CSO supports Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program via Unity Walk in Manila on April 15

April 14, 2016 3:33 am 

MANILA, April 13 — A civil society organization (CSO) — iHELP-Manila — will lead a Unity Walk in Manila on Friday, April 15, at 2 p.m. in support of the enactment by Congress of the bill seeking to institutionalize the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to reduce poverty and promote human capital development.

iHELP-Manila is a CSO facilitating the Family Development Session (FDS) through the 4Ps or Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program.

“The advocacy walk will start from their respective district assembly points towards the Quirino Grandstand to be participated in by more than 15,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Manila. This endeavor will hopefully solicit the support of the senators in passing the bill,” said Pastora Lydia Serrano, IHELP-Manila Coordinator.

She added that they have also invited some people from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which is the agency implementing the 4Ps.

Serrano said that other groups supporting the program are also setting up same activities in the coming weeks to further bring the issue of institutionalizing the 4Ps or CCT program closer to the current senators and those seeking Senate seats in the forthcoming elections.

FDS is one of the components of the conditionalities that 4Ps beneficiaries are attending once a month. It is an effective mechanism to enhance the quality of life of the poor.

The CSO said the poverty reduction program should be sustained by an acceptable and relevant legislation.

It can be recalled that the House of Representatives, voting 127-8, has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to institutionalize the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The approved measure, House Bill No. 6393, was endorsed for plenary approval by the House Committees on Poverty Alleviation chaired by Rep. Salvio B. Fortuno (5th District, Camarines Sur) and on Appropriations chaired by Rep. Isidro T. Ungab (3rd District, Davao City).

The bill provides that the State recognizes the need to strengthen the solidarity of the family and actively promote its total development.

It also states that it is the obligation of the State to promote a just and dynamic social order that will ensure the prosperity and independence of the nation and free the people from poverty through policies that provide adequate social services, promote full employment, a rising standard of living, and an improved quality of life for all. (PNA)

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