DSWD affirms resolve to reduce poverty by 14 percent until 2022

Published January 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) vowed on Tuesday, January 21 to continuously join hands with other government agencies and stakeholders and ensure that the poverty incidence will be reduced by 14 percent in 2022.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (MANILA BULLETIN)

The agency made the commitment, as it welcomed the latest results of the Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan survey showing an 85 percent approval rating on the DSWD’s performance.

“For this year, the Department continues its efforts of converging with different government agencies and stakeholders to win the battle of reducing poverty incidence to 14 percent by 2022,” it said in a statement.

According to the Ulat ng Bayan survey, which was conducted from December 3 to 8, 2019, DSWD and the Department of Education (DepEd) were named as the top performers among all government agencies.

The DSWD attributed its 85-percent approval rating “to the prompt and compassionate delivery of its social protection programs.”

“This also means that the programs and services of the Department have a trickle-down effect and are being felt, especially by those in the grassroots level,” it said.

Among the social protection programs implemented by the DSWD are the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, and the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program.

The Department described its high performance rating as “a concrete manifestation” of the NEDA’s recognition that the agency’s social protection programs, which contributed to the reduction of poverty incidence from 23.3 percent in 2015 to 16.6 percent in 2018.

“Recognizing the performance of DSWD in delivering social protections programs that contribute to the reduction of poverty is an affirmation that its efforts to improve the lives of the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable Filipinos are gaining traction,” it said.

The Department cited that improving the well-being of poor families is among its thrust and priorities this year.

It said its thrusts and priorities “are consistent with the Philippine Development Plan and which support the priority agenda of the administration of reducing poverty and empowering the poor and vulnerable sectors.”