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Negros Oriental to receive P18.6-M from 4Ps

by Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Dumaguete City (May 17) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) region 7 is set to release an amount of P18.6 million for the 8,400 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) from the municipality of Sta. Catalina and Bayawan City, Negros Oriental.

According to 4Ps Information Officer Aileen Lariba of DSWD it is close now to 12, 000 households from Bohol, Cebu and Negros Oriental will receive their first cash subsidy from 4Ps amounting to approximately P27M. These households are just the first batch of identified Set 3 beneficiaries of the program.

Negros Oriental is part of the total allocation of P27M to be released in Central Visayas for the first quarter of this year.

These include the P1.2M for the 510 household- beneficiaries from the municipality of Danao, Bohol; and P7M for the municipalities of Cordova, Madridejos, Malabuyoc, Sibonga and Tabogon of Cebu province with approximate three thousand recipients.

With this, Lariba said the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) as project partner is gearing up strategies for timely and quality service for their new clients in Carcar, Bogo and Bayawan branches.

DWSD advises respective health centers in the municipalities to prepare some medical supplies and health services where beneficiaries are likely to access such as immunization, pre-natal and post-natal check-ups, breast-feeding, family planning and nutrition needs.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has started accommodating early enrollment for all 4Ps beneficiaries of Bohol, Cebu and Negros Oriental.

4Ps Info Officer said, "initial success such as increase in enrollment and attendance and a rise in the number of client availing of the services were seen on the first year of implementation in 2009, with 42 towns and approximately 30T households for Region 7 in 2010, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is off to a good start in its thrust to educate and reduce poverty."

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of DSWD is a poverty reduction program of the national government where it provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor household to improve their health and education particularly of children aged 0-14 years old.

To continually avail of the cash grants of 4Ps, the beneficiaries have to comply with the following conditions: pregnant women must get pre-natal and post natal care; be attended during childbirth by a trained health professional; children 0-5 years old must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; parents must attend responsible parenthood sessions, mother?s classes, parent-effectiveness seminar, etc.; and children 3-14 years old must attend day-care, pre-school, elementary and high-school with at least 85% attendance. (PIA/JCT) [top]

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