The Philippine Embassy in Brasilia participated in the 6th International Seminar on Social Policies for Development held in Brasilia, Brazil from March 19 to 22.
The Philippine delegates included Ambassador Eva G. Betita and Third Secretary and Vice Consul Eric P. Valenzuela.
The seminar, organized by Brazil's Ministry of Social Development (MDS) and Fight Against Hunger in partnership with the National School of Public Administration (ENAP) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), brings together about 40 delegates from governments and international organizations to share experiences in the formulation and implementation of social policies for development.
In her opening remarks, Social Development Minister Tereza Campello of Brazil stressed that social justice and democracy are integral in the country´s development. Moreover, for growth to be inclusive, social policies should not just be ideas but real programs that make a difference in people's lives and that Brazil's social programs benefit first the poor and the socially vulnerable.
The four-day seminar included field visits to social programs and actual beneficiary families and communities and exchange of ideas from the participants who were mostly from developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. END