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DSWD, UNFPA reaffirm partnership to end gender-based violence in PH

From left to right: Assistant Secretary for Standards and Capacity Building Group (SCBG) Diana Rose S. Cajipe, MD, FPOGS; Undersecretary for SCBG Denise Florence B. Bragas; UNFPA Officer for Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr. Jose Roi Avena; Consultant for Gender, Ms. Anna Francesca Cubos; OIC for Programme, Dr.Joseph Michael Singh; UNFPA Country Representative, Dr. Leila Saiji Joudane; Undersecretary for Policy and Plans Group (PPG) Atty. Adonis P. Sulit, CESO II; Undersecretary for Finance under General Administration and Support Services Group (GASSG) Antonio Cid Crisanto Jr.; Undersecretary for Social Welfare and Development (OUSWD) Sally P. Navarro; Assistant Secretary for PPG Janet P. Armas, CESO IV; Undersecretary for Inclusive and Sustainable Peace Alan A. Tanjusay; Assistant Secretary for Office of the Secretary (OSEC) Concerns Irene B. Dumlao, CESO IV.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Erwin T. Tulfo welcomed United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in the Philippines, Dr. Leila Saiji Joudane and her team in a courtesy call on September 7, reaffirming the strong and strategic partnership between the two agencies.

Secretary Tulfo expressed his gratitude to the UNFPA for its significant contributions in the achievement of the mandate of DSWD, particularly in promoting and upholding the rights of women.

“With the support of partners like you, the DSWD is able to replicate itself and assist more Filipinos needing help, especially the women sector,” the Secretary said.

Dr. Joudane, on the other hand, shared its commitment to the joint efforts of DSWD and UNFPA in preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) and other harmful practices in the country. She also highlighted the strong partnership between the two agencies in disaster response, ensuring no one is left behind in times of emergencies.

The Department has established a longstanding partnership with the UNFPA in strengthening GBV prevention and response systems in the country. The ongoing collaborations between the two parties include capacity-building initiatives for social workers on GBV case management, coordination of GBV prevention and response activities during emergencies, and other activities to prevent GBV and other harmful practices, including child marriage.

Moreover, the Secretary shared that one of the notable partnerships between DSWD and the international agency was the enhancement of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, “particularly on improving the beneficiaries’ knowledge and attitude on mental health care, family planning, and maternal care.”

The DSWD and UNFPA vow to work together towards advancing women’s economic empowerment as well as assistance to survivors of GBV.

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