DSWD activates new anti-poverty umbrella PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 November 2010 00:00

In line with its efforts to reduce poverty incidents in the country, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has activated the so-called Public Private Partnership (PPP) Pathway Out Poverty 1 which will coordinate all the government's anti-poverty strategies.

DSWD Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Juliano-Soliman said that PPP will see to it that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), and Self-Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran (SEA-K) will be used to its most maximum effect.

PPP's first component aims to secure the chronic poor through protective social services with the DSWD providing social welfare services to the most vulnerable sectors of the poor.

In addition, DSWD provides assistance for education and health services through the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, also known as 4Ps.

To complement the CCT, microfinance institutions enhance the capacities of the beneficiaries through financial literacy programs and increase their security levels through microinsurance and savings facilities.

Private sector partners deliver these programs to the beneficiaries through Mutual Benefit Associations (MBAs).

The second component seeks to improve the financial access of the transitional poor through direct support to communities for local development.

The key program that responds to the needs of the transitional poor is the community driven development (CDD), also known as KALAHI-CIDSS.

As the 4Ps program provides assistance to poor households to avail of education and health services, the KALAHI-CIDSS program provides technical and financial assistance to communities for the construction of social infrastructure projects such as potable water systems, footpaths, bridges, roads, health facilities, day care centers and classrooms.

KALAHI-CIDSS sub-projects ensure that the facilities for education and health services are in place. The role of the private sector in this aspect is for skills development, community building and capital augmentation through microfinance.

The third component supports the economically active poor through community driven enterprise development.

The DSWD currently provides technical assistance and non-collateral, non-interest loans to the entrepreneurial poor as part of the Self-Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Program.

The program enables the poor to have access to credit, increase their income, enhance socio-economic skills, and develop positive entrepreneurial values. To support this program, private sector partners complement government initiatives through assistance in the following areas: enterprise development, microfinance, business development services, and market matching.

These three programs are extended to the municipalities and barangays identified through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR).

The PPP Pathway out of Poverty was developed in coordination with PinoyME Foundation, a social investment bank for microfinance institutions and microenterprises in the Philippines.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:36