In line with the observation of this year’s Family Week which falls on the last week of September, the DSWD will bring together 100 Pantawid families to celebrate the successes, resiliency, and unity of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries. The culminating event of the Family Week celebration will be held on September 30, 2018 at the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College Gynmasium.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Nagsusumikap. Nagtutulungan. Nagtatagumpay.”

“In the past 10 years of implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, we have seen and witnessed the resiliency of the poor Filipino families in the hardships that they have gone through in life. In our celebration of the Family Day, we will recognize these families and we will create an avenue where they can bond as a family, develop their relationship and closeness, and have fun while upholding the essence of Pantawid Pamilya,” Regional Program Coordinator, Flordeliza A. Atuy said.

Various activities and services will be offered for the beneficiaries during the Family Day like medical services in partnership with the Department of Health, haircut and makeover services to boost the confidence of the clients, massage services, face painting for the kids, and many more.

Following this event, the national program management office will also celebrate a family day through the conduct of the national search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya in Metro Manila which will gather all regional Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya winners across the country.

Other than the Pantawid beneficiaries, this celebration will also recognize the never-ending support of the families of the DSWD employees that serves as inspiration that drives and motivates them to work harder and deliver services to the poor and the needy.

This celebration is also in line with the national theme “Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag, at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino.”

NGAs, LGUs, CSOs, and other stakeholders are enjoined to celebrate the national family week from September 24 to 28, 2018.

Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-18 and pregnant women. Program beneficiaries receive cash grants as they comply with the program conditions applicable to their households. The conditions are: pregnant women must avail pre and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by a trained health professional; parents must attend Family Development Sessions (FDS); 0-5 years old children must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; 6-14 years old children must receive deworming pills twice a year; and children beneficiaries (0-18 years old) must enroll in school and maintain a class attendance of at least 85% per month. As of May 2018, there are 4.39 million active households in the program nationwide.