Bicol social welfare and development forum held
by EE Jerusalem
Legazpi City (21 June) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) hosted the first Social Welfare and Development (SWD) Forum for the year 2010. Held recently at Kanzo Restaurant, Legazpi City, the one-day activity were attended by the Provincial/Municipal/City Social Welfare Officers, representative from the academe, the non-government organizations, people's organizations, other government organizations and partner agencies.
In her opening message, DSWD Director Remia Tapispisan explained that the DSWD priority thrust for 2010, the agency's reform agenda fosters the department's role of providing leadership in the Social Protection Sector. She said that the passage of the department's memorandum no. 11, series of 2008 provides that SWD Forum has to be maximized as a venue to create a common understanding on topics that nee concerted effort of the Social Protection sector.
Tapispisan also bared that the forum is focused on the promotion of the utilization and maximization of data generated from the household assessment done under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.
Ms. Rhodora Garces-Albay, NHTS-PR Project Coordinator from DSWD Central Office oriented the participants on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction. The HTS-PR is in response to a finding that reveals that poverty alleviation programs have not been so effective in bringing about the much-needed improvement in the quality if life of the poor, because not all the poor receive or enjoy the benefits of the social protection program.
Meanwhile, Ma. Corazon Pitero, the OIC-chief of the Operations Division of DSWD, FO V presented and discussed the Priority Legislative Agenda for Children for the 15th Congress. According to Pitero there are seven proposed legislative agenda as follows:
- Strengthening of family and alternative parental care arrangement through foster care;
- Amending the law on statutory rape;
- Removing the distinction/discrimination against illegitimate children;
- Amendment to RA 7610 particularly on the children affected by armed conflict;
- Allocation of budget for children;
- Policy guidelines on the Access of minors to HIV-testing and other RH concerns; and
- Proposed Magna Carta for Children
The Social Welfare and Development Forum is conducted twice a year. (DSWD/PIA) [top]