Arroyo leads release of 4Ps cash grants in Iloilo
Iloilo City (17 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led in the release of cash grants amounting to P933,800 to 319 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamlyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) at the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) Jaro branch this city.
Social Welfare and Development regional director Teresita Rosales said that was the third time that the beneficiaries availed of their subsidies.
The first release was in May this year, amounting to P5,546,200 covering 2,875 beneficiaries, while the second was in June amounting to P5,607,460 covering 2,855 beneficiaries.
The cash grants personally handed to the beneficiaries by President Arroyo covered the subsidies for June to August 2009.
Arroyo observed some beneficiaries withdraw their grants through the automated teller machine (ATM) and handed cash to those who were not able to accomplish their ATM cards yet.
The 4Ps is the government's poverty alleviation program which capitalizes of human development by providing cash assistance to the poor to alleviate their needs and consequently break the cycle og poverty.
Under the program, a household can receive as much as P1,400 per month for a maximum of three children broken down as P500 for nutrition and health expenses, and P300 per month per child for a maximum of three children for educational expenses.
Romina Calvo, 34 years old housewife from Bgy. Quintin Salas, with three children said she was so overwhelmed not only for what she received but for the fact that she received it personally from the President.
"First time sa life ko nga mameet personally and isa ka Presidente sang pungsod, daw damgo nga nagmatuod. Salamat kay Presidente Arroyo (It is my first time to meet a President of the country, a dream come true. Thanks to President Arroyo)," Romina said.
For her the cash subsidy has helped so much in their daily needs, especially in sending her children to school and in providing their basic health needs.
Widow Bella Bacia of Bgy, Cubay supports eight children through hog fattening which is never enough for their daily needs.
"Sa cash grant, mabakal ko ang school needs kag vitamins sang mga bata (with the cash grant, I can buy the children's school needs and some vitamins)" Bella said.
Sixty-six years old Rolando Roldan of Bgy. Buntatala, raises eight children by just driving a trisikad, but with the 4Ps cash grants, he can sustain the school needs of three of these kids and even see to it that their health is being looked after.
These grantees said that with the 4Ps they are enabled to see to it that their children are in school, that they avail of health care and that as parents they learn to be responsible, as part of the conditions they have to comply with for them to continue to avail of the program.
According to the DSWD, Iloilo City has a total of 2,953 grantees involving the amount of P12,421,100 released as of October 17, 2009. (PIA6/ESS) [top]