KORONADAL CITY, April 17 – Ranking officials of Department of Social Welfare and Development in Manila led by Secretary Judy Taguiwalo are expected to visit Central Mindanao Tuesday to inspect anti-poor programs under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administration.

DSWD 12 regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha reported Monday that Secretary Taguiwalo will be checking beneficiaries of government programs along with other representatives from partner agencies implemented in the town of Malapatan, Sarangani.

“To strengthen operational mechanisms and institutional arrangements among partner agencies, the visit of the National Advisory Committee with its Technical Working Group is conducted twice a year.  It aims to provide venue for the committees to discuss Pantawid Program implementation issues/concerns and identify corresponding policy recommendations and operational improvements, including the convergence with partner agencies,” Director Taha said.

Taha’s CCT program coordinator for operation, Naifah Balindong, said the field visit until April 21will focus on the transition of exiting beneficiaries and on implementation concerns of children beneficiaries enrolled in senior high school.

“At the end of the Field Visit, the NAC and NAC-TWG participants are expected to Gain better appreciation of program implementation of the Pantawid Pamilya, including other programs of the department, with particular attention to the transition of exiting beneficiaries,” Balindong said.

Taha said Secretary Taguiwalo’s team will also monitor implementation progress and impact of the program.

Under its conditions, the CCT allocates grants P500 to P1, 400 for each beneficiary household, depending on the number of eligible children. Each family is allowed a maximum of three children to receive the monthly benefits.

It calls children aged 3 to 18 to stay in school and maintain class attendance of at least 85 percent each month. Pregnant women are also required to avail pre- and post-natal care, and delivery must be assisted by skilled health personnel, while parents are mandatory to take “family development sessions” to enable them to become better parents. (End)