Her family said that Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, a long-time former Minister of Welfare and Social Worker, died on Sunday, September 19. She this year she turns 68.
“We pray for the eternal rest of her soul,” said Soliman’s husband and public interest attorney, Hector Soliman. “We will share the details of waking up later and ask for some time and privacy so the family can cry.”
Due to complications from kidney and heart failure, Soliman passed away at 7:32 a.m.
Soliman contracted COVID-19 with Hector Soliman and several other family members in August, but survived.
In his article for Rappler, “The day our house stopped working: my memory of COVID”, Hector wrote that his wife had “many comorbidities” and was admitted to the hospital when she became infected in the middle of August.
Soliman made his last appearance during the awakening of former President Benigno “Noinoy” Aquino III in June, and was one of those who paid tribute to his former boss.
Soliman first served as head of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during the government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, but later worked with others when Arroyo was accused of fraud. Cabinet officials and heads of agencies known collectively as “Hyatt 10” resigned together. During the 2004 presidential elections or the “Hola, García” scandal in July 2005. (Read: Review: “Hola, García” scandal).
In 2010, Soliman returned to DSWD secretary from then-President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. He also chaired the Cabinet Group on Human Development and Poverty Reduction.
He led the 4P poverty alleviation program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program initiated by the Arroyo government, which was further promoted and institutionalized under Aquino’s leadership. After Supertyphoon Yolanda destroyed Tacloban and eastern Visayas, Soliman also helped lead a large-scale restoration effort.
On June 29, 2016, the day before the Aquino government was replaced by the Duterte government, Soliman said in an interview with Rappler: “If we can bring something good to the new government, it is based on Evidence policy. Formulation, planning and evaluation “.
At the time, he was referring to a study showing that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P), the Aquino government’s flagship poverty alleviation project, helped revitalize the local economy. (Look: This is a summary: Dinky Soliman’s transcript on DSWD)
Soliman is from Tarlac and has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work from Diliman, University of the Philippines.
He has worked in the field of social work and activism for decades, and has worked with various NGOs that help poor communities.