Brown Bag: Graduation of the Ultra Poor in the Philippines
On April 29th, IPA Philippines hosted a Brown Bag on the Graduation of the Ultra Poor Program for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Director Gil Dennis Raposa of the DSWD Sustainable Livelihoods Program (SLP) was in attendance, along with other program staff. The SLP is one of the three core programs of the DSWD that provides micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation to the poor. During the brown bag, the participants noted the value of packaging and sequencing social protection interventions. Particular to their program, they are interested in integrating one-on-one life skills coaching and mandatory savings. They were interested in seeing how a similar program would fare in the Philippines and with the government as the main implementing body. Most of the questions focused on how components can be implemented in the Philippine context.