4Ps brass visits 4Ps area; school and health center heads attest positive impact of 4PS
Zamboanga City (16 September) -- DSWD Assistant Secretary and National Deputy Director for 4Ps Parisya Taradji, was in Zamboanga del Norte last week to visit 4Ps beneficiaries and meet with the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) with regards to the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
Assec. Taradji was accompanied by DSWD Regional Director Teodulo Romo and some RAC members from NEDA, LandBAnk, DepEd, DOH, DILG and some staff from the DSWD Field Office for the dialogue with the beneficiaries pertaining to issues regarding the program.
San Antonio, an interior barangay of Katipunan, is home to some 184 household beneficiaries. Heads of these households, wearing their 4Ps shirts, flocked at the Barangay's basketball court to meet with the stakeholders and clarify issues with them. Queries on reduced monthly cash grants and airing of some grievances were also responded to and ironed out during the said dialogue.
Assec. Taradji also visited some of the barangay's facility such as the elementary school and day care center. She was greeted by the schoolchildren whose enthusiasm to see the official was evident on their young faces.
Assessing 4Ps impact
Meanwhile, Ms. Antoniņa Gallo, school principal of the San Antonio Elementary School revealed that a 4.2% increase in the number of enrollees for school year 2010-2011 was noted. "Records show that a 7% increase was evident from the 3.5% rate last year vis-a-vis to the baseline data of 2008 school records", says Ms. Gallo. She also revealed that parents are now very supportive of their children and participative in the school activities that require their involvement. Likewise, Ms. Teresita Matildo, the Municipal Social Welfare Officer reported a considerable increase in the number of kids attending day care services.
On the other hand, Dr. Samonte, head of the Municipal Health Center, also shared significant milestones of the program in terms of health. From last year's rate of 85% of the children in the barangay fully-immunized, an increase of 10% was noted. Pregnant women are now beginning to realize the importance of pre-natal consultations as well as the need to be attended to by qualified medical practitioners during child birthing. Due to the need to provide round the clock service to the beneficiaries, the health center now operates 24 hours a day.
After the barangay visit, a joint-meeting of the Regional Advisory Committee and the Regional Project Management Office of DSWD ensued to confer on issues affecting smooth implementation of the program such as the over-the-counter payments processes and supply-side assessment.
With the continued support of the local government units and of the inter-agency committee members, as well as the dedication of the program implementers and the interest of the beneficiaries in helping themselves, there is no reason why these people cannot rise above poverty and be functional citizens who will help mold the leaders of tomorrow. (DSWD/ PIA ZC) [top]