RDC-Davao supports CCT-A A +A
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
THE Regional Development Council (RDC 11) expressed support to the institutionalization of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program otherwise known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
This is contained in Resolution No. 101 Series of 2012 approved by the multi-agency development council.
Signed on October 9, 2012, the sesolution was inspired by Senate Bill No. 3412 or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Act Of 2009 (An Act To Reduce Poverty And Promote Human Capital Development Through The Creation Of A National Conditional Fund Transfer Program) filed on August 25, 2009 by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
Pantawid Pamilya Set 1 started in Davao Region in October 2008. Since its onset, the RDC 11 through the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) 11 has been receiving positive feedbacks about the program, with the beneficiaries manifesting perceptible changes in their lives, such as increased health awareness for children and pregnant women, increased attendance rate of school children, as well as improved understanding and awareness on Family Development and Responsible Parenting.
The RDC 11, through the recommendation of the RPMC 11, supported the institutionalization of the conditional cash transfer program as it will contribute to achieving the human development outcomes of Davao Region, particularly in decreasing infant and maternal mortality rates, as well as increasing school participation and completion rates especially among the economically disadvantaged households.
To date, Pantawid Pamilya has 193,114 family beneficiaries in 44 municipalities and 6 cities in Davao Region. Pantawid Pamilya is a poverty-alleviation strategy of the national government which provides cash assistance and social development to identified poor households in the country.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 16, 2013.