The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will once again gather around 5,000 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program at the Philippine Sports Arena (ULTRA) in Pasig City to celebrate Family Day today, October 4.
With the theme, “Tuloy ang Pagbabago”, the event aims to affirm the positive change of the program on the lives of the poor beneficiaries.
“We have heard of so many anecdotal stories of change which are consistent with the results of the first and second wave impact evaluation of the program affirming that the Pantawid Pamliya is on track in achieving its goals and objectives,” said DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.
Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households with children aged 0-18.
Commonly known as the Philippine version of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), the Pantawid Pamilya provides cash grants upon compliance to the set of responsibilities which the beneficiaries committed to undertake. This includes school attendance of at least 85% of children aged 3-18; pre- and post- natal care for pregnant women based on the government protocol; regular health check-ups for children aged 0-5; deworming for children enrolled in the elementary; and, attendance to Family Development Sessions.
Currently, the program covers 4.4 million households.
“Apart from the program, we have also invited other government agencies to set-up booths so that our beneficiaries will be able to access their services. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will have satellite registration booths while the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will lead the Jobs Fair. The Department of National Defense (DND) on the other hand will hold a medical and dental mission,” added Sec. Soliman.
Private companies such as Bernabest will raffle 5 pedicabs while Reyes Haircutters will give free haircut services. CDO company will have free hotdogs for the beneficiaries.
Celebrities Karla Estrada and TJ Marquez will also grace the occasion.
“This event was first launched last year and we hope to do this annually. The people who are with us today are the mothers and fathers who are working hard for their children. They are our partners in ensuring that children of today will have better opportunities tomorrow,” concluded Sec. Soliman. ###
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program commonly known as the Philippine version of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) was first implemented in 2008 and was continued after the presidential election in 2010.
From the more than 300,000 household- beneficiaries, the program now covers around 4.4 million households. In 2013, the program was expanded further to cover children aged 0-18 from the original 0-14. The expansion of age coverage is in response to the study showing that children have better chances of being gainfully employed after finishing their high school based on the new curriculum being implemented by the Department of Education.
Last April, Pantawid Pamilya held a recognition activity for the first batch of high school graduates which was attended by more than 18,000 students from the National Capital Region (NCR). More than 300,000 high school program- beneficiaries graduated last March.
“These significant numbers reflect the progress of the program in terms of changing the lives of our beneficiaries. This program has given them hope and chance to improve their lives,” shared DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano- Soliman.
As the country is holding another presidential election come May 2016, the viability of continuing the program beyond the present administration is also being asked by the partner- beneficiaries.
“I have been openly asked several times by many of our beneficiaries. From my standpoint, the only assurance that the program will be continued is through our partner-beneficiaries. We at the Department will only serve as facilitators to ensure that their voices are heard by our policy makers,” said Sec. Soliman.
At present, there is a move by the Senate and Congress to institutionalize the Pantawid Pamilya, creating a law to govern it.
“We are grateful for this initiative coming from the Senate and Congress, most especially to the sponsors of this bill who are one with us in believing that the Pantawid Pamilya will have a positive impact on the lives of our beneficiaries. We are confident that with the passage of this bill into law, we will have more children who are assured of finishing their high school and will grow up healthy,” Sec. Soliman stated. ###
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will award today the winners of the Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2015 during the celebration of the Family Day at the Philippine Sports Arena (ULTRA) in Pasig City.
Fifteen families from the different regions competed for the search.
The Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya is an annual activity of the Pantawid Pamilya which aims to recognize families who have religiously followed the conditions of the program and have been active and model families in their respective communities.
DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that there are five finalists vying for the grand winner. These families are the Tam-awen of Benguet; Achuela of Ilocos Norte, Gojo-Cruz of Laguna, Calipusan of Antique, and the Torrentira of Bohol.
The family who will emerge as the grand winner will receive P30,000 The first runner-up will receive P25,000, and the second runner-up will get P15,000. A consolation prize of P10,000 will also be given. The families will also receive their Plaques of Recognition.