DWSD Programs Work to Reduce Poverty and Improve Socio-Economic Status

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DSWDDWSD Programs work to reduce poverty and improve socio-economic status of the poor. This is what I understood when I had the chance to listen to a discussion with the government agency’s discussions with the members of the social media. As the presentation unfolds, I can’t help but admire the effort to help the Filipino poor. Read on to know why.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino is a DSWD program that targets the health and education of poor households especially the children aged 0 to 14.

Beneficiaries receive Php500 for the family’s nutrition. Meanwhile, a Php300 allowance is given for education. A maximum of 3 children receives educational allowance for each family.

Sustainable Livelihood Program

DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program

DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program works to improve the quality of life of the participants by building their capabilities. Through micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation, the chosen beneficiary can explore opportunities to earn a living.

With the skills training workshops provided by the DSWD Program, participants are equipped and assisted further to ensure success of their chosen path to livelihood.


Kapit-Bisig sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services is a DSWD program that aims to help the community. The project was established to ensure effective delivery of the following:

– Basic social services (schools, day care centers, eg.),
– Basic access to infrastructure (barangay roads, foot bridges, access trails)
– Community production, economic support and common service facilities
– Environmental protection and conservation projects
– Skills training and capability building

Kalahi-CIDDS targets the provinces where the poorest of the poor are found.

A Holistic Approach to Poverty Reduction

DWSD Social Marketing Service Director Joel Espejo
DWSD Social Marketing Service Director Joel Espejo welcomed us at the event

Seeing the coverage of the DSWD programs, it is definitely a holistic approach to poverty reduction and improving the socio-economic status in the Philippines.

I love how the Department of Social Welfare and Development reaches out to every part of an individual’s life. The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program strengthens the family through nutrition and education. The Sustainable Livelihood Program on ensures that the family finds a source of living. While the Kalahi-CIDDS helps the community live a better life and is also well-integrated into the other programs.

Between January to July 2013, 48,525 families became part of the Pantawid Pamilya Program and 57,405 households were served through the micro-enterprise development track. Some 6,500 families were served through the employment track. Also Php388,726,674 were disbursed for the capital seed fund.

The figures above showed how wide and far-reaching the DSWD is in helping our countrymen. With the recent brouhaha with the Pork Barrel, I wondered why the money had to be funneled to those NGOs when there’s a government agency who can really help in alleviating poverty. Well, that’s if they were really doing it to serve the poor.

DSWD Director Rodora T Babaran as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Manager
DSWD Director Rodora T Babaran as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Manager

As the DWSD Programs work to reduce poverty and improve socio-economic status of the poor, I do hope that someday, we will find a better Philippines.

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