Philippines: Support for Social Protection Reform (formerly MDG Acceleration and Poverty Reduction)

Sovereign Project | 43263-012 Status: Active


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Project Name Support for Social Protection Reform (formerly MDG Acceleration and Poverty Reduction)
Project Number 43263-012
Country Philippines
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7733-PHI: Support for Social Protection Reform (formerly MDG Acceleration and Poverty Reduction)
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.40 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Pre-primary and primary

Health - Health insurance and subsidized health programs - Health system development

Public sector management - Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The TA's completion was extended until January 2016. A TA completion report is being prepared and is expected to show that the TA has achieve outcome-level targets.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The TA engaged a social protection specialist/team leader who was 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 also supported DSWD in the development of modules for the youth development sessions as well as FDS modules for IPs.

As a culminating activity of the TA, ADB supported an international conference organized by DSWD (Sustaining the Gains on CCT Implementation) held in ADB on 12-13 January 2016.

Output 3:

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.

Output 4:

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.

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Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design TA design involved dialogue with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other agencies, international development partners, and members of academia, including during the process of designing a social protection-related loan and 2 other TAs (approved earlier in 2010). Development of this package of support included field visits and discussions in selected poor communities to assess needs and gaps in existing systems.
During Project Implementation Dialogue with such stakeholders has continued during project implementation, particularly through public forums. Development and implementation of the pilot on CSO engagement as partners in FDS has involved substantial CSO engagement, both under this TA as well as TA 7586 (which assisted DSWD in exploring partnerships with CSOs under Pantawid Pamilya's Grievance Redress System). Ongoing work to develop a "transition-promotion" (municipal transition planning) framework and strategy has involved substantial stakeholder consultation and participation.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services A team of international specialists (1 expert inputting 20 person-months) and national experts (12 person-months total), supported by ADB, recruited using individual consultant selection in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time) supports DSWD in the development of a general framework and work plan for the TA and direct implementation of outputs 1, 2 and 4. The Social Protection Specialist, who acts as the team leader for the TA, has already been mobilized.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Karin Schelzig
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Department of Social Welfare and Development
Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Secretary
Batasan Pambansa Complex Constitution Hills, Quezon City Philippines


Concept Clearance 09 Aug 2010
Fact Finding 13 Apr 2010 to 26 Apr 2010
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 17 Apr 2010
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2016

TA 7733-PHI

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2010 12 Jan 2011 12 Jan 2011 31 Jan 2013 31 Jan 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,400,000.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,700,000.00 13 Dec 2010 1,048,599.40

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