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East Asia & Pacific
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Republic of the Philippines

What role can social protection play in responding to humanitarian emergencies?

Refugee camp, Rwanda (2006) Photo credit: Elisa Finocchiaro, Flickr
What role can social protection play in responding to humanitarian emergencies? The webinar, titled What role can social protection play in responding to humanitarian emergencies , presented the findings concerning social protection systems and crisis management in Pakistan, Mozambique, Mali, the Sahel, Philippines and Lesotho. The event took place on the 11 January 2018, and focused on themes surrounding shock responsive systems and social assistance. The webinar was hosted by socialprotection.org and organised by Oxford Policy Management (OPM), in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Cash Learning Partnership (CALp) and the National Institute of Psychical Health (INASP). The webinar was moderated by Sarah Bailey (Research...Read more

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here has released some PHP10.53 million worth of emergency shelter assistance (ESA) to those whose houses were either partially or totally damaged during the onslaught of monsoon rains triggered by Typhoons Henry, Inday and Josie last July. DSWD Regional Director Gemma Gabuya, in an interview on Friday, said the payout of the ESA was successfully done this week in six of the seven provinces of Central Luzon.

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The Philippines Sustainable Livelihood Programme: Performance, opportunities and recommendations

Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines
Social protection schemes are considered a successful instrument to reduce poverty in most countries. In the Philippines, the importance of a social protection system to build resilience among Filipinos is emphasised in the 2017-2022 Philippine Development Plan (PDP). Since 2011, the Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has focused on providing opportunities for income generating activities and livelihood development through the implementation of the Sustainable Livelihood Programme (SLP). The SLP is linked to the country’s conditional cash transfer scheme, known locally as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programme, or 4Ps. The 4Ps has one of the most comprehensive poverty targeting databases in the world and benefits about 20% of the population, catering to...Read more
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Social protection finally catches up with Borongan's 1,000 beneficiaries of the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) or LISTAHANAN. More than 1,000 Borongan poor not included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) nor social pension are being enrolled at the Land Bank of the Philippines today. They will be getting their cash from the ATMs. Members of the LISTAHANAN are poor families that need social protection, and are not members of the 4Ps nor social pensioners.

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Almost a year after the liberation of Marawi City from the hands of terrorists, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to help families displaced by the siege to rise and rebuild their lives. Just recently, another batch of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the city who lost their homes and means of livelihood during the siege has received livelihood assistance under the Department’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

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Integrating the Graduation Approach with Government Social Protection and Employment Generation Programs: Sharing experiences from Asia and Africa

Amina, a graduate of the ultra poor programme and now an entrepreneur with three small businesses. Photo credit: BRAC World, 2014.
The ‘ SPEC Webinar 8 - Integrating the Graduation Approach with Government Social Protection and Employment Generation Programs: Sharing experiences from Asia and Africa ’ took place on 27 September 2018. Graduation programmes blend together elements of social protection, livelihood promotion, financial inclusion, and social empowerment - each of which tackles separate aspects of extreme poverty. Backed by independent research and adapted in more than 40 countries, the typically two year time-bound approach has helped extreme poor households build resilience to shocks while placing them on an upward trajectory out of poverty into sustainable livelihoods. The webinar presented examples of how governments globally are integrating the graduation approach into their social...Read more

On October 22, IPA will host a dissemination event titled: "Addressing Child Labor through Livelihood Promotion: An Impact Evaluation of the Department of Labor and Employment's Livelihood Assistance to Parents of Child Laborers". Dr. Eric Edmonds will present the results of his and Dr. Caroline Theoharides' evaluation of the Department of Labor and Employment's livelihood assistance to parents of child laborers.

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A new study on children in the Philippines shows there's still a long way to go in terms of meeting the needs of children in the country, especially kids in Muslim Mindanao. "Majority of Filipinos are already experiencing the effect of better economy, but there are millions of Filipino children who are left behind," said Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines representative, at the launch of the UNICEF and the Philippine government's study "Situation Analysis of Children in the Philippines," on Tuesday. 

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A bicameral conference committee composed of lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives approved the bill seeking to grant extended maternity leave to both government and private sector employees on Monday, October 1. The reconciled version of the bill provides 105 days of maternity leave to all working mothers. Of this number, 7 days are transferable to fathers in what is called a "daddy quota." An additional 15 days are also given to solo working mothers for a total of 120 days of paid maternity leave.

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