VIGAN CITY, May 18 (PIA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has assisted 206,030 poor and vulnerable individuals and families from the four provinces in Region 1 in the first quarter of the year through its social protection programs
According to DSWD Region 1 Information Officer Iryn Q. de los Reyes, the beneficiaries were provided assistance by the agency under its Conditional Cash Transfer Program (CCTP) or the so-called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the core shelter assistance program; the social pension program; and the sustainable livelihood program.
She explained that the Conditional Cash Transfer Program had been strategizing its conditions to make poor children healthy and keep them in-school.
“As of to date, 117, 306 poor households received ‘cash grants’ for their children 0-14 years old upon compliance to set conditions such as 85 percent attendance to school, Family Development Sessions, and pre and post natal check-up, among others,” she said.
“As an exit strategy and further sustain gains of the Pantawid Pamilya in Set 1 and Set 2 areas, 1,322 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were given capital assistance with maximum of Php 10,000 each for livelihood projects as well as road jobs in partnership with DPWH,” she added.
Meanwhile, DSWD Region 1 Director Marcelo Nicomedes J, Castillo assured that other core social protection programs implemented in the region continue to reach out the vulnerable sectors such as the victims of disasters, Day Care Children, and indigent senior citizens.
“Typhoon-resistant core shelter units were given to 500 families whose houses had been totally destroyed by typhoons last year. This is in partnership with the local government units of Bani, Rosales, Sta. Barbara in Pangasinan and Santa in the province of Ilocos Sur through their counterpart such as provision of lot, site development and hired additional manpower,” he said.
He also informed that 73,154 children in Day Care Centers through the Supplementary Feeding Program improved on their health and nutrition while parenting skills were enhanced among parents through attendance to Parent Effectiveness and Home Care sessions.
He added that a total of 13,748 indigent senior citizens received P20.6 million stipends from the Social Pension Program which they use to buy basic commodities and medicines.
According to Castillo, the agency aimed to serve more poor people within the region as part their commitment to eliminate the problem on poverty nationwide. (ANL/FGL-PIA1 Ilocos Sur)