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Self-reliance

At the tender age of 11, Norman Bolandrina lost his mother, who died while giving birth to her fifth child. The boy from Maongon in Masbate soon found himself the head of a family, with an infant and three other younger siblings. Their father abandoned them shortly after their mother’s death. Norman vowed to keep what was left of his family together, resisting attempts to have anyone put up for adoption. He took on any job that came his way ...

DSWD Addresses Findings on CCT Implementation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reiterates that the findings on the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program cited by the 2010 Commission on Audit (COA) report, covering the implementation period of 2007-2009), have been addressed and that the Department has institutionalized stringent rules to minimize operational errors. The COA has in fact accepted the steps taken by the Department to resolve the issues. SWD Secretary Dinky Soliman explained that through the Grievance Redress ...

DSWD holds Pantawid Pamilya Children’s Congress to celebrate 20th National Children’s Month

In line with the goal of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to promote children’s rights, a National Children’s Congress (NCC) will be conducted on October 29-30, 2012 at the Bayview Hotel in Manila. To be attended by 500 children beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya, this is the first congress since the implementation of the program in 2008. The NCC will be a venue to imbibe on children a sense of nationalism, promote awareness, and make their voices heard on issues directly ...

A Tale of 3 Solo Parents

MANILA, Philippines - Tears stream down Zeny’s pale, sunken cheeks as she gazes at the crude stick drawing of a figure of a mother holding on to her children, and at the words written underneath: “Sa aming pinakamamahal na ina, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Salamat po sa inyong pagmamahal at pag-aaruga sa amin. Pagpalain po kayo ng Panginoong Diyos… ang inyong mga anak, Arvin, Mimi, Jhun-jhun (To our dearest mother, Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for loving and taking care of us. May ...

New scholarship program to cover college education of CCT beneficiaries

Through the Students Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGP-PA), college education is no longer a remote dream for poor students whose families belong to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program also known as conditional cash transfer program (CCT). The scholarship program hopes to empower the deserving members of poor households by providing them the opportunity to be employed to higher value-added occupations to help alleviate their family from poverty and at the same time enable them to contribute to national development ...
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