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Sustaining Interventions in Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG)
What is Sustaining Interventions in Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG)?
Sustaining Interventions in Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) is a special project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development that falls under the umbrella of Social Protection Support Initiative (SPSI) - a cross-agency collaboration between and among the three (3) agencies of Department of Health (DOH) through Watching Over Mothers and Babies (WOMB) Project and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) through Sigurado at Garantisadong Insurance Pangkalusugan (SAGIP).
These three (3) agencies converged to enhance the delivery of social services by using an interoperable information and communications technology (ICT)- supported system at the local level in order to augment in the improvement of poor households in the Province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines where it was piloted since 2011.
DSWD developed this project with the support of the Electronic Government for Efficiency and Effectiveness (E3) Project of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in consonance with DSWD's mandate to provide support and technical assistance to intermediaries and counterparts at the Local Government Unit (LGU) level relative to the implementation of social welfare and development services.
The LGUs specially the Local Social Welfare and Development Offices (LSWDOs) serves as the primary intermediaries of DSWD in the provision of basic social services in the Philippines in accordance to the Local Government Code (RA 7160). Hence, through SIPAG Project, DSWD intends to demonstrate an improved delivery of programs and services by converging front-line partner agencies as PHIC and DOH guided by an electronic Social Case Management System (eSCMS).
Together, these partner agencies will reach out to poor households who are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), a proverty reduction and social development initiative of the national government.
- Contribute to the improvement in poor households' level of well-being
- Enhance local social workers' capacity to do social case management that integrates the use of Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI) and information technology
- Increase poor households' access to convergent social services at the local level
- Improve the system of monitoring and evaluating the delivery of social services and its impact on households' level of well-being through the use of electronic social case managements' built-in referral system (eReferral)
The Project Implementation Areas
The project was initially piloted in the six (6) municipalities of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines namely:
- Municipality of Bansud
- Municipality of Bongabong
- Municipality of Bulalacao
- Municipality of Mansalay
- Municipality of Naujan
- Municipality of Pola
The project's implementation expanded to cover the remaining nine (9) municipalities in Oriental Mindoro in year 2014 as follows:
- Municipality of Baco
- City of Calapan
- Municipality of Gloria
- Municipality of Pinamalayan
- Municipality of Puerto Galera
- Municipality of Roxas
- Municipality of San Teodoro
- Municipality of Socorro
- Municipality of Victoria
And finally in 2016, it was also implemented in the adjacent Province of Occidental Mindoro covering all of its 11 Municipalities namely:
- Municipality of Abra De Ilog
- Municipality of Calintaan
- Municipality of Looc
- Municipality of Lubang
- Municipality of Magsaysay
- Municipality of Mamburao
- Municipality of Paluan
- Municipality of Rizal
- Municipality of Sablayan
- Municipality of San Jose
- Municipality of Sta. Cruz
Source of Material:
- Department of Social Welfare and Development - Sustaining Interventions in Poverty Alleviation and Governance (DSWD - SIPAG) Project
- Social Case Management Manual: A Manual for Social Workers by Lourdes G. Balanon, RSW, MSc