An example is our work on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programme (4Ps), the Philippine government’s flagship poverty alleviation initiative. Aimed at supporting extremely poor Filipino families, 4Ps is a conditional cash transfer programme that provides cash grants on the condition that the families invest in the wellbeing of pregnant women and the health and education of children, thus helping break inter-generational poverty.
Since its launch in 2008, 4Ps has benefited almost 4.4 million households. However, the Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) wanted both to ensure that 4Ps’ business processes and information systems would be able to respond to changing policies, and identify opportunities to make its operations more efficient and effective.
For help, the World Bank and Australian Government turned to PwC Consulting Philippines to implement their project with the DSWD. This decision reflected PwC Philippines’ deep understanding of the public sector and access to expertise in operations and IT, plus the strength of the PwC global network – including the ability to draw on relevant work already performed by PwC Argentina.
The six-month project began in April 2016. PwC Philippines is assessing and benchmarking 4Ps’ business processes and information systems, identifying improvement opportunities, and providing recommendations to transform its operations.
More than just work, the project has enabled PwC to make a difference and create an impact. “We hope that in our own small way, we at PwC Consulting Philippines have contributed to the agenda of poverty alleviation and economic development in the Philippines,” says Veronica Bartolome, director, Public Sector, PwC Philippines.