Core social protection programs as strategies in poverty reduction

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, July 20 (PIA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has clarified that their core social protection programs are strategies and not main solutions in poverty reduction.

DSWD 1 Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo, who was guest speaker during the Monday program of the provincial government of La Union (PGLU), said these programs allow local government units (LGUs) and the national government to empower poor families to become self-propelling.

These programs include the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), supplemental feeding program, Social Pension Program and the DSWD Capital Assistance Program.

For the 4Ps, the DSWD is partnering with the PGLU in providing social welfare to 16,357 underprivileged families.

Castillo said the 4Ps’ goal of breaking intergenerational poverty by focusing on children’s health and keeping them in school is a long term developmental challenge for DSWD.

He said this is the reason why DSWD has also partnered with LGUs, non-government organizations, faith-based groups and other regional-line agencies to achieve transformation of values and practices on health and education, family solidarity and empowerment among the poor.

Meanwhile, information officer Iryn Q. de Los Reyes said DSWD also seeks the cooperation of beneficiaries in complying with the conditions of the 4Ps.

Some of the conditions are the 85 percent school attendance of children, regular checkup for children and pregnant women and attendance of parents to Family Development Sessions.

On eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, the DSWD has a supplemental feeding program.

Now on its second year, it benefits 13,375 children in 551 day care centers in La Union, de los Reyes said.

For senior citizens, the Social Pension Program provides quarterly pension of P1,500 to 2,318 qualified poor elderly in the province who are sickly, bedridden, unsupported by immediate families and without existing pensions from security systems.

Aside from social welfare, the DSWD also provides capital assistance to groups and organizations.

An example of which is the La Union Vibrant Women Inc. The five organized group under it received P670,000 under the DSWD Capital Assistance program, subject to rollback in two years. (ANL/MPA-PIA 1 La Union with reports from DSWD1)

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