4Ps beneficiaries reach 86,726 families in Caraga
Tubay, Agusan del Norte (7 December) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) said at least 8, 555 potential household beneficiaries have registered to avail of the newly expanded Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P's), the government's poverty alleviation program.
The Caraga region DSWD hopes to enlist as beneficiaries under the expanded program households from the municipalities of Santiago and Tubay, both of Agusan del Norte province; San Agustin, Tago, Cortes, all of Surigao del Sur province; Alegria and Sta. Monica, both of Surigao del Norte; and San Jose of Dinagat Islands in Surigao del Norte province.
According to Region XIII DSWD director Mercedita P. Jabagat, the additional 4P's potential households were part of the expansion of 4P's for set 3-D area in order to accommodate more poor households in the region.
The registration of 4P's potential household just ended last week.
The registered 4P's beneficiaries will receive a monthly cash grant of as much as P1,400.00 to meet their needs in health, nutrition and education, provided that they will comply to the conditions set by program.
"As a 4P's beneficiary and a parent leader, I am aware of the conditionalities set by the program. We need to comply these conditionalities for us to remain in the list of beneficiaries," said Gracelyn Baton of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.
Baton said under the program, the family with 0-5 years old children must ensure that they have regular check-ups.
She said, children aged 3-5 must be enrolled in day care and must have at least 85 percent of the school attendance while children aged 6-14 must be enrolled in elementary or high school and must also have at least 85 percent of the school attendance.
Baton added that pregnant women beneficiaries must avail of the pre- and post-natal care and must be attended by skilled health personnel. The 4P's also requires the parents or guardians to regularly attend Family Development Session."
To date, a total of 86, 726 beneficiaries are already receiving the cash grant throughout Caraga region.
Juliet Bustano, a mother of eight and a resident of Purok 1, El Rio, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur was so elated when she became a beneficiary of 4Ps. Julieta is always thankful to the program "4Ps help us in the school expenses of my children, we were also able to buy nutritious foods and I am just so happy that somehow we will not be too burdened with it," Juliet said.
4P's is one of the flagship programs of the government in reducing poverty in the country.
With this, only the department and no other government agencies and LGU's could add and exclude beneficiaries in the program. (MUC/PIA-Caraga) [top]