DSWD7 eyes bigger Pantawid Pamilya Inter-Agency Convergence Caravan
Following the success of the first Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Inter-agency Convergence Caravan, spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII, more government agencies have expressed interest to join the succeeding events.
It can be recalled that 10 government agencies converged last June 11, 2015 in Madridejos, Cebu to join the first-leg of the Inter-agency Convergence Caravan that was organized to bring the services of the government closer to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.
DSWD7 regional director Mercedita P. Jabagat disclosed that aside from the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries other stakeholders have also benefited from the caravan. “We initially targeted some 300 partner-beneficiaries in Madridejos to avail of the offered services during the caravan but more than 500 came because the event was open to the public.”
Madridejos Mayor Salvador dela Fuente for his part warmly welcomed the activity as his constituents availed of the different services offered by the participating government agencies.
“The conduct of the caravan is one of the agreed initiatives during the 9th Regional Directors Conference Workshop (RDCW). The said activity was aimed to strengthen the partnership between DSWD and the different government agencies that are helping in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilya,” said Jabagat.
The second-leg of the caravan on August 26, 2015 was hosted by the local government unit of San Francisco in Camotes Island, Cebu.
Among the participating partners include Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Trade and Industry, National Nutrition Council, Population Commission, Young Life Foundation and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority that will hold demo’s on bread making and small engine repair during the caravan. ### (Phoebe Jen Indino-Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer)