Set 1 parent leaders of Pantawid Pamilya together with the Municipal Links listen attentively to DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli (center) during her welcome remarks in the Pilot Testing of the Supplemental FDS Modules for Transitioning Beneficiaries
Set 1 parent leaders of Pantawid Pamilya together with the Municipal Links listen attentively to DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli (center) during her welcome remarks in the Pilot Testing of the Supplemental FDS Modules for Transitioning Beneficiaries

Butuan City –Municipal Links and Parent Leaders of Pantawid Pamilya set 1 areas of Surigao del Norte attended the pre-pilot testing of the supplemental FDS Modules for Transitioning Beneficiaries on May 27-31, 2013 at Traveler’s Inn, General Luna, Surigao Del Norte.

The Pantawid Pamilya program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development under its Family Development component has enhanced the Modular Session Guide for Family Development Session (MSG-FDS), now called as “Gabaysa Pagpapaunlad ng Pamilyang Pilipino.” This is a modular tool designed to empower frontline development workers and parent volunteer-leaders to plan, facilitate and manage effectively the family development sessions.

The said modular guide has a Supplemental Module on the Transition Strategy in the implementation of FDS for the beneficiaries who will be graduating from the program.

In her message, Director Minda B. Brigoli of DSWD Caraga, said she hoped that what the beneficiaries learned in five (5) years about the importance of education and health in Pantawid Pamilya through the FDS will be applied and be part of their lives even after Pantawid Pamilya.

Ernestina Z. Solloso, Deputy Project Head of PantawidPamilya Pilipino program also encouraged the set 1 beneficiaries to give more importance to their children’s health and education, She said Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program is just a tool or way to help your families to have a better life.

The four-day workshop was designed to train and pilot-test the Supplemental Module for Transition Strategy for the implementers for the conduct of the FDS. This will strengthen the capacity of Municipal Links and other partners in planning, organizing, and conducting such modules for the graduating beneficiaries.

“Unta mapahuman pa namo ang among mga anak ug mapaeskwela kutob sa college,” said  Marylou P. Gonzaga, one of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries that participated in the workshop shared her sentiments when she knew that set 1 areas will about to end.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is the Philippines’ version of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT).  It has been implemented in Caraga region since 2009 with 24 set 1 areas. ### (Social Marketing Unit)