Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program upholds stakeholders relationship as it brings together legislators, local chief executives, national government agencies, beneficiaries, and other partners in a forum entitled “Diskursong 4Ps: Paglalahad, Paglalarawan, Pagsasalaysay, Pagbibigay Liwanag sa Usaping Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” on August 15, 9 a.m., at Blulane Hotel in Manila.
“We at DSWD value our stakeholders and the role they play in carrying out our programs and services. We would not be able to operate a massive program such as Pantawid Pamilya if it were not for the support of our stakeholders from other national government agencies, local government units, and other sectors. Through this forum, we hope that our stakeholders will gain deeper appreciation of the program through keeping them updated with our endeavors and providing one venue where they can share and seek clarification on program issues and concerns,” said DSWD Secretary Virginia N. Orogo.
The implementation of Pantawid Pamilya, a social protection program that focuses on human capital development of eligible poor households, is led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with the coordination of the Department of Education, Department of Health, and local government units. It is the Philippines’ biggest social protection program for the poor that operates in 41, 620 barangays, 1,627 cities and municipalities, and 80 provinces in all 17 regions nationwide. It currently has 4.3 million active household beneficiaries.
The DSWD also recognizes that the accomplishments of Pantawid Pamilya resulted from the coordination and cooperation with different stakeholders, especially with the legislators who have a vital role in ensuring the continuous implementation of the program.
“The legislators affect the course of Pantawid Pamilya and how it should move forward. Conducting this forum is one way we can show them that we value their perspectives which we can use in developing collaborative agreements for the benefit of the program and its beneficiaries,” Sec. Orogo added.
The forum will also include discussions on program accomplishments and impact evaluations, and a presentation of the Philippine Development Plan by the National Economic and Development Authority.
Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-18 and pregnant women. Program beneficiaries receive cash grants as they comply with the program conditions applicable to their households. The conditions are: pregnant women must avail pre- and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by a trained health professional; parents must attend Family Development Sessions (FDS); 0-5 year old children must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; 6-14 years old children must receive deworming pills twice a year; and children beneficiaries (0-18 years old) must enroll in school and maintain a class attendance of at least 85% per month. As of May 2018, there are 4.39 million active households in the program.