Fake rice is just fake news PDF Print
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Monday, 07 August 2017 13:59
The Department of Social Welfare and Development continues to clarify that the rice subsidy given to its 4Ps beneficiaries is in the form of cash which is in compliance with the 2017 GAA provision. The subsidy is released together with the cash grants during scheduled payouts to all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) beneficiaries.

In an isolated report from Cebu this June 2017, packs of rice were said to have been distributed after the beneficiaries received their rice subsidy and grants in Sta. Fe in Bantayan Island, Cebu. Six of the beneficiaries claimed that they fell ill after consuming the rice supposedly distributed through the program. Soon as it was reported, the National Food Authority (NFA) and DSWD conducted their own investigations about the matter.

Leah Quintana, information officer of DSWD Field Office 7 said that they didn’t and do not distribute any rice to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. She emphasized that the rice subsidy, together with the regular cash grants, are received by the beneficiaries only during the scheduled payouts thru their ATM cash cards or directly from the Landbank accredited conduits.

The NFA which also conducted its own investigations said that the samples it took were real rice. It also said that the hoax or fake news about ‘fake’ rice was made to take advantage of rice retailers. The public is also urged not to immediately believe with reports about fake rice as posted on social media.

A total of P600 per month is given to active and compliant beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya as this was the commitment made by President Duterte during his first SONA last July 2016.  Through the regular monthly Family Development Sessions conducted by the program, beneficiaries are regularly reminded that they are free to choose where to buy rice, but should always be vigilant against attempts of various parties to exploit the subsidy. They are also advised to use the rice subsidy/cash grant properly.

Pantawid Pamilya is only one of the poverty reduction strategies of the national government implemented by the DSWD, which focuses on human capital investment through provision of health and education cash grants to eligible poor households with children 0-18 years old, with the primary aim to break the intergenerational poverty cycle. It is the priority of DSWD to provide effective, caring and immediate delivery of social protection services to the poor and the needy particularly the PWDs, senior citizens, children and women and other vulnerable sectors.  All DSWD offices will ensure that such services will be given to them properly and timely when they needed it most.  ###
DSWD issues clarifications on supposed pending closure of Pantawid Program in 2019 PDF Print
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Monday, 17 July 2017 17:32
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) today issued a clarification regarding circulating reports that the Pantawid ng Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) program is set to end in 2019 and that millions of beneficiaries will be cut off from the support provided by the national government through the program.

DSWD Sec. Judy M. Taguiwalo said that the 4Ps program itself is not set to end in 2019, only the counterpart financing of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will.

Sec. Taguiwalo said that what will end in 2019 – specifically on Dec. 31, 2019 -- is the Social Welfare and Development Reform Project II (SWDP II) loan number 8584-PH which costs US $450M. This is funded by the World Bank.

The Project Development Objective (PDO) is to support the National Program Support for Social Protection of DSWD to improve the use of health and education services of poor children. It will do so by supporting the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilya Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program. By “poor children”, it refers to children aged 0-18 years old from families participating in the CCT Program and identified as poor in the national targeting system.

This project contributes to the financing of the DSWD's conditional cash transfer program from 2016 to 2019 as endorsed by the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) and whose total cost is projected at US$ 5.84 billion. The amount of the IBRD funding is US$ 450 million (estimated at 7.7 percent of the total CCT cost in 2016-2019).

“This loan covenant with the World Bank will end in 2019. The loan covenant with the ADB which costs US400 million will end on June 30, 2020. We have not as yet made any categorical decision to end the 4Ps program by the 2019 even as we have already stated our stand that it should not be institutionalized,” she said.

Sec. Taguiwalo said that the DSWD continues to conduct its review of the program, its implementation on the ground, its financing, and its over-all management. The review program called “Kamustahan” and the recertification process continue to be implemented.

“We have no plans to discontinue the 4Ps program by 2019, but the program itself continues to be subject to review and improvements. For instance, one of the more important assessment points concerns the general membership of the program and how large the percentage of it actually qualify for the program in terms of their poverty levels and the needs of their families. We are assessing the program based on the experiences of inclusion/exclusion. We also want to impose protective measures that will safeguard the program from the political influence at the community and local government level,” she said.

Sec. Taguiwalo said that the ongoing 4Ps program review is being done also in line with efforts to review the Philippine social protection framework. There is an evident need to put together a social protection framework which is in line with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) that aims for a more universal and transformative kind of social protection scheme.

The welfare secretary also said that at the immediate, the DSWD is focusing on the payout delays and strategizing measures to improve/shorten current Pantawid compliance verification of households.

“We are also addressing the complications we are experiencing because we only have one government depository bank handling the payout – the LandBank. #
DSWD to release rice subsidy to 4Ps beneficiaries PDF Print
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:21
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to release rice subsidy in the form of cash amounting to P600 per month to the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) starting this March. Around 4.4 million households are expected to receive the additional grant.  

