DSWD to extend 4Ps program to indigenous people in Central Luzon

October 12, 2009 10:52 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 13 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced it will extending its “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” (4Ps) to the members of the Aeta, Abelling and Dumagat tribes living in the Central Luzon provinces of Zambales and Pampanga.

In a statement, the DSWD said it decided to include the three tribes into its beneficiaries roster as majority of them are living below the poverty threshold.

It said its decision was supported by the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP)

4Ps is a flagship program of the government which aims to reduce poverty through investments in human capital.

A household-beneficiary can receive as much as P1,400 a month for a maximum of three children aged six to 14, an amount that would cover the health and education needs of children.

Parents have to comply with the program’s conditionalities in order for them to continue receiving cash grants up to five years.

Director Minda B. Brigoli of DSWD Field Office III said guidelines for the implementation of 4Ps for the indigenous people (IP) will be developed with help from NCIP.

The requirements to qualify the IP community as 4Ps area agreed during the meeting include: a certificate of their ancestral domain, proof of their residency in the IP community, NCIP certification stating they are IP descendants and peace and order in their community.

Selection of household beneficiaries is through the proxy means test which determines the socio-economic category of families. It looks at certain proxy variables such as ownership of assets, type of housing, education of the household head, livelihood of the family and access to water and sanitation facilities, among others.

DSWD and NCIP’s partnership, through 4Ps, guarantees that help will be given to those who truly deserve it.

Director Salong M. Sunggod of NCIP Region III said, “IPs are the most disadvantaged sector in our society and 4Ps is what they really need." (PNA) LDV/PFN

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