matugasBUTUAN CITY – Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano Soliman told Surigaonons that DSWD supports the provincial government’s convergence program on social protection services called HEALS, which captures the key convergence areas such as Health, Education and Environment, Agriculture and Aquaculture, Livelihood and Tourism, Spiritual Renewal, Senior Citizens and Social Welfare Security.

According to Secretary Soliman “local government is the road for the services of the national government.” She commended the provincial government of Surigao del Norte headed by Gov. Sol F. Matugas for taking the initiative in framing this convergence strategy in implementing social protection services.


This new effort of the local government of Surigao del Norte (SDN) together with the eight (8) national agencies, Soliman said, poses a challenge not just for SDN but for the whole country in meeting the millennium development goals (MDGs) specifically on education and maternal health.


The presence of the regional and assistant regional directors of partner line agencies is a manifestation of their support to make this convergence strategy work. The eight (8) agencies who signed the Memorandum of Agreement in support to the program include the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Soliman hopes that the fruit of the local and national governments’ concerted efforts is a developed Filipino people and community. # # # (Social Marketing Unit)

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