Davao City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development will convene 53 Local information Officers from all over Region XI for a Partners’ Forum at Grand Men Seng Hotel on March 31 – April 1, 2016 to provide updates and highlights on the implementation of its programs and services.

This Partners’ Forum aims to discuss and respond to concerns on the Core Programs of the Department – the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Sustainable Livelihood Program and KALAHI-NCDDP, as well as, the Listahanan (formerly known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction) and the Convergence Strategy.

Further, DSWD technical persons will also provide updates on other equally significant social protection programs and services of the department – the Rehabilitation Centers and Institutions, Legal Adoption Program, Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons, Programs for Victims of Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) and Persons with Disability, Social Pension, Supplementary Feeding, and Disaster Response.

“We will respond to concerns regarding these programs and services and try to find ways on how we can harmonize and work hand-in-hand to maximize our efforts in uplifting the lives of the people we serve through a unified advocacy undertaking,” said DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.

“In coordination with Philippine Information Agency, this is the fourth year that we are conducting the Partners’ Forum for all our information officers based in the city, province and municipality throughout the region. The information officers are our local counterpart in disseminating information to the publics that their government works for the people,” Director Jabagat added. (DSWD)