To strengthen the foundation of the incoming Bangsamoro government, the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has set aside P150 million for various projects in the region.

Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, told Mindanao reporters that the project is part of the transition mechanism from the current ARMM government to the incoming Bangsamoro government by 2016.

Dubbed as ARMM Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Sustainable Development with Growth Equity (ARMM-BRIDGE), the program aims to implement development projects in selected pilot areas in the region to address poverty and help Bangsamoro people improve living conditions ahead of the coming of the new political entity.

Alamia said the P150M budget is for this year alone. It will become P1.2 billion once the new government assumes leadership.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be the lead agency in the implementation of ARMM-BRIDGE, backed by other concerned government agencies.

To ensure success of the project, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank will conduct capacity training workshop for stakeholders after the Holy Week celebration. – Solar News, with a report from Cheng Ordonez

Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur - The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD-ARMM) team, led by Mr. Nomaire Madid, SLP Regional Project Coordinator under the administration of DSWD-ARMM Regional Secretary Haroun Alrashid Alonto Lucman, Jr., visits Lanao Del Sur Province September 23, 2013 to monitor the implementation of the Self-employment Assistance- Kaunlaran (SEA-K) in the area. SEA-K is the component of the Sustainable Livelihood Program being implemented by DSWD-ARMM.

The Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) is a livelihood and capability building program aimed at enhancing the socio-economic skills of poor families.

 The program also enables the poor to have access to credit; promote entrepreneurship; increase understanding on values of honest work, pay debts, have social responsibility; and increase their income. Beneficiaries have the options on what kind of business they will engage in.

Madid said the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), has 1.8 billion funds for Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K) as seed capital for micro-entrepreneurs. Each people’s organization or SEA-K Association will be granted P250, 000 pesos or P10,000 pesos each of its 25 members. He added.

Beneficiaries of SLP could engaged in a business by group or individually. The amount granted is in the form of loan, which the beneficiaries should pay for a certain period of time. Such payment is called “Rollback” and such rollback could be availed by another group qualified beneficiaries. (Monique Claire B. Teves, IO Pantawid Pamilya, DSWD-ARMM)

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-ARMM led by Hon. Haroun Alrashid Alonto Lucman Jr., Regional Vice governor and Concurrent Regional Secretary has distributed relief goods consisting of rice, canned goods, water containers, blankets, kitchen utensils and other relief items to fire victims in the coastline village of Brgy. Taviran in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

 The conflagration that hit said area on October 15, 2013 has affected more than 100 families. According to Secretary Lucman, above 90 percent of the more than 100 families were unable to save any of their personal belongings.

Lucman said some 90 percent of the more than 100 families were unable to save any of their belongings from the fire.

“I am humbly asking for intervention from the public and private sector to extend a helping hand to the hapless victims.” Secretary Lucman said.

 The DSWD ARMM continued its relief operations October 18, 2013 to ensure that all emergency needs of the affected families are being attended to.  (Monique Claire B. Teves, IO Pantawid Pamilya, DSWD-ARMM)

COTABATO CITY- Officials and employees of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) mark the observance of the 21st National Children’s Month this October with an opening program today that highlighted the theme “”Kahirapan Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban”. Section 13, Article II of Presidential Proclamation No. 267 declares the month of October as a national celebration month for children to be acquainted with their vital roles in the nation as well as to promote and protect their moral, physical, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being. “Apart from promoting the rights of children, we want to recognize and accentuate their role in nation building,” Haroun Alrashid Lucman, ARMM vice-governor and concurrent secretary of the region’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said. DSWD-ARMM takes the lead in celebrating children’s month in the region. Lucman said conflict and poverty expose children in the region to rights violations and other deprivations. “We want to secure them from these vulnerabilities. The reforms we are working on should lead to an environment that allows every child in the region to enjoy his or her rights,” he said. (bpi)

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 22 May) – Gunmen suspected to be Abu Sayyaf bandits seized a social worker in Basilan Wednesday, a day after the abduction of a fishing boat skipper, a police official disclosed Wednesday.

Senior Supt. Mario Dapilloza, Basilan police director, identified the abducted social worker as Jenelyn Entera, who is in charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in the municipality of Ungkaya Pukan.

Dapilloza said Entera was inspecting some of the 4Ps beneficiaries when four gunmen suspected to be Abu Sayyaf bandits seized her around 9 a.m. Wednesday in Barangay Ulitan in Ungkaya Pukan.

The suspects, armed with caliber .45 pistols, forced Entera to board one of the two motorcycles without registration plates and sped towards the municipality of Sumisip, Dapiloza said.

Policemen, in coordination with the Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade, were deployed to track down the whereabouts of the abducted DSWD staff, he disclosed.

Entera’s abduction came a day after a group of unidentified gunmen abducted Lucio Gonzales, the skipper of F/B Albert of the Zamboanga City-based SMR fishing firm.

Gonzales was abducted by 15 gunmen around 8 a.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of Mataha in the municipality of Lantawan, Dapilloza said.

F/B Albert was on fishing venture when 15 gunmen aboard two small boats locally known as “jungkung” arrived and at gunpoint took Gonzales, he said.

The gunmen fled towards the direction of Sulu province, leaving behind the rest of the fishing boat crew unharmed, Dapilloza added.

RESWAD, BRGY. SEMBA, D.O.S, MAGUINDANAO - The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD- ARMM) has launched the Sustainable Livelihood Program Information System (SLPIS) in the region, which serves as the monitoring and evaluation system of the Department of Social Welfare and Development- Sustainable Livelihood Program).

The new system aims to respond to the need for a faster and more accurate monitoring and evaluation towards effective and efficient program management, policy, formulation, program development and decision making. Further, this will also responds to the need for complete and reliable data and information on the completion of the SLP. Continue reading



Standing (L-R) OIC Regional Vice-Governor and Concurrent DSWD-ARMM Regional Secretary Bainon Guiabar-Karon, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) National Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, with DSWD-ARMM Assistant Regional Secretary and Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Manager Hadja Pombaen Karon Kader spearheaded the launching of the first-ever "Biometrics Payout" of beneficiaries in ARMM held at the municipal gymnasim of Upi town in Maguindanao. (Gilmhar A. Lao, Regional Information Officer, Pantawid Pamilya, DSWD-ARMM)

Standing (L-R) OIC Regional Vice-Governor and Concurrent DSWD-ARMM Regional Secretary Bainon Guiabar-Karon, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) National Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, with DSWD-ARMM Assistant Regional Secretary and Pantawid Pamilya Regional Program Manager Hadja Pombaen Karon Kader spearheaded the launching of the first-ever “Biometrics Payout” of beneficiaries in ARMM held at the municipal gymnasim of Upi town in Maguindanao. (Gilmhar A. Lao, Regional Information Officer, Pantawid Pamilya, DSWD-ARMM)

RESWAD, BRGY. SEMBA, D.O.S, MAGUINDANAO- Another milestone underway the Pantawid Pamilya Program implementation of DSWD-ARMM as it spearhead the recent launching of the first-ever Biometrics Payout of Pantawid beneficiaries at Upi, Maguindanao.

“Our biometric system is a way to ensure that the beneficiaries are the ones receiving the cash grants,” said Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) National Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

For one thing, the biometric system uses fingerprint recognition to counter the reports of fraud and misrepresentation. According to Sec. Soliman, it addresses the numerous complaints that there are grant claimers who are not beneficiaries of the program. The system also aims to safeguard the program from the reports of baklas or tampered IDs and barangay officials or other people holding beneficiaries’ ATM cards. Continue reading

DSWD-ARMM: 4Ps not a campaign for political advancement

 

COTABATO CITY, Feb. 21 — Acting Regional Vice-Governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Hadja Bainon Karon wednesday said politicians should not use the Philippines’ Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program or commonly known as “Pantawid Pamilya” for their political advancement.

Vice Governor Karon, also ARMM Regional Secretary for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), said her office launched Wednesday a pilot campaign on Anti-Epal or “BAWAL ANG EPAL DITO” with the objective of protecting the dignity of the program and ensure the rights of the beneficiaries.

Vice Governor Karon has reiterated that only the DSWD can delist beneficiaries from the program if they have not complied with the set conditions or in any case they had committed any violations. Continue reading




Sec. Bainon Karon on politicians: “Pantawid” not a campaign vehicle for political advancement

Launches “BAWAL ANG EPAL DITO” campaign

 

RESWAD, Brgy. Semba, D.O.S., Maguindanao- Regional Vice-Governor and Concurrent DSWD-ARMM Secretary Hadja Bainon G. Karon, said politicians should not use the Philippines’ Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program or commonly known as “Pantawid Pamilya” for their political advancement.

This was the pronouncement of Sec. Karon during the recent regional pilot campaign on Anti-Epal or “BAWAL ANG EPAL DITO” with the objective to protect the dignity of the program and ensure rights of the beneficiaries due for them.   front page flyer-horz

Sec. Karon has reiterated once more that only the DSWD can delist beneficiaries from the program if they have not complied with the set conditions or in any case they had committed any violations.

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In accordance to the preventive measure approach of the department, DSWD National Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman issued a memorandum sometime in September 2012 to advise DSWD employees not to participate or be used in any political propaganda. It was stated in said memo by the Secretary that if anyone from DSWD caught using the program in favor of a politician will be immediately suspended, where a fact finding will soon to follow.

In this regard, Sec. Karon emphasized that in case her office would receive complaints from anyone where it describes the circumstance and identified names of DSWD personnel from municipal links up to the regional office personnel engaging in partisan politics using the program will get suspended right away before the start of investigation. Continue reading



COTABATO CITY — In a bid to rid its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of fake claimants, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD – ARMM) has launched a series of automated fingerprint biometric system to correctly determine its qualified beneficiaries.

“A decrease in the number of unofficial beneficiaries of the program is expected,” Gilmhar Lao, DSWD-ARMM regional information officer, said in an interview.

The new system is intended to improve the modes of releasing the cash aid and the recording data of the beneficiaries of the government’s poverty alleviation program through a partnership with the local government units in the region.

The biometrics program was piloted for implementation in Leyte in August last year and employed in the ARMM with Maguindanao province last January 15, 2013. Continue reading