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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012


DSWD brings 'convergence caravan' to poor families in Pangasinan

by Monette H. Herrera

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 03 (PIA) -- The Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) field office 1 recently brought the "convergence caravan" to poor families in various municipalities of Pangasinan.

According to DSWD Regional Director Marlene Febes Peralta, the program also aims to provide poor families with information on various poverty reduction programs and services of government agencies in the province.

Likewise, this serves as one of the strategies of DSWD to reduce poverty incidence in the country based on the Philippine Development Plan.

The convergence caravan of DSWD showcased beneficiaries’ testimonies on the government's poverty reduction program’s impact thru a video presentation in the municipality of Aguilar, Urbiztondo and Bolinao in Pangasinan.

“Kitang-kita na nakarating ang tulong sa mga benepisyaryo” (We can see that the needed help reached the beneficiaries)," according to Ben Erto of Online Balita after hearing the voice-over of such beneficiaries.

Aside from that, partner agencies of DSWD like the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provided information on their offered services for the beneficiaries.

The services offered by these agencies include scholarships offered to fishermen’s children from BFAR, financial assistance for livelihood from DOLE, DTIs product promotion and marketing and DENR information on land titling.

On the other hand, Joe Ferrer, representative of the second district of Pangasinan, committed scholarship grants for Indigenious group in Barangay Mapita in the town of Aguilar. (ANL/MHH PIA 1 La Union with reports from DSWD 1)

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