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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

Distressed overseas Filipinos and their children may continue to seek assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its attachés deployed in countries with a large concentration of Filipino workers. DSWD attachés are currently deployed in Malaysia, Kuwait, Qatar, Hongkong, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

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A total of P7.836 million in humanitarian aid from the European Union (EU) will reach 15,000 people affected by Tropical Depression “Usman,” the organization said on Thursday.

In a statement, the EU said it will allocate 130,000 euros (P7.836 million) in humanitarian funding “to bring life-saving assistance to the most affected families” particularly those in the most affected areas in the provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur in the Bicol Region.

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Governments in low and middle-income countries are increasingly investing in social protection, and also address many of their own people’s ‘humanitarian’ needs themselves. For their international partners, who may have an important role in filling gaps when household needs exceed national capacity to meet them, support for the strengthening of national systems, combined with a shift from short-run to more durable approaches, is becoming a unifying framework for assistance.

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This Note chronicles the Philippine’s experience in undertaking a national household targeting system—Listahanan—which has had two rounds of implementation since developed in 2007. Besides the main operational features of the system, the data used, enhancements made in the 2015 round, the Note also highlights the process as well as key decisions that were made in selecting the final technical design of both rounds that allow the system to identify and locate poor households across the Philippines.

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continued to assist individuals affected by Tropical Depression Usman, as it also monitored the situation of residents in Davao Oriental where a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck on December 29.

In a statement Sunday, December 30, the DSWD said assistance to individuals affected by Usman came in the form of food packs provided to stranded passengers in several sea ports.

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The healthcare and education impacts of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programme

Cash transfers represent a foundational approach to social protection. Unconditional cash transfers have proven to be successful in improving socioeconomic outcomes for recipients. However, there is evidence that in certain contexts, targeted conditional cash transfer programmes can be more effective at achieving an impact. The Philippine conditional cash transfer programme: Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programme (4Ps) represents a successful example of this targeted approach, most notably in its impact on health care. Here, cash is received on the condition of healthcare and education expenditure (Fernandes and Olfindo, 2011). Conditional versus unconditional cash transfers Conditionality is a determinant element of social protection programme design. Unconditional cash...Read more

Retiree pensioners in the province may now avail of the new financial assistance program of the Social Security System (SSS).

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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