|CSOs keen on involvement with CCT implementation|
|News Features - Civil Society Organizations|
|Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit|
|Monday, 26 December 2011 05:50|
Davao City – At least 90 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have signed the statement of support to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program during the culminating program of the CSO Forum-Mindanao Cluster held at Waterfront Hotel last December 7, 2011.
Ms. Farida Alango of the Al-Mujadilah Development Foundation (AMDF) and Mr. Cirilo Mondejar of the Samahan ng mga Mamanwa Manobo Tribes sa Taganito (SAMA MATA), represented all the CSOs who attended the forum indorsed the pledge of commitment. Alango and Mondejar said that as members of the Civil Society, they shall continue to support the programs of the government particularly of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. They also added that “we shall continue to be the Gabay, Bantay, Tulay at Kaagapay to ensure integrity, transparency and accountability in the implementation of the program." Director Honorita Bayudan, National Program Manager of Pantawid Pamilya accepted the commitments and said that “we are accepting this pledge of commitment and the challenges that goes with it.”
On the other hand, Mr. Chris Spohr, Senior Education Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said that the ADB is very proud to have supported the series of forum that the DSWD has been conducting. “With today’s very fruitful discussion I am very much encouraged with your recommendation. This enforces my beliefs that the Pantawid Pamilya is a very good program. Moreover, the CSOs working with the government can make that program even better. The CSOs have demonstrated confidence in mobilizing diverse strength to work hand in hand with the government,” Spohr added.
Earlier, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman held a dialogue with the CSOs. Soliman thanked all those who participated and enjoined them to be actively involved in the program not just as safeguards but also as partners who can provide livelihood programs and employment opportunities to the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya.
Secretary Soliman also shared that “the consultation with the CSOs has been conducted nationwide and with the Mindanao Cluster as the last of the series. We are conducting this to solicit your recommendations that will better improve the implementation of the program at the same time to serve as our third eye who will report any anomalies being done in the ground. Help us to ensure that the limited resources of the government go to those who are really qualified beneficiaries of the program.”
Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that invests in the education and health of children age 0-14 years old to keep them in school and keep them healthy. To date, around 2.3 million households are enrolled in the program. The program targets to cover additional 700,000 households to complete the three million households by end of 2012.