Much of the studies on the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) tends to focus on the cash bonus, maternity, and death benefit components. This research therefore seeks to explore an understudied component, which is the socioeconomic projects, particularly the Educational Assistance Program (EDAP). The analyses are based on key informant interviews with program partners and implementers and survey of former beneficiaries. Results show that the majority of the program partnesr only implement EDAP since it is easier to manage compared with livelihood undertakings and other SAP-socioeconomic projects.
This working paper was prepared in connection with the conduct of the Design Thinking Olympics, a nationwide initiative of the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) as part of the celebration of its 30th founding anniversary in 2017. The ILS is the policy research arm of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) with a mandate to assist DOLE in its research and labor policy analysis needs, as well as to seek novel and innovative ways in DOLE policymaking and policy implementation, among others. Believing in their potential to effect meaningful change on the ground given their proximity to DOLE’s stakeholders, the ILS has partnered with select DOLE Regional Offices in introducing the process of design thinking into day-to-day operations of DOLE’s frontline offices, including program implementation.