SWS survey results serve as challenge for DSWD1

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union May 17 (PIA) — An official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development said the agency views the results of a recent Social Weather Station self-rated poverty nationwide survey as a challenge. This, even as the agency is preparing for another extension (Sets 4D and 5) of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps implementation in the region.

The SWS survey showed an increase in number of Filipino households who consider themselves poor.

According to DSWD1 Information Officer II Iryn Q. de los Reyes, there was a total of 206,030 of poor and vulnerable individuals and families in Region 1 who have gotten their share of the Social Protection Program for the first quarter of this year.

The Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is a human development program of the national government and a social protection strategy that invests in the health and education of poor children age 0-14 years old and aimed to promote the rights of children for survival, protection, development and participation.

De los Reyes said that 117,306 poor households in the region received cash grants for their 0-14 aged children on conditions which include pre- and post –natal visit/check-up of pregnant women, regular health checks for children, attendance to family development sessions (FDS) of parents, and minimum of 85% attendance of children in school.

De los Reyes added that as an exit strategy and to further sustain gains of the Pantawid Pamilya in Set 1 and Set 2 areas (Bolinao, Mabini, Aguilar and Urbiztondo in Pangasinan; Santol and Bagulin in La Union; and Sugpon in Ilocos Sur), 1,322 beneficiaries were provided capital assistance with maximum amount of P10,000 each depending on their proposed livelihood projects, as well as provided jobs/prioritized for the employment facilitation program between DSWD and the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Other core social protection programs implemented in the region continues to reach out to the vulnerable sectors to include victims of disasters, day care children, and indigent senior citizens.

Five hundred families gravely affected by typhoons last year whose houses were wrecked particularly in Pangasinan and Ilocos Sur were provided typhoon-resistant core-shelter units, in partnership with the local government units of Bani, Rosales, Sta. Barbara in Pangasinan and Santa in Ilocos Sur. These LGUs provided lots, site development and hired additional manpower as their counterpart in support to the program.

With the Supplemental Feeding Program continuously enforced, DSWD1 reported that 73,154 children in Day Care Canters in targeted areas showed improvements on health and nutrition while parenting skills among parents were enhanced through their Parent Effectiveness and Home Care sessions being conducted by DSWD in partnership with civil society organizations.

Thru the Social Pension Program, a total of 13,748 indigent senior citizens received P20.6 million stipend which they use to buy basic necessities and medicines, De los Reyes said. (ANL/MPA-PIA 1 La Union)

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