Interview with Corazon "Dinky" Juliano-Soliman

Status: Completed
Corazon "Dinky" Juliano-Soliman
Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development
Areas of expertise: Social Accountability, Governance, Community Empowerment

Corazon "Dinky" Juliano Soliman is the Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Philippines. She is a leader in the civil society community and a practitioner in community organizing and people empowerment working with rural communities for over 30 years. As Secretary, she spearheads projects for poverty reduction and social protection, such as Community Driven Development and the Conditional Cash Transfer. She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines with a degree in Bachelor of Science and Social Work, and completed her Masters in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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All Questions

which strategy yuor country used to reduce poverty
Haile Yesus
Hi,Dinky how are you.? Where are you now.?
jemal hassen
1-How is the status of Philippines people? 2-How much the total GDP Of Philippines? 3-Did you think is there peace in Philippines? 4-what is the reason the distraction in Philippines? 5-Are you Muslim?
United Kingdom
As a necessary step to empower people and communities, how do you address people's general feeling of apathy and hopelessness towards the Philippine government? What do you do to make them believe that you're really going to help them this time?
Alarming rates of crime and disturbing state of poverty in the country have created cracks in Philippine society driving certain groups of individuals to desperation and destitution. Why is the government not keen on addressing the status quo?
Since poverty and the implications of poverty cuts across different sectors, when are you going to start looking to develop STRONG partnerships with other agencies to come up with more effective strategies (i.e. tackle these issues in joint effort)?
Rano Reach Sy Fisher
Do you see remittances as a major contributor to economic development in the Philippines? Please could you confirm the perception of the Philippines government with regards to remittances and the benefits they bring to the country.
How can we uplift our assitance program for poverty and social protection since as i was see it many people are still living in the street the worst under the bridges in metro manila.
Madam Secretary, Mabuhay! In your 30 years of experience as a social catalyst, would you consider any of your programs as a failure and how did this affected or helped you in your succeeding roles in the government. And how would you define a poor Juan dela Cruz? Maraming salamat!
Maulana Banda
How can an individual access international loans or financial assistance to start business? Are there any organisations or individuals who does assist people to start small business?
South Africa
why mans alway dominant womans becouse if you notice at church,home,school etc they alway rule,what couse that?thank
what are you doing to improve the social welfare of people in underdeveloped countries?
cenda bellamy
United States
would an american retail corporation be successful opening a store, providing that it can benefit communities by working with local vendors? If so what would the most important things to considerfor economic success for all.
what is the solution for SriLankan ethnic problems
Sri Lanka
can we develop social harmony through the cultural customs in the developing countries?
Md. Ghulam Murtaza
Many people believe that bottom-up development is slow and inefficient, and leads to a wastage of resources as local community leaders do not have prior experience in governance and development. what counter arguments can you offer, based on your community driven development experience?
Abdul Waheed Khan
Is the present government of Pakistan is in a position to improve the good governance and social accountability
Lluis Vilardell Torrent
Could you please indicate us which are the major challenges, in terms of social development, that Philippins will need to face in the upcoming 5 years. Thanks in advance for your comments. Lluis Vilardell
Noya Wehali
United States
Mabuhay Dinky, as an indigenous Native American, teaching individuals to support and strengthen the Family Unit decreases poverty and strengthens the Community. I do wonder sometimes why we do not focus on the Family Unit which is the main building block of successful Civilizations.
Supo Adedokun
What are the problems operating on the foreign model of social welfare system. Don't you think a carefully modified "home-made" that squares well with Filipino culture would produce maximum expected results?