Photo Release: World Bank checks implementation of Pantawid Pamilya

MONITORING VISIT. Representatives of the Social Welfare and Development Reform Project-World Bank monitors the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development such as this during the payout of cash grants to beneficiaries in Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City. They also check the effectiveness and efficiency of the program implementation during the conduct of Family Development Session in Poblacion, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. Photos by Buena Rafer, CVS Focal, Pantawid Pamilya, DSWD Field Office 10.

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Joy Lim Zuson (in violet shirt), Finance Analyst III of Pantawid Pamilya, DSWD Field Office 10 explains to World Bank representatives the system for releasing cash grants to beneficiaries during pay-outs.

World Bank representatives discuss their findings of monitoring with the members of the Municipal Action Team of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental while DSWD Field Office 10 Director Nestor Briones Ramos (third from left) listens.

World Bank representatives discuss their findings of monitoring with the members of the Municipal Action Team of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental while DSWD Field Office 10 Director Nestor Briones Ramos (fourth from left) listens.

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World Bank representatives check the educational facilities of the Tagoloan National High School, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

 

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DSWD supports ‘reform’ SK election

Cagayan de Oro City — As the registration period for the barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan elections started on July 15, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is supporting the introduction and institutionalization of significant reform under the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the SK Reform Act 2016.

Formulated by the National Youth Commission, an attached agency of DSWD, together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Audit, Department of Budget and Management, and the Commission on Elections, the IRR will be published within 15 days in the Official Gazette of the Philippine before the full implementation of the SK Reform Law.

The national government agencies took lead in consulting with various youth serving organizations in some key areas nationwide which commenced last year to March 2016, along with the Union of the Local Authorities of the Philippines, National Economic and Development Authority, Council for the Welfare of Children, and the United Nations Population Fund.

Among the salient provisions which makes the SK Reform Law responsive and transparent are: increase age to 18 years old but not more than 25; fiscal autonomy; presence of mechanism of transparency and accountability; mandatory trainings before assumption of office; inclusion of development plan; and an anti-dynasty provision that states, “he or she must not have any relative in elective public office within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity.”

The registration period for the Barangay and SK elections slated on October 26 started last Friday, July 15 and will only run until July 30.

For the registration, Comelec offices will be open to accept registrants during office hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

To register to vote for the SK polls, voters must be 15 years old but not more than 30 years old on the election day, Oct. 31, 2016 and must have been residing in the barangay for at least six months on election day.

Those who want to register for the village and youth polls shall download the registration form and print them ahead of visiting the Office of Election Officer in their city or municipality to ease the registration process. It must accomplished triplicate forms will make registration quicker.

For more information and queries, the public is reminded to direct queries and clarifications in regard to SK IRR to the Office of the Commissioner-at-Large Cruz of the NYC through NYCSKReform@gmail.com.

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Photo: DSWD continues to assist dry spell victims

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 continues to extend support to beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and tribal communities such as this rice distribution in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Bukidnon province was among the badly hit areas of the country during the recent onslaught of the El Niño phenomenon. Photos by City Action Team of Malaybalay.

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Photo: 100 Pantawid grantees finish vocational course

Another one hundred beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program finish Automotive Servicing NC II in Valencia City, Bukidnon. DSWD through the Sustainable Livelihood Program funded the training of the grantees in coordination with DATS Technical School. Photo by Rhandy Ladoroz of SLP, DSWD Field Office 10.

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Pantawid Pamilya boosts local economy says research study

The findings of a research study done by the team of Dr. Lourdes S. Adriano, a former professor at the University of the Philippines, for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were discussed during the  Public Forum entitled, “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program: Stimulus to Local Economic Growth?” held jointly by the DSWD, Ateneo School of Governance (ASoG), and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at the Ateneo University on June 23.

The study was carried out with support from the Australian Embassy.

In her message during the forum, former DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said, “We hope this study can help the incoming administration to further improve the program.”

“If there is one good thing that we can turn over to the new administration, it is evidence-based policy making, planning and evaluation,” former Sec. Soliman added.

The research study used quantitative and qualitative methodology to determine the nature, form, and degree of the economic impact of the Pantawid Pamilya cash grant expenditures on the local economy.  The study covered the provinces of Masbate, Camarines Norte, and Albay.

The study was divided into five parts namely; Household Economy, Economic Sector: Bicol Rice Value Chain; Economic Sector: Flea Market Case Study; Regional and Macro Perspective; and  Integration of Recommendations.

