By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has led the assessment of its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) household beneficiaries in Central Mindanao, months after the institutionalization of the program.
DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista led the two-day field assessment that aims to determine the level of success of Filipino families under the 4Ps.
Bautista was also joined by DSWD Regional Director Cezario Joel Espejo and 4Ps National Program Director Gemma Gabuya.
During the assessment, Bautista had a chance to meet with the parent-leaders of Malungon and Malandag in Sarangani; and Tantangan in South Cotabato where he encouraged them to support the anti-poverty initiatives of the government.
The results of the assessment will serve as reference for the planning of government interventions and programs towards the improvement of the lives of poor families across the nation.
The 4Ps is an investment in human capital which seeks to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by focusing on education and health of the beneficiaries.
It uses the conditional cash transfer scheme to provide cash grants to the beneficiaries who comply with the program conditionalities which are: children three to 18 years old must be enrolled in kindergarten, elementary, and high school, and attend classes at least 85 percent of the time each month; children five years old and below must receive regular preventive health check-ups, growth monitoring, and vaccines; pregnant women get pre and post-natal care (must be attended by skilled/professional health workers); children in elementary must receive de-worming pills twice a year; and attendance of the grantee/parent/guardian to the monthly family development sessions.
On April 17, 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the institutionalization of 4Ps under the Republic Act 11310.
DSWD said the continuity and sustainability of the program can now be assured, prioritizing farmers and fisher folks, strengthening livelihood and employment opportunities for beneficiaries, ensuring civil society organizations’ seats in the advising councils, and providing automatic coverage to Philhealth.
The law will further boost its goal of helping poor families achieve a better quality of life, thereby, contributing to the reduction of poverty incidence to 14 percent by 2022, as set by the Duterte administration, it added.