Thursday, 12 February 2009

Beneficiaries hail Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program as "pantawid buhay"


For Alma Pamplona, Cresteta Siocson and Analliza Begas, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is "pantawid buhay" indeed.

The three 4Ps beneficiaries in Pasay City recounted today how the government’s assistance program for the poorest of the poor has helped tide them over tight financial situations.

Pamplona informed the President that she has three children, a first year high school student and two elementary pupils. Helping her out, she said, is her husband, a street sweeper under the government’s Out-of-School Youth Serving Towards Economic Recovery (OYSTER) program.

“Madam President, nagpapasalamat po kami bilang beneficiary ng 4Ps program. Malaking tulong po ito bilang tugon sa aming pangkalusugan, edukasyon at pang-araw araw naming pangangailangan,” Pamplona said.

Siocson, a single parent of three, told the President that she uses her cash grant to buy and sell candies. She buys the candies in Divisoria and sell them in her neighborhood.

Begas, on the other hand, told the President that the cash grant would certainly help as she earns very little from doing the laundry of her neighbors.

A mother of five, Begas is four months away from giving birth to her sixth offspring. She is attending pre-natal care sessions at the Pasay General Hospital -- one of the “must” requirements for beneficiaries of the 4Ps.

The Pamplona, Siocson and Begas households were among about 200 poor families in Pasay City who expressed today their gratitude to the President for spearheading the P10-billion 4Ps of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The President motored to Pasay City this noon to award cash grants to the poorest residents in the area.

A total of 699,000 poor households all over the country are covered by the program, including nearly two million children, aged 0-14, who will benefit from the President’s pro-poor project through subsidized health and educational services.

The President was warmly welcomed by the recipients and local officials when she arrived at the ground floor of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) building along Roxas Blvd. in Pasay City.

Among her welcomers were Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral, Land Bank President Gilda Pico, PEZA Director-General Atty. Lilia de Lima, Pasay City Mayor Wenceslao Trinidad, Vice Mayor Antonino Calixto and Pasay City Lone District Rep. Jose Antonio Roxas.

“This has become a partnership of the national and local government. Iyong Pantawid Pamilya program galing sa national government, iyong services na nakukuha ninyo galing sa local,” the President said.

After awarding the cash grants, the President watched as three beneficiaries withdrew their cash grants from a Land Bank automated teller machine (ATM) using a cash card issued under the program.

Cabral said that in Pasay City alone, more than 1,500 4Ps have already benefited from the program.

She said the President has doubled the budget for the program from P5 billion to P10 billion to increase the number of beneficiaries to 699,000 poor households nationwide.

The pro-poor assistance program provides cash grants of P6,000 per year for health and nutrition expenses of the identified household, plus P3,000 a year each for the educational expenses of up to a maximum of three children per household.

A household with three qualified children is eligible to receive a maximum allowable subsidy of P15,000 a year as long as the family complies with certain conditions, such as attendance at responsible parenthood sessions, pre-and-post-natal care, preventive health checkups and vaccinations.

At age five, a child must attend daycare or pre-school classes, while those 6 to 14 years old must enroll in elementary or high school and attend at least 85 percent of the class calendar.

In 2008, some 337,416 poor households from Pasay, Caloocan and the country’s poorest provinces benefited from the program.

1 comment:

  1. good am sa lahat ng mga lider ng 4P's sana buwan buwan ang release hindi yung twing tatlong buwan anim na buwan kasi inaasahan talga namin yan na tulong nag gobyerno para makakain araw-araw umasa po mangyayari ito....