Butuan City – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Regional Director Minda Brigoli with Division Chief of Institutional Development Division and Protective Services Unit, Angelita Amista, met with the Most Rev. Juan De Dios Pueblos, D.D, Executive Director Rev. Fr. Dandy Marababol, and the Board of Trustees of Por Cristo Foundation at Bishop Home on May 21, 2014.

They convened to talk about the needs of the 41 abandoned Elderly in the Por Cristo Foundation.

Dir. Brigoli promised to provide the needs of the abandoned Elderly as this is what the Department upholds. “Many are called but few are chosen. Our lolos and lolas really need an extra care and I am so impressed with our volunteers for their dedications,” she said.

She also directed to give the cash assistance worth P 123,000.00 which will be given to 41 abandoned Elderly. Also, those Elderly with special cases who are 77 years old up will be included in the Social Pension program with a monthly stipend of P 500.00

The following are the assistance that the Department will provide:

  • Food for work for the Pantawid Pamilya volunteers;
  • Capability Building for the private volunteers;
  • Cash Assistance with maximum P 3,000.00;
  • Burial Assistance;
  • Renewal of Accreditation Permit; and
  • Social Worker.

Rev. Fr. Marababol raised all the issues and concerns in the organizations because the needs of the Elderly are dependent on charitable contributions. The 12 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program are now cleaning for the beautification of the surroundings, and cultivating the vegetable gardens in the compound of the Por Cristo Home.

Most Rev. Pueblos was so delighted of what the Department offered to the Center.

“Thank you very much for this wonderful meeting and the help that you provide to our abandoned Elderly. I hope we can have our regular meeting and I am glad an agency of the National Government like DSWD is helping us in taking care of our Elderly.” Bishop Pueblos said. ### Social Marketing Unit/Maria Cecilia N. Sosas.