DSWD FO2’s delegates, Ailene Gannaban (center in black) and Elizabeth Nueva (in pink and green) receive their plaque of recognition during the Pantawid Partnership Summit.

Makati City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 2 (DSWD-FO2) recently participated in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) National Partnership Summit held at AIM SGV Conference Hall, Makati City on May 27, 2019.

With the theme “Isang Dekada ng Pantawid Pamilya: Pagpupugay, Pagpapatibay at Pagsusulong”, the summit aimed to recognize the efforts and services of partner stakeholders from the school and health facilities as well as the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices (C/MSWDOs) for their significant contributions in the smooth implementation of the program.

Ailene has been with the learning institution since 2010 and acting as the Pantawid Focal since 2011.

Regional Best Focal for Education, Ms. Ailene Gannaban, is a guidance counsellor from Solana Fresh Water Fishery School. Her innovation on a comprehensive monitoring tool alerts her before a student falls below 85% of the attendance requirement. She has further introduced a series of rehabilitative programs for students with high risk of dropping out and has encouraged students to maintain a support group for each other.

Gannaban was accompanied by Ms. Haydee Canapi, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) of Solana, Cagayan.

The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Solana meanwhile has been very supportive of the program, providing valuable logistic support to its Municipal Action Team (MAT) as well as assistance in the monitoring and guiding of over 3,700 4Ps households in the municipality.

Elizabeth Nueva, on the other hand, is the field office’s Regional Best Focal for Health. She is a midwife under the Municipal Health Office of Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. A health professional, she has strongly advocated for reproductive health and responsible parenting, going as far as conducting home visits to 4Ps beneficiaries just to ensure that pregnant beneficiaries receive prenatal care.

Accompanying her is MSWDO Lyn Lapitan of Solano, Nueva Vizcaya, who, together with the chief executive of the municipality, has implemented livelihood and other income-generating projects that cater to the majority of the 815 households of the municipality. ###