CCT grantees, 'Yolanda' survivors in Mahaplag, Leyte receive cash grants –DSWD

April 30, 2014 6:06 am 

MANILA, April 29 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced on Tuesday that 2,064 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) received their pay-out cash grants in the municipal hall of Mahaplag, Leyte last April 23.

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, the cash grantees were encouraged by the officiating priest during a mass before the distribution, Father Roel Cahido, to be thankful for the blessings from God and the kind support of the government aiming to lift them from poverty.

Soliman said the priest also reminded the beneficiaries, who were also survivors from typhoon "Yolanda," to put into good use the cash grants given by the department.

The DSWD chief said many of the beneficiaries interviewed by social workers disclosed that they are saving the CCT cash grants together with the two-month cash grants from the World Food Program (WFP) so that they can use the money for livelihood endeavors like putting up sari-sari stores or selling cooked foods.

Others are saving the money for other purposes, including the repair of the family bancas so that they can resume their fishing activity.

Most of these cash grantees attested that they learned and realized during the Family Development Sessions (FDS) of 4Ps beneficiaries the importance of family unity and helping one another in times of disasters like "Yolanda."

They said that through FDS, they have learned the value of having determination and exploring other possibilities or ways on how can they recover or make use of available resources to recover and not be trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty.

While they are thankful for the relief aid they have received from DSWD, they also want to regain the dignity of being self-reliant or not relying on relief aid alone, that is why they are trying to save and earn by availing of themselves of the Cash-for-Work (CFW) or Cash-for-Asset and Livelihood Program of the department.

Cash grants are given to the 4Ps beneficiaries of DSWD through CCT as part of the poverty alleviation program of the Aquino government.

Under the program, a family with maximum of three children receives cash grants worth P1,400 (P300 per child and P500 as health grant) with the condition that parents send their children to school and make a regular consultation at the health center and attend FDS.

The program wants to ensure that poverty can be eradicated through healthy and educated children who will form the future workforce and become productive members of the society to end the inter-generational cycle of poverty. (PNA)

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