123,993 benefited from 4P’s program in Northeastern, Northern Mindanao

November 2, 2009 10:52 pm 

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 -– The Government poverty alleviation program, the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” or 4P’s already served 123,993 households from the various provinces, cities and municipalities in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) and Northern Mindanao (Region 10).

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), along with local government units (LGUs) will implement the program's Set 3, after the successful completion of Set 1 and Set 2.

A consolidated report from the DSWD said that Caraga region got the highest number of household beneficiaries in Set 1 and Set 2 with 68,282 while Region 10 served 55,711 household beneficiaries.

Record from the two regions also showed that close to P300 million were already disbursed to 4P’s household beneficiaries.

“We are already in the move of identifying other household beneficiaries for Set 3 that may commence anytime in the Caraga region,” said region’s 4P’s focal person Neda P. Barrios.

She said that 18 towns in the Caraga region, mostly in Surigao del Sur and some parts in Surigao del Norte, Surigao City, Agusan del Norte and Dinagat Islands are targeted for Set 3.

Northeastern Mindanao DSWD Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat is personally spearheading the 4P’s project in the Caraga region.

On the other hand, Northern Mindanao Regional Information 1 Recthie Tolinero said that region’s coordinators and managers are already identifying some potential household beneficiaries for Set 3.

Thes provinces are in Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Camiguin and Bukidnon.

Last week, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered the DSWD to also include the highlanders, particularly the Higaonon tribe in Misamis, Bukidnon and Agusan in the 4P’s program. The Chief Executive issued the directive while in Cagayan de Oro to address the First Mindanao Cooperative Summit.

It was recalled that the local chief executives from 93 provinces, cities and municipalities signified their full support, through signing the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), on the implementation of the program in their respective areas. The MOA stipulates the duties and responsibilities of the DSWD and LGUs, to effectively and efficiently implement the program.

At present, there are 255 municipalities and 15 cities located in 45 provinces covered by 4P’s. The 4P’s program started last year.

With the expansion, 4P’s targets to provide a total of 700,000 households throughout the country. The expansion was approved by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with corresponding additional budget of P5 billion.

The areas included for implementation were selected from the 100 poorest municipalities from the poorest provinces based on 2003 Small Area Estimates (SAE) of the National Statistical and Coordination Board (NSCB). The DSWD used a Proxy Means Test, scientifically-designed system, in the identification of the poorest households that were included in the program.

A household-beneficiary with three children, 0-14 years of age, can receive a maximum of P1,400 a month or P15,000 annually as long as they comply with the conditionalities on health and education. Conditionalities include, 1) pregnant women must avail of pre- and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by skilled attendant; 2) parents must attend responsible parenthood sessions; 3) 0-5 years old children must receive regular preventive check-ups and vaccines; 4) 3-5 years old children must attend day care or pre-school classes at least 85% of the time; 5) 6-14 years old must be enrolled in elementary and high school at least 85 percent of the time, and; 6) 0-5 years old must receive de-worming twice a year. (PNA)



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