A total of 1,000 poor families received bags of blessing from the Metrobank Foundation
and GT Foundation Inc. blessing last January 28.
The said number of families are from Sta. Rosa City, Laguna and Imus City, Cavite and
are among the 10,000 poor families nationwide identified by the DSWD’s Listahanan, a
system which identifies who and where the poor are in the country and generates a
comprehensive and objective database of the poor. These families are Listahanan-
identified but not covered by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
The Bags the Blessing is an annual gift-giving activity of Metrobank in which they
distribute 10M worth of groceries to 10,000 poor families nationwide. Each bag contains
P1, 000 worth of grocery items.
Sta. Rosa City, Laguna and Imus City, Cavite in the CALABARZON Region are two of
the 18 selected distribution sites in the country. The poor family-beneficiaries are from
the selected poor barangays in these areas.
“Masaya po ako sa aking natanggap dahil makakadagdag po ito sa pang araw-araw
naming pagkain”, said Donnalyn Avines, one of the beneficiaries of the bags of the
Avines, resident of Purok 5, Brgy. Aplaya, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, has four children and
is an on-call laundry woman. Her partner, on the other hand, Bernie San Jose, sells
bread around their neighborhood. Avines admitted that sometimes their income is not
enough to sustain the needs of their family.
In her message, Assistant Regional Director for Operations Annie Mendoza of DSWD
IV-A emphasized the importance of development partners in the implementation of the
DSWD programs and services.
“We hope that there will be more opportunities like this in which non-government
organizations and other stakeholders work with the DSWD in their endeavor to improve
the welfare of our fellow Filipinos. We encourage these partners to support our
programs and services for the vulnerable sectors” she said.
Listahanan is an information management and targeting system utilized by the DSWD in
selecting beneficiaries of its social protection programs and services, such as Social
Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. In the
second round of Listahanan household assessment conducted in 2015, there are
202,279 identified poor households in the CALABARZON Region.