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East Asia & Pacific
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PH
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PHL
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Asia
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Republic of the Philippines

A total of 35,533 families displaced by the war in Marawi City received money from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to fund their own small businesses.

On Wednesday, January 23, Social Welfare Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan told the House subcommittee on Marawi rehabilitation that they have provided P20,000 each to 31,467 families, while another 4,066 families received P10,000 each as of December 31, 2018.

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

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law mandating free access to technical-vocational education in order to address job-skills mismatch and unemployment in the country. Duterte signed Republic Act 11230 or the Tulong-Trabaho Act on February 22. The law orders the creation of the Tulong-Trabaho Fund that will grant qualified recipients access to Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs through the full payment of the selected programs' training fees and additional  financial assistance such as transportation allowance and laboratory fees.

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MANILA – The Expanded Maternity Leave law, which was signed into law last Feb. 20, is expected to cost the Social Security System (SSS) an additional P7.5 billion in benefits. In a briefing, SSS president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Emmanuel Dooc said this amount is on top of the PHP6 billion in maternity benefits disbursed in 2017. Some 289,000 SSS members received maternity benefit in 2017.

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After more than six years of intense campaigning and lobbying by IndustriALL affiliated unions, women workers’ in the Philippines will now benefit from increased paid maternity leave, as a new law comes into force. Women workers and unions celebrate as Philippines’ President gave the final push on 21 February to a Senate Bill extending maternity leave in the country.

 

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MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte signed the expanded maternity leave bill into law, Malacañang said Thursday.

The law extends paid maternity leave to 105 days from the current 60, with an option to extend for 30 days without pay. Under the law, employees who are solo parents should also be granted an additional 15 days of paid maternity leave.

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To help meet short-term consumption needs while fostering investment in human capital to help break the intergenerational transmission of poverty, the Philippines launched a conditional cash transfer (CCT) program in early 2008. This study represents a first step toward rigorously documenting the causal impact of the CCT program, focusing on school enrollment from a small selective sample survey. Primarily for illustrative purposes, the study concentrated on areas where education outcomes were low before the intervention, to determine the impact on marginalized areas.

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President Rodrigo Duterte has expanded leave benefits for working new mothers, a move that could bring more women to the workforce in a nation with the least female participation in Southeast Asia.

A new law has increased paid maternity leave to 105 days from 60, of which seven can be given to fathers, Senator Risa Hontiveros, one of the measure’s main proponents, said in a statement on Thursday. Single mothers will get additional 15 days.

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This note focuses on the way in which the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) conditional cash transfer (CCT) program and the national household targeting system for poverty reduction, Listahanan, were used by DSWD, and leveraged by humanitarian agencies, in response to super-Typhoon Yolanda (November, 2013).

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Workfare programs are social protection instruments used by governments to address the lack of jobs or inadequate incomes among the poor. In the Philippines, they are the largest public employment programs of the government. Despite this, there is very little understanding on how these programs actually work and whether or not they reach the intended beneficiaries. Synthesis of experience is limited and program data is inadequate, which altogether constrain the analytical work on this area.

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