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Kalinga 4Ps beneficiaries get cash grants

Tabuk, Kalinga (12 June) -- Some 2,722 families from the four target municipalities of the province have recently received their cash assistance from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) a poverty reduction strategy of the Arroyo Administration that provides grants to extremely poor households to improve the health, nutrition and education particularly of children aged 0-14 months.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Digna Dalutag said that in Kalinga, the 4Ps covered the municipalities of Lubuagan with 776 household beneficiaries, Tinglayan with 756, Pasil with 626 and Tanudan where 564 beneficiaries were identified.

The provision of the monthly grant for five years she said manifests the sincerity of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to help the poor Filipinos cope with the current global crisis.

In her message, Kalinga Governor Floydelia Diasen appealed to the beneficiaries to use the money as intended and comply with the conditions set by the government to ensure that the program would serve its purpose.

"The President has given us the 4Ps to help us care for our families especially for our young children," she said underscoring that it should be used for the "immediate need of the family" like food, health needs and education.

"As recipients it is your counterpart to ensure that your children must attend schooling," she said stressing that there is no reason for poor children not to attend school considering that government is offering free education both in the elementary and secondary level.

The 4Ps was conceptualized as social assistance through the provision of cash assistance to the poor as a short term poverty alleviation and as social development seen to break the intergenerational poverty cycle through investments in human capital.

This flagship program of the Arroyo administration provides a beneficiary as much as P1,400.00 for maximum of three children that includes P500.00 per month for nutrition and health expenses and P300 per month per child with a maximum of three children per household for educational expenses.

As their counterpart, beneficiaries have to comply with certain conditions to continue receiving the monthly cash grants.

Stressing the vital role of both parents, the governor said that parents still play a bigger role in providing for the family. It is the responsibility of the parents to feed and send their children to school. So let us not blame the President if our children are malnourished or not educated," she said.

Aside from the 4Ps, the governor likewise informed the participants of other government programs being implemented in the province initiated by the Arroyo Administration in support to poor Filipino children within the 0-14 months of age.

These she said include the Healthy Start Feeding Program for Day care children, Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), Garantisadong Pambata and several others.

For those who graduated from high school, the government is also sponsoring skills training that ensure better job opportunities through the TESDA (Technical Education Skills Development Authority), she said.

In order for the government to deliver its program effectively, we need to strengthen our partnership through your cooperation and compliance to the requirements for us to succeed in helping the poor Filipino families, she added. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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