TO THE 100 DAYS MILESTONE
OF HONORABLE REGIONAL GOVERNOR MUJIV S. HATAMAN
The department as the primer social welfare agency had vigorously pursued its goal of empowering, uplifting and improving the quality of life of the poor and disadvantaged constituents of ARMM. Foremost among the poverty reduction program of the government is the Pantawid Pamilya Program which is an innovative development approach in promoting investment in human capital among the poor. Since its implementation in 2010, a total of 310,763 Household Beneficiaries have received directly from the Land Bank of the Philippines and G-Cash Remit cash grants amounting to ONE BILLION TWENTY-FOUR MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY-SEVEN THOUSAND PESOS (P1,024,857,000.00).
Another is the Stimulus Fund Program with six (6) component project activity. First is the P14,706,000.00 Emergency Shelter Assistance or ESA benefitted 1,476 individuals in 59 barangays within the 10 municipalities of Maguindanao. Each received P10,000.00 cash assistance to repair their partially damaged houses during calamities.
The Core Shelter Assistance will be benefitted by 1,000 families of Basilan, Maguindanao and Sulu with a total funding of P100,000,000. For Early Childhood Care and Development, 845 units of Day Care Centers will be constructed ARMM wide for a total funding of P109,940,000. Supplemental Feeding will benefit 200,000 2-5 years old children to address the acute and chronic malnutrition in ARMM for a total funding of P370,000,000. Provision of Capacity Building and Seed Capital to engage in an income generating livelihood projects will benefit 2,500 SEA-K associations organized or a total of 62,500 individuals. Total allocation amounted to P625,000,000. The last component project activity of the Stimulus Funds is the Cash for Work which is a short term intervention thru the provision of cash in exchange of community work – 2,476 individuals in Maguindanao, Basilan and Sulu will be the beneficiaries.
In the implementation of Social Pension for Senior Citizens, 6,074 beneficiaries for 2011 received cash grant amounting to P36,444,000. Each Senior Citizen received a monthly stipend of P500 to augment daily subsistence and other medical needs. The number of beneficiaries for 2012 is increase by 45% or 2,769 thus 8,843 senior citizens will receive cash grants starting April 2013.
In our engagement with the international communities, the department in partnership with World Food Programme through the Continuing Relief Assistance for IDPs had already distributed 678.1 metric tons or 13,562 bags of rice to the eight (8) municipalities of Maguindanao Province.
In addition, the UNHCR in its FREE BIRTH REGISTRATION PROGRAM has provided 23,240 individuals Free Birth Certificates in the four (4) municipalities of Maguindanao in coordination with NSO, LGUs, OSCC, DEPED, PAO, DOH and LCR. Total project cost amounted to P8,100,000.
Furthermore, the UNICEF has funded the FTR project activities for the social protection concerns of the vulnerable, disadvantaged, separated and unaccompanied children regionwide amounting to P7,100,000.
Under the Special Purpose Fund (SPF) of the Office of the Regional Governor, the department was able to provide P4,600,000 worth of relief assistance to victims of typhoon Sendong of Lanao Sur A Province, Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City and P2,000,000 for the construction of 40 units of shelter for the Badjaos in Barangay Buli-Buli, Sumisip, Basilan, 100 units of Modified Housing in 3 municipalities in Sulu. DSWD-National funded 100 units of housing in Anuling, Patikul, Sulu with a total funding of P7,000,000.
Lastly, the PAMANA under the OPAPP has committed to provide programs and projects for the identified 386 resilient barangays in 25 municipalities of the region for a funding cost of P300,000 per barangay for the current year with total funding cost of P116,000,000.