|DSWD and CSOs synergize efforts under the CCT’s Family Development Sessions|
|News Features - Civil Society Organizations|
|Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit|
|Tuesday, 17 April 2012 11:40|
To advance synergy between the efforts of the DSWD and civil society organizations (CSOs) to support conditional cash transfer (CCT) beneficiaries in escaping from poverty, a CSO Consultation and Planning Workshop on Family Development Sessions (FDS) will be conducted from April 17-20, 2012 at Rembrandt Hotel in Quezon City. More than 100 CSO representatives from throughout the Philippines and regional DSWD focal persons are expected to participate in the activity.
The Workshop aims to pave the way for expanded, more effective partnership between DSWD and CSOs in implementing FDS under the CCT program as well as broader grassroots-level interventions to support CCT beneficiary households’ sustainable transition out of poverty. The FDS is one of the empowerment components of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, wherein topics including responsible parenthood, financial literacy, livelihood skills, and environmental awareness, are discussed among parents of CCT beneficiary households. FDS participation is one of the conditions of the CCT program, and aims to imbibe knowledge, skills and values that would translate to behavioral changes in parent beneficiaries which are expected to help improve their quality of life in the long run.
Supported by Asian Development Bank (ADB) in cooperation with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and World Bank, the CSO Consultation on FDS follows after the three-part series of CSO forums on CCT last year, which included a total of more than 300 CSO participants from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. During these previous forums, the CSOs declared their support to the CCT, elucidated areas for their expanded involvement, and identified approaches for their better and wider mobilization as partners with DSWD in the CCT program and related poverty reduction efforts. In a Statement of Commitment to the Pantawid Pamilya, partner CSOs and volunteers specified eight ways by which they may be involved in the CCT program, which included interventions to enhance the efficacy of FDS.
In line with President Benigno S. Aquino III’s platform of Good Governance and Poverty Reduction through public-private partnership, CSOs’ involvement in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilya has continued to strengthen and expand. As of March 28, 2012, 311 national and local non-government organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations, and other CSOs signed memoranda of agreement (MOAs) with the DSWD to be actively involved in the implementation, oversight, and expansion of the Pantawid Pamilya. Government-CSO partnership allows both partners’ to bring their diverse strengths to bear in the nation’s efforts to reduce poverty.
CCT programs were first demonstrated successful in Latin American countries two decades ago. As one of the pioneering CCT programs in Asia, the Pantawid Pamilya is a human capital investment program of the national government which ensures the health and education of poor children ages 0-14. By providing opportunity for the development of the young, it envisions to prevent the vicious transmission of the cycle of poverty. ###