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DSWD implements PGMA's 4Ps in whole Eastern Visayas region

Tacloban City (December 5) -- The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is set to be implemented in the entire Eastern Visayas Region.

This was disclosed by Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 8 Director Letecia Corillo during the year-end evaluation meeting of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines Leyte Chapter in Sabin Resort on December 3, 2009.

Director Corillo however, stressed that only the identified poorest of the poor who will meet the criteria will be registered with the program. She added that only local government units with more that 50 percent of their constituents are considered poor will be included in the program.

Director Corillo said that the 4Ps is currently being implemented in Northern Samar and in Samar provinces.

In the meantime enumeration is already being conducted in the four other provinces in the Region namely, Eastern Samar, Southern Leyte, Biliran and Leyte and will hopefully be completed this December.

Director Corillo said that the identification of beneficiaries will hopefully be completed this December so that DSWD will be able to release the final list of beneficiaries early next year.

About 27,000 enumerators have been hired by the DSWD in order that the identification of the beneficiaries will be fast tracked, Director Corillo disclosed.

In Samar's 24 municipalities and one City, the target beneficiaries targeted is 44,406 households or families.

The 4Ps, which was officially launched by the President in March 2007, provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition, and education, particularly of children aged 0-14 years old.

Under the program, P6,000 a year or P500 per month for health and nutrition expenses and P3,000 for one school year or P300 a month per child for educational expenses is given to households who have been pre-determined by the DSWD to be among the poorest of the poor.

A family with three qualified children can receive the assistance monthly provided that they diligently follow certain conditions such as availment of health services by pregnant mothers and children aged 0-14, enrolment in schools of children 3-14 years old with attendance not lower than 85% of the time. Parents are also required to attend parenting sessions regularly.

Director Corillo said that they are committed to closely monitor the spending of the money to assure that the amount is being used to uplift the nutritional status and educational achievement of children.

For households which are composed of children who were abandoned by their parents and are under the care of their grandparents of guardians, they will also qualify for as long as the children are below 16 years of age, Director Corillo said. (PIA 8) [top]

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