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PIA Press Release
2010/11/26

DSWD converges 3 main pro-poor programs

Davao City (26 November) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development [DSWD] will converge its three major poverty alleviation programs: KALAHI-CIDSS, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program [4Ps], and Self-Employment Assistance [SEA-K]. This was formally announced by Director Ester A. Versoza of DSWD during a recent conference with DSWD XI senior officials.

Considering the results of the NHTS-PR [National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction] conducted nationwide, 4Ps areas will be identified. Once 4Ps has taken off with the targeted families, KALAHI-CIDSS will enter to mobilize and build the community. When the community is ready, SEA-K comes in to foster community entrepreneurship and spawn economic activity. This was explained by Versoza.

"This simply means, where 4Ps is implemented, KALAHI-CIDSS will eventually be brought in followed by SEA-K," Versoza said.

NHTS-PR is data management system that makes available a database of poor households as reference in identifying beneficiaries of social protection services. It aims to come up with a functional, objective and transparent targeting system that identifies who and where the poor are, thus reducing leakage of social services to non-poor and minimizing exclusion of the poor from said social services.

4Ps or the Conditional Cash Transfer Program is a poverty-reduction strategy that assists the poorest households through provision of monthly cash subsidy to help improve the health, nutrition and education particularly of children age 0 to 14 years old. Program recipients are also required to participate in the monthly Family Development Sessions in which beneficiaries are taught responsible parenthood, family planning, child care, financial management and other topics fit to their needs and interests.

KALAHI-CIDSS, on the one hand, is community-driven development project that aims to boost the decision-making power of local communities, strengthen their involvement in local development planning, and mobilize local government units and community resources to implement community projects that reduce poverty.

While SEA-K is a livelihood and capability building program which organizes economically active poor to develop and manage community-based projects. Target beneficiaries are those who do not have access to formal lending institutions.

According to Secretary Dinky Soliman of DSWD, "the complementation of the DSWD's key poverty reduction programs does not only aim to provide basic services to the poorest communities but it also encourages them to be active partners in the development and implementation of these programs. The DSWD is working hand-in-hand with the local government units (LGUs), civil society, and the private sector, in order to ensure effective execution and monitoring of the programs from the household up to the community level."

Earlier, Secretary Soliman wrote in Philippine Daily Inquirer [7 November 2010], "a review of DSWD programs and services indicated that there was a need for a more strategic use of resources and expertise. It also showed that there should be a more efficient delivery of services. Thus, there was an agreement that the convergence and/or complementation of poverty reduction programs are in order."

"The three components driven by empowerment processes---cash for education and health, and funds for community-driven social service infrastructure, and enterprise development---are in the hands of the poor themselves?It creates social accountability, builds social capital and transforms patron-dependent communities into empowered and active citizenry. It is a solid building block for true democracy," Soliman concluded.

The DSWD Convergence Program ensures Strategic Focus, Empowerment of DSWD Partners and Stakeholders, Complementation of Approaches and Strategies, and Operational Efficiency. (DSWD/carmela cadigal-duron)

People's Day to be back early next year

by Noel Baguio

Davao City (26 November) -- Dabaonon indigents need not worry since the popular People's Day will eventually return early next year.

Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said the People's Day, a breakthrough one-stop-shop public service station held every Monday at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan, Tagum City will be back by the New Year or in February 2011.

Established by the governor in January 2008, thousands of constituents mostly composed of indigents have benefited from the program, which was designed to make the provincial government more accessible and more responsive to the needs of the people.

Along with the executives of the province, Gov. del Rosario personally makes himself available to ordinary people who seek audience with him during the activity.

However, the well-admired program took a break last February when the province complied with the provisions of the COMELEC, following the conduct of the May 10 national and local elections.

It was supposed to return after the election period is over. But the Governor decided to further freeze the program when his son, 1st District Congressman Anthony del Rosario again felt ill and has to seek medical treatment at the premier Stanford Hospital in California, USA.

"The fact that my son got sick, siguro kailangan na man talaga ni Anthony ang attention ko," he said.

The Governor asked his constituents to understand the situation since he has to go to the US occasionally in order to join Cong. AGR during his six-month treatment in the U.S.

"I have been serving our province and our country for that matter for more than 30 years and I hope the people of Davao del Norte would understand that my son really needs me this time," the doting father said.

The doctors declared Cong. AGR to be fully cured from cancer after undergoing chemotherapy and stem cell transplant.

But, he is not allowed to come back home just yet as his doctors insisted that he stay for a while in order to fully recover from his treatment procedure, which temporarily compromised his immunity from diseases.

He is optimistic that the representative will be able to come back home by February next year, since his medical record show that his recovery from the battery of treatments was always way ahead of time.

"Pagbalik ni AGR ibabalik natin ang People's Day," he promised.

The local chief executive bared he plans to once again leave for the U.S. before Christmas and to return back immediately after New Year in order to celebrate the Yuletide season with his son. (CIO Tagum) [top]

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