|Civil Society Forum to strengthen good governance of CCT program|
|News Features - Civil Society Organizations|
|Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit|
|Monday, 05 September 2011 13:28|
About a hundred representatives of Civil Society Organizations come together today, September 4-7, 2011 at Holiday Inn, Clark, Pampanga, for a four-day forum on Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. The activity aims to promote sustained and informed involvement of the partner CSOs in the implementation, oversight, and evolution of the Pantawid Pamilya also known as the conditional cash transfer program.
"To ensure its success, the Pantawid Pamilya must be democratically implemented with active participation of civil society to assess every step of the program in order to ensure good governance and transparency in all levels," Sec. Dinky Soliman said.
Organized and hosted by the DSWD, the CSO-DSWD National CCT Forum is conducted with the support of Asian Development Bank (ADB) in collaboration with AusAID and the World Bank. The forum also aims to strengthen the accountability and conformity of CCT operations with norms of good governance.
Mr. Chris Spohr, senior education economist of ADB said, "CCT programs are perhaps the most rigorously evaluated poverty or social development programs globally. Hard evidence from a decade and a half of international experience points clearly to improvements in outcomes such as child enrolment and utilization of immunization and prenatal care services, while there is no evidence of dependency: child labor decreases, while adult labor does not.”
"Similar evidence of such benefits is already emerging in the Philippines and will continue to be monitored and evaluated closely, with CSOs able to play a key role in this area," Spohr added.
Secretary Florencio Abad of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) shall deliver the keynote address on September 5. Secretary Abad’s presentation entitled Making Public Funds Work for the Poor, includes reforming the national budget, expanding the CCT, and involving the CSOs. Other key speakers and officials present are Secretary Corazon Juliano “Dinky” Soliman of the DSWD, Secretary Joel Rocamora of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), and Mr. Ronald Holmes, President of the Political Science Association.
The CSOs present during the four-day event encourages other CSOs to support the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya Program saying: “As development workers committed to the goal of reducing poverty, we want the Pantawid Pamilya Program to succeed. To ensure its success we encourage the active participation of civil society and the grassroots urban and rural communities. Private sector support must also be mobilized for job generation and livelihood development. CCT is not a stand-alone program; it must be complemented by other anti-poverty policy initiatives. At the same time it needs public and private sector support to marshall the necessary resources and energies to be able to move the program’s beneficiaries from survival to subsistence to self-reliance.”
The involvement of the CSOs in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilya is in line with the directive of President Benigno S. Aquino III about public-private partnership in the fulfillment of his platform of Good Governance and Poverty Reduction.
For DSWD in particular, the promotion of public participation through its volunteer framework is characterized by four interrelated elements: 1) "Bantay" , projects and activities geared towards fighting corruption; (2) "Gabay", a mechanism for extending technical assistance; (3) "Tulay", facilitation, feedback and monitoring; and (4) "Kaagapay", joint implementation of anti-poverty projects and activities.
The Pantawid Pamilya is human development and poverty alleviation program of the national government that helps the poorest families meet immediate needs and at the same time ensuring that young people have better opportunities for advancement. It helps families gain leverage by giving them the capacity to access basic social services to be able to help themselves break free from the inter-generational cycle of poverty.