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DSWD CaLaBaRZon and MiMaRoPa jointly hold a Special Meeting with the Secretary


Sec. ‘Dinky’ Soliman presenting the milestones of DSWD

Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman led a dialogue with officials and staff of DSWD CaLaBaRZon and MiMaRoPa, yesterday, June 16, at Asian Development Bank, Mandaluyong City.

Special Meeting aims to: provide updates on accomplishments of the Department; call attention of DSWD officials and staff on what they should continue working on; address other issues and concerns; and prepare the department for the transition period.

Based on the data presented by Secretary ‘Dinky’, Listahanan 2 tells us that out of the 15.1 million households assessed: 5.1 million are poor; 880,000 are near poor; and 1.5 million are non-poor.

Also, report says that 1.4 million families have increased their incomes to go above the 2012 poverty threshold.

Secretary also reported the achievement of the department in terms of education. Data says that 3.23 families have members who are now functionally literate while 969,000 Pantawid Pamilya children are currently enrolled in formal or informal education.

“All these gains we have achieved because of empowerment of the poor. However, while we have made significant strides, there’s still much work left to do,” emphasized Secretary ‘Dinky’.

During the symbolic ‘Putong’, RD Wilma Naviamos crowns Sec. Dinky Soliman

As part of the transition period, Secretary ‘Dinky’ presented the Value Proposition of the department which is: “Empowerment of the Poor Lowers Crime”.

In terms of Product branding, Secretary emphasized that DSWD caters: “Calibrated and evidence-based programming and delivery of Social Welfare and Social Protection services and programs via passion-driven, competent, compassionate and demand-responsive workforce”.

On the other hand, according to the Secretary, the Leadership Brand of the Department is: “ A leadership practice that is empowering, convergent, informed in its decision-making, accountable, transparent and participatory”.

“Be impatietly impatient!” emphasized Sec. Dinky as she encouraged each officials and staff to passionately but patiently provide a quality, timely and efficient service to the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

In order to heighten the lively spirit of the Secretary, both regions gave gifts and showcased special number for the secretary.


DSWD MiMaRoPa Choir sang ‘Walang Hanggang Paalam’ of Joey Ayala

One of the highlights of the event is the ‘Putong’, a ritual in Marinduque conducted to welcome, praise and acknowledge guests in their province. Also, DSWD MiMaRoPa Choir, sang ‘Walang Hanggang Paalam’ of Joey Ayala, one of the favorite songs of the Secretary Dinky.

Activity ended with a photo shoot with the Secretary which will definitely serve as a reminder of the exciting and dynamic journey of the department with her. ###


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DSWD MiMaRoPa together with MCA-P and MCC Conducts Regional Learning Forum

QUEZON CITY- With its upcoming compact closure with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) this May 2016, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Millennium Challenge Account—Philippines (MCA-P), together with the DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa, recently conducted the Kalahi CIDSS MCC Regional Learning Forum last 25th of January at Crowne Plaza Hotel Ortigas, Quezon City.

The said activity gathered Community Volunteers (CV), Local Chief Executives (LCE), Municipal Area Coordinators (MAC), and National Government Agency (NGA) representatives across the region as well as partners from MCA-P and MCC.

The forum served as an avenue of exchanging the stories of successes, accomplishments, challenges, and best practices in implementing the community driven development (CDD) approach through Kalahi CIDSS MCC in MiMaRoPa.

“We’re so glad we achieved this triumph as MCA-P has been working hand-in-hand with our government here in the Philippines and also with some LGUs to improve the responsiveness of local government to community needs and encourage these communities to be engaged in developmental activities,” said Marivic Añonuevo, MCA-P Managing Director and CEO.

One of the highlights of the event is the testimony of several community volunteers and local chief executives about the changes brought by the implementation of Kalahi CIDSS MCC to their communities and municipalities.

Secretary Soliman

DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman delivers her keynote speech on the Regional Learning Forum of DSWD IV-MiMaRoPa.

Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, in her keynote speech, encouraged everyone most especially the volunteers to share their stories of change to others. “Yun hong mga kwento na binigay ninyo sa amin ngayon, yung mga pagbabago na ikinuwento ninyo, yun ho ang aming lakas. That’s where we get our energy. That’s where we get our strength to carry” Secretary Soliman said.
To date, 372 subprojects are installed across MiMaRoPa with the help of 22, 469 trained community volunteers from the 467 communities empowered by Kalahi-CIDSS.

