Bringing programs and services closer to the Filipino families in the Cordilleras. DSWD FO CAR Regional Director Marie C. Aplaten (4 th from
left, 1 st row), and DSWD FO CAR 4Ps Division Chief Fatima D. Floredo (11 th from left, 2 nd row) during the group photo opportunity with the RAC
members and LGU of Tanudan led by Municipal Mayor Hon. Jaedicke Rhoss P. Dagadag during the the 4Ps RAC Meeting and Field Visit in
Tanudan, Kalinga held from May 28 to 31, 2024.


Tanudan, Kalinga—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office (FO) CAR, through its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), held this year’s 2nd Quarter Regional Advisory Council (RAC) Meeting on 28-30 May 2024 to gather stakeholders from the public and private sectors and to foster coordination in enhancing the implementation of the 4Ps program in the region.

DSWD FO CAR Regional Director (RD) Maria C. Aplaten led the 3-day event, which included plenary sessions among RAC members and field visits to the local host community. Commitments from regional line agencies were presented in view of their different programs and services to supplement existing interventions at the same time support the situation of local 4Ps households.

“We are fortunate to be working together with dedicated partners in the public and private sectors as both have a stake in empowering the communities to achieve improved access to services and,” said Dir. Aplaten.

“Undeniably, your valuable support and partnership in the implementation of the 4Ps and other social protection projects of the Department has greatly contributed to improving the lives of the poor and vulnerable,” she added.

For this gathering, the council visited Tanudan as it is the first municipality in the third set of convergence areas. The main criteria considered the number of 4Ps beneficiaries in the area and the municipality’s income classification.

During the field visit, the group conducted separate interviews with educators—in Barangay Upper Lubo Day Care Center, Babbanoy Day Care Center, Brgy. Lower Lubo Day Care Center, Lower Lubo Elementary School, Tanudan National High School in Tanudan, Kalinga as well as healthcare workers in the Barangay Health Station of Barangay Gaang—and discussed issues and concerns experienced and observed on the assistance to 4Ps learners and their adherance to program conditions in the area.

The following regional line agencies/RAC members were present: Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Health (DOH), Commission on Population and Development (CPD), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP); the Provincial Local Government Unit (LGU) of Kalinga; the Municipal LGU of Tanudan; and Civil Society Organization St. Paul University Philippines-Community Development Center Foundation, Inc.

The RAC was established through RA 11310 to identify and propose measures to address pressing needs and challenges in the implementation and monitoring of the 4Ps program in the locality. In RAC meetings, which is held quarterly, RAC members present findings and recommendations to the host community for further collaboration, planning and action among the partners and stakeholders involved. ###DSWD-CAR Social Marketing Unit –Christian Robert M. Sandoval, Information Officer II

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