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PIA Press Release
2009/10/28

Feature: 4Ps securing the lives of children

by MZ Villagomez

Masbate Province (28 October) -- Parents would always want their children to be safe. Even if, accidents would always be around no matter how guarded your kids are and parents would always take precautions.

This is the reason the parent-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of barangay Morocborocan in Monreal town here built a fence along the cliff by the sea.

"Pag gabi po kasi nakakatakot dumaan kasi hindi mo alam kung saan ka aapak at kung saang direksyon" (It is frightening to walk here at night because you donít know where to step and to what direction), said Lenie Rodriguez, a parent leader.

"Tt is very dangerous for the children at night and especially when there is no electricity," she related.

Aside from building fences, they also built cottages that will not only serve as their meeting place, but also a place to rest for the community folks.

"Ito po ang naisipan naming gawin na community project para naman hindi lang puro bigay sa amin ang gobyerno, kundi kami rin ay nakakapagbigay tulong din sa iba, di man sa pamamaraan ng pagbibigay pera, pero sa pangangalaga naman sa kapakanan ng ating mga kalooban" (This is what we decided to do as a community project, so that it would not always be the government helping us, but for us to also help others, not through money but through taking care of our children)," she added.

This is one of the community projects of different 4Ps beneficiaries have done. Under 4Ps, beneficiaries should not only comply with the given conditionality but also make certain community projects or participation that will benefit not only their members but all the residents of the community.

With this, they are being practiced to participate in different social activities that would empower them and help them survive life. (4Ps IO-DSWD/PIA) [top]

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