43,247 poor Caraga households targeted for 4Ps
by Leah T. Quintana
Butuan City (15 August) -- A total of 43,247 poor households in Caraga region were targeted for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), a development program of the government that is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The program provides cash assistance but in return, beneficiaries are required to comply with the conditions set by 4Ps, namely; pregnant women must get pre-natal care, child birth must be attended by a skilled or trained person, and mothers must get post natal care, children 0-5 must get regular health checkups and vaccinations, children 3-5 years old must attend day care/pre-school at least 85 percent of the time, children 6-14 must attend school at least 85 percent of the time, and parents must attend "mothers classes" and "parent effectiveness seminars".
At present, says DSWD Caraga director Mercedita P. Jabagat, Caraga region has a total of 1,296 household beneficiaries who have been receiving cash subsidy which they draw from the LandBank's ATM since February 1, 2008. She said beneficiaries get a P500 every month for health and nutrition package and P 300 for education per child ages 6-14 with a maximum of three children.
The amount of subsidy, however, varies depending on the number of children beneficiaries in every household, Jabagat clarifies. She points out those households with three (3) children who qualified for the subsidy gets the maximum amount, which is P1,400 every month; the one with two children has P1,100 and the one with only one (1) child, P800.
She stresses that the mother, usually the most responsible adult person in the household will be the one to have a LandBank cash card that will be used in drawing the monthly government subsidy.
A five-year program, 4Ps aims to provide cash assistance to 320,000 households nationwide from 2008–2013.
"We are fast tracking the enumeration and validation of potential household beneficiaries in the target municipalities to meet the goal of providing cash card to all 43, 247 poor households by the end of this year," Jabagat discloses.
4Ps areas in Caraga include Esperanza, Sibagat, San Luis, Lapaz, Loreto, Veruela and Sta. Josefa in Agusan del Sur; San Benito, Socorro, San Isidro, Pilar, Del Carmen, Malimono, Gigaquit, General Luna and Dapa in Surigao del Norte; Basilisa, Cagdianao, Libjo, and Tubajon in the Province of Dinagat Islands; and San Miguel, Marihatag, Lingig and Tagbina in Surigao del Sur. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga) [top]