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PGMA showcases government's cash transfer program for the poor in Pasay City

Manila (11 February) -- More help is underway to poor and hungry Filipino families for five consecutive years through President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Pantawid Pamilyang Pinoy Program.

This is what the President's activity today, with the poor in Pasay City is all about. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, looking fresh and in good mood despite her daily hectic schedules, showcased the government's conditional cash transfer program for the poor in Pasay City, Wednesday.

President Arroyo was in a jovial mood as she exchanged light banter with three women beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Relief for the Filipino Family), also known as 4P's, withdraw the money from a Land Bank of the Philippines automated teller machine.

The women beneficiaries were Alma Pamplona who took quite a while in withdrawing the money from the ATM, Kristeta Tiocson, and Ruth Bermudes who when the President noted she is pregnant, was reminded to have pre-natal examinations.

The three are among the 400,000 families who receive as much as P9,000 a year P6,000 for health expenses and P1,000 for the tuition of each child, for a maximum of three children for as long as their kids stay in school.

The government hopes to expand the base of the 4Ps program to as many as 699,000 families by the end of 2009, from 379,000 at the end of 2008.

More help is underway to poor and hungry Filipino families for five consecutive years through President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Pantawid Pamilyang Pinoy Program.

As a manifestation of the President's urgent and sincere desire to further reduce poverty and hunger incidence and reduce the incidence of school drop outs, President Arroyo last year increased the funding from P50 million to a whooping P50 Billion.

This is also a fulfillment of the President's statement that despite the decrease in the number of Filipinos who consider themselves food poor, her Administration will continue to strengthen the anti-poverty and anti-hunger programs.

Through the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pinoy, conditional cash donations will be provided to poor families in destitute areas of the country, who comply with rules that enhance health and learning, in order to uplift the lives of the poorest households in the country.

Being implemented through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Pantawid Pamilyang Pinoy aims to break the poverty cycle by building human capital through health, nutrition and education services for the poorest children aged 0-14 years and their parents.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pinoy program provides a cash grant package of P6,000 a year per household for health check-ups and vaccines, and P3,000 education cash grant package per year to a maximum of three children per household.

The program is being spearheaded by the DSWD in partnership with DOH, DepED, National Anti-Poverty Commission and the Local Government Units.

It is hoped that the beneficiaries will make use of this opportunity that the government is doing for them, to do their share in improving their lot. (PIA 8) [top]

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