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DSWD 8 hosts social and welfare development forum

By Jeffrey G. Engracial

TACLOBAN CITY (29 September) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office here spearheaded a forum on social and welfare development today.

The forum aims to open up the lines of the agency to the other sectors in the society who could help in bringing out the services to the public specially those who are less fortunate.

Being the arm of the government tasked on technical assistance and capability building, the main agenda for now is to make dialogues on the different agencies like the academe, law enforcers, media and even the LGU's on how they could help each other in implementing programs relevant for the social and welfare development of their clients.

It was emphasized during the forum this morning that the networking among the agencies that they are working out for now can be achieved and would be effective to fullest if the three-phase strategy would be completely implemented.

The first phase would be the Pre-operational Phase which includes the recruitment of members (agencies) and knowing each other's functions. The second phase would be the Operational Phase that focuses on resource generation. Here, training modules of the different agencies will be collected and will be analyzed while the last phase known as the Sustainability Phase includes the putting up all the training modules they think necessary to form a single more effective module.

The said move is to ensure that the capability building module that would reach the recipients is more productive and has a greater impact.

Also during the forum, DSWD informed that the KALAHI-CIDSS Project of the agency has started its Fourth Phase which will benefit a total of 17 municipalities throughout the region.

DSWD 8 expressed sadness that there are some municipalities that did not accept the project and therefore rejected the partnership for development that the government is offering. The total fund allocation for the fourth phase for Eastern Visayas reaches up to Php 377.1M. The KALAHI-CIDSS Project is a poverty alleviation program of the Arroyo Administration.

Other issues tackled during the forum were RA 9344 known as the Juvenile Justice System Act, and the nature of Squatting situation. (PIA 8) [top]

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