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Friday, August 19, 2016

DSWD to fund two Bicol state universities on 4Ps research

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 19 (PIA) – The family of Richard and Mercy Susootin of Kabihug Tribe in Barangay Bakal, Paracale Camarines Sur is one of the 6,038 families of Indigenous People (IPs) in Bicol benefitting from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous People (MCCT-IP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“Kung dati po isang beses kami kumakain, minsan kamote lang, ngayon po ay tatlo na. Sobrang laki po na naitulong sa amin ng cash grant, [Before we only eat once a day, sometimes only sweet potato, but now we ate three times. The cash grant is a huge help to us],” Mercy said.

The cash grant is just but one of the components of DSWD’s CCT programs aiming not only to help alleviate poverty but also to empower its beneficiaries to become responsible contributors to nation building.

Thus to further enhance implementation of local CCT programs and help build resilience of 4Ps households to poverty and disasters, the DSWD has allocated support for conduct of mini-studies and research on its CCT programs.

Bicol University and Catanduanes State University were among the 8 universities chosen to be funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to conduct such research.

DSWD is a recipient of the technical assistance from DFAT of which part of the grant amounting Php 4.5 million will be allocated to support studies and research.

Bicol University will receive Php 219,000 for the proposed research entitled “Sustainability of the Expanded Grants-in-aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGPPA)”.

Likewise, Catanduanes State University will study on the “Prevailing Perceptions of LGU’s on the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program: The Catanduanes experience” with a working budget of Php 260, 000.

The Policy Development and Planning Bureau (PDPB) of the DSWD Central Office has earlier called for proposals from public and private state colleges and universities on May 2016. A total of 26 proposals from 11 field offices were shortlisted off which, eight were approved for funding.

The results of the studies will be presented at the National Research Conference to be held on November 14-18, 2016.(MAL/SAA/DSWD5-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571471590962/dswd-to-fund-two-bicol-state-universities-on-4ps-research#sthash.8GG3ZijK.dpuf

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