The program ensures the active participation of the community in the process of identification, planning, implementation, and operation and maintenance of their sub-projects. Most of the projects identified by the communities are roads, schools, and health centers.

And these sub-projects served as a reminder to the communities of the hardship and cooperative effort to achieve a transformative grassroots leadership.

A community-driven development project, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services National Community-Driven Development Project (KALAHI CIDSS- NCDDP) is implemented by DSWD that provided communities and their Local Government Units (LGUs) trainings to choose, design and implement sub-projects that address their most pressing needs.

MCA-P is the entity responsible for the management and implementation of the $434 million compact from the US government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Its vision of uplifting the lives of the Filipinos through sustainable economic growth established its main projects on improving infrastructure, community development and revenue reform.
In the last four years of MCA-P’s project implementation, the organization was able to produce significant results through the strict guidance of accountability and transparency among all its projects. ###

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Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program not a ‘magic pill’ – Aquino

President Benigno Aquino III slams critics of his flagship alleviation program during his last State of the Nation Address.


NOT MAGIC. President Benigno Aquino III delivers his last SONA.

MANILA, Philippines – No magic can rush the effects of his administration’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), President Benigno Aquino III said, chiding critics during his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 27.

According to him, it is normal that the effects of this anti-poverty program are not fully felt immediately.

Akala ata nila ito ay mahiwagang tableta na ‘pag ininom ng kinder ay college graduate na,” he said. (Maybe they think that this is like a magic pill that can transform a kinder student to a college graduate.)

Since 2008, during the time of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the program has been constantly under criticism for alleged mishandling. Budget was increased despite the alleged flaws in targeting or the poorest aren’t getting the benefits.

There will be a change in atmosphere, Aquino said, when the effects of Pantawid fully materialize.

“Once benefits of the program are seen, they would be the first to claim they are the ‘father’ of the program,” he said in Filipino.

Among the accomplishments he cited under the program was the first batch of high school graduates from household-beneficiaries of Pantawid. In April, more than 300,000 graduated, 8,000 of whom received honors.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman referred to these graduates as the “fruits” of the program – an investment of the nation. (READ: From Pasay to UP: A valedictorian’s dream to become engineer)

The 4Ps provides cash grants to the Philippines’ poorest citizens. A household-beneficiary with 3 children can receive P1,400 ($30) a month or up to P15,000 ($331) a year.

Bigger coverage

The coverage of the DSWD-led program, which is also known as Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), has increased throughout the years.

Launched in 2008 with only 380,000 household-beneficiaries, the program is expected to cover 4,436,732 in 2015.

Aquino said this was achieved without burdening taxpayers.

Nagawa ito nang hindi nagtataas ng buwis maliban sa Sin Tax Reform,” he emphasized. “Ibig sabihin, tinatayang isa sa bawat Iimang kabahayang Pilipino ang nakatatanggap ngayon ng ayuda kapalit ng pagpapaaral at pagpapacheck-up, nang hindi dinadagdagan ang pasanin ng ating mga kababayan.”

(We were able to do this without increasing taxes, except for the Sin Tax Reform. This means that one out of 5 Filipino households receives cash grants under Pantawid for education, health services, without adding burden to other citizens.)

Based on its latest portfolio, 20 out of the 25 provinces with highest number of beneficiaries are also the priority areas identified in the latest memorandum of Aquino’s Social Contract. (READ: Where in the PH are the Pantawid beneficiaries?)

‘Leakage’ from previous administration

According to Aquino, the leakage among Pantawid beneficiaries may have occurred in 2009 – not during his administration. It is not him who should be blamed.

The DSWD, meanwhile, has been working hard to “clean up” the roster of beneficiaries, according to Soliman. These efforts are the continuous purging of list to only cover those who satisfy their requirements and improved targeting through the National Household Targeting System.

Meanwhile, Grievance Redress System (GRS), a system that collates complaints directed at the program or beneficiaries, have delisted more than 77,000 beneficiaries who do not satisfy the conditions. (READ: Soliman: DSWD is keeping 4Ps database clean) – Rappler.com

By: Jodesz Gavilan

Repost from Rappler.com

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