PGMA to give cash to 4Ps beneficiaries in Iloilo City

October 16, 2009 9:48 am 

ILOILO CITY, Oct. 16 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will lead tomorrow the distribution of cash assistance under “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” (4Ps), to help poor households defray the cost of health, nutrition and education.

The President will hand out the cash assistance to 4Ps beneficiaries on Saturday at the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) branch in Jaro Plaza. To assist the President are Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Teresita Rosales, and LandBank Jaro Branch Manager Lina Aman.

The 4Ps program is part of the economic resiliency plan (ERP) to fight poverty and invest in human capital. Conceptualized in 2006, the program targets 640,000 families with nearly two million children, aged 0-14.

Recipients can withdraw the cash grants from a LandBank automated teller machine (ATM) using a cash card issued under the program. The program provide cash grants of P6,000 per year for the health and nutrition expenses of each identified household, plus P3,000 per year for the educational expenses of up to a maximum of three children per household.

A household with three qualified children can get the maximum allowable subsidy as long they comply with certain conditions such as attendance in responsible parenthood sessions, pre- and post-natal care, preventive health checkups and vaccinations.

Children aged 5 years old must also attend day care or pre-school classes, while those aged 6 to 14 years old must enroll in elementary or high school and attend at least 85 percent of the time.

In 2008, a total of 321,000 households from Pasay, Caloocan and the country’s poorest provinces benefited from the program. The 4Ps program is patterned after the successful Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) anti-poverty programs in Latin America and Africa and is cited as one of the key factors behind the positive socio-economic outcomes achieved by Brazil where 11 million families are currently enrolled in the program. (PNA) /V3/OPS/utb/

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