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4Ps to benefit additional 32,325 households in Bicol

by MZ Villagomez

Legazpi City (24 February) -- Some 32,325 new household beneficiaries covering 46 municipalities in all provinces of the Bicol region will benefit from the government's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here.

Remia Tapispisan, DSWD Bicol director, elaborated that for Set 3 areas, the validation and registration for the first seven new municipalities were conducted last January 17-28, this year "An estimated 7,643 potential household beneficiaries registered in Dimasalang, Mobo, Palanas, and Cataingan towns in Masbate; Pilar and Castilla in Sorsogon and Balatan, Camarines Sur," she added.

Registration for Bacacay, Malilipot, Manito, Pioduran, Rapu-Rapu and Sto. Domingo of Albay province; Garchitorena, Camarines Sur and Matnog, Sorsogon will be conducted this month, while the registration for the remaining municipalities are still to be set.

Selection of Set 3 areas of the program is based on the 2003 Small Area Estimates, poverty incidence, and pockets of poverty of the municipality.

Poverty incidence refers to the proportion of families/individuals with per capita income/expenditure less than the per capita poverty threshold to the total number of families/individuals.

Pockets of poverty refer to the geographical area/s in the barangay or municipality/city where clusters of poor households reside. These areas are characterized by pre-determined indicator.

The other set of 3 areas are Mercedes, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Paracale, Sta. Elena and Capalonga in Camarines Norte; Bagamanoc, Caramoran, Pandan in Catanduanes; Ligao City, Tabaco City, Legazpi City, Polangui, Jovellar, Pioduran, Bacacay, Daraga in Albay; Naga City, Cabusao, Siruma, Tinambac, Caramoan, Presentacion, Sagnay, San Jose, Bula, Ragay, Del Gallego, Libmanan, Lupi, Pasacao, Minalabac and Pamplona in Camarines Sur.

4Ps is a poverty alleviation program of the government under President Gloria Arroyo that aims to help the poorest of the poor by extending conditional cash grants to household beneficiaries by complying to verifiable conditions set by the program.

Bicol has 56,124 household beneficiaries from its Set 1 and 2 areas namely: Cawayan, Esperanza, Placer, Uson, Balud, San Pascual, Claveria, Monreal, Mandaon, Milagros and Aroroy in Masbate; Libon, Albay; and Donsol, Sorsogon. (4Ps IO DSWD V/PIA) [top]

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