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Thursday, 12 July 2012 17:46

Frequently Asked Questions on the CSO Engagement in FDS and FDS Plus:

Updated September 13, 2012

Q: What is the DSWD-CSO Engagement?

A: The DSWD recognizes the vital role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), People’s Organizations (POs), non-government organizations and people’s organizations as partners of government in addressing the needs of the disadvantaged poor household beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, through continuing partnership and complementation of resources and services. Thus, to better implement the Program and to utilize the resources and manpower of CSOs, the DSWD opened the conduct of FDS and FDS Plus to the CSOs.


Q: What is FDS?

A: The Family Development Session (FDS) serves as a venue where topics on effective parenting, husband and wife relationships, child development, laws affecting the Filipino family, gender and development and home management are being discussed. Through the FDS, parents are also informed of their rights as individuals as well as their obligations that they need to fulfil not only as husband and wife but also as parents. Attendance in the FDS is part of the conditionalities of the program to receive cash grants.

There are three modules in conducting the FDS, namely: (1) Paglalatag ng Pundasyon ng Programang Pantawid Pamilya, (2) Paghahanda at Pangangalaga ng Pamilyang Pilipino, and (3) Partisipasyon ng Pamilyang Pilipino sa Gawaing Pang Komunidad. 


Q: What is FDS Plus?

A: The FDS enables the households become socially aware, be involved and participate in community development activities, on the other hand, the FDS Plus was conceptualized to include a range of initiatives complementary to that of the FDS but was not included as conditions of the program. Currently, there are three types of FDS Plus. The activities shall promote, develop and target participants to attain concrete and tangible output after active participation in lecture series and interactive demonstrations.


Q: What is the duration of the project?

A: The CSO Engagement in FDS and FDS Plus lasts for one year with a probationary period on the first three months or until December 2012. For this Call for Proposals and Selection, the CSOs will be engaged from September 2012 to August 2013 or as applicable. In order to continue with the one year engagement, the selected CSOs must pass the monitoring and evaluation for the probation period.


Q: Who are eligible to participate?

A: The invitation is open to all CSOs, with solid experience in implementing community development activities. Related documents (application form, terms of reference, eligibility requirement documents, and other templates) essential for the preparation and submission of project proposals are available at the Pantawid Pamilya – National Project Management Office and Field Offices. Interested CSOs are encouraged to coordinate with the Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Operations Office (POO) and/or Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) while crafting/revising the proposal for technical assistance in terms of schedules and geographical selection of targets. For any questions or clarifications, interested CSOs may contact the Institutional Partnership Division at 02-9516827 or visit any DSWD Field Office


Q:  How many CSOs can participate in each region?

A: There is no limit in the number of CSOs per region. The DSWD will engage CSOs as long as there is no overlapping in the areas where the FDS/FDS Plus will be conducted and as long as the budget of their project proposal falls within the given limit per region.


Q: In what areas can we participate?

A: All DSWD Field Offices will be accepting proposals but areas for engagement should be coordinated with the Provincial Link/SWO-III for each province in each Field Office. The Provincial Link/SWO-III will assist the CSO in identifying the areas where the CSO may conduct the FDS/FDS Plus.


Q: What are the types of activities that can be proposed for this engagement?

A: There are two main types of activities that can be proposed for this engagement: FDS and FDS Plus. For FDS, the three modules are: (1) Paglalatag ng Pundasyon ng Programang Pantawid Pamilya, (2) Paghahanda at Pangangalaga ng Pamilyang Pilipino, and (3) Partisipasyon ng Pamilyang Pilipino sa Gawaing Pang Komunidad. For FDS plus, the topics are: (1) Functional Literacy and Numeracy; (2) Livelihood Promotion Mentoring and Referral program; and (3) Promotion of Collective Action. For FDS Plus, the CSOs may propose other development themes but such must be coordinated with the Regional Program Management Office (RPMO).


Q: Should there be a counterpart fund provided by the CSOs? How much? What does this counterpart comprise of?

A: Yes. The COA Memorandum Circular 2007-001 stipulates that CSOs that wish to engage in any partnership with funding with any government agency must have a counterpart that is 20% of the total project cost must be shouldered by the CSO. The equity or counterpart may be in the form of: labor, land for the project site, facilities, equipment and the like. For this particular engagement, salary for the staff and honorarium for resource persons are deemed to be included in the 20% counterpart. For example, if the total project cost for one whole year is P100,000.00, P20,000.00 should be the amount of the counterpart.


Q: How will be the CSOs selected?

A: There are four main stages of the selection process: (a) eligibility validation; (b) profile and project experience assessment; (c) technical proposal assessment; and (d) financial counterpart assessment. The CSOs must pass all the four assessments in order to qualify.


Q: How are the CSOs being assessed in the Eligibility Validation?

A: CSOs that submitted all the required documents with the proper signature/stamp/authorization are considered to pass the eligibility validation; otherwise, failure to submit just one of the required documents or missing a required signature in any of the required documents will make the CSO fail the eligibility validation stage.


Q: How are CSOs being assessed in the profile and project experience?

A: In order to pass this stage of the selection process, the CSO must meet the two minimum project experiences. The two minimum requirements are: (a) one year of experience in community development; and (b) DSWD-trained in the conduct of FDS or conducting FDS for at least one month.


Q: How will the CSOs be assessed in the technical proposal assessment?

A: The basis in this assessment is the project proposal submitted by the CSO. The project proposals will be evaluated based on two criteria: technical plan and staff experience. Under Technical Plan, the following are being assessed: clarity of project objectives, target beneficiaries, appropriateness (FDS)/soundness (FDS Plus) of proposed interventions and feasibility of implementation timeline. For Staff Experience, the following are being assessed: education, training and work experience.


Q: How will the CSOs be assessed in the financial counterpart assessment?

A: The CSO will be assessed based on their ability to provide the financial counterpart equivalent to 20% of the total project cost and the existence of such statement in their proposals.


Q: How will the CSOs know if they are accepted for the engagement?

A: The CSOs will receive a letter from the Field Offices if they are accepted. They can also follow-up the status of their application thru the Pantawid Pamilya - RPMO. 


Q: Where can the CSOs appeal?

A: CSOs can appeal their application to the Regional Selection Committee for each Field Office. They should address it to the Chairperson – Deputy Program Manager for Pantawid Pamilya—and seek the assistance of the Secretariat—Regional Project Coordinator or Institutional Partnership and Development Officers—in communicating their appeal.


Q: We are a faith-based organization; can we use our national chapter’s documents for this engagement?

A: Yes. The CSO may use their national chapter’s documents for this engagement provided they can provide a letter from their national chapter allowing them to use such documents for this particular engagement. The letter must be specific and not general in terms of the use of the documents and must be signed by the national president.


Q: We are a faith-based organization under a national umbrella/chapter and we have a different name from our national umbrella/chapter, can we use the documents of our national chapter?

A: No. The CSO cannot use the documents of the national chapter when such has a different name because there will be a confusion as to its identity. The CSO may ask the national chapter to submit the documents instead.


Q: We are a regional/provincial chapter of our national organization but we used our national chapter’s documents for this engagement, who will sign the MOA—the regional/provincial chapter or our national organization? Where will the MOA Signing be held—in the region or in the Central Office?

A: All MOA Signing will be held in the regional offices regardless of the nature of the CSOs that will sign. No MOA Signing shall be held in the Central Office. The national chapter will sign the MOA since it was their documents that were the basis of the regional/provincial CSO’s eligibility.


Interested parties may follow this link to access necessary documents and templates for application. 


Department of Social Welfare and Development
Constitution Hills, Batasan Complex
Quezon City, Philippines 1126
(632) 931 8101 to 931 8107