PGMA takes closer look at National Social Welfare Program

July 6, 2009 9:16 am 

MANILA, July 6 — An assessment of the country’s social welfare policy programs and domestic as well as international trends and scenarios likely to impact on social security, among others, will be presented to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo tomorrow (Tuesday, July 7) at the close of the two-day Strategic Conference on Social Welfare and Protection.

Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral will present the summary of the assessment which is expected to give impetus to the national social welfare program and fulfill the Arroyo administration’s commitment under the social reform agenda.

The Strategic Conference, which opened Monday at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, aims to strengthen existing social welfare projects and programs, generate multi-stakeholder commitment, and create a framework for greater social cohesion among governments, business, international, and civil society organizations.

National Social Welfare Program Chair Romulo Neri bared that plenary sessions on the perspectives of the government, non-government, think tanks and international organizations on social welfare and protection were held today.

The participants assessed the Philippine social welfare policy and programs, domestic and international trends and scenarios likely to impact on the country’s social security, best practices/country experiences on social welfare, and policy reforms and other necessary measures.

In July last year, the President signed Administrative Orders 232 and 232-A, setting in motion a strategy that will address the impact of the current global economic slump fueled by rising energy costs, especially to the poor.

Thus, the existing programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Government Service Insurance System, Social Security System, and the Department of Labor and Employment and other agencies concerned on social welfare were clustered together to form a national social welfare program. (PNA)

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