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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2012


4Ps develops social and emotional maturity of members

by Ninfa B Quirante

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, Jan 18 (PIA)-- The government’s program called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) has helped hundreds of rural mothers raise their self-esteem, said Catbalogan City Link Vilma Abantao.

Abantao shared that one mother from Barangay Pangdan, who helps her husband in fishing, said she has gained some amount of self confidence, during a sharing session in the monthly ‘Family Development Session” (FDS).

“I can see that 4Ps does not only help the poor families financially but also emotionally and socially,” Abantao offered.

This happens, she added, when mothers have to face teachers and health officers for the needed certifications to keep their documents updated prior to the release of the cash grants.

There are some 4,085 families in the city of Catbalogan enjoying the benefits of the conditional cash transfer also known as 4Ps.

Abantao said that 56 of the original number had been delisted for reasons like refusal to attend family development sessions, inclusion error, and not having children 0-14 years of age.

"The constant sessions had also reduced the number of complaints reaching us,” said Abantao.

“The FDS help them raise concerns and we try to address it then and there so they will not have to travel to the city to raise their problems as regards implementation of the program,” said one of the four city links in Catbalogan.

“The mothers too, have learned the values of pakikisama as they have been grouped with a parent leader,” she added.

They have to do their best pakikisama in the communities as some activities, like growing a vegetable garden, has to be done with a group.

“Some groups have also been earning from the vegetables they plant,” added Abantao.

The city link who has to travel via all forms of transportation to reach her clients said she is praying that the emotional and social development these mothers have achieved will be sustained even after they have "graduated" from the conditional cash transfer program of the Aquino government (PIA 8-Samar)

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