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PRRD to lead unveiling of ‘Malasakit Center’ in Cebu City Monday

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President Rodrigo R. Duterte will lead the unveiling of ‘Malasakit Center’ located inside the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City together with Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan and other government officials on Monday afternoon.

A Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop staffed by representatives from the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) and the PCSO where patients can avail of faster and effective processing of their financial/medical needs.

It seeks to simplify the process of getting help from government agencies, especially financial assistance for poor patients confined in government hospitals, without the need to go to different agencies for processing of documents.

“We are happy to be part of this noteworthy endeavour. PCSO has increased the daily financial assistance allocations for all PCSO offices, which process Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) to provide more health and medical assistance nationwide,” Balutan said in a statement.

This one-stop shop is like the ‘At-Source-Ang-Processing’ (ASAP) desk installed by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in Davao City last year.

Among the government agencies included in the program are PCSO, PhilHealth, DSWD, DOH, and Philippine Gaming and Amusement Authority (PAGCOR).

ASAP desks were established with partner-hospitals wherein patients can easily process their request for financial assistance from PCSO with the help of a social worker assigned by the hospital management.

It was conceived in response to the growing number of individuals who seek assistance for health-related concerns to address the long queues and the long lead-time for interview.

The desks will cater exclusively to the respective hospitals’ patients so they won’t need to appear at PCSO offices.

“We will be opening more branches in the provinces this year and also expand our ASAP desks with partner-hospitals in the provinces,” said Balutan.

At present, we have 88 approved ASAP desks, 57 of which are fully operational, while the remaining of 88 will be operating this year.

The agency has 63 branches across the country with the opening of eight new branches last year in the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Catanduanes, Sultan Kudarat, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Davao del Norte, and Ifugao.

The daily IMAP allocation for the PCSO extension office at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City had a 100-percent increase from P4 million to P8 million.

Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region posted a 161-percent increase from PHP1.5 million to PHP4.05 million, while the daily IMAP allocation of the Visayas rose to PHP3.2 million.

Northern and Central Luzon indicated a 144-percent increase, while Mindanao also increased its allocation to PHP1.75 million.

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Danao City Youth Support Mega Cebu

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The clamor for a Mega Cebu is gaining more ground, this time with the youth from Danao City manifesting their support for the initiative.

Some 75 members of the Danao City Youth Commission (DCYC) assured Club Mega of their support during a planning and team building workshop facilitated by Club Mega and the Department of Education (DepEd) teachers in Danao City. The workshop was help last Nov. 22, 2017.

During the event, the DCYC officers and members articulated their dreams for the youth of Danao City and completed their plans for 2018.

Divine Canon, the Club Mega Executive Chairman, encouraged the DCYC to contribute to Mega Cebu’s goals.

“The youth can do so much for the community. We have the courage and energy to promote social good and actually do concrete projects that can address the pressing problems of society,” Canon said in her message.

The DCYC, in response, said they will support Club Mega and Mega Cebu through thei future projects and activities. Club Mega is a youth group composed of young leaders who want to develop themselves as role models, promote awareness, build support, be involved, and contribute to the goals of Mega Cebu.

A Danao City Youth Summit organized by the City of Danao and the DCYC will be organized this year to inspire the entire Danao City youth to contribute to nation and community building.

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Family Day culminates DSWD-7’s Adoption Consciousness Celebration

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Central Visayas has officially closed on February 18, 2018 the Adoption Consciousness Celebration with a Family Day at the J Centre Mall.

The activity which was participated by children from 13 Child-Caring Agencies accredited in the region, DSWD-7 Centers and Institutions, and members of Central Visayas Adoptive Parents Association (CVAPA) families featured games, stage presentations by children from different child-caring agencies and CVAPA families, a magic show, and a huge inflatable playground at the venue.

Ms. Clavel Sayson, head of DSWD-7’s Adoption Resource and Referral Section (ARRS) has expressed her gratitude to everyone who participated in the activity and contributed to its success. She also thanked Mr. and Mrs. Gullas who made the event more enjoyable and memorable for the kids.

Ms. Saycon also appreciated Gullas couple for being good examples to other partners to also adopt abandoned children and to undergo the appropriate process of legal adoption.

Mr. Jose “Dodong” R. Gullas, who is also the executive vice president of the University of the Visayas, has announced as well in his speech during the activity that he will pick 13 children from the centers to be scholars in the coming school year.

