Davao City – To highlight the milestone in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a Recognition Ceremony – dubbed Pagtatapos Nyo, Tagumpay ng Pilipino will be held at the DSWD Regional Office on April 17, Friday.

Some 13,756 Pantawid Pamilya students in the region graduated from high school this year. At least 100 of them will join the regional recognition day come Friday afternoon.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that having Pantawid Pamilya high school graduates is one positive offshoot of the government’s investment to the health and education of poor children and their families. She added that allowing the children to finish high school will give them the chance of employability — in return they (the graduates who got employed) can help their family break the repeated cycle of poverty.

“The half-day activity aims to recognize the graduating beneficiaries for their efforts in successfully fulfilling another stage in their academic life. In this event, exemplary graduates from all four provinces will be sharing their experiences to inspire their fellow beneficiaries to value education,” said DSWD XI Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program that provides cash assistance to families with children 0-18 years old that religiously comply with specific conditions of sending children to school, keeping them healthy, and parents attending the monthly Family Development Session (FDS).

A total 333,673 Pantawid Pamilya high school students nationwide graduated this year. About 106,021 of these students are from Mindanao.

Meanwhile, DSWD will launch the Listahanan 2nd Round Household Assessment on Friday morning at Grand Menseng Hotel. Listahanan advocacy stickers and grievance hotlines tarpaulins will also be launched. DSWD