Four Aklan towns to benefit from 4Ps program
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (18 June) -- Four municipalities in Aklan were identified as beneficiaries for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
The 4Ps program is a poverty reduction program, through the provision of conditional cash assistance to the poorest households.
Initially, according to Aklan Governor S. Marquez in his report over local radio stations here, the first two municipalities, Libacao and Madalag, had a ceremonial MOA signing in Landbank-Manila in May 2009 attended by DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral, and local officials from Aklan, along with other provinces from all over the country.
For Aklan, present were Governor Carlito s. Marquez, Mayor Charito Navarosa of Libacao, Mayor Rex Gubatina of Madalag, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Elma S. Malbas, and Municipal Social and Development Officers of Libacao and Madalag.
Under the program, conditional cash grants will be given to the identified households provided they comply with the following conditions: 1) Pregnant women must undergo pre-natal and post natal care; 2) Parents should attend sessions on Responsible Parenthood, mother's class; 3) Children 0-5 years old must receive regular preventive health check ups and vaccines; 4) Children 3-5 years old must attend Day Care or pre-school classes at least 85% of the time; 5) Children 6-14 years old must enroll in elementary or high school and attended at least 85% of the time; and 6) Children 6-14 years old must avail of deworming pills every five months.
Cash assistance, according to the DSWD, will be released through Landbank ATM. Beneficiaries will receive the cash grants for the period of five years.
The 4Ps program provides P6,000 a year or P500 per household for health and nutrition expenses and P3,000 for one school year (ten months) or P300 per month per child. A maximum of 3 children per household is allowed.
A household with three qualified children shall have a subsidy of P1,400 per month of P15,000 annually as long as they comply with the conditions.
For the entire country, 4Ps targets 321,000 poorest households over a period of 5 years (2009-2013) with a budget of 5 billion pesos per year.
The selection of beneficiaries is based on the 2006 Family Income and Expenditure Survey, which was conducted by the DSWD in provinces/municipalities. (PIA) [top]