The key findings of the study are:

Household Level Analysis

  1. For food items, the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries are consuming more cereals, in general, and more rice, in particular, than non-beneficiaries. For non-food items such as clothing, health, education, utilities, communications and recreational goods, the patterns of spending are shown to be generally higher among Pantawid beneficiaries compared to non-beneficiaries.
  2. The overall pattern in terms of savings and other forms of investments shows that Pantawid beneficiaries are saving and investing more than the non-Pantawid Pamilya counterparts.
  3. In terms of key economic decisions made by the household, the results showed that women in Pantawid Pamilya households are more active in the decision making on household marketing and budgeting. This demonstrates that the program does not  only affect the behavior of the households in terms of consumption but has also enhanced the women’s role in the decision making on marketing and budgeting.
  4. The benefits of Pantawid Pamilya is not limited to its direct material benefits. It was found out that the program influences aspirations, which in turn determines the future behavior of the beneficiaries. The study showed that beneficiaries are more optimistic in terms of their children achieving more in life than their parents. Further, beneficiaries have higher social aspirations compared to non-beneficiaries.

Economic Sector Analysis (Rice Value Chain)

  1. The Pantawid Pamilya cash grants along with the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the local government units (LGUs) create a multiplier effect in the local economy of Bicol estimated to be 7.87 and 3.49 for the first and second income deciles, respectively. Also, it was found out the Pantawid Pamilya cash grants for Bicolanos can potentially generate an additional P18 to 40 billion revenue for the local economy.
  2. There is a significant increase in the number of registered agricultural-related businesses in the three locales of the study. Total capitalization of all registered agriculture businesses increased from about P1.65 million in 2005 to about P13.27 million. Total sales are rose from a measly amount of P3.645 million in 2005 to P119.23 million in 2015.
  3. Rice consumption behavior of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who are not rice farmers, has changed in terms of quality as manifested by the shift from NFA rice to commercial rice. According to the respondents, the cash grants, along with the relatively lower prices of commercial rice, enabled them to afford better quality commercial rice.
  4. There are changes in behavior and action of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries toward other rice stakeholders. They increased their access to credit from rice retail stores because of the predictable streams of income coming from the Pantawid Pamilya cash grants. Beneficiaries have forged a stronger relationship with retail stores through a “suki relationship” over time. Rice Value Chain (RVC) players confirmed slight increase in their incomes when Pantawid beneficiaries became group buyers. In turn, rice retailers and wholesalers have extended credit and other special arrangements to Pantawid rice consumers to encourage them to buy.

Flea Market Case Study

  1. It is now a common sight to see the operations of a flea market near the site where the Pantawid Pamilya cash payouts are being made. The case study shows that the operations of the flea market is a manifestation that the extra income received from the Program can perk up local economic activities since most products being sold in the flea market come from the locality or neighboring areas. Even merchants not participating in the flea market, such as pharmacy store, mini-grocery, and school supplies shops, gained from the expenditures of Pantawid beneficiaries.
  2. The municipality derived extra revenues from flea market traders by imposing market rental fees collected by a designated market collector. The positive contribution of these extra revenues generated is highly visible in Libon where the successful operation of the Libon Town Center (LTC) is partly supported by the fees generated from the market rentals where various merchants sell their wares particularly during payout days.

These findings reinforce that Pantawid Pamilya can transform not only the lives of its beneficiaries, but also the communities where they live,” former Sec. Soliman emphasized.

On the other hand, Dr. Fermin Adriano, member of the research team said that Pantawid Pamilya should be combined with other economic enhancing efforts to achieve optimal impact. ==

 

 

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Photo Release: Pantawid Pamilya braces for calamities

The Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council of Lala, Lanao del Norte, in coordination with Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10, holds series of lecture on readiness of community against any eventualities such as this where beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya listen to the lecture during the Family Development Session. Photo by the Municipal Action Team of Lala.

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DSWD workers, beneficiaries join Brigada Eskwela 2016

Cagayan de Oro City — Hundreds of field workers of the programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Northern Mindanao have joined the Department of Education (DepEd) preparing schools in their respective communities for the upcoming opening of classes.

 

With the theme: “Tayo Para sa Paaralang Ligtas, Maayos, at Handa Mula Kindergarten Hanggang Senior High School” (All of us for safe and proper schools, and ready from Kindergarten to Senior High School), the workers, mostly of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program, and Kalahi-CIDSS, went to the different schools in their area of responsibilities to help communities clean classrooms and surroundings; repair chairs, ceilings, and tables; paint classrooms, among others.

 

Along with DSWD workers are Pantawid beneficiaries who actively participates the week long activity of DepEd every year to ensure that all public school facilities are clean, orderly, and safe for the opening of schools in June.

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Photo Release: Pantawid beneficiaries receive free massage during payout

Massage therapists belonging to Healing Hands, an association of the Sustainable Livelihood Program of DSWD, provide free massage to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries during pay-out in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental recently. Photo by Tagoloan Municipal Action Team.

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