Feature: 4Ps continue to empower women
by MZ Villagomez
Legazpi City (17 February) -- Michele Manukan, a young mother from Brgy. Dayon, Mandaon, Masbate has found herself empowered following the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Mandaon town, Masbate.
As a young mother, Manukan, 23, with two children and a plain housewife, devotes most of her time attending the needs of her children. "Ako ang nanay at tatay ng dalawa kong anak. Ang asawa ko ay namamasukan sa isang paper factory sa Maynila" (I have a dual role at home as a mother and a father to my two kids since my husband is working in a paper factory in Manila), shared Michelle, thus, depriving her of the experience in the community.
Manukan is one of the 3,552 beneficiaries of 4Ps. She relates that before the implementation of program, she was a shy person and barely interacted with people, a homebody. When she got married, the more that she did not have the opportunity to go out and socialize.
It was when this young mother became a parent leader of 4Ps that she started to actively participate in community activities.
4Ps is a poverty alleviation program of the government that aims to break intergenerational cycle of poverty. It is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and already has 1,000,000 beneficiaries nationwide.
Manukan gladly shared that "sa una hindi madali ang maging parent leader, ang nasa isip ko lagi ay baka hindi ko kaya yung mga inaasahan nila sakin bilang isang parent leader" (At first, it was not easy to become a parent leader. My fear is that I may not be able to come up with the expectations as a leader).
She is so proud that she has gained friends. Before it was her co-beneficiaries who would invite and even encourage her to attend meetings. This time, it is her who would initiate and convince her co-beneficiaries to attend barangay assemblies.
She has also learned to extend help in her own little way to her neighbors.
"The 4Ps has empowered not only me but my fellow women beneficiaries", Michelle exclaimed. She felt that she is more confident now. Not only as a parent leader but doing her role at home while her husband works in Manila.
4Ps is a poverty alleviation program that serves as a vehicle for combating the cycle of poverty in Filipino households. (4Ps IO-DSWD/PIA) [top]