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NYC pushes for 4Ps extension

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (2 June) -- The National Youth Commission (NYC) is pushing for the extension of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps as it has increased the participation rate among school children.

In yesterday's Kapehan sa SM, NYC chairman Usec Christopher Lawrence Arnuco bared that this program has been assessed to be reaping good fruits in the education system.

"Contrary to other program which are dole-out in nature, 4Ps' cash transfer provides economic freedom to families and results to rising enrolment of children in school," Arnuco said.

The program is providing conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve health, nutrition and education particularly of the children aged 0-14. The households were determined using the Proxy-Means Test that ensures eligibility of the household based on their socioeconomic status.

Systems for Compliance Verification, Updates and Grievance Redress were also made to ensure that the Program's goal in fostering improved health and education are met.

The cash grant packages the beneficiaries get are: (1) a health care grant package of P500 a month per household or P6,000 a year for health check-ups, vaccines and food; and (2) an educational cash grant package of P300 a month per child for school needs or P 3,000 for a school year. Overall, a household with three children meeting the required conditions shall receive government subsidy of P1,400 per month or P15,000 annually.

Beneficiaries should follow certain conditions for the betterment of their health and education. Pregnant women are required to undergo pre- and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by skilled health personnel. Children 0 to 5 years old also must receive regular health check-ups and vaccines; while those 6 to 14 years old are required to take deworming pills.

For the educational conditions, children of beneficiaries aged 3 to 5 must enroll in day care or pre-school classes and register at least an 85 percent attendance. Also, those aged 6 to 14 years must enroll in elementary or high school and attend at least 85 percent of their classes.

The 4Ps program currently subsidizes close to one million households. It covers 670 municipalities and 61 cities across 80 provinces.

Over one million children between 6 to 14 years old are enrolled in elementary and high school and maintain at least 85 percent attendance.

Some 800,000 children 0-5 years old have received immunization and preventive check-ups.

Over 400,000 children 3 to 5 years old are enrolled in day care and pre-school centers with attendance of at least 85 percent.

Close to 40,000 pregnant women have received preventive check-ups and health care under the program. (PIA XI) [top]

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