SAN VICENTE, Ilocos Sur – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) bared its programs and future projects for Filipino families under the Duterte Administration.
In a press conference held at Metro-Vigan Inn in this municipality, Marlene Peralta, Asst. Regional Director of DSWD Regional Field Office I, said that the agency continues to implement advocacies and programs that help to alleviate the lives of poor families, and also expands services to reach out to people below the poverty threshold.
“Ang presscon ngayong araw na ito ay upang ipagbigay-alam sa publiko sa tulong ng mga partner natin sa media para naman po malaman ng publiko kung ano ang ginagawa ng DSWD sa mga serbisyo para sa beneficiaries ng ahensya,” Peralta said during her opening statement.
Peralta said that the agency’s priority is giving augmentation support to provinces that were severly affected by typhoon Ompong. Families will receive P10,000 for partially-damaged houses while those with totally-damaged are set to receive P30,000.
She said that the agency continues to provide relief assistance while waiting for the terminal report; however, the agency is setting a budget for the rehabilitation plan submitted by the LGU’s.
The agency expects a full implementation of the program (Core Shelter Assistance Program) next year.
The DSWD official also shared other programs of the agency that Filipinos can avail. Some of these are the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4P’s (conditional cash transfer) which is a human development program that invests in health and education to poor families, especially those with children aged 0-18.
Other programs include the Sustainable Livelihood Program, a community-based capacity program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status; LISTAHANAN, an information management system; Supplemental Feeding program; Disaster Response Operations; PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan; Protective Services Program; Adoption and Foster Care; and the KALAHI-CIDSS-NCDDP better known as Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program.
Ilocos Sur has registered a total of 24,814 households-beneficiaries for Pantawid Program or 12.85 percent from the total share in Region I.
For the Sustainable Livelihood Program, Region I registered a very low 3 percent poverty incidence from the agency’s target matrix. For Ilocos Sur, 7,000 households benefited from this program in 2017.
For 2018, P31.6M was alloted for the program, while seven municipalities were identified for its implementation.
Meanwhile, Peralta also bared DSWD’s new program, the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) which is a component of the government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN program.
The agency is tasked to distribute P200 UCT to 10 million Filipinos belonging to poor families.
The DSWD official also said that the expansion of the beneficiaries for the 4P’s program is a fulfillment of President Duterte’s promise to provide better life.
Aside from the regular financial assistance that members receive, they also get an additional P600 per month in the form of rice subsidy. (Omar Anthony Aquino)
Photo caption: Assistant Regional Director Marlene Peralta of the Department of Social Welfare and Development/Regional Field Office I answers questions from the media during the 1st SLPA Congress (Sustainable Livelihood Program) held at Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.