4Ps extended in NorMin-A A +A
Thursday, September 19, 2013
LESS privileged residents have reasons to rejoice as the government’s Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program, more commonly known as 4Ps, will continue to further serve the poorest in the region, a Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Northern Mindanao official said Wednesday.
DSWD’s regional 4Ps monitoring and evaluation officer Divorrah Meneses told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that the program’s Set-1 (the first batch of beneficiaries) that will end in December this year will continue to receive conditional cash grants to improve their health, nutrition and education.
December marks the fifth year and the end of Set-1 of the conditional cash grants.
She said that presently they are conducting rigid monitoring on the stakeholders to address their basic needs and improve their lives.
“We are also searching for additional beneficiaries for our sustainable livelihood program (SLP) in the region,” said Meneses.
Philip Wayne Mappala, who is also a monitoring and evaluation officer, said that they have finished with the two months validation for Set-7, the newest batch of 4Ps beneficiaries.
“Set-7 will follow the same conditions as Set-1,” Mappala said.
Mapalla said that instead of 0-14 years old the educational grant will include beneficiaries that are 18 years old to help the students who can barely have access to high school education.
At present, they are conducting transition planning workshops to beneficiaries whose cash grants will be extended.
“We are still coordinating with the local government units (LGUs) on the ways to pursue the continuance of the program,” said Mapalla.
“Naa pami mga anak nga ipa-iskwela, wala pa mahuman (We are still sending our children to school, they are not done yet),” said Enarsi Sapagi, a 4Ps beneficiary from San Lazaro in Barangay Lapasan, whose cash grant is about to end this year.
She said the 4Ps has improved the well-being of her family through the self-employment assistance-kaunlaran (SEA-K) program, educational, and health assistance.
The SEA-K is a livelihood and capability program that seeks to enhance the socio-economic skills of extremely poor families toward establishing and managing sustainable community-based credit organizations to develop entrepreneurship.
“Maayo kayo ang SEA-K, daku kaayo og ikatabang sa amo (The SEA-K program is good, it helped my family greatly),” said Bernadeth Pangalay of Barangay Puntod, and a wife of a construction worker whose income average is only P200 per day.
She said that the SEA-K lends them money to start a business without interest unlike other lending agencies that profