*This is an excerpt from PKKK’s Rural Women Status Report on CEDAW 2011.
ILO defines social protection as a set of policies and programs such as labor market programs, social insurance, social equity, child protection and social assistance and welfare. To many rural women organizations in PKKK in may be in the form of “damayan, paluwagan or aniban” or self help informal social protection schemes. In the last two years PKKK advocated for social services, support services and jobs instead of conditional cash transfer that the former and the new government promote. Further PKKK posits that social protection should be universal and not voluntary.
Three Focus Group Discussions among rural and indigenous women was conducted in Aurora and Nueva Ecija. Household farm production is very low due to the small size of their farms. The research reported that rural and indigenous household has diversified income sources to adapt to their situation. Microfinance services such as ASKI, Joyful Business, MADECO and Producer are present. Some members access Philhealth, SSS, SEA K and others. Also, the economic and social services from the government are limited.
Limited access to land, high cost of farm inputs and low production endangers the food security in the household. Because of changing food preference of young members of the household there is an increase expenditure on food. Before they would eat rootcrops but now they prefer rice and processed food.