By Jennifer C. Tilos
The Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) here has established a baseline data to determine the contributory factors why some recipients of Pantawid Pamilya program still remain poor.
Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Link Asela Bella Tse said the gathering of information is very important to set up a baseline data to pinpoint the actual reasons why they are still poor or waht are the causes of poverty so that we can identify the appropriate interventions.
Under Pantawid program, the province has more or less 65,000 household-beneficiaries
The Pantawid intends to keep the poor children in school or continue schooling, however, based on records some 22, 231 children have not continued schooling or are always absent, thus, have not complied with the conditions on 85 percent required attendance in school, said Tse.
The data also showed that 936 children are working as house or farm helpers even at their young age and 56 taking care of their young siblings.
It is also recorded that 35 kids get pregnant early and 30 are living-in as husband and wife.
Some 908 children listed, have discontinued or stopped schooling due to distance of the schools from their house.
The top reasons for discontinuing schooling, Tse said some children walked four hours going up and down hills to reach the school that made them too tiresome or difficult to continue schooling.
With this, the DSWD enhances convergence strategies among national government agencies and local government units to address some challenges for poverty alleviation and social protection in the province.
In a convergence meeting, Tse said with the data available as evidence, it is possible to provide policy or implement projects of different convergence initiatives to address poverty in the province.
For now some LGUs have started the interventions especially on the sanitation advocacy to provide access of sanitary toilet in each household like Mabinay, Manjuyod, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad, Siaton, Tanjay City, and Pamplona, said Tse.
The rest are stepping up to be zero open defecation to address health problems and reduce medical expenses among the households.
Tse said poverty is a complex challenge that needs convergence strategies to improve the well-being of the people in the province.