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Philippines: cash transfers succeeding where other programmes have failed

As a result of conditional cash transfers school enrollment is up and stunting in recipient communities is down. But doubts remain: is this the best route to development? Despite its long experience in implementing different types of programmes to combat poverty, the Philippines is finding it to be a persistent scourge, with an estimated 28% of its population living in poverty in 2012. In recent years though, ineffective programmes have given way to a large-scale conditional cash transfer scheme that ...

ETON Awards Soliman as Pillar of Hope

Manila- Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will receive today the ETON International School’s Pillars of Hope award. Soliman expresses her gratitude for the award and encourages everyone to support the endeavours of people who provide social services.  She said that, “To be named as one of the pillars of hope is truly an honor and joy. I am receiving this award and share it with my fellow workers in government, partners from ...

Pantawid program working well?

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines’ Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) “continues to be working well” in improving the lives of millions of Filipinos through conditional cash grants, an international expert on social protection said in early October. AusAID consultant Dr. Tarcisio Castañeda recently visited the country to review 4Ps, the conditional cash transfer (CCT) scheme run by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Castañeda described 4Ps as “remarkable,” given that it is a young program that has already seen an ...

DSWD bags int’l award for CCT program

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently bagged the MY World Outreach Award for Asia-Pacific and Oceania in recognition of its efforts in promoting MY World by letting the “voices” of the “poorest of the poor” conditional cash transfer (CCT) beneficiaries be heard. MY World is a global survey conducted by the United Nations that asks respondents to choose their priorities for a better world. The results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next ...

Gov’t. agencies to ink joint memo protecting ‘Pantawid Pamilya’ in upcoming elections

Manila - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) together with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will sign on October 1, at the COMELEC Office in Intramuros, a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) that will provide policy guidelines to safeguard the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD from being used by personalities as leverage for the upcoming barangay elections. No less than DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman will lead the signing together ...
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