Close to 3,000 indigent residents of Concepcion, Iloilo expected to avail of PGMA's 4Ps

August 27, 2009 11:45 am 

CONCEPCION, Iloilo, Aug. 27 – Close to 3,000 indigent families from this 3rd class municipality are expected to avail of the expansion of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's "Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program" (4Ps).

The 4Ps is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to alleviate poverty.

This was announced by Presidential Assistant for Western Visayas Raul Banias, who personally lobbied before Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral that Concepcion and its three other adjacent municipalities – San Dionisio, Ajuy and Carles – be included in the program.

Banias said that four municipalities of Iloilo according to the Family Income Expenditure Survey (FIES) of National Statistics Office (NSO) are below the poverty line.

However, the province was not included in the DSWD's National Household Targeting System which prompted Banias to call Cabral’s attention.

“I am very happy that Secretary Cabral took cognizance of the request,” he said. “While Iloilo is a first class province yet the poverty incidence is very high.”

The project is expected to kick off once the National Household Targeting System is completed.

Recently, he was informed by DSWD regional director Teresita Rosales that they will soon cover the entire Iloilo province.

Banias also said that the program “shows the concern of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in fighting poverty.”

“These programs such Makamasang Tugon and 4Ps are really addressing the concern of the poor. The 4Ps while it gives out cash voucher to qualified families these are not dole out but conditional in the next five years,” he explained.

A qualified family is entitled to receive P1,400 per month provided they strictly abide by the conditions such as sending their children to school and availment of various health services especially pre- and post-natal check up for pregnant mothers. (PNA)

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