Agusan Sur benefits from Ahon Pamilyang Pilipino program
by Jose Jemuel B. Dael
Butuan City (13 February) -- More and more indigent families in Esperanza and Sibagat towns of Agusan del Sur are now given the opportunity to rise up from poverty through the program Ahon Pamilyang Pilipino (APP), a pet-anti-poverty program of President Gloria Arroyo.
Department of Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral has earlier announced that Ahon Pamilyang Pilipino (APP), which is aimed to augmenting the income of the family-beneficiaries by 25 percent, will help encourage parents to send their children to school and provide basic medical care at local health centers.
Municipal Information Officer Pauline Jaramillo of Esperanza said that some 647 poorest of the poor families from Esperanza town are now receiving P500.00 for health and P300.00 for education cash assistance through the automated teller machine (ATM) of the Land Bank of the Philippines.
Jaramillo said that the program is a conditional cash transfer wherein a certain amount of cash is given only if they follow some conditions such as sending their children to school, health centers for vaccinations and other health care services offered by the government.
Clarissa Latoja, Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Link In-Charge of Sibagat said that some 647 families also in their town with children ages between 3-14 years old are now enjoying the same benefits under APP.
Latoja disclosed that their indigent beneficiaries were selected from the five depressed barangays of Sibagat nanely Tabon-tabon, Afga, El Rio, Mahayahay and Ilihan.
Sibagat Mayor Thelma Lamanilao said that she is very grateful to President Gloria Arroyo for choosing Sibagat and Esperanza towns to be the pilot areas in the whole Caraga.
Mayor Lamanilao said that as counterpart of the local government to the program, she will enroll the said beneficiaries to the Philippine Health Insurance program for additional benefits.
She added that APP beneficiaries already received its first cash assistance during the launching of the program in Bayugan City last February 1, 2008 where DSWD Secretary Cabral as distinguished guests. (PIA-Agusan del Sur) [top]