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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

DSWD allots P313.43M for its pro-poor programs in Central Luzon

by Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Jan 3 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) allotted a total of P313.43 million for the implementation of its various pro-poor programs in Central Luzon in 2011.

DSWD regional information officer Evelyn Manalo disclosed that P106.75 million of the figure was allocated for 28,555 household beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya; P9.23 million for 1,715 recipients of the Self Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K); P859,000 for 117 recipients of SEA-K Family Enterprise; P24.09 million for 7,841 grantees of the Social Pension; P131.72 million for 135,796 recipients of the Supplemental Feeding; and P40.78 million for 14,505 beneficiaries of the Cash-for-work (CFW).

Pantawid Pamilya provides a household with three qualified children a subsidy of P1,400 per month during school months (June–March) and P500 per month during non-school months (April-May) as long as they comply with certain conditions like the regular visit of children in health centers to avail immunization and maintenance of a class attendance rate of at least 85 percent per month for those who are enrolled in day care centers or schools.

The SEA-K, on the other hand, is a capability building program that seeks to enhance the skills of poor families through the organization of community-based associations for entrepreneurial development.

SEA-K group projects range from food processing (tocino, longganisa) to bag making.

Moreover, the Social Pension provides a monthly stipend of P500 to indigent senior Cctizens aged 77 years old and above who are not receiving any pension, without any permanent source of income and have no regular support from relatives while the Supplement Feeding gives nutritious food to day care children.

Meanwhile, CFW recipients work on identified community projects for 11 days which earn them P3,146 or P286 per day.

Among the projects beneficiaries work on include river dredging and embankment, repair of small scale irrigation, and tree planting and other reforestation activities. (WLB/CLJD-PIA 3)

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