DSWD releases over PhP5M for 4Ps in Iloilo City

May 20, 2009 3:16 am 

ILOILO CITY, May 19 – Close to 3,000 beneficiaries here will receive their cash grants from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in line with the agency’s “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program”, more popularly known as 4Ps.

A total of PhP5.7 million will be distributed Wednesday and Thursday to beneficiaries from the city’s seven districts namely, Arevalo, City Proper, Jaro I and II, Lapaz, Mandurriao and Molo.

Main implementer of the program is the DSWD, in cooperation with the Iloilo City government and Land Bank of the Philippines.

“This is the first release of 4Ps for Iloilo City, covering the months of January and February this year,” said Alma Jornadal, DSWD’s person-in-charge of the distribution activity.

The program is a poverty reduction strategy of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s administration that gives out cash grants to extremely poor households in order to improve their health, nutrition and education.

Beneficiaries can receive cash assistance amounting to PhP6,000 a year or PhP500 a month per household for health and nutrition expense.

Poor families with children aged zero to 14 years old can avail of PhP3,000 subsidy for one school year or 10 months, or equivalent to PhP300 per child for education expenses.

A beneficiary-family can have a maximum of three children in the said age group to qualify for the subsidy.

Jornadal said 4Ps was first implemented in Antique province last year, with five towns, composed of Valderrama, San Remigio, Laua-an, Barbaza, and Bugasong availing of the program.

DSWD expended more than PhP44 million for the province as of last quarter of 2008 figures.

The national government has initially allotted PhP5 billion a year for five years for the implementation of 4Ps, but Jornadal said it could add more since a lot of people want to avail of the program. (PNA)

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