Northern Samar 4P beneficiaries receive P91.5-M in grants
By Teresita B. Cardenas
Catarman, Northern Samar (9 February) -- The Northern Samar Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries receive P91,558,653.3 cash grants from the national government for 2009. This was learned from Engr. Romeo M. Cardenas the provincial planning and development coordinator of the province, in an interview conducted by the Philippine Information Agency.
According to Engr. Cardenas, ten (10) municipalities of the province were beneficiaries of the program. Of the P91,558,653.3 cash grants, P50,280,845.3 was allotted for health and P41,277,808 for education for the 17,915 served beneficiaries.
The town-recipients were Catubig, 1,831 served beneficiaries; Lapinig, 749 served beneficiaries; Las Navas, 3,156 served beneficiaries; Lope de Vega, 927 served beneficiaries; Mapanas, 1,115 served beneficiaries; Mondragon, 2,863 served beneficiaries; Palapag, 2,709 served beneficiaries; Pambujan, 1796 served beneficiaries, San Roque; 1,743 served beneficiaries; and Silvino Lobos, 1026 served beneficiaries, he added.
He said, 4Ps is a poverty reduction strategy that provides grants to poor households to improve their education, health and nutrition, provided that they comply on the program's set of conditions such as pre and post natal check-up, delivery by a skilled birth attendant for pregnant women, and sending children, ages 3-14, to school, and bringing them to health centers on a regular basis. This program is part of the government's effort on investing human capital.
The beneficiary receives P6,000 a year or P500 per month per household for health and nutrition expenses with a maximum of three children per household and P3,000 for one school year or 10 months or P300/moth per child for educational expenses. A household with three qualified children shall have a subsidy of P1,400 per month or P15,000 annually as long as they comply with the conditions.
The monthly cash grant is received by the most responsible person in the household, usually the mother through a Landbank cash card or through the over-the-counter mode. Every two months concerned agencies like DSWD, DOH, DepEd, DILG, NAPC and LGU representative will conduct a verify compliance using monitoring tools developed for this purpose.
This program is patterned after the successful Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT in Latin America and Africa. CCT has been cited as one of the key factors behind the positive socio-economic outcomes achieved by Brazil where 11 million families are currently enrolled in the program, and other countries. (PIA Northern Samar) [top]