Feature: 4Ps in high gear
Zamboanga City (23 February) -- Living condition of extremely poor families in the region are getting better through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) project of the government. This was reported by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) office here.
DSWD regional information officer Narabel Bue informed that the province of Zamboanga del Norte which was then the country's no.1 poorest province was elevated to no.4 through the 4Ps program with the various assistance from the Local Government Units (LGUs) and line agencies.
Meanwhile, according to 4Ps focal person Karen Site the program which aims to build human capital for social resiliency has made family beneficiaries realize the importance of education for their children aside from engaging into livelihood activities in order to uplift their economic and social level in their community.
Site said from the 1M (4Ps) beneficiaries nationwide, the region has a total of 125,181 beneficiaries scattered in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte which has the highest number of household beneficiaries and belongs to the top 20 poorest province in the country, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and the cities of Dapitan, Dipolog, Isabela and Zamboanga.
She explained the assistance is provided to families duly identified by LGUs and evaluated by the DSWD.
4Ps provides cash grant of P6,000 a year or P500 per month per household for health and nutrition and P3,000 for one school year or ten (10) months or P300/month per child for educational expenses. A maximum of three children is allowed each household.
A household with three qualified children shall have a subsidy of P1,400 per month as long as they comply with the conditionalities of the program.
These conditionalities are monitored, verified and submitted by the school principal and local health officer to the DSWD for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
Non-compliance of the conditionalities would mean termination of the assistance provided to a beneficiary. However, the family can appeal for reconsideration provided the reason is acceptable to the grievance committee.
Other assistance are provided by partner agencies that include the Department Agriculture (DA) for animal dispersal, planting materials (palay, vegetable seeds and the like), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for farm to market roads, Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) that offers loan assistance and other project implementing line agencies.
4Ps is a poverty reduction strategy of the government that provides assistance to extremely poor households which allows them to meet certain human development goals to fulfill the country's commitment in attaining the Millenneum Development Goals that include: eradication of extreme poverty and hunger; to achieve universal primary education; reduction of child mortality; improved maternal health and the promotion of gender equality, Site said. (FNM/PIA-Zamboanga) [top]