DSWD ‘Caminada Contra Pobresa’ fun walk set today PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 January 2012 15:56

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office-9 is set to conduct a Family Fun Walk dubbed “Caminada Contra Pobresa” today at 6 a.m. starting from R.T. Lim Blvd. and to finish off at Paseo del Mar.

The activity aims to create awareness on the department’s serious efforts against poverty and enjoin the public’s support to the poverty-reduction programs being implemented by the government such as the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps).

“We are celebrating our 61st anniversary this month, and in line with the department’s mandate and mission and goals,  we are appealing for the support of the general public to partner with us in our efforts especially towards poverty considering the scale of the problem,” said Ms Zenaida Arevalo, DSWD Asst. Regional Director.  “The “Tatsulo” strategy which converges the 3 core poverty-reduction programs of the department was designed to ensure that target families are assisted in all basic aspects that will propel them from a survival mode to being self-sufficient individuals or families,” Arevalo added.

She cited the advantages and accomplishments of the partnerships that DSWD has entered into with CSOs, NGOs, academe and volunteers who have become partners as bantay (guards against malpractices/corruption practices), gabay (extends technical assistance), tulay (facilitates feedback and monitoring) and kaagapay (provides livelihood assistance) and  stressed that more can be done if the people and the institutions work as one.  DSWD’s 3 core programs include Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Kalahi-CIDSS and SEA-K or Self-Employment Assistance for Kaunlaran. 

Together with their families, the DSWD staff shall march from RT Lim Blvd to Alejo alvarez then right to San Jose Extension to Climaco Avenue, then Valderosa St. straight to Paseo del Mar where a dancexercise  or “Hataw” shall follow.

As this year’s anniversary theme suggests, tuloy-tuloy sa kaunlaran,  DSWD with its committed and dedicated staff,  will continually uphold that passion in assisting the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable  until they become self-sufficient and empowered and with improved quality of lives.