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Friday, March 03, 2017

DSWD to Build Housing Units for PWDs


A person with a disability in Quezon City will be having their own homes soon.  This is after the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) last March 1 between Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with the Quezon City government and Gawad Kalinga (GK) Community Development Foundation.  Hundred thirty two-storey housing units will be built in Quezon City for differently abled residents.




A person with a disability in Quezon City will be having their own homes soon.

This is after the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) last March 1 between Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with the Quezon City government and Gawad Kalinga (GK) Community Development Foundation.

Hundred thirty two-storey housing units will be built in Quezon City for differently abled residents.



This will be constructed at the 5,083-sq. meter project site in the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center (NVRC) compound of DSWD in Barangay Escopa III.

In the MOA, it stated that the Quezon City government will oversee the land development, while GK will take charge of the housing component.

Meanwhile, the DSWD will ensure the implementation of guidelines on the selection and awarding of the home lots and will also be responsible for defending the title of the property against any administrative or legal claim, suit, or proceeding.

(Photo: Gawad Kalinga Houses via Iloilo Today)

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) who will be the beneficiary of the project will be selected by the Beneficiary Selection Committee.

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo lauded the project and expressed hope that other local governments would follow suit and implement projects that would benefit PWDs and give them better access to social services, such as housing and healthcare.

“Providing them with free or socialized housing is a very important service and will significantly ease their financial burdens, which are myriad because they need to spend so much on medicine, health services, as well as special equipment,” Taguiwalo said.

In the Philippines, there are estimated 1.4 million people who suffer any form of disability base on 2010 Census of Population.


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On the other hand, the DSWD has started its implementation of Libreng Gamot para sa Masa (Lingap sa Masa)”.

This is after a day when it signed a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) on the free medicine program for indigent patients.

(Photo:Inquirer.net)

The DSWD’s office in the National Capital Region (NCR), tasked to implement the program in the region, has already assigned a social worker and an administrative assistant to PGH to provide the assistance to indigent patients who need medicines, the department said in a news release.

The memorandum signifies the start of the use and disbursement of the fund to assist the indigent patients of PGH, based on the guidelines set in DSWD Memorandum Circular No. 02. 

This program aims to help indigent Filipinos who are either confined in or receiving outpatient treatment from identified hospitals and who need prescription medicines. 

THE PRIORITY

  • Families or individuals who are indigent
  • Vulnerable or disadvantage
  • Informal sector and poor based on DSWD Listahanan
  • Those who are in crisis situations based on the assessment of social workers
  • Government employees and contract of service workers in the government
  • Beneficiaries of soldiers and police who were killed or wounded in the line of duty.
HOW TO AVAIL THE PROGRAM?

  • Those who want to avail of the program should provide a valid ID. If the patient has a representative, the latter should present a valid ID and a written authorization signed by the patient.
  • Proof of indigency must also be presented, but documentary requirement showing proof is not limited to a Barangay Certificate or Certification issued by the medical social service.
  • Certified true copies must be certified by either the DSWD social worker assigned to the hospital; the office that issued the document; or the officer who signed the document.
  • Doctor’s prescription which should have been issued in the past three months. This should indicate the date and the name of the patient, and the document should be signed by the attending physician, with his/her license number and contact details.








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