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DSWD pilots risk, vulnerability assessment training

by Carmela Cadigal Duron

Davao City (1 September) -- To complement and synchronize Social Welfare and Development (SWD) plans with the Comprehensive Local Development Plan (CLDP) of local government units (LGUs), DSWD Davao Region initiated the Training on Risk and Vulnerability Assessment for Municipal/City/Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officers, Local Planning and Development Officers, and DSWD Social Welfare Action Teams. Participants came from Davao Del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao Del Sur and Compostela Valley.

The two-day training stacked considerable emphasis on workshop sessions dealing with Identification of Risk and Prevalence of Risks, Identification of Vulnerable Groups and Prevalence of Vulnerability, Inventory of Social Risk Management and Social Protection Programs, and Risk-Response Gap Analysis. The presentations on the DSWD Reform Agenda, Social Protection and Development Report, Rationalized Local Planning System, and Conducting Risk and Vulnerability Assessment primed the participants for the workshops.

According to Nestor S. Estampa, Policy Development and Planning Unit Head, DSWD XI, the Joint Memorandum Circular No.1 Series of 2007 known as Guidelines on the Harmonization of Local Planning, Investment Programming, Revenue Administration, Budgeting and Expenditure Management issued by the DILG, NEDA, DBM, and DOF created opportunities for National-Local Government complementation in local planning, investment programming, and budgeting.

Estampa revealed, "The joint circular compels DSWD to respond to the call for the integration of SWD Indicators System with the Local Development Indicator System (LDIS) of DILG which is a planning tool advocated by DILG to LGUs in the formulation of the Comprehensive Local Development Plan. Secondly, the department needs to strengthen its Technical Assistance Provision to local social workers to enable the latter to perform their role as Advisor to the Local Chief Executives along SWD planning, programming & budgeting, Estampa added.

Prior to the training, DSWD facilitated the: 1] Integration of SWD indicators in the Local Development Indicator System (LDIS); 2] Province-wide Orientation for LGU Social Workers on Harmonized SWD and LDIS Indicators; 3] Completion of local Social Welfare and Development Data Capture Form; and 4] Consultation-Meeting of DSWD XI, DSWD Central and DILG XI for harmonization of data tools for doing risk and vulnerability assessment.

Participants were also required to submit their Activity Plan for the Preparation of the local Social Protection and Development Report. Held at the D'Leonor Hotel, resource persons were Ms. Cristina D. Amoy of DILG, Ms. Alma P. Infante of DSWD Central and Mr. Estampa. (DSWD) [top]

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