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Feature: From fraction to whole

by Recthie B. Tolinero

Cagayan de Oro City (4 March) -- Mukindi Matuan, 30, of Purok Kiazar, Kiazar, Tagoloan, Lanao del Norte is one of the 1,149 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in the municipality.

With four (4) children aged 8, 7, 3, and 2 months, she has been entitled to receive P1,100 per month.

"Mas ganahan ko nga naa na'y 4Ps karon kay isip usa ka duaya, lisud nang pirmi kang naa'y katunga sa gaihatag nga kwarta sa imu pero niini, kabalo ko nga wala'y kabahin akong mga anak (I like it better now when 4Ps was implemented because as a woman who shares one husband with another woman, it is very hard to receive a fraction of your husband's income but now I really know that my children will have the whole amount from 4Ps)," she said in a wide grin.

Her eldest child is in Grade 1 while her second child is in daycare. Her husband, who has three (3) wives, is a farmer and is earning around P5,000 every four (4) months. Mukindi only gets one-third of the monthly income and whenever she runs short with her budget, she taps on the other wives of her husband for rice and other goods.

"Maglisud gyud mi sa pagkaon busa dili na kaayo mi makahuna-huna ug pa-eskwela sa mga bata. Miyakaogop so 4Ps ka kiyalbodan so kaoyagan ami, miyakaogop ko mga wata ami sa eskwelaan (We find it hard to provide food for our children that is why we don't think much on spending for their education. But with 4Ps, our income was augmented and so we sent the children to school)," Mukindi shared.

According to Mukindi, she never thought of sending her children to school because of the expenses but when she was informed that 4Ps requires all children of the beneficiaries to be in school at least 85% of the time, she immediately enrolled her children for the first time. She also happily shared that during her recent pregnancy, she never had a difficulty in giving birth since she has visited their health center for pre-natal check-up. She never thought that it is easier to give birth when one really consults a health worker.

Mukindi admittedly said that she is usually attended by unprofessional health worker or hilot but when she opted to go to a skilled health worker, she has never felt so secured as well as she is also confident that her child will be normally delivered. Presently, Mukindi often visit the health center for immunizations for her youngest child and post-natal care. (DSWD X) [top]

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