Cash program benefits more than 4.8M poor households

Published January 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

More than 4.8 million poor households have benefitted from the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista has disclosed.

He said the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) has covered more than 4.8 million households in 17 regions and 80 provinces.

Major General Rolando Joselito D. Bautista (John Jerome Ganzon / MANILA BULLETIN FILE pHOTO)
DSWD Secretary and former Army chief Rolando Joselito D. Bautista
(John Jerome Ganzon / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“For 4Ps,  from the initial 300,000 household beneficiaries in 2008, today, more than 4.8 million poor households have been served, as of end of 2019 in 17 regions and 80 provinces making it among the largest targeted social safety net programs in the world and the fourth largest conditional cash transfer program,” Bautista said in his opening remarks at the the DSWD’s 69th founding anniversary celebration on Quezon City on Wednesday night.

He noted that as of September 30, 2019, more than 4.1 million active households were enrolled in the program, which monitors more than 8.2 million school-aged children and 48,644 children aged zero to two.

He said the CCT is “active” in 145 cities, and in more than 1,400 muncipalities.

Bautista cited the 4Ps as one of the  DSWD’s social protection programs which “contributed immensely” to the reduction of poverty incidence from 23.3 percent in 2015 to 16.6 percent in 2018.

Quoting National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary and officer-in-charge Adoration M. Navarro, he said 5.9 million Filipinos have been lifted out of poverty and the government was eyeing to bring down the poverty rate to 14 percent by 2022, benefitting six million Filipinos.

The NEDA earlier cited that the DSWD’s social protection programs contributed to the reduction of poverty incidence by providing additional income to the poorest sector of the society.

“This is proof that the different programs implemented by the DSWD especially the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program also known as conditional cash program directly benefitted the poorest sector of our society,” Bautista said.

Aside from 4Ps, the other pro-poor programs of the DSWD include Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens (SPISC), Supplemental Feeding Program (SFP),  Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive,  Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

Bautista said in 2019, almost 4 million senior citizens benefitted from the SPISC.

 

 

 

 
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