DAVAO CITY – Around 500 Department of Education (DepEd) partners of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are convening in a series of consultations from March until April 2014.

Provincial meetings have been slated March 20 for Davao del Sur, March 25 for Davao City, March 31 for Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, and April 3 for Davao del Norte.

The activity aims to provide updates on the implementation status and development of the program in the respective provinces, as well as identify gaps and issues and propose strategic actions to appropriately address these gaps.

“The DSWD is now embracing the challenge of the new normal. We, as stakeholders of the program, have equal take on responding to these new challenges. By working together, no poor family will be left behind,” said Araceli M. Layog, Regional Program Coordinator for Pantawid Pamilya.

Pantawid Pamilya has three operational systems – the Beneficiary Data Management System (BDMD), Compliance Verification System (CVS) and the Grievance Redress System (GRS).

The BDMD corrects and updates household information and status. The CVS, on the other hand, monitors the beneficiaries’ compliance to conditions, while, the GRS responds to complaints, issues and concerns relative to program implementation.

These three systems work hand-in-hand to ensure the smooth implementation of Pantawid Pamilya in the region.

Pantawid Pamilya has been keeping children in school and families healthy since its onset in 2008. At present, Davao Region has 194,789 household beneficiaries in all 4 provinces, 6 cities, 43 municipalities covering 2,217 barangays. (DSWD)