ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA—The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) hosted an activity dubbed as Partnership Summit to recognize its partners in the implementation of the program last Saturday. Partners from the 72 Local Government Units in Zamboanga Peninsula, national government agencies, private organizations and Civil Society Organizations were convened to highlight the contributions of each unit in the successful implementation of interventions for 4Ps beneficiaries in the region.

The primary goal of this Summit is to highlight the importance of collaboration and coordination in the delivery of programs and services to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. This event aims to showcase the gains of multi-stakeholder partnerships in delivering programs and services to 4Ps beneficiaries. Also, it will serve as a platform to acknowledge the valuable contributions and recognize partners that have demonstrated exemplary practices and innovative approaches in implementing the Program at the local level.

It is high time that the social services and development implementers maximize the impact of their services to public by exploring what a powerful multi-partnership could offer. This Partnership Summit surely will produce innovative ways not just to alleviate the lives of the poor but even more so to empower them to stand on their own.

Prior to this summit, the 4Ps Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) already established a few partnerships to attain the goal of steering its beneficiaries towards self-Sufficiency.

The Social Investment Forum (SIF) whose attendees are members of the RIMC, has recently moved to the Phase 2 of their 1st project, the Trash-to-Cash Project. The third phase will involve the BLGUs and LGUs with the help of the LSWDOs. This project involves the beneficiaries, private institution (SM City Mindpro), BLGUs, and the U.S. Task Force which aims to raise funds for sustainable livelihood from proper waste disposal.

With this summit, the DSWD carries forward a conversation about the role that partnerships play in a healthy, thriving, prosperous, stable society, and how each unit/sector, no matter what agency we work under, can help to steer the path of 4Ps beneficiaries to break the vicious inter-generational cycle of poverty.

“The 4Ps proposed this summit not only to celebrate your commendable works on the ground, but to find ways to sustain, strengthen, and expand it through collaboration. We know that with this extra mile effort, more dreams could come true for the poor families and children,” DSWD Regional Director, Riduan P. Hadjimuddin stated in his message delivered by the Assistant Regional Director Ma. Socorro Macaso.