DSWD expands pro-poor projects in 2014-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is expanding the coverage of the pro-poor programs of the government in Western Visayas by 2014.
The government projects are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).
DSWD Assistant Regional Director Joel Galicia said the province of Antique was selected as the pilot area for the convergence program with other government agencies in the region.
By 2014, the 4Ps program will be extended to children aged 18 years old from the usual 14 years old as beneficiary of the program.
Galicia said that in some rural areas, children usually graduate from high school at 18 years old due to poor living condition. The children usually help in the farm or fishing and could not finish high school.
Five municipalities of Antique and two in the province of Aklan underwent a seminar-workshop in “Tales of Empowerment: A sharing of convergence gains and learning” in Iloilo City from October 30 to 31, 2013.
The sharing of “Tatsulok” experiences on three banner programs were delivered by local officials of the municipalities of Valderrama, Laua-an, San Remigio, Bugasong and Barbaza, all in the province of Antique, and the municipalities of Libacao and Madalag in the province of Aklan.
Galicia said the experience gained and the mechanics of implementation of pro-poor banner projects of DSWD are expected to guide the local implementers on the best practices in changing the lives of schoolchildren and the family beneficiaries.