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DSWD Mimaropa conducts a social investment forum in Calapan


CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro (PIA) – To highlight the impact and the gains of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to all partner stakeholders, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Mimaropa conducted yesterday’s Social Investment Forum at El Pueblo Rhizort in Brgy. Mahal na Pangalan in this city with the participation of parent leaders (PLs), IP leaders, and representatives from various local and national government agencies.

The forum served as the venue to support and address the needs of the 4Ps beneficiaries as well as to promote the shared responsibilities of national line agencies, local government units (LGUs), and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) by providing social services.

DSWD Oriental Mindoro Provincial Link Maridel T. Rodriguez disclosed that the 4Ps program has reached  57,933 beneficiaries, comprising one city, 14 municipalities, and one adopted municipality (Concepcion, Romblon with 9 barangays).

DSWD Provincial Link Maridel Rodriguez updates members of the Samahang Nagkakaisang Pamilyang Pantawid (SNPP) about the latest interventions of DSWD to 4Ps during the Social Investment Forum held in Calapan City on November 23. (Photo by Luis T. Cueto/PIA-OrMin)

Based on DSWD records, the town of Naujan has the most household counts with 6,485 families, followed by Pinamalayan with 5,629 and Calapan City with 5,085.  The municipality of Concepcion, Romblon has the least number of household counts with only 208 families.

For Calendar Year 2022, DSWD allotted P1,008,968,750 cash grants for the beneficiaries of the program.  As of July 2022, DSWD has already released cash grants to beneficiaries amounting to P969,987,750 or equivalent to 96.14% of the total number of beneficiaries being paid by the cash grant.

Rodriguez also reported to parent leaders about the regular monitoring conducted by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices (DSWDOs) in relation to the school attendance of children of the beneficiaries.  

They found out that some reasons why others did not comply with the requirements of the schools are having lack or loss of interest and some can no longer cope with the demand of the school.

As an intervention to the above-cited problems, DSWD/MSWD personnel continue to conduct home visitation to motivate students and explain to parents the advantage of sending an eligible child to the school that they will receive an additional cash grant and supplementary feeding from the government once they complied in order to address the concern of both students and parents.

Another reason for the beneficiaries not complying with the requirements of DSWD is the fear of immunization.  There are still parents who refused to vaccinate their children but immunization is important to children under the program according to Rodriguez.

To properly inform parent leaders about the services of the government, the following government agencies presented and discussed their respective mandates and services: Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Department of Agriculture (DA) Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA); Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) and City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD).

The concluding part of the program was the signing of the Manifesto of Support for the 4Ps in the province of Oriental Mindoro where each agency representative publicly manifested his/her unwavering support for the 4Ps and its beneficiaries. 

PIA OrMin ICM Luis T. Cueto explains to parent leaders and other stakeholders the mandates of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) as well as its services on providing accurate, timely, and relevant information intended for the people during social investment forum held in Calapan City on November 22. (Photo by Dennis Nebrejo/PIA-OrMin)

Each agency representative understands that the conditional cash grants should be complemented with other programs and services of the government and the private sector in order to uplift the level of well-being of the beneficiaries to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.  (LTC/PIA-OrMin)

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Luis Cueto

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Region 4B

Information Center Manager 
Philippine Information Agency
Oriental Mindoro Information Center
2/F George Teng Bldg., corner Gozar & J.P. Rizal Sts., Camilmil, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, PH 5200

Email Address: luis.cueto@pia.gov.ph

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