Applied Social Accountability at the Community Level

Applied Social Accountability at the Community Level

YEARS: 2013 – 2014
THEME: Local Governance; Public Saftey Nets

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the DSWD is a flagship program of the national government on poverty reduction and social development. It is one of the responses of the Philippine Government to the challenge of meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Recognizing the contribution of social accountability to community development, the 4Ps is designed to encourage active citizenship or social accountability among its beneficiaries. However, as mentioned above, there are major challenges in locating sufficient resources to develop appropriate training programs, conduct the training for each beneficiary group and guide the beneficiaries towards self-reliance, active citizenship and increased productivity.

RECITE proposes to develop the appropriate modules on social accountability and train selected Parent Leaders of the 4Ps program as community facilitators. These trained Parent Leaders (PL Plus) will conduct the FDS Plus for all beneficiary groups within their barangays. Local officials will be engaged to participate and support the project from the start, providing the foundation of sustainable constructive engagement even after the end of the project. The trained Parent Leaders can provide a core group of active citizens with the skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue social accountability and continue to grow the practice at the community level.

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