DAVAO CITY (DSWD XI) – The pastors of 24/7 House of Prayer (Davao City Chapter/ Barangay 76-A Chaplaincy) and the Harvest House International Ministries recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at World Palace here.

DSWD Assistant Regional Director for Operations Rebecca A. Santamaria said the agency engages with Civil Society Organizations as vital program partners and takes direction from the framework “Bantay, Gabay, Tulay at Kaagapay” that ensures transparency and capabilities enhancement for the program implementation.

The pastors of 24/7 House of Prayer and Harvest House International Ministries shall collaborate with DSWD in the following areas of Specific Implementation Agreement (SIA) – on ‘Gabay Mechanism for Extending Technical Assistance’ such as: provide non-profit seminars, lectures, symposia and other avenues for the facilitation of values formation and development efforts; offer free counselling and prayers to the council and among marriages, families, youth and individuals selected barangays as part of the barangay’s community service to its constituents; provide and offer assistance in pre-marital, marriage counselling, marriage ceremony and officiating to couple who will seek the same, as part of the barangay’s community service to its constituents; and  support and cooperate on existing livelihood program of the selected barangays, and facilitate income-generating projects by way of arranging trainings, seminars, symposia and lectures.

Moreover, they will actively participate in ‘Kaagapay Anti-Poverty Projects and Activities’ such as:  provide and undertake activities such as  medical and dental missions, feeding programs, free film showings, free bible distributions; offer disaster awareness, preparedness, response and stress de-briefing programs and sessions to the community in line with the programs of DSWD and the Davao City Social Service Development Office (CSSDO).

As of May 2016, DSWD has partnered with 34 CSOs region-wide for provision of specific type of interventions essential for the improvement of the well-being of target beneficiaries.

Pantawid Pamilya has a total of 234,556 households benefiting from the program in 6 cities, 43 municipalities covering all 5 provinces in Davao Region. It also has 29,884 IP households covered under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP). (DSWD)