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PIA Press Release
2008/11/05

Mati releases initial Pantawid funds

Mati City (5 November) -- A total of P1,050,000 shall be released November 4 and 5 to the first 700 family beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

DSWD Davao Region chief Ester Acebedo-Versoza said qualified families for Manay and Caraga towns have reached 5838. "For today and tomorrow, we shall conduct over-the-counter release to 700 family heads through Land Bank Mati branch," Acebedo-Versoza bared.

Today, beneficiaries of the two towns will also be awarded official identification cards which they will present whenever they claim monthly subsidy, Acebedo-Versoza said.

Davao City has been included in the program whose potential beneficiaries are about 3000 families from the three congressional districts, Acebedo-Versoza added.

Earlier, DSWD enumerators conducted a Household Survey in Caraga, Manay and Davao City which was followed by a Validation of Survey Results to determine the final list of qualified families.

Within the next five years, 4Ps shall grant health, nutrition and education cash packages to qualified households. Five hundred pesos will be extended per month per family for health check-ups, vaccinations and food while P300 shall be provided every month per child for school needs. Thus, a household with three qualified children can obtain a subsidy of P15,000 annually as long as it meets some conditionalities like sending children to school and bringing them to health centers regularly, and receiving pre- and post- natal care for mothers.

The goal of 4Ps is to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty by fostering change in behavior among parents and encouraging them to invest in their and their children's future with respect to health, nutrition and education. For this year, 4Ps shall involve 123,186 households and about 360,000 children nationwide. (DSWD/degsduron-PIA XI) [top]

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