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PIA Press Release
2009/10/10

DSWD orients partners on 4Ps

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (10 September) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-CAR), in coordination with the City Government, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), recently held a Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program(4Ps) Orientation for City Action Team cum Grievance Redress System and Compliance Verification System Re-echo.

According to DSWD-CAR 4Ps Regional Focal Person Mary Ann Buclao, the activity aims to orient partners in the health department - city health officers, midwives and barangay health officials, about 4Ps and on how to monitor the health conditionality of the said program.

"4Ps is a conditional cash transfer program wherein each family beneficiary can get a cash grant as high as P1,400 per month and we cannot just give the cash grant to the beneficiaries who do not comply with the conditions. We have to monitor the beneficiary's compliance, like the health conditions of having regular check-up and the availing of immunizations and vaccines," Buclao said.

Our objective is to orient our partners in the health sector to the (4Ps) program and to their responsibilities, so as for them to have the same level of understanding and to ensure that every partner agency is doing its job," City Assistant Social Welfare and Development Officer Edith Furigay said.

Buclao said that the implementation of 4Ps in the city is on track in terms of the expected target and outcome.

The beneficiaries are very good in complying with the conditions. "Sa Baguio wala naming problema, as health is accessible and we have the supply needs of the beneficiaries. The schools are also doing their job, very accessible din naman ang mga school sa ating mga beneficiaries," Furigay added

Buclao also disclosed that the city's 663 beneficiaries are almost set to receive their June, July and August payments. They can now get their cash grants 24/7, they can get it anytime on any Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) branches and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) facilities, as we have already released to them their ATM Cash Cards last month," she said.

from Baguio, DSWD-CAR also already issued ATM Cash Cards to 4Ps beneficiaries in 14 municipalities in Abra and the 4Ps beneficiaries in Conner, Apayao.

Meanwhile, the government, through the directive of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be allotting about P5 Billion additional budget to increase the beneficiaries to one million by the end of this year. Adding 300,000 more beneficiaries to the present 700,000 household beneficiaries, will bring the annual 4Ps budget to P15 Billion.

In CAR, there are a total of 13,078 4Ps beneficiaries. (PIA) [top]

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