More help opened to poor families thru PGMA's Pantawid Pamilyang Pinoy
Tacloban City (February 1) -- More help is underway to poor and hungry Filipino families for five consecutive years through President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Pantawid Pamilyang Pinoy Program. increased the funding of Ahon Pamilyang Pinoy from P50 million to a whooping P50 Billion.
As a manifestation of the President's urgent and sincere desire to further reduce poverty and hunger incidence and reduce the incidence of school drop outs, President Arroyo last year increased the funding from P50 million to a whooping P50 Billion.
This is also a fulfillment of the President's statement that despite the decrease in the number of Filipinos who consider themselves food poor, her Administration will continue to strengthen the anti-poverty and anti-hunger programs.
Through the implementation of Ahon Pamilyang Pinoy, conditional cash donations will be provided to poor families in destitute areas of the country, who comply with rules that enhance health and learning, in order to uplift the lives of the poorest households in the country.
Being implemented through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Pantawid Pamilyang Pinoy aims to break the poverty cycle by building human capital through health, nutrition and education services for the poorest children aged 0-14 years and their parents.
Pantawid Pamilyang Pinoy has targeted 600 households last year and 20,000 households this year from among the country's ten (10) poorest provinces and the poorest areas in Metro Manila.
The full implementation of the program will start in January 2009 with an average annual increase of 100,000 households nationwide until 2012.
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pinoy program provides a cash grant package of P6,000 a year per household for health check-ups and vaccines, and P3,000 education cash grant package per year to a maximum of three children per household.
The program is being spearheaded by the DSWD in partnership with DOH, DepED, National Anti-Poverty Commission and the Local Government Units.
It is hoped that the beneficiaries will make use of this opportunity that the government is doing for them, to do their share in improving their lot. (PIA 8) [top]