The Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines in partnership with the Asian Development Bank and technical assistance of BRAC launched a Graduation pilot that targets 1,800 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino in 32 barangays across five municipalities in Negros Occidental. The pilot aims to provide participant households with a comprehensive and sequenced set of interventions to place them on an upward trajectory into sustainable and resilient livelihoods. The pilot implementation is underpinned by a research agenda including a randomized control trial conducted by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). The impact evaluation will measure variable impacts of group and individual livelihoods and coaching.

Graduation & Kabuhayan Program

The Graduation pilot interventions include features such as the Kabuhayan Starter kit that combines a one-time asset transfer and training in business planning, with organization and accounting practices; technical training on how to manage the asset; savings mechanisms; coaching by Graduation Community Facilitators; training on social and health issues; and linkages to community groups and cooperatives. Participant households also continue to receive social assistance benefits from the Pantawid program. The success rate of participants is measured against a set of Graduation criteria that examine multiple dimensions of poverty, including food security, income, health, and resilience. Successful graduates will achieve “subsistence” or “self-sufficiency” in priority indicators, dependent upon their status at baseline. 

Technical Assistance

BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative provides strategic recommendations and guidance to advise DOLE and support the design, implementation, and monitoring of this Graduation pilot. Beginning with a Graduation Consultation Workshop in April 2016, BRAC has provided a range of technical support, including facilitation of a Pilot Inception Workshop (Feb 2017), Field Assessment (June 2017), Design Validation Workshop (April 2018), Graduation Community Facilitators’ Training (July 2018), oversight of Market Assessment (Aug-Oct 2018), and Monitoring Visit (Nov 2018) to determine pilot sites, household selection criteria, mentor profile, livelihoods options, and life skills training topics. BRAC has also developed operational tools and procedures to oversee key elements of implementation, including recruitment and training of mentors, field guides, operations manual, and monitoring and evaluation systems.

  • Funding Partner: Asia Development Bank (ADB)
  • Implementing Organizations: BRAC Philippines, Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
  • Evaluation Partners: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
  • Participants: 1,800
  • Duration: 2017-Present

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