MOA strengthening 4Ps a step towards full realization of help for poor – Aquino

February 11, 2011 12:47 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 10 — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday lauded the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Social Welfare and Development and local government units strengthening the implementation of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) saying “it brought us a step closer into realizing a true poverty alleviation program for our less fortunate brethren.”

The MOA, which was signed in simple ceremonies in Malacañang this afternoon, was witnessed by the Chief Executive.

The MOA aims to benefit 2.3 million families covering 936 municipalities and 74 cities in 79 provinces nationwide by December 2011.

“Sa ating pagsasanib-pwersa, humahakbang tayo papalapit sa katuparan ng programang magsusulong sa kalusugan, nutrisyon at edukasyon ng mga maralitang Pilipino,” the President said.

“Ang pagkakaisa po natin ang susi para magtagumpay ang 4Ps.

He called on all stakeholders and concerned citizens, whom he called “frontliners” to work with dedication to ensure the success of the 4Ps, also known as the conditional cash transfer (CCT).

The 4Ps is a poverty reduction and social development strategy of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education particularly of children aged 0 – 14.

The President also called on stakeholders and concerned citizens to show to the world that the 4Ps is not a simple dole-out.

“Patunayan natin sa mga nagdadalawang isip na ang CCT ay hindi isang limos sa halip ito ay isang bagong simula para sa maralita nating kababayan upang tuloy na silang makaahon sa kahirapan,” the President said.

He vowed that the government would do all it could to ensure the success of the 4Ps.

“Doble kayod ang ating administrasyon sa pagtitiyak na hindi mabibigo ang pagpapatupad ng 4Ps,” the President said. (PNA)

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