|Description of Project Outputs
The TA will have four outputs: (i) Development of national policy reforms for social protection; (ii) Formulation and implementation of an action plan for rationalization and coordination of social protection programs; (iii) Capacity development of national and local institutions to support the social protection reform agenda; and (iv) Establishment of a referral system and graduation policy for the poor population.
(i) Development of national policy reforms for social protection. This output will support a comprehensive review of the social protection sector and the policy framework for social protection, and provide recommendations for its improvement. The review will focus on assessing successful and unsuccessful current programs; and provide recommendations for consolidation and rationalization, improving budget allocation and efficiency of social protection spending, and gender mainstreaming.
(ii) Formulation and implementation of an action plan for rationalization and coordination of social protection programs. Based on the review under Output 1, an action plan for rationalization and coordination of social protection programs will be formulated and implemented. The action plan will provide concrete steps and milestones for key activities among identified actors at both national and local levels.
(iii) Capacity development of national and local institutions to support the social protection reform agenda. Capacity development will be provided to enable implementation of the milestones identified in Output 2. This will include targeted training programs, workshops, written materials, and coaching.
(iv) Establishment of a referral system and graduation policy for the poor population. This output will operationalize the rationalization agenda at the beneficiary level. The referral system would involve tracking 4Ps beneficiaries to facilitate their referral to existing project resources for the poorest; strengthen coordination among stand-alone programs; and facilitate graduation of households who have moved out of poverty.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
The TA has engaged a social protection specialist/team leader who is responsible for overall coordination, complemented by resource persons and short-term individual consultants.
Outputs 1 and 2:
The TA has supported dialogue on the development of a framework and strategies whereby DSWD, in concert with other agencies and nongovernment actors can empower CCT households and promote sustainable transition out of poverty (i.e., transition-promotion ). Support to date has included a draft policy paper on transition-promotion, which fed into a TA-supported Brainstorming Workshop to Develop the Transition Framework and Strategies for CCT Beneficiaries on 3-4 October 2012, which included DSWD, AusAID, World Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and UNICEF. The TA also provided inputs to a DSWD-convened Conference on the Philippine Social Protection Agenda (12 April 2013). The TA (in cooperation with AusAID and PIDS) supported the policy brief After Five Years of Pantawid, What Next? Presented to DSWD management on 1 July 2013 and publicly launched at a forum hosted by PIDS on 31 July, the brief proposes (i) extension of CCT beyond the 5-year limit and age 14 cut-off, in part given that high school completion is likely to play a critical role in accessing future economic opportunities; and (ii) linking a broader array of policies and programs to promote CCT beneficiary households' transition out of poverty. The TA has further supported the refinement of DSWD's social welfare and development indicators tool, and a policy paper on defining the near-poor and a policy brief that will guide DSWD int he formulation of its strategic plan for 2015-2019. The TA also supported the formulation of a policy brief along DSWD's vision and mission and its link to the challenges of the "new normal". The working paper was presented in the National Management Development Conference in Jauary 2015 and the corpplan writeshop was held in March 2015.
The TA supported series of activities to support DSWD''s engagement of CSOs as partners for Family Development Sessions (FDS) and the new "FDS Plus". Following successful completion of the initial pilot (involving 9 CSOs in 3 regions), DSWD is planning to replicate/upscale the model nationwide, and the TA will provide support for technical aspects and experience-sharing. The TA also supported 2 rounds of orientation for senior officials from DSWD''s ExeComm and ManComm in November 2012, aimed at demystifying rigorous impact evaluation methodologies for use in assessing CCT and other poverty-related programs. The TA has also supported capacity development for DSWD and partners in (i) the use of the newly updated social welfare and development indicators tool (iii) national communications planning for the expansion of Pantawid Pamilya (iii) implementation of the new FDS module for high school students and (iv) impact evaluation. A capacity building seminar on regression discontinuity design was also provided to DSWD.
Complementing support for macro-level policy reforms and action plans (outputs 1 and 2) and related capacity building (output 3), output 4 aims at operationalizing the social protection reform agenda at the grassroots level. This includes developing operational mechanisms for transition-promotion (encompassing referral and what was formerly termed graduation ) and development of guidelines for Municipal Transition Planning.