Davao City  -As part of its External Convergence Strategy with civil society organizations (CSOs) in implementing social protection programs, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will participate in the Ipadama ang Reporma Fair set on Thursday, May 22 in Barangay Lasang here.

Organized by the Koalisyon ng Mamamayan para sa Reporma (KOMPRe), the fair will serve as a one-stop shop for various government frontline services allowing for promotion, information dissemination, access to and availment of services and application/registration to several government procedures.

It aims to make existing reforms felt by as many Filipinos as possible by bringing needed government services closer to communities to help them conveniently access these with proper orientation and guidance, to strengthen the Ipadama ang Reporma campaign messaging, and to share good news and success stories about reform initiatives.

In support to the Ipadama Fair, DSWD will mount an information booth; conduct Pantawid Pamilya Family Development Sessions; provide assistance to individuals in crisis situation such as medical, financial, burial, educational, and food and non-food; and access appropriate services to solo parents and persons with disability.

Pantawid Pamilya parent leaders and other beneficiaries will also share their successful engagement as government program participants.

KOMPRe is a gathering of individuals for transparency and accountability.

It believes that for reforms to succeed and be sustained beyond 2016, the citizenry should engage government by assessing, assisting and proposing progressive policies and programs.

Through this kind of CSO initiative, citizens are fully engaged and empowered through active citizenship framework while coalition building is implemented down to the barangay level. (DSWD)