CAGAYAN VALLEY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 2 (DSWD FO2) has initiated an effort to strengthen support and collaboration with Local Government Units (LGUs) through the launching of TAPAT (Tulong Angkop sa PAnTawid), a functionality assessment tool designed to evaluate the performance of LGUs across the region in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang

Pilipino Program (4Ps).

As part of the pilot phase, all LGUs in the 87 municipalities and cities spanning the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino have participated in the TAPAT validation. This comprehensive assessment delves into various aspects of LGUs’ capacity and performance in supporting 4Ps initiatives.

The TAPAT validation tool introduces 10 indicators that gauge the compliance of LGUs with their stipulated roles and responsibilities outlined in the signed Memorandum of Agreements/Specific Implementation Agreements and respective Executive Orders, with which key evaluation areas include administrative support to the program, program implementation support, and logistical support.

Regional Director Lucia Alan emphasized that, “by implementing TAPAT, we aim to identify areas for improvement and provide targeted assistance to LGUs to enhance their support for 4Ps implementation and ultimately, to enhance service delivery for our beneficiaries.”

Conducted by the Regional Assessment Team, comprised of staff from the 4Ps Regional Program Management Office and the Provincial Operations Offices, the assessment transpired from February 19-23, 26-27, 2024.

LGUs will be graded based on compliance with the indicators, receiving an adjectival rating of Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 functionality, with Level 3 signifying the highest degree of compliance and effectiveness.

The team was headed by the 4Ps Division Chief Vicenta Pamittan and Institutional Partnership Development Officers Bryan Jun Allayban, Sophia Darsie Pasion and Rysher Tatyana Guzman.