Seven organizations have formally partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-A in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program through a signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last November 9 in Los Banos, Laguna.
Two of these organizations are academe partners—the Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation in Lucena City and the Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna in Calamba City—that will be helping in the facilitation of the monthly Family Development Sessions (FDS) of the parent-grantees of the Pantawid Pamilya program.
The FDS is a component of the Pantawid Pamilya that teaches topics on strengthening marital relations, children’s rights, disaster preparedness and budget management among others.
The Lyceum of the Philippines Laguna will also be helping in the provision of livelihood and employment to beneficiaries through referral system and skills training.
Other partners include the Operation Smile Philippines Foundation, Inc. for the provision of reconstructive surgery and related healthcare to children with cleft lip and palate and other facial deformities; the REINA Federation of Parents Associations, Inc. and the Yakap sa Kaunlaran ng Bata, Inc. for the advocacy and organization of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children and facilitation of the FDS; the Avon Cosmetics, Inc. for the provision of livelihood programs and employment opportunities for the beneficiaries, and; the Generika Drugstore Los Baños Branch for the provision of discount on medicines and laboratory tests as well as the conduct of health awareness and generic medicine lectures during Pantawid Pamilya FDS.
“We laud the intention of these organizations in partnering in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Our Department greatly needs the help of CSOs so we can successfully help improve the lives of our beneficiaries,” said DSWD IV-A Regional Director Leticia Diokno.
Teresita Coronacion, president of the REINA Federation of Parents Association, shared that they are always open towards helping the government, especially in the implementation of programs for the welfare of the children.
To date, there are 28 CSOs with formal partnership with the Department in the program implementation.
The Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to qualified poor families in support for the needs on health, nutrition and education of children zero to 18 years old.
In the CALABARZON Region, there are 316,281 household-beneficiaries of this program.#