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
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.
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.
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
DSWD-ARMM, in its bid to reinforce the socio-economic development of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries throughout all provinces of ARMM, conducted a four-day Training of Trainers (TOT) on Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities Training (ERPAT) on January 27 to February 1, 2013 in Davao City.
Held at the El Bahada Hotel, the TOT was participated in by 160 Municipal Social Welfare Officers/Municipal In-Charges from the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao Sur-A and B, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Basilan. The training was funded by the Stimulus Fund Program as part of the convergence efforts among programs/projects now being implemented in ARMM. Continue reading
CONSISTENT with the Executive Order No. 80 issued by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III “Directing the Adoption of a Performance-Based Incentive System for Government Employees,” the department, through its Administrative and Finance Division, headed by Chief Administrative Officer, Hadja Sambay Salik-Suwaib, conducted a three-day seminar-workshop on Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) on January 14-16, 2013 at the Estosan Garden Hotel, Cotabato City. Resource Persons from the Civil Service Commission (CSC-ARMM) lectured on various aspects of the system.
The said EO aims to establish and implement a Performance Based Incentive (PBI) System that will motivate higher performance and greater accountability in the public sector and ensure the accomplishment of commitments and targets under the five (5) Key Result Areas (KRA’s).”
On the first day was also an orientation on Pre-retirement Innovation Options and Results to guide and orient government employees on the various options for retirement and the benefits they could receive. Resource Persons from the GSIS oriented the participants. Also, Resource Persons from PAG-IBIG and PHILHEALTH lectured the participants about their respective agencies services and benefits of employees. Continue reading
A Memorandum of Agreement has (MOA) been forged by and between the ARMM social welfare department and the provincial and municipal governments of the province of Basilan on September 16, 2012 at the Garden Orchid Hotel, Zamboanga City.
The agreement is a partnership undertaking in the implementation of the Stimulus Fund for various social welfare and development services implementation that would benefit tens of thousands of poor people in said province. The MOA signing was personally witnessed by ARMM OIC Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman.
To be implemented in the province under the Stimulus Fund are community structures, such as construction of 101 Modified Shelter Assistance (MSA) and 60 Day Care Centers (DCC). Other components of the program are the provision of Self-Employment Assistance for livelihood among 3,250 poor families, Supplementary Feeding for 30,000 children outside Day Care Center and also Cash-for-Works for the construction of MSA and DCC.
Regional Governor Hataman in his message articulated good governance to bear desired goal and the importance of support and assistance of local government units to programs/projects. He said that without such support, implementation would not bear success. He also gave emphasis on the importance of Day Care Center to children.
Also, OIC Vice Regional Governor and concurrent Regional Secretary of DSWD-ARMM, Hadja Bainon G. Karon, in her message said that never in the history of the autonomous region did the central government is supportive of ARMM as today. She emphasized the role of local government units as an indispensable partner in any local undertaking.
Basilan Provincial Governor Jum Akbar in her message said that the Transition Implementation Support Plan (TISP) is a challenge on how to be sustained and replicated, but argued that it could be done in a concerted and unified effort among local government units in the province.
The Stimulus Fund is being implemented in 11 municipalities and one city in the province of Basilan.
Other stakeholders who attended the occasion are the DSWD-National represented by Mr. Camilo Gudmalin, Assistant Secretary and Atty. Dulfie T. Shalim, Director, Protective Services Bureau; Habitat for Humanity Foundation represented by Mr. Leonilo Escalada, COO and the TISP Project Management Office represented by Jurma Tikmasan.
The event was capped by the ceremonial turnover by the 55th Engineering Battalion to the local government units of the 38 completed Day Care Centers in the 11 municipalities and one city of the province.