Life of over 32K households improve under cash transfer program in Central Mindanao

CCT beneficiaries are seen during the registration in Palembang, Sultan Kudarat, November 2011.

KORONADAL, Philippines, March 22 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development reported Wednesday more than 32,000 households in Central Mindanao region can now stand on their own without the government’s assistance under the government’s cash transfer scheme. Naifa Balindong, regional program coordinator for operation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, said based on their latest […]

DSWD, AUSTRALIA inaugurate warehouse in Manila


MANILA, Philippines, March 20 — Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely launched an enhanced humanitarian capacity of DSWD through the new Australian-funded warehouse at the DSWD National Relief Operations Center in Pasay City. The new Warehouse H has a floor area of 720 square meters, and a […]

DSWD to release Rice Subsidy 4Ps Benes


KORONADAL CITY, May 16 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to release rice subsidy in the form of cash amounting to P600.00 per month to the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) starting this March. Around 4.4 million households are expected to receive the additional grant. “Following the […]

DSWD extends aid to families displaced by flooding in Sultan Kudarat town


COTABATO, Nov. 10 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Field Office XII, continues to provide resource augmentation to the local government of Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat to meet the needs of families affected by flooding due to heavy rains in the town that started on November 6. The DSWD has already […]

DSWD to embark on massive feeding program for kids in ARMM


COTABATO CITY, Nov. 3 — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo (above photo, right) joins President Rodrigo R. Duterte (above photo, 2nd from right) at the launching of the Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda (CRDA) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The CRDA is an inter-agency effort to improve ARMM […]

Grade 8 honor student pins hope to CCT

Armelyn Lozada of Tantangan National High School.

TANTANGAN, South Cotabato, April 9 – A grade 8 honor student from this town has one request for President Benigno Aquino – to institutionalize the conditional cash transfer program before the end his term. Armelyn Lozada of Tantangan National High School, said that passing a law for CCT will help students like her to push their […]

DSWD 12 conducts CCT Bill forum

4Ps beneficiaries in North Cotabato

PIKIT, North Cotabato, March 31 – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) conducted Thursday a simultaneous forum about Conditional Cash Transfer Bill here and in General Santos City. Juliet Clavel, regional program coordinator, said the forum, participated by parent leaders, aimed to provide updates to people covered in the program regarding the proposed […]

Envisioned Maguindanao airstrip to service Japanese, Arab traders

Banana 16

TALAYAN, Maguindanao, March 26 2016– Local officials in the fertile, but impoverished town of Talayan in the southern Philippines have unveiled a multi-million peso plan to build an airstrip for easy transport of agricultural products and shifted to Davao Port before shipping abroad. Datu Ali Midtimbang, a former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) turned businessman, […]

Students vocational training commencement exercises in South Cotabato

Students are seen during a commencement exercises for their vocational trainings funded by Department of Social Welfare and Development in Surallah, South Cotabato on February 17, 2016.  On December last year,  the House committee on appropriations has approved the funding provision of a bill seeking to institutionalize the conditional cash transfer  program to cover 60 percent of the country’s extremely poor.


ADB Provides $400 Million to Support Philippines CCT Program


MANILA, PHILIPPINES, February 12 — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $400 million loan to help the Government of the Philippines further expand its flagship conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, which provides regular health and education grants to millions of the country’s poorest households. “The support, which builds on ADB’s initial loan to […]

Rising from poor

Bai Zorahayda T. Taha (L), DSWD 12 regional director, is seen with Johnny Tolentino (R) along with his family during the Pantawid Pamilya day held in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

KORONADAL CITY —“We will hire you as one of our municipal agricultural technicians soon.” Such was a surprising but confusing message from the call of the town’s mayor a month ago to Mr. Johnny Tolentino, a native of Tboli, South Cotabato, after being known as a big-earner in a vegetable gardening enterprise in the locality. […]

Philippines: Moving on in Zamboanga

Around 50 displaced people plant mangroves and clean the Taluksangay coast as part of the cash-for-work scheme. (J.K. Limbaga/ ICRC)

Zamboanga City, in Western Mindanao, is buzzing with life again, two years after armed fighting disrupted many lives. Around 120,000 people were displaced by clashes in Zamboanga in September 2013. Thousands of structures, including many houses, were damaged or destroyed, making life extremely difficult for the affected communities. Though most displaced people have since moved […]

Central Mindanao farmers catch the planting season with FAO assistance

UN FAO_TCP Maguindanao

Maguindanao, 29 July 2015 – Agriculture-dependent families in Maguindanao are still reeling from the residual impact of conflict, drought and flooding that affected the province in succession during the first half of 2015. In order to meet the first cropping season of the year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has […]

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