The Mindanao Convergence of NGOs for Social Protection (MinCoNSP)

The Mindanao Convergence of NGOs for Social Protection (MinCoNSP)

In November 2012, seven NGOs operating in Region XII decided to group together as the “Mindanao Convergence of NGOs for Social Protection” or “MinCoNSP”. They assumed for themselves the core concept of making their respective children programs or social protection programs link and directly complement related programs of local and national stakeholders in government and in the private sector that are parallel or similar in nature, with a view towards greater convergence and more meaningful impact on the poorest of the poor families of rural communities in Region XII.

The member organizations of MinCoNSP are:

  1. PASALI Philippines Foundation, Inc (PASALI)
  1. Maguindanaon Development Foundation, Inc. (MDFI)
  1. Kadtuntaya Foundation, Inc. (KFI)
  1. Tribal Leaders Development Foundation, Inc.
  1. United Youth of the Philippines – Women, Inc.(UnYPhil-Women)

6. Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives, Inc. (IMAN)

7. Family Planning Organization of the Philippines – Socsargen Chapter (FPOP – Socsargen)

Children in Conditional Cash Transfers

With common initial support from Cordaid, these NGOs embarked on a partnership with the Region XII Field Office of DSWD (DSWD FO XII) on the Conditional Cash Transfer Program of government called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, or Pantawid. The seven NGOs complied with the partnership requirements of signing Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs), respectively, with DSWD FO XII and have identified specific complementation roles, as well as communities or barangays wherein which they would complement the Pantawid Program.

Underlying this partnership and complementation is the fact that, although the Pantawid Program is, technically speaking, a poverty reduction program, it is also in essence a social protection program, as well as a children’s program. This is considering that, though the cash grants are made to directly address the current state of poverty of “poorest of the poor” families, the conditionalities that are to be complied by these families point towards addressing: 1) the welfare of pregnant mothers, 2) the education, health and nutrition of children aged 0-14, and 3) the strengthening of family values through the Family Development Sessions (FDS) in order to earn the monthly grant.

Fundamental to this endeavour is the community organizing work that was done at the early stages of the initiative, as well as the ongoing policy advocacy work with duty bearers to strengthen and enhance responsive governance, transparency and accountability.

Children and Education

Recognizing that the Pantawid Program conditionality on education (85% attendance of children aged 3-14 in schools in a given month) has triggered a jump in the demand-side on education, opportunities to improve the infrastructure of the educational facilities were created with some support of Cordaid. Cordaid has approved some assistance in this to its partners.

This includes interventions intended to address education gaps that are deemed as critical for children to have access to education, such as: construction of additional school buildings, repair of classrooms, provision of classroom facilities, and provision of honoraria to volunteer teachers / para-teachers. Accessorial services

Since this intervention directly relates to the work and mandate of the Department of Education (DepEd), the members of MinCoNSP have already begun to initiate moves to develop and establish a working partnership with DepEd of Region XII and its different divisions, with the hopes of making this partnership as strong as the one nurtured with DSWD.

Steps are currently being taken by MinCoNSP to expand working partnerships that would include other international development agencies with children programs or education programs that are interested in interweaving them with the conditional cash transfer program of DSWD and the ongoing programs of DepEd to improve both access to education and quality education in rural tri-people communities in Region XII.

Children and Health

Likewise recognizing that the Pantawid Program condiionality on health has triggered a corresponding jump in the demand side on public health services, MinCoNSP is looking towards developing partnerships with public health-focused international development agencies in plans to bring public health systems closer to the less accessible rural communities of Region XII, among others.

Identified interventions include: establishment of satellite rural health units-cum-birthing centers in village clusters that are hours distant from the barangay health unit, linking these satellite centers to the barangay health centers, establishing communication and coordination mechanisms for quick response, reintegrating former traditional birth attendants into the rural public health system by “transforming” and capacitating them into “alternative health workers”, introducing culturally sensitive “comprehensive sexuality education” in both schools and communities to address prevalence of early marriages, teenage pregnancies, having too many children, etc.

MinCoNSP plans to initiate and develop a working partnership with the Department of Health once this is underway, so that this initiative can likewise be linked to government health programs and standards

Children and Food Security, Sustainable Livelihood, Enterprise and Self-Help

The members of MinCoNSP see the conditional cash transfer program of government as a “bridging program”, considering that each beneficiary family of the conditional cash transfer has a fixed contract of five years. Graduating family-beneficiaries are expected to transition back to their original sources of livelihood, or to something better, after program phase-out. Therefore, it is imperative that measures for sustainability are identified.

To further the gains of the conditional cash transfers, the member organizations of MinCoNSP will be putting forward their respective programs and technologies on sustainable livelihood (SIAD, agroforestry, system of rice intensification, cacao farming, herbal farming, etc.), enterprise development / micro-enterprise and the self-help approach as avenues for their respective beneficiaries for them to gradually transition out of the conditional cash transfer. Considering that most of these beneficiaries are agricultural based, MinCoNSP will be treating them as “small producers” and plans to journey with the beneficiaries along the lines of the value chain.

MinCoNSP aims to engage with the various national government agencies and international development agencies whose programs contribute towards food security, sustainable livelihood and the like.

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One response to this post.

  1. I would like to ask if these organizations above may. help our advocay reagarding the Human Trafficking Matter… this coming MAy 24,2014, Saturday… There will be a BANDIGMAAN: First Mindanao Wide Music Festival Against Human Trafficking…We are really in need of budgets.financial/monetary assistance We have a lot of sponsors but then they gave us in kind and we really need to pay for the Sound Syste,,Lights.LED WALL rentals that really cost so much that we really need your help for these advocacy to be realized. The said bandigmaan will be participated by 11 bands all over mindanao and Music enthusiasts bands also in mArawi city, Cagayan de oro city will perform just to support the advocacy against human trafficking through MUSIC…

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