To conclude the event, the Gullas couple shared their blessings and gave checks worth of ₱10,000 to each of the 11 child-caring agencies while other three entities were given machines and equipment. The DSWD-7’s Home for Girls received a new projector and projection screen, additional sewing machine for the Regional Haven and a refrigerator for the DSWD-7 HerSpace.

The Family Day was sponsored by Mr. Jose “Dodong” R. Gullas and Mrs. Nena Gullas who are one of the members of CVAPA.

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Bantayan Island’s Barangay Workers Receive Cash Incentives from Capitol

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With posts mostly entrusted to men, two women barangay tanods of Bantayan Island proved that anyone can help when it comes to securing law and order.

Nenita Supapo and Rubielyn Lugnasin, both aged 33 from Bantayan Island, north Cebu, said that they even consider being women barangay tanods as an advantage since those who often gets into trouble, listen to them.

Supapo and Lugnasin were among the 1,855 barangay workers of the towns of Bantayan, Madridejos and Sta Fe in Bantayan Island who lined-up last Feb.15 to receive cash incentives from the Provincial Government.

Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale led the distribution of cash incentives to barangay tanods (BT), barangay health workers (BHW), daycare workers (DCW), barangay nutrition scholars (BNS), lupon tagapamayapa, and barangay animal health aide (Baha).

“Gamay ra kaayo ni ikumpara sa inyong sakripisyo sa inyong barangay, salamat kayo sa inyong tabang,” said Davide in his message to the barangays workers.

Cebu Province turned over a total of P3.516 million cash to the island’s barangay workers, whom the Capitol officials refer to as community front-liners.

Magpale believes that despite the risks of the job, lady law enforcers are effective since they are good in calming down people with violent and aggressive behaviors.

Cash-for-work program

After the turnover of cash aid, Davide and Magpale went straight to Barangay Malbago in Daanbantayan town to distribute shirts to beneficiaries of the cash-for-work program.

“Ready na ang P5 million fund alang sa cash-for-work program, ug paninguhaon ko nga ma-release this month or early March,” said Magpale.

The vice governor said there are 696 beneficiaries for the Department of Labor (DOLE) cash-for-work program fund, which is downloaded to the Capitol, intended for those affected by typhoons Urduja, Agaton and Ruby.

Dubbed as Tulong Pangkabuhayan para sa Displaced and Disadvantaged Workers, beneficiaries come from 17 barangays of Daanbantayan. Some of them are members of Daanbantayan Women’s Federation.

Through the program, beneficiaries do community work for 30 days and gets paid by DOLE through the Capitol.

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Provincial Legal Office Begins Outreach Programs for 2018

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To help ensure peace and order at the barangay level, the Provincial Legal Office (PLO) kick-started their first round of Barangay Legal Outreach Programs (BLOP) for the year in the Municipality of Dumanjug last February 8, 2018.

The BLOP is a training-workshop for barangay officials and workers in the proper understanding, application and execution of their functions through seminars on the laws relating to their public function.

Dumanjug Mayor Reniero Asentista lauded the Province for their proactive steps to strengthen public order.

“Angay na makabalo kamo (barangay officials and staff) unsa ang inyong mga papel ug responsibilidad isip piniliang opisyales sa barangay,” Asentista emphasized.

PLO department head Atty. Orvi Ortega said the importance of the BLOP is to get rid of misguided notions and ambiguities concerning barangay functions, and to assure that personnel are always ready to serve the public. “Para dili nata mahadlok sa unsa atong buhaton isip opisyal,” Ortega added.

Around 300 barangay officials from 18 barangays attended the BLOP seminar, which was separated into three segments. Three separate seminars were conducted for the barangay captains, barangay tanods and the lupong tagapamayapa.

Sessions addressing issues related to rules and procedures on arrests and seizures were given to barangay chiefs and tanods.

Members of the lupong tagapamayapa were also guided on the provisions of Republic Act 9262, otherwise known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act, including its procedure of mediation and the importance of the Barangay Protection Order (BPO) by the Philippine Alternative Dispute Resolution, Inc. (PADRi).

Discussions on forensic evidence preservation procedures were also tackled by PNP Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) personnel.

Another round of BLOP will soon be conducted for the remaining barangays in Dumanjug town.

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