4Ps encourage people's participation in communal activities in Masbate towns
by MZ Villagomez
Masbate Province (11 February) -- The establishment of the government's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in San Pascual and in Mandaon towns, this province, has since paved the way to encourage active participation of families, especially parents, to collective activities and help out in community building.
4Ps has prompted heads of the families to comply with to the conditionalities, including participation in community activities, promote and strengthen the implementation of the program itself.
In the past, getting parents involve in school activities or attendance to meetings is generally a common problem of school officials.
Linda Caballero, teacher-in-charge of Bugtong Elementary School in Mandaon town, this province, observed that parents usually come to school only during enrollment and at the end of the school year for the graduation or closing exercises.
Caballero lamented that never these parents were aware of the importance of attending meetings particularly when the Parent Teachers and Community Association (PTCA) is being called for.
PTCA is an organization, which involves the parents, teachers and the community, also serving as an avenue for issues and concerns regarding the children's welfare in school to discussed, or for planning of school improvement projects.
Caballero averred that most parents are aware of their school obligation, not only to enroll their children and pay the school fees but also the need to attend meetings and involve in school projects.
She further shared that parents ignore the invitation for meetings, and is also difficult to mobilize the parents involvement in other school activities for what is in their mind is the'monetary contribution.'
With 4Ps, Caballero noted, that there is an immense change in the community activities noting more participation from the parents now attending meetings and regularly checking their children's attendance in school.
"Non-compliance to the conditionalities of the 4Ps would mean dropping them from the list of beneficiaries," she stressed.
Vice Mayor Jojo Rivera of San Pascual town, this province, meanwhile, also shared the same sentiments.
"Hindi lang problema ang pagpapatawag ng miting sa eskwelahan. Kahit sa mga assemblies na pinapatawag ng barangay o munisipyo, iilan ilan lang ang dumadalo. Karamihan pa ay babae" (Getting the participation of parents in meetings in school is not the only problem, even in assemblies called in barangay and municipality, only few attends and most who come are women)," lamented Rivera.
Rivera later observed, upon implementation of the 4Ps, positive response of parents in community assemblies.
"Hindi na ngayon pinapalampas ang mga pagpupulong sa eskwelahan at barangay" (Community assemblies in schools and barangays are not anymore ignored)," Rivera added.
With the positive impact of the program in these areas, the teachers and local government leaders are happy. With the increase in the number of parents attending school activities, the teachers are also optimistic that there would also be an increase in the enrollment in the next school year.
4Ps is a national project implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that aims to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty by giving conditional cash grants to the qualified beneficiaries. (DSWD V/PIA) [top]