Designed to encourage and increase the number of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) participating as partners in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will conduct a Regional CSO Caravan at the Royal Mandaya Hotel tomorrow,  June 27, 2013.

DSWD believes that opening spaces and institutionalizing mechanisms for CSO involvement in promoting transparency and accountability is a significant step in enhancing sustaining implementation and monitoring the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. These partnerships will pave the way for a mutual sharing of skills, transfer of technology, and resource augmentation for the partners in any area the CSOs may choose in line with their mandate and capacity.

“The continuing pursuits for new partners through the conduct of CSO Caravan in the region is seen as a key step to explore and initiate critical partnership with different organizations both from civil society and the private sector,” stressed DSWD Regional Director Priscilla Razon.

The said activity will include a gallery walk with panels that exhibit a background on the Pantawid Pamilya program, the different areas of engagement patterned from the Bantay, Gabay, Tulay, at Kaagapay framework. The activity will also include a two-hour program with presentations on the Pantawid Pamilya, its partnership framework, its points of intervention for CSO partner, brief background on the various types of engagements, as well as a commitment ritual to conclude the orientation caravan.

The DSWD with its mandate to provide leadership in social welfare and development, recognizes the vital role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), which includes but is not limited to, non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations, cooperatives, trade unions, professional associations, faith-based organizations, media groups, indigenous peoples organizations, foundations, and other citizen groups formed primarily for social and economic development. CSOs are partners of government in addressing the needs of the disadvantaged poor household beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, through continuing collaboration and complementation of resources and services. DSWD