“Following the directive of President Rodrigo R. Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July 2016, the rice subsidy hopes to address the hunger problem that these poor households continue to battle. The President wants that the poor households are able to eat everyday” said DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.  

Sec. Taguiwalo also added that only households who are active and compliant with the program conditionalities are entitled to receive the additional P600.

Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program of the national government. It invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 18 and below. Households receive their cash grant provided that they comply with the program conditionalities.

These conditions include school attendance of at least 85% per month for children enrolled in the elementary or high school. Children aged 5 and below would need to undergo preventive check-up as mandated by the Department of Health (DOH), while children enrolled in the elementary must receive deworming pills twice within the school year. On the other hand, pregnant women must receive pre and post natal care based on DOH’s protocol. 

Lastly, parent/s or guardians are required to attend the monthly Family Development Session (FDS).

“We are hopeful that the additional cash grant will be used for its intended purpose. We will use FDS to ensure that the beneficiaries are informed of the relevant provision on rice subsidy”, concluded Taguiwalo.

The additional cash grant as Rice Assistance/Subsidy is included as part of the P72,115,230 cash grant budget approved for calendar year 2017. 
Pantawid Pamilya pushes for child labor-free Philippines PDF Print
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Monday, 16 January 2017 08:46
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, intensifies its efforts to help end child labor as it launches the Family Development Session Module on Child Labor. 

The module is an educational program that teaches the parent beneficiaries about child labor, its negative effects on their children and their families, and how they can end child labor in their own homes and communities. It was designed to guide the Pantawid Pamilya City/Municipal Links and implementers in conducting three Family Development Sessions (FDS) that focus on preventing and putting a stop to child labor practices in communities. 

FDS is a monthly gathering of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries where parents are taught new skills and given information on how they can best implement their  parental roles and exercise their responsibilities to their children. 

In 2015, an average of 9,252 Pantawid Pamilya children beneficiaries were not able to meet the required school attendance due to child labor. 

Secretary Judy Taguiwalo shares that through Pantawid Pamilya, the DSWD is able to encourage parents and families to support the fight against child labor. 

“DSWD is one of the agencies that tirelessly work to help end child labor in the country. Through this module, we will communicate to the Pantawid Pamilya parents and families the negative effects of child labor on children, and persuade them to rethink their beliefs on child labor,” Taguiwalo says. 

The development of the module is Pantawid Pamilya’s contribution to efforts to end the worst forms of child labor in the Philippines. Household beneficiaries of the program belong to the poorest sectors of our society where many children are forced to help augment the family’s needs and in the process are forced to drop out of school.

The FDS Module on Child Labor and other anti-child labor programs and tools will be included in the Launch of Convergence Programmes to Combat Child Labour, an event that the International Labour Organization led. They were designed to adhere to the Philippine Program Against Child Labor. #

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a social protection program that invests in the health and education of children 0-18 years old from eligible poor households. It provides cash grants to the household beneficiaries in exchange to their compliance to conditionalities anchored on health and education. As of 30 November2016, the program is being implemented in 144 cities and 1,483 municipalities in 80 provinces, with a total of 4,389,863 active households.
Pantawid Pamilya celebrates Araw ng Kabataan PDF Print
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Friday, 02 December 2016 15:48
In line with the celebration of the National Children’s Month, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program held the “Araw ng Kabataan” on November 22 at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Theater in Quezon City.

With this year’s theme “Isulong: Kalidad na Edukasyon para sa Lahat ng Bata”, the celebration advocated for better and improved quality of education for all children.
“Among the basic right of a child is access to free education. It should not be just education, but a quality education that allows them to be competitive, at par with other children schooled in private institutions. The Department, as the primary agency that looks into the welfare of each child will continue to lobby and advocate this until such time, that all children are provided with quality education”, said DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.
To date, there are 11 million children aged 18 below who are members of the Pantawid Pamilya households. 

The celebration of Araw ng Kabataan was in coordination with the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the National Youth Commission (NYC). More than 1,000 children-beneficiaries and parents of the Pantawid Pamilya joined the celebration this year. 

The audience was treated to games and performances from artists Jak Roberto, Zephanie Dimaranan, Sassa Dagdag, and Denise Barbacena during the celebration. Children-participants were given shoes and hygiene kits from SM Foundation, Inc. and school supplies from National Bookstore Inc. Art materials from Crown Supply Corporation and Yakult drinks were also distributed. 

The AFP and Department of Health (DOH) conducted medical and dental mission for the children too. 

Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children

One of the highlights of the program was the awarding for the National Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children 2016.  Reynald Baguio of Dipolog City was adjudged as the grand winner of the search. He bested the other contenders from 17 regions. 
“We take pride of the children leaders that we have produced in the past four years. These children really deserves to be called as exemplary. Despite life’s difficulties, they continue to pursue their dreams. They inspire us to work harder to give them better future,” said Sec. Taguiwalo. 
The search was launched in 2012 to develop young leaders in each region and encourage the compliance of the children beneficiaries to the conditionalities of the program.

Thirteen-year old Reynald, the representative of Zamboanga Peninsula, received P30,000.00 and a plaque. He is a responsible brother and son, a hardworking student, and a young leader in their community.  He values being a Pantwid Pamilya beneficiary and believes that education is key to the success of children like him. 
“Ang pagkakataong maging benepisyaryong Pantawd Pamilya ay ‘di dapat sayangin; dapat itong pag-ibayuhin. Ang aking pag-aaral ay magiging susi hindi lamang ng aking tagumpay, kundi maging sa kaunlaran ng mga batang Pilipinong may pangarap ding katulad ko”, he said. 
Other top five finalists were Anedaine Geamal of Tobias Fornier, Antique; Ihra Mae Madrideo of Ligao City, Bicol; Kian Jay Cosep of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte; and Rose Ann Dela Cruz of San Narciso, Quezon Province. 

National Children’s Congress

Another part of Pantawid Pamilya’s celebration of the National Children’s Month is the National Children’s Congress (NCC), the yearly gathering of Pantawid Pamilya children-beneficiaries from the different regions. It serves as a venue for the children to discuss issues that confront them and recommend action points for the government to undertake.

Eighty-five children beneficiaries participated in this year’s NCC for workshops and other fun activities. During the Araw ng Kabataan, the children did a creative presentation of their outputs. They showcased their skills in singing, dancing, and acting. Some of the kids wrote the presentation’s script and song lyrics.   

DSWD Awards Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya PDF Print
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Friday, 30 September 2016 17:11
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) holds the awarding ceremony of the national search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
The National Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya was launched in 2012. The search was launched to highlight the role of the Filipino family as the core in support to building stronger foundation of our nation. This also aims to document the impact of the Family Development Sessions (FDS), as one of the unique program conditionalities. 
“We acknowledge the contribution of our families in development, but we also recognize the challenges that they are confronted with. The Department has always been committed in empowering our families”, said DSWD Secretary Judy M. Taguiwalo. 
Taguiwalo also added that in 2017 there are 1.5 families who will now transition and will be moving forward and will be provided with other set intervention. 
The Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children 18 and Currently, there are 4.3 million households who are part of the program. 
“We take pride of the families awarded today. These model families have shown that through hard work, determination aided with government subsidy, they will be able to improve their families and their communities as well”, Taguiwalo concluded. 
The top five (5) finalists chosen from the 18 Regional winners are Bulso family from Dipaculao, Aurora; Castillo family from Lemery, Batangas; Masamoc family of Aroroy, Masbate; Tacda family from Nueva Valencia, Guimaras; and Garay family of Jagna, Bohol.
The annual Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya recognizes outstanding family beneficiaries who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community where they reside. Through this search, Pantawid Pamilya families also showcase the improvement in their lives as the fruits of their own hard work and inspire the whole country despite the challenges they experience brought about by poverty. ###
Pantawid Pamilya boosts local economy according to research study PDF Print
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Thursday, 30 June 2016 10:20
The findings of a research study done by the team of Dr. Lourdes S. Adriano, a former professor at the University of the Philippines, for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were discussed during the  Public Forum entitled, “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program: Stimulus to Local Economic Growth?” held jointly by the DSWD, Ateneo School of Governance (ASoG), and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at the Ateneo University on June 23.
DSWD, partners to present results of study on Pantawid Pamilya’s impact on economy PDF Print
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 17:15
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will hold a public forum to present the results of the research study entitled, “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program: Stimulus to Local Economic Growth?”, on Thursday, tomorrow, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at  the Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
Faces of change among Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries captured through photos, film PDF Print
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Friday, 17 June 2016 16:52
David Manansala recites his poem on how Pantawid Pamilya has changed his life and that of the other beneficiaries.
Mga kaibigan, huwag kayong matakot lumipad, ibuka niyo ang inyong mga pakpak dahil malaya kayong abutin ang inyong mga pangarap (My friends, do not be afraid to fly, spread your wings for you are free to soar high to achieve your dreams).”

This was the message of David Manansala, a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program whose story of change was featured in the photo exhibit and documentary film dubbed “Malaya Kang Mangarap” (Dreaming is Free), which was launched yesterday at the Ayala Museum.
DSWD, World Bank showcase impact of Pantawid Pamilya via photo exhibit, documentary PDF Print
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Monday, 13 June 2016 16:32
To show to a wider audience the positive changes brought about by Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program on the lives of the 4.4 million family-beneficiaries, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the World Bank (WB) Group will launch a photography exhibit and documentary film called “Malaya Kang Mangarap” (Dreaming is Free), on June 15, 2016, 3:00 PM, at the Ground Floor of Ayala Museum, Greenbelt Park, Makati City.
DSWD urges Pantawid Pamilya college grads to excel in their future careers PDF Print
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Monday, 06 June 2016 09:10
Some sixty-six Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program youth-beneficiaries from the National Capital Region recently earned their college degrees through the Expanded Student Grant’s-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

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