STRENGHTNEING SOCIAL PROTECTION, RESILIENCE, AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR MARGINALIZED PEOPLE THROUGH CITIZENS AND CIVIL SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT

Date: 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ABOUT THE EU-SSP PROJECT

STRENGHTNEING SOCIAL PROTECTION, RESILIENCE, AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR MARGINALIZED PEOPLE THROUGH CITIZENS AND CIVIL SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT

The Social Protection Project will run from January 2016 to December 2018 through strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) in representing marginalized groups, including children and youth, for inclusive and effective social protection policies and programs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

1. What is Social Protection?

Social Protection (SP) is made up of government policies and programs that aim to reduce poverty and vulnerability of the people to sickness, natural disasters, loss of livelihood, and other risks. The examples of SP programs are PhilHealth Insurances, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and KALAHI-CIDSS National Community Driven Development Project (KC NCDDP).

2. Are Social Protection Programs different from Social Services?

Social services fall under social protection. Child protection and risk reduction are also forms of social protection. Back in 2007, the Social Protection Operational Framework and Strategy of the Philippines was developed to combine the strength of various poverty and risk reduction programs of the government to help achieve better results for the people.

3. What are Civil Society Organizations and their connection to SP?

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are non-government organizations that represent people based on sector, belief, or interest. Examples of CSOs are youth organizations, women’s organizations, farmers associations, and labor unions.

In this project, these organizations will be mobilized to help ensure that Social Protection programs can truly help marginalized groups.

4. Which groups are considered marginalized?

Children, women in rural areas, indigenous peoples, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and people working in the informal sector (such as fisher folks, farmers, and vendors) are just a few examples.

5. What are the areas of implementation?

With the goal of reaching the most marginalized, the project will be implemented in the provinces of Masbate, Samar, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar. Communities in these areas are some of the poorest, remotest, and most vulnerable to disasters in the country.

6. What are the objectives of the project?

a. Strengthen the capacity of 200 civil society organizations – CSOs are trained to collectively monitor social services, social safety nets, social welfare, and other health and education services at the barangay (village) and municipal levels.

b. Set up community-based monitoring mechanisms – Participatory and inclusive monitoring mechanisms of social protection programs is established in 80 communities to increase effectiveness and inclusion of marginalized groups.

c. Ensure representation of marginalized groups, including children and youth – Regional and national coalitions of civil society organizations have increased representation of marginalized groups for inclusive social protection policies.

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