|Pantawid Pamilya Strengthens Ties with CSOs|
|News Features - Civil Society Organizations|
|Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit|
|Monday, 05 December 2011 11:47|
Davao City--The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the country’s version of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program is slated to hold the third batch of consultation forum with the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from Mindanao from December 4-7 at the Waterfront Hotel.
The consultation forum aims to strengthen ties with the CSOs on the implementation of the program along the public-private partnership theme “Gabay,Bantay, Tulay at Kaagapay”. It will solicit their recommendations to improve policies governing the implementation of the CCT. With the expansion of the Pantawid Pamilya in 2012, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) urges the commitment of the CSOs in supporting the program. At present, around 275 CSOs have a memorandum of agreement with the department.
Resource persons coming from different fields were also invited to discuss various topics on CCT implementation. Ms. Tanya Hamada, Executive Director of Incite Gov will discuss how CSOs can help in the empowerment of the CCTs target population. Incite Gov is a non-government organization that aims to develop and operationalize a policy agenda that links democratic politics, good governance, and development outcomes in critical reform areas. Former DSWD Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral will also grace the event discussing the design of the CCT program and the possible roles and potential areas of involvement of the CSOs.
Speakers coming from the national government include Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad, who will talk about reforming the national budget expanding the CCT and involving the CSOs. On the other hand, Secretary Joel Rocamora of NAPC will discuss the framework for improving the voice, effectiveness and pro-activeness of the CCT target population.
Mr. Dennis Arroyo, of the Social Weather Station (SWS) will also present the result of their spot check conducted last February. The spot check was conducted in the municipalities of Bugasong and San Remegio in Antique and in the municipalities of Plaridel and Tudela in Misamis Occidental. Famous broadcaster Ces Oreña-Drilon will also join the forum to facilitate the live interview of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from the Visayas region.
The series of consultation is part of the policy review being undertaken by the department to prepare itself for the expansion in 2012. The forum is organized by the DSWD with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and in collaboration with Australian Agency for Internal Development (AusAID) and the World Bank.
Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the education and health of children age 0-14 years old. To date, around 2.3 million households are enrolled in the program. Pantawid Pamilya targets to cover additional 700,000 households to complete the 3 million households by end of 2012.