Increased people’s resiliency is the key to address the situation of poverty, says DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman during her recent visit in the region.
To increase resiliency, the poor must be moved to the self-sufficiency status of well being.
DSWD set strategic goals in order to respond: 1.) raise the status of 2.3 million Pantawid Pamilya families to self-sufficiency by 2016; 2.) increase the number of NHTS-PR identified poor families covered by at least 2 Social Welfare and Development (SWD) programs; 3.) increase the number of LGUs having fully-functional LSWDOs by 2016.
With its current poverty reduction programs, the Department has been working hard to provide a good family well being; a dynamic and participative community and as inclusive and progressive economy to every family through Pantawid Pamilya, Community Driven Development Program, and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). These three core programs are part of the 9 social protection programs that will converge in order to reach its goals to include the Social Pension Program (SocPen), Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP), Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Program (GPBP), Disaster Relief Fund, Enhanced Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (EAICS) and Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA).
The Secretary announced that the Listahanan, formerly NHTSPR, will use laser sharp precision in reassessing the five million potential poor. Due to bigger, stronger and harder change in the weather patterns and natural events that are hitting the country, the Department is triggered to respond faster, better and bolder. Prepositioned food packs will also be doubled from 10,000 to 20,000 in preparation for disasters.
Further, convergence among Municipal Action Teams (MAT) will be institutionalized and results will be further monitored rather than outputs. The MAT members (Municipal Links, Project Development Officers, Community Facilitator) will implement the SWI-based MAT Work Plan which determines the activities to be conducted in order to address the needs of beneficiaries.
The Secretary encouraged all the staff especially the MAT to work together to implement all programs that has impact on the lives of all vulnerable groups.
“Let’s have fun doing the impossible”, said the Secretary. (by: ALLAN O. LULU, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya)