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Baliangao 4Ps beneficiaries receive cash cards from PGMA

by Babes Jacob-Rebultan

Cagayan de Oro City (21 November) -- A total of 1,237 household-beneficiaries in Baliangao town, Misamis Occidental received cash cards from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) as she led the distribution of social services and livelihood assistance in awarding ceremonies today at the municipal plaza.

The 4Ps is a flagship program of the Arroyo Administration aimed at reducing poverty through investment in human capital where cash transfers are provided to extremely poor households through accessing health and nutrition, as well as educational services of children aged 14 years old and below.

The program provides cash grant packages to identified beneficiaries in the municipality, such as a P6,000 a year health and nutrition cash grant or P500 per month/per household for health and nutrition expenses and an education cash grant of P3,000 for one school year or 10 months at P300/month, per child for educational expenses, where a maximum of three children is allowed per family.

A household-beneficiary with three qualified children shall be entitled to a subsidy of P1,400 per month or P15,000 annually as long as they comply with the conditions set by the government under the 4Ps program.

Parents would continue receiving cash cards if their children 3 to 5 years old must attend Day Care/Pre-school classes at least 85 percent of the time, while children 6-14 years old must attend school at least 85 percent of the time.

Children 0-5 years old must get regular health check-up and vaccination, while pregnant women must receive pre and post-natal care and childbirth must be attended to by a skilled health professional.

Parents must also attend responsible parenthood sessions/seminars, mother's classes, and parent effective seminars.

A poverty-reduction strategy of the Arroyo Administation being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), 4Ps seeks to address issues such as low educational achievement, high maternal and infant mortality rates, malnutrition and rate of child labor among the poor.

The program targets the poorest-of-the-poor families in the 20 poorest provinces of the country, which includes Misamis Occidental.

According to the DSWD report, a total of 320,000 households will benefit from the program in the country, where 160,000 or 50% target households come from the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Apaya, Northern Samar, Misamis Occidental, Agusan del Sur, Tawi-Tawi, Surigao del Norte, Masbate, Abra, Oriental Mindoro and the highly urbanized cities of Pasay and Caloocan.

A total of 203,587 household-beneficiaries are already receiving cash assistance from the more than P387-million allocation since January 2008 nationwide. (PIA-MisOrOccCam) [top]

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