The roll out on the conduct of family development sessions(FDS) to civil society organizations (CSO’s) for all Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) beneficiaries, the flagship anti- poverty program of the Aquino administration has been piloted in three(3) regions in the country, regions 1, NCR and CARAGA. Family Development Sessions (FDS) is a very crucial component of the 4P’s as this aims to sustain the gains of the program in the long run by strengthening families through learning sessions dealing with practical life skills and more active and responsible community involvement. Due to the massive implementation of the program, covering all municipalities and cities nationwide, the participation of NGO’s has thus become indispensable in the delivery of this very critical program component. To assist NGO’s become more capable in this partnership, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) a partner of government through the DSWD in this poverty alleviation program is directly supporting the CSO engagement or roll-out.
Thus, a pilot engagement was undertaken simultaneously for a period of one month, which officially started on July 24, 2012 through a formal signing of a memorandum of agreements in each region earlier mentioned. After this pilot run, DSWD hopes to roll out the conduct of FDS to CSO’s on a nationwide scale.
For region 1, Molte Aries International Foundation, Inc. was one of the four NGO’s chosen through strict evaluation criteria set by the national program office and ADB to participate in the pilot run. In fact it is the only one from the province of La Union, the three others are, one from Ilocos Sur and two from Pangasinan.
Its approved pilot engagement areas are in five (5) barangays of the city, Namtutan, Dallangayan Este, Dallangayan Oeste, Mameltac and Saoay consisting a total of 194 beneficiaries. They were given a series of three one and a half hours sessions each on the prescribed topics dealing on the important roles of families in community development and how active participation and involvement becomes a very potent force in the development of their communities. Some pictures of the engagement…..