PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
DSWD brings Pantawid Pamilya program to Dumaguete City
by Rachelle M. Nessia
DUMAGUETE CITY, Jan. 31 (PIA) -- Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program officially rolled out in Dumaguete City on Jan. 27, 2012 with 1,326 potential beneficiaries in 26 barangays in Dumaguete City, according to Bella Tse, provincial coordinator of the Pantawid Pamilya program in Negros Oriental.
The implementation kicked off with an orientation conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for members of the program’s city advisory committee and city action team.
Participants during the orientation were social workers, midwives, city health personnel, school principals, barangay officials and staff from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).
The head the Pantawid Pamilya program’s Compliance Verification Unit Leonidas Cañete,said the orientation is a crucial part in the program’s implementation.
“Pantawid Pamilya is compliance-based, so our partners in implementing the program should know how to verify compliance of the beneficiaries and do it accurately,” said Cañete, who also served as the resource person during the orientation.
Asked why the poverty alleviation program is being implemented in an urban area like Dumaguete, Cañete said: “What we are trying to reach here are the pockets of poverty. Even in big cities, poverty still exists.”
Cañete stressed that said program is not implemented as a solution to poverty but rather helping reduce the incidence of poverty in the country.
Pantawid Pamilya is the national government’s flagship program for poverty alleviation targeting the poorest families with children up to 14 years old across the country. (mbcn/RMN/PIA-Negros Oriental)