The Philippines’ education investment scores top marks PDF Print
Written by Jose Ramon G. Albert, Philippine Institute for Development Studies   
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 17:26
While the Philippines has had robust economic growth since 2010, even despite a weak global economy, it has had little progress in reducing income poverty. Recognising that some segments of society are left out in growth processes, the Philippine government has made inclusive growth the cornerstone of its most recent Philippine Development Plan. 
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Pantawid Pamilya ID: A stroke survivor’s pass to new lease on life PDF Print
Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit   
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 17:46
Victor Maglangit, 52, of District 2, Barangay Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City has trouble walking. He struggles to balance his body after a recent stroke that paralyzed his left arm and left leg. 

After his stroke on June 20, Victor was brought to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) for medication. During his seven-day admission at NMMC, Victor could not help but worry over his mounting hospital bill. 
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DSWD reiterates: “Bawal ang Epal!” PDF Print
Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit   
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 17:20

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reiterated that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is insulated from partisan politics and strongly opposes any act that would use it to advance the political agenda or interest of certain groups or individuals. 

This came following reports about incidents that occurred during the pay-out activities of cash grants this month. In some regions, the beneficiaries were made to believe that the cash grants they were receiving were bonuses from a politician who has announced his plan to run for an elective position in the 2016 national elections. 
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Almost 1,000 Pantawid Pamilya grantees trained on organic farming under DSWD-SM partnership PDF Print
Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit   
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:52
Participants of the DSWD-SM Foundation skills training on organic farming apply the farming techniques they have learned.
As part of its continuing effort to engage the private sector in improving the lives of beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has partnered anew with SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI) to conduct skills training for the beneficiaries. 

Around 150 grantees from Tagum City, Davao del Norte were the latest beneficiaries of this joint project of the DSWD and SMFI. The beneficiaries were trained on high-value crop production as well as on organic farming which earn from and provide them fresh produce for their families. 
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Pantawid Pamilya can boost beneficiaries’ power to earn – DSWD PDF Print
Written by admin   
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:39

Amid clamor of some congressmen to channel the budget of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to job generation, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that the conditional cash transfer and job generation are not independent from each other but in fact complement each other in addressing poverty.
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‘Yolanda’ survivors get extra income from oyster project funded by DSWD PDF Print
Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit   
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 17:10
Wilmer, president of the Fisherfolk Association, checks on the oysters which are ready for harvest next month.
As part of the continuing assistance to survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) initiated the Oyster Aquaculture livelihood project for 51 individuals from Brgy. Barra, Roxas City in Capiz. The project is a group enterprise of the Fisherfolks Association in the village. 
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DSWD clarifies lump sum in its 2015 budget PDF Print
Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:58
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has no lump sum or discretionary funds amounting to P102.6 billion in the 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA). 

“How can that be when the budget of the Department is already P107.8 billon?  We do have a budget for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses amounting to P102B, and the breakdown can be found in  pages 909 to 928 of the national budgetary document,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said. 
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Pantawid, politics and that P19-B figure PDF Print
Written by Amina Rasul (reposted from Business World)   
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 17:24
Recently, the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Management (DSWD) came under attack. Again. More popularly known as 4Ps or Pantawid (Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program), political commentators seized on a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which stated that close to P19 billion of the 4Ps budget did not go to the poor.

What?! I have been a member of the program’s National Independent Advisory and Monitoring Committee for over two years now and was shocked by the figure. So I did my own research.

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Pantawid’s promise to reduce poverty PDF Print
Written by from Rappler.com   
Thursday, 09 July 2015 10:22
‘Does Pantawid deliver the intended results? The evidence says yes,’ writes the country director of the Asian Development Bank 

Richard Bolt It’s time to set the record straight on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino conditional cash transfer program – one of the biggest of its kind in the world, and an increasingly effective weapon in the fight against poverty in the Philippines. 

Recent media reports have created false impressions of Pantawid “leakages,” despite evidence that it is achieving its goals – improving health, education and job opportunities for poor households. The Philippines has pioneered the development of conditional cash transfers (CCT) in Asia, largely through Pantawid, and should be proud of its achievements. 
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Cash Transfer Gives Poor Children in the Philippines Chance of a Good Education PDF Print
Written by repost from ADB.org   
Monday, 06 July 2015 10:22
Life is hard for the Ewican family on the Philippine island province of Bohol. Genaro Jr, 45, wakes up at 5 a.m. every day to walk to a nearby rice farm he tends to. Until 7 a.m., when he returns home for a quick breakfast of rice and vegetable soup, he goes about his daily tasks while occasionally driving birds away from the crop with a slingshot. The rest of his day is spent at a coconut plantation, where he also works as a laborer.

His wife Norma, 44, gets up a little later at around 6 a.m. She spends her day keeping the house and cultivating a vegetable patch where she grows most of the food that ends up on the family’s table. When needed, she visits the local barangay, or local authority, where she serves as one of the counselors.
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Humble backyard garden provides food on the table, generates additional income PDF Print
Written by Server Admin   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 13:17
Helen Camacho tends to her seedlings which she grows through Urban Container Gardening. She attests that with her produce, she is able to put food on the table.  
Bringing food on the table is a primary concern of every family,  more so for a poor family with little or no income at all to sustain nutritious meals. 

To help address this, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) included the topic “Bio-Intensive Gardening (BIG)” in its enhanced modules for Family Development Sessions (FDS) regularly attended  by beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya. 
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