4Ps program targets 12,000 poorest in Western Visayas
Iloilo City (12 November) -- The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here in Western Visayas recently disclosed that that the P2.1 billion "Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program" (4Ps) of the national government is targeting more than 12,000 poorest families in the region.
DSWD 6 4Ps Focal Person Asuncion Santiago said that the survey for the potential beneficiaries of the 4Ps in the region has already started in the five municipalities of the province of Antique and in the six districts of Iloilo City.
Santiago said around 9,133 poorest families from the municipalities of San Remegio, Lawaan, Valderrama, Barbaza and Bugasong in Antique and 3,000 others in Iloilo City are expected to benefit from the program.
The 4Ps is a flagship project of the Arroyo administration being implemented by the DSWD for extremely poor households in the country to build human capital through accessing health/nutrition and education services of children aged 14 and below.
Under the program cash grants are offered to identified beneficiaries of up to P6,000 a year or P500 per month per household for health and nutrition expenses; P3,000 for one school year or 10 months or P300 per month per child for educational expenses for a maximum of three children per household.
"Household-beneficiaries can receive as much P1,400 subsidy per month or P15,000 annually for a maximum of three children that includes P500 per month for nutrition and health expenses and P300 per month per child for education expenses," explained Santiago.
She added to continue receiving the cash grant household-beneficiaries must comply with certain conditions set by the program.
The program's conditions include parents ensuring that their children attend school at least 85 percent of the time and receive vaccinations and health care. They must also attend responsible parenthood seminars, mother's classes and parent effectiveness seminars.
Also, pregnant women must receive pre and postnatal care and be attended during childbirth by a skilled health professional.
According to a Malacanang report, to date a total of 511, 207 households were surveyed in 162 municipalities in 23 provinces and 6 cities. Some 244,057 were processed and identified as potential beneficiaries and being validated by the DSWD regional offices through the conduct of community assemblies.
The same report said a total of 203,587 household beneficiaries are already receiving cash assistance from the more than P357 million allocation since January 2008. (PIA) [top]