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PIA Press Release
2009/10/27

4Ps committed to fight poverty

by MZ Villagomez

Masbate City (27 October) -- Some 1,947 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) have pledged to start taking action and fight poverty by pursuing the seven conditionality of 4Ps.

Parents from the municipalities of Aroroy, Cawaan and Uson in Masbate province have responded positively to the call as part of "Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now" or "Stand United, Fight Poverty" program of the United Nations.

On October 16, this year, the Department of Social Welfare and Development spearheaded an orientation during the community assembly in different barangays of Aroroy and prior to the release of conditional cash grants and cash cards in Masbate City Cultural Center here.

"The orientation has provided a venue for the beneficiaries to know their roles in addressing the problem on poverty through the seven conditionality in support of the five Millennium Development Goals (MDGs namely: a) Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger, b) Achieve Universal Primary Education, c) Improve Maternal Health, d) Reduce Child Mortality, and e) Promote Gender Equality," said Fenina Cantuba, 4Ps municipal link of Aroroy.

The activity is one of the thousands that were held around the globe as part of the United Nations (UN) program seeking the support of all individuals to take responsibility and persuade their local and national leaders to act on responsibly to ensure the achievement of the MDGs by the year 2015.

The activity is one of the thousands that were held around the globe as part of the United Nations (UN) program seeking the support of all individuals to take responsibility and persuade their local and national leaders to act on responsibly to ensure the achievement of the MDGs by the year 2015.

Punong Barangay Maria de la Cruz of Nabungsuran, Aroroy testified that months after the implementation of 4Ps, an increasing number of residents have started to seek for medical check-up for the children and pre-natal check-up for the mothers who are pregnant in the Barangay Health Stations (NHS).

"This is indeed our simple way of fighting poverty one with the world. Through our simple actions we are actually taking part in the global aim of attaining the MDG's", added Captain De la Cruz.

4Ps is the government's program that helps fulfill the country's commitment to meet the MDGs and promote human capital among children and break the intergenerational poverty among poor households.

The conditionalities of the program are:

1) Pregnant household member should avail pre and post-natal check-up and be attended by a skilled medical staff when giving birth;

2) children 3-5 years old should attend day care program and be present for at least 85% of classes;

3) children 6-14 should attend elementary or high school education and attend at least 85% of classes per month;

4) children 0-5 years old should be properly and completely immunized;

5) children 6-14 should be dewormed at least twice a year;

6) children should have their monthly check-up; and,

7) parents should attend parent effectiveness seminars.

The activity is coordinated globally by the United Nations Millennium Campaign and Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) in partnership with different international organizations and agencies. (4Ps-DSWD/PIA) [top]

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