from his office which showed that 18,831 hectares of rice and corn farms in 18 of 36 municipalities in Maguindanao, with roughly 22,000 farmers, have been affected by the adverse weather condition now felt not only in ARMM but also in many parts of the country.

Last Jan. 28, the Maguindanao provincial board placed the entire province under a state of calamity due to rising drought damage figures.

Alonto said his office is expecting higher loss figures in the near term as municipal officers further validate updated reports on the extent of crop damage.

As immediate response, Alonto said DA-ARMM has already provided 4,400 bags of open-pollinated corn seeds and 3,000 bags of palay to affected farmers.

“It is part of the region’s intervention to farmers affected by the drought,” Alonto said, adding that DAF-ARMM is still waiting for updates from municipalities hit hard by the dry spell.

Alonto identified the towns hardest hit by dry spell and rat infestation as Datu Abdullah Sangki, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Datu Montawal, Datu Unsay, Guindulungan, Kabuntalan, North Upi, South Upi, Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Mastura, Talayan, Ampatuan, and Datu Piang.

Emma Ali, provincial social welfare officer, said the local office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-ARMM) has distributed relief packs to affected residents noting her office is still validating latest reports.

“We will immediately respond to their humanitarian needs as long as we get the complete data assessed by the municipal officers,” Ali said.

Based on a report from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, the dry spell, referred to as ‘El Niño’, is expected to be felt until the second quarter of this year.

El Niño is an abnormal warming of surface water in the eastern tropical sections of the Pacific Ocean generally observed once in three to five years.

The phenomenon, the weather agency said, usually occurs during the last quarter of the year and lasts until the first half of the following year. PNA/northboundasia.com

300 Sulu households receive livelihood assistance from PAMANA program through DSWD-ARMM

COTABATO CITY – At least 300 households in Talipao, Sulu received livelihood assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD-ARMM) under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program Expansion Cycle 2.

The households are members of 10 beneficiary cooperatives in the town, namely:

  • Andalan Talipao Agricultural Producers Cooperative;
  • Buntod Agricultural Producers Cooperative;
  • Kabatuhan Bilaan Abdulsalam Agricultural Producers Cooperative;
  • Jambangan Kabatuhan Tiis Agricultural Producer Cooperative;
  • Kahawa Agricultural Producer Cooperative;
  • Kandaga Agricultural Producer Cooperative;
  • Kanlibot Agricultural Producer Cooperative;
  • Lower Laus Agricultural Producer Cooperative;
  • Mungit-Mungit  Agricultural Producer Cooperative; and,
  • Upper Kamuntayan Agricultural Producer Cooperative.

Faida Ensanah, regional PAMANA focal person, said the agency turned over several types of livelihood support machines and equipment, which include 1,399 rolls of hogwires and vulcanizing and sewing machines. She said the assistance will augment the residents’ agricultural production and income.

“The hogwires will help protect the cassava and vegetable plantations of the farmers in the area from stray, wild, and domesticated animals. Meanwhile, the vulcanizing and sewing machines will provide alternative sources of income for the residents,” Ensanah said.

Aiman Abdul Albani, 45, from Batuan-Bilaan in Talipao, Sulu, expressed her gratitude to the agency. She said the assistance will help uplift the economic condition of her family.

Magsarang sukol kami kanyo katan, biang katatabangan nyu kamo, in kame mga taw miskin, natabangan mga makina, mga pukot, grarihilan nyu kame sing kamo nanghinan tasan. Na kina ku ini makina in katabangan kako na magtahi ako. Ipag gas to so mga anak ku nag iskul (Thank you for providing us these machines and equipment. These will help me start a new business and will also assist the schooling of my children),” said Aiman.

Hja. Sitti Raya Tulawie, town mayor of Talipao, accompanied Ensanah in the turnover ceremony held at Talipao gymnasium in Bilaan, Talipao Sulu on March 18, 2016.

Mayor Tulawie recognized the support the PAMANA program provides to boost agricultural harvest in Talipao. She extended her gratitude to DSWD-ARMM and the program and has renewed her commitment to the future ventures of PAMANA especially in her municipality.

The PAMANA is a program aimed at making citizens become stronger agents of peace and development in the region, and in the country. This is the current administration’s peace and development framework anchored on providing inclusive growth and lasting peace in Mindanao. (Bureau of Public Information)

ARMM launches ‘Apat Dapat’ antipoverty drive with 600 of region’s ‘poorest’ families

DAVAO CITY—The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has selected 600 of the “poorest families” to kickstart a short-term regional program in a bid to bring them out of “abject poverty.”

The one-year program would be handled by the ARMM’s Department for Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a devolved agency to the autonomous region, in a program dubbed “Apat Dapat,” which focuses on the four basic needs of a family, namely,  food, water, light and shelter.

DSWD-ARMM Secretary Rahima D. Alba said the program’s pilot run is set to last until December and would start with 40 poorest families in 15 selected 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…,” she added.

Alba said the four basic needs “were determined by a study regarding poverty incidence in the region, conducted by the Regional Planning and Development Office [RPDO].”

Major interventions include “ensuring families are housed in secure homes with [their] 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,” she added.

“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,” Alba said.

She added that the DSWD would oversee the conduct of case management of every household “to ensure that the program will meet its goals.” The program would be coordinated with the Department of Health’s rural health units to monitor and ensure the good health of each participant.

The 15 pilot municipalities would be taken from three municipalities in every province of the ARMM with 40 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.

Alba said that the program would take a special focus on food sufficiency as a key tool to address poverty.

“Ensuring food sufficiency and livelihood are the first of the four components of the Apat Dapat program, involves four modalities: satisfying every families’ recommended dietary allowance for protein and energy;  identifying what livelihood is best for the families and providing the necessary livelihood training; encouraging families to put up small livelihood activities, such as backyard gardening and poultry raising, that can support food sufficiency; and gradually transitioning the livelihood activities from being food security measure to also being a source of income for the families,” she said.

“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 added, referring to the highly rural character of the region, where the poorest also reside.

The World Food Program, she added, will likewise participate “to ensure the sustainability of the food security program, with inputs from the World Bank.”

“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 antipoverty initiatives, all of which are community-driven development projects,” Alba added.


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  • Activity updates of all DSWD-ARMM programs and activities in the province of Maguindanao A.

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