The assumption of Hon. Crisostomo C. Garbo as Mayor of Mabalacat City ushered in a revolution of programs and services designed to benefit the poor, the disadvantaged, marginalized and vulnerable. Following his lead, the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) pushed even harder in fulfilling its vision to become a model for LGUs in the delivery of coordinated social services and social protection programs.
This report encapsulates the accomplishments gained from the first 100 days of Mayor Garbo from July 1, 2017.
1.Child Development Service (formerly known as Day Care Service)
Being a Gawad sa Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan (GAPAS) Awardee for 2016 as Model LGU Implementing Day Care Service, the need to maintain standards or even surpass its current accomplishments to ensure quality of the service.
With the new administration, Mayor Garbo ensured that the Child Development Service were provided with the following:
1.Full conversion of Day Care Center into Child Development Centers (upgrading, rehabilitation and/or renovation works);
2.Provision of ECCD Learning Materials and Equipment like Refrigerator etc.
3.Provision of New Uniforms for Child Development Workers (5 sets for 5 days)
In addition, the City Government also inked an agreement with DSWD Field Office III for the implementation of Supplemental Feeding Program for SY 2017-2018 that would benefit 3,214 Pre-k children currently enrolled at the 60 CDCs in the City.
For the year 2018, Mayor Garbo approved the increase of CDWs from P8,000.00 to 8,500.00/subsidized and the upgrading of 20 CDWs into Casual Position status.
2.Social Pension for Senior Citizens and the One-Time Assistance to 90 years old and above Senior Citizens
The City Government of Mabalacat under the new administration has approved the implementation of the Localized Social Pension program for Senior Citizens. The programs is a local version of the DSWD-funded nation-wide program that provide P500.00 monthly allowance to deserving indigent Senior Citizens.
In Mabalacat City, Hon. Mayor Garbo approved the increase of beneficiaries from 200 to 500 this year. Aforementioned were assessed by the City Social Welfare and Development Office and are scheduled to be released this September 2017 (for the first 6 months). In the meantime, Mayor Garbo also increased the number of beneficiaries for 2018 (through the GAD Fund) from 500 to 1,000 beneficiaries.
In addition, Mayor Garbo also headed the releasing of the one-time assistance amounting to P20,000.00 to 90 years old and above Senior Citizens as per the provision of City Ordinance No. No. 55 s. 2016.
3.Assistance to Individuals/Families in Crisis(ses) Situation
The crown program of the Garbo Administration, the Assistance to Individuals and Families in Crisis Situation (AICS) of the CSWDO has been modified to ensure assistance is provided the fastest, maximized and far-reaching. AICS is a service that provides financial assistance for:
a) Medical/Hospital Expenses
b) Burial Assistance
c) Balik Probinsiya
Under the new arrangements, Hon. Mayor Garbo sought for a meeting with various Hospital/Medical Center Presidents and Administrators and Funeral Parlour owners that resulted to an agreement of setting up accounts for the City Government of Mabalacat. Upon the authority from of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the City Government signed Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) with aforementioned establishments and encourage other establishments to ensure wider reach of the program. This effectively cut short the process of extending assistance since beneficiaries would not experience the inconvenience of waiting for their cheque and that they only need guaranties to be presented tot he said establishments to avail of their services.
Amount of assistance for the medical/hospital expenses has now become dependent on the case of the client and not the traditional maximum of P5,000.00. Upon the recommendation of the social worker and the approval of Mayor Garbo, assistance provided varies from as low as P3,000.00 to as high as P 40,000.00 (Maximum allowed as per MOA is P50,000.00).
In the meantime, financial assistance is still viable as an option and the Chief Executive has spearheaded the release of such to the indigent constituents of the City.
4.Protective and Auxiliary Services
Protective and Auxiliary Services of the CSWDO includes assistance and interventions for the following cases:
1. Children in Need of Special Protection (Like Children In Conflict with the Law and Abused Children)
2. Women in Especially Difficult Circumstances (WEDC)
3. Indigent Persons with Disabilities
4. Indigent Senior Citizens
5. Solo Parents
Aforementioned, are provided with various assistance based on the treatment plan formulated by social workers of the CSWDO. At the onset of the term of Hon. Mayor Garbo, the CSWDO has conducted case management of abused children, children in conflict with the law including women in especially difficult circumstances and has provided them with financial assistance, psychosocial and counselling, reunification with parents/relatives, reintegration in the community.
Mayor Garbo also approved the release of assistance to solo parents for educational, medical and hospital assistance. Continuous release of financial assistance and provision of assistive devices are also provided to indigent persons with disabilities and senior citizens.
Solo Parents and Indigent Women are also provided with skills training program in preparation for the livelihood assistance package this administration shall soon undertake.
5.Youth Development Program
It is inherent to the state to protect its future, its most precious asset – the youth. Therefore it has institutionalized policies, programs and services for their empowerment and participation in nation-building.
Mabalacat City believes in this tenet and has institutionalized programs and service for the youth. The CSWDO, whose mandate are for the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged, organized the Pagasa Youth Association of the Philippines – Mabalacat City Chapter which serves as its roster of marginalized and disadvantaged youth beneficiaries of various programs and services of the City Government for their sector.
During the first 100 days of Mayor, highlight for the youth sector involves the assistance for them to go back to school through the educational assistance program. This program provides assistance to indigent youth who wishes to go back to college and that school choice must either be a state/LGU college/university or private school who offers two-year courses. Assistance shall be in the amount of P5,000.00 per semester. For this year, Mayor Garbo allocated 300 slots for students to be assessed by the CSWDO.