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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Media cited for helping promote transparency in DSWD programs

By Dave G. Malcampo

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here cited the media’s important role in the implementation of the agency’s programs by promoting transparency and ensuring that accurate and essential information is being properly disseminated to the public.

In a media forum held Friday (May 15), DSWD-9 Assistant Regional Director Consejo Usman said “we are very thankful for the media’s support in social welfare programs, and we hope that you continue to help us share information on our programs to the public.”

The DSWD called for the said forum to disseminate the second round of assessment for the Listahanan, a national information management system with a database of poor families.

Director Usman emphasized that the media can help in making the public be aware of the assessment for its smooth implementation.

Listahanan regional focal person Hassan Alfad elaborated that this system makes available to government agencies and other social protection stakeholders the database, which will be a basis in identifying potential beneficiaries of other social protection programs and services.

Regional field coordinator Atty. Ma. Antoinette Lucero, said that the office is in need of 1,778 field workers that will be deployed to the different target areas for the assessment.

Meanwhile, DSWD-9 Information Officer Ivan Salvador said that they would also be launching the Bawal ang Epal Dito campaign, which will need the media’s help in advocating that only the DSWD can de-list Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries who are violating the conditions of the program. “We will need the media’s help in promoting this, we want to ensure the public that politicians cannot use the Pantawid for their own purposes,” Salvador said. (with reports from Rylle Darryll Estrella)