On January 26, 2022, the Philippine Augustinians Development Office (PADO) represented by its head Fr. Jose Rene C. Delariarte, OSA was nominated and subsequently endorsed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Region 7 as member to the Regional Independent Monitoring Committee (RIMC) of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s).
As stated in the endorsement signed by the DSWD-7 Regional Director, an independent monitoring committee is composed of representatives from the private sector and civil society organizations to complement the monitoring activities of the department of social welfare and provide feedback for appropriate action. Its establishment is aligned with the Department’s policies on transparency, accountability, participation, equity and quality assurance.
Under Republic Act 11310 (An Act Institutionalizing 4P’s) Implementing Rules and Regulation, Section 53, the RIMC is tasked to: A. Monitor the inter-agency implementation of the program at all levels; B. Participate in the review and assessment of the qualified household-beneficiary and LGU compliance to conditions; C. Solicit participation of the private sector to collaborate with the government in the implementation of the Program; D. Set the standards for accountability, transparency and equity among 4P’s stakeholders; E. Hold regular quarterly meetings or special meetings as needed; and, F. Act as resource persons in advocacy activities as appropriate.
PADO joins with 4 other institutions namely, Nature Spring Foundation, Sunbeam Global, Philippine Tuberculosis Society, and Juanito I, King Foundation as members of the 4P’s Regional Independent Monitoring Committee of DSWD-Field Office 7. With this new task, PADO hopes to help further those in the margins of society and to strengthen linkages with both government and private sectors. Carmel Mansueto Egot