July 23, 2024

TANUDAN, Kalinga – The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera through the Pantawid Pamil-yang Pilipino Program (4Ps), concluded on May 28 to 30 the 2nd quarter Regional Advisory Council (RAC) meeting that aimed to gather stakeholders from the public and private sectors and to foster coordination in enhancing the implementation of the 4Ps program in the region.

DSWD-Cordillera Director Maria C. Aplaten led the event, which inclu-ded plenary sessions among RAC members and field visits to the host community.

Commitments from regional line agencies to supplement government interventions to support 4Ps households were presented.

“We are fortunate to be working with dedicated partners in the public and private sectors as both have a stake in empowering the communities to achieve improved access to services,” Aplaten said.

The RAC visited Tanudan as it is the first municipality in the third set of convergence areas. The main criteria considered the number of 4Ps beneficiaries in the area is the municipality’s income  classification.

During the field visit, the group conducted separate interviews with educators in Barangay Upper Lubo Day Care Center, Babbanoy Day Care Center, Lower Lubo Day Care Center, Lower Lubo Elementary School, Tanudan National High School, as well as healthcare workers in the Barangay Health Station of Gaang.

They discussed issues and concerns experienced and observed on the assistance to 4Ps learners and their adherence to program conditions in the area.

Line agencies that attended the field visit were the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Health, Commission on Population and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Department of Science and Technology, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Agricultural Training Institute, Department of Agriculture, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

Also present were the departments of Environment and Natural Resources, Public Works and Highways, and Trade and Industry; Philippine National Police; Bureau of Fire Protection; the provincial government of Kalinga; the municipal government of Tanudan; and civil society organization St. Paul University Philippines-Community Development Center Foundation, Inc. – Christian Robert M. Sandoval