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DSWD XI bares performance on women to PGMA

by JMD Abangan

Davao City (28 February) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI yesterday bared its performance on interventions for women to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

DSWD XI organized yesterday a women congress dubbed "Panagtigum sa mga Kababayen-an" anchored on the theme "Kababayenhan, Nakiglambigit alang sa Kalambuan" (Women: Participating in Development) during which women community leaders and workers were recognized for their exemplary contribution to the success of government interventions for the women sector.

President Arroyo graced the event and handed over awards to women who have excelled in their venture as community workers and partners in the implementation of government projects benefiting women.

Priscilla Nidea-Razon, DSWD XI assistant regional director presented milestones of women participation in the Davao Region which laid down the social welfare regional office's performance in service to the women sector.

Among the DSWD interventions which have gained strong involvement of the women sector are the Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K), Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services: Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay (KALAHI-CIDSS KKB), Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI), Food-for-school Day Care-based Program, and Tindahan Natin.

SEA-K is aimed at enhancing the socio-economic skills of poor women and their families thru the organization of community-based associations for entrepreneurial development.

At the national level, a total of 13,632 SEA-K associations have been organized, with a total exposure of P1,315,348,941 capital seed fund while a total of 889 SEA-K associations (Level I) have been formed at the regional level, which have been provided with P88,449,863 capital assistance.

SEA-K beneficiaries in the region posted a repayment rate of 82 percent.

DSWD XI recorded a total of 41 SEA Kabayan level II association which have been given P46,564,855.00 capital assistance.

The KALAHI-CIDSS program which empowers local communities, improves local governance, and reduces poverty, covers three provinces of the Davao Region, six municipalities and 135 barangays, giving funds to 131 projects and completed 112 sub- projects.

In the region, a total of 461 Tindahan Natin operators are running community stores selling some basic commodities at low prices, benefiting a total of 115,250 individuals through the P10,903,587.50 funding for capital that the government has given.

Tindahan Natin in the region has been dispersed in all the four provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley and in one city. They are present in 44 municipalities, operating in 325 barangays.

The Food-for-school Program has been introduced to mitigate hunger of poor Filipino families, improve nutritional status of children, and improve attendance of children in the day care.

Meanwhile, the KALIPI is an organization of women beneficiaries of social welfare programs, projects and services.

It has been organized in all 16 regions of the country with close to 1 million women members.

In Region XI, one KALIPI regional federation has been formed while there are other four provincial federations and 20 municipal federations with a total of 3,820 women members.

DSWD cited this performance on interventions for women as in sync with the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan for 2004 to 2010 that focuses on "fighting poverty and building prosperity for the greatest number of the Filipino people." (PIA) [top]

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