Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes attended a Study Mission to Brazil from June 03 to 10 organized by the World Food Programme Center of Excellence Against Hunger.
The Study Mission focused on Brazil's successful programs in addressing social inequality and alleviation of poverty under the Brasil Sem Miseria strategy, such as Bolsa Familia and Fome Zero.
Brasil Sem Miseria builds upon Bolsa Familia's success, which lifted 30 million individuals from poverty. It is a new anti-poverty plan that was announced by President Dilma Rousseff in 2011 that aims to lift 16 million Brazilians out of extreme poverty in four years.
The delegation met with important officials from the different Brazilian ministries and agencies that contribute to the successful implementation of anti-poverty programs, such as the Ministries of Social Development and Agrarian Development, the National School Feeding Programme (NSFP), the National Programme on School Meals (PNAE), the National Council on Food and Nutrition Security (CONSEA) and Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento (CONAB).
The delegation also visited the Central Distribution of Food (CEASA), Center for SocialEducation Orientation (COSE), social centers for children, teenagers and senior citizens, and Social Assistance Reference Center (CRAS) and Reference Centers Specializing in Social Assistance (CREAS).
The delegation was composed of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Director for Region V, Mr. Arnel Garcia, DSWD National Program Manager of the Philippine Conditional Cash Transfer Program, Ms. Rodora Babaran, and DSWD Executive Assistant, Ms. Nastassja Quijano. The World Food Programme Philippines was represented by Country Director Praveen Agrawal, Food Security Head Dipayan Bhattacharyya, and Social Protection Consultant, Dr. Marilen Danguilan while the Philippine Embassy delegation was composed of Ambassador Eva G. Betita and Third Secretary Carlyn A. Monastrial. END