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PIA Press Release
2009/06/25

DSWD launches Pantawid Program in Lanao Sur

by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

Marawi City (25 June) -- Poor households in Lanao del Sur are now entitled to receive the conditional cash assistance of the national government in the next five years.

In line with the 50th founding anniversary celebration of Lanao del Sur, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD-ARMM), in coordination with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWD), recently launched the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program otherwise known as the 4Ps.

4Ps is a poverty reduction strategy of the national government that provides cash grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education particularly of children aged 0-14.

During the launching held at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall, 100 beneficiaries availed of the program. Half of the beneficiaries come from the municipality of Bubong while the remaining comes from Ditsaan-Ramain.

4Ps ARMM Regional Coordinator Eduardo S. Baird revealed that in Lanao del Sur some 1,245 beneficiaries from Bubong and 1,646 from Ditsaan-Ramain will benefit from the Pantawid program.

Baird also disclosed that 4Ps beneficiaries will be receiving as much as P1, 400 per month for a period of five years.

He said they will receive cash grants of P500 per month for a period of five years under the health package component.

Under the educational package component, they are entitled to receive cash grants of P300 per month per child, for a maximum of three children, Baird further said.

They are only entitled for 10 months under the educational component because this is the period during which the children would be in school, he added.

Baird further stressed that the 4Ps is not a dole-out program of the government.

Beneficiaries, he said, must comply with certain conditions in terms of education and health to continue receiving the cash grants.

To receive the cash grants, beneficiaries should comply with the following conditions: Pregnant women must get pre- and post natal care and be attended by a skilled / trained professional during childbirth; parents must ensure that their children attend school at least 855 of the time; children 0 to 5 years must receive regular preventive health checkups and vaccines; children 3-5 years old must attend day care or pre-school classes; and, children 6-14 years old must be in school and avail of deworming pills every five months. (PIA-Marawi City) [top]

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