DSWD intensifies partnership with Local Government Units (LGUs) on strategized and effective program implementation to improve the lives of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries so that even after the Program, self sufficiency is sustained.

The four Provincial Action Teams recommended Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, Vigan City in Ilocos Sur, Rosario in La Union, and Laoac in Pangasinan for displaying exemplary performance on the following areas: Transition Plan implementation, Policy Formulation prioritizing Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, full convergence with DSWD and partner agencies, documented good practice on convergence, and family/community showcasing convergence strategy.

A regional team headed by Convergence Regional Program Coordinator Virginia P. Sesay conducted a field validation on December 15, 16, and 22, 2014.
Laoag City prioritizes Pantawid Pamilya benes

The Agserbi 24/7 Walang Iwanan prioritizes social services to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries immediately addressing the felt needs of families in the communities. Services include Supplemental Feeding, Milk Vigorous Feeding, Pap Smear, medical and dental services, distribution of Day Care kits, provision of safe water supply, free hair cut/manicure/pedicure, among others.

Three representatives from the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries attend meetings of the City Advisory Committee to air concerns and to take part in decision-making.

Vigan City’s livelihood projects

Through the Pagsapulan: Raniag iti Masakbayan (Employment: Radiates a Future), 339 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were able to augment their income through rolling stores, loading stations, hog and livestock dispersal, driving tricycle for public transportation, rice/frozen food vending, mini carinderia, sari-sari stores, among others.

Laoac, Pangasinan’s array of social services

With their battle cry, ‘Itag-ay Daguiti Nakurapay’ (Uplift the Poor), this small town is proud of its unified efforts towards helping Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries with the support of national agencies, people’s organizations, and private individuals. Thus, the provision of potable water supply, sanitary toilets, and livelihood projects, and the construction of farm to market roads, among others.

Rosario, La Union’s communal vegetable garden

Aside from policies catering to the needs of its poor constituents, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were also encouraged by the LGU to establish their own backyard vegetable gardens for family consumption and additional income.
These finalists will be awarded during the DSWD’s 64th Anniversary celebration in February 2015. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II )