The City Social Welfare and Development

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By Benjie R. Pangan

At Close Range

Thursday, March 6, 2014


ONE of the most active offices at the Mabalacat City Hall is the City Social Welfare and Development headed by Josephine M. Basilio, a registered nurse and licensed social worker.

Aside from the task of delivering basic social services, it carries the load of handling the child protection program which by itself takes most of its working hours; children and women-related issues such as children in conflict with law, some provisions of RA 7610, RA 9262 or Violence Against Women and Children Act, Senior citizens and Persons with Disabilities welfare.

The delicate and sensitive chore the City Social Welfare and Development undertakes is the Pantawid Pamilya program or 4Ps which services a total of 8,086 persons from the city's 27 barangays. There are 2,515 targeted households but only 1,877 registered as active, or a variance of 567 which compose of 514 beneficiaries which did not attend the community assembly.

These beneficiaries receive their cash grants through cash cards or over-the-counter payment every two months for a minimum of 1,600 per household (with a child of one) and a maximum of 2,800 per household (with children of three) depending on their compliance on the program's conditions. Some 1,683 beneficiaries receive cash grants through LBP cash cards disbursing a total of P3,502,200; about 180 beneficiaries receive cash grants through OTC via PhilPost equivalent to a total of P339,300. Fourteen beneficiaries were not able to receive their cash grants because of noncompliance to the program's conditions.

According to the Accomplishment Report for January 16, 2014 to February 16, 2014, there are 4,277 children being monitored and eligible for education grant, but 3,889 of these children were only being monitored, with the variance of 388 identified to be the number of children tagged with no school facilities - they are either not enrolled or dropped outs.

There are 883 children being monitored and eligible for health grant, but 717 of this number was only tagged as compliant and having their check up at the health centers. The variance of 156 is identified to be the number of children who are non-compliant on the program's condition and the variance of 10 is identified to be the number of children who do not have health facilities.

The staff assisting Josie Basilio are Charlo G. Costales, Asst. CSWD-SWO IV, Maria Luisa B. Maglalang, RSW, Division Chief SWO II, Emelita M. Dayrit, Imaculada C. Maglalang, Ricardo P. Tuazon, Clarita M. Galang, Elea D. Santos, Janeed P. Punsalan, Rolly C. Sibal, Alejandro P. Tolentino, Jr. Agatha M. Basilio, Blanca C. Castro, Zeny D. Reyes, FeVi S. Briones, Josephine A. Banez, Rodalin G. Tornato, Roberto V. Munoz, June G. Navarro and Lapurisina P. Gomez.

Also under the office of CSWD are: Rizalino S. Tuazon, OSCA Head, Michael S. Miranda, PDAO Head Teresita M. Galang, Rowena B. dela Cruz, Emelina P. Yumul, Arlene T. Paniza, Ma. Lenie S. Rabino, Remedios B. Lacsa, Allan dela Cruz, Jenifer de Guzman and Judith Siopongco.

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I attended the Employers and Stakeholders Form at Max's at Villa Sol, San Fernando last March 5. In attendance were Peso managers, representatives from employers such as Yokohama, Pepsi, etc., officials from Dole, Tesda Provincial Director Ben Hur Baniqued and representatives of the academe. Peso Mabalacat was represented by this writer and Virgie L. Miranda. PanCham was represented by its president, Mr. Jim B. Jimenez. Board Members Ric Yabut and Rosve Henson gave messages.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 07, 2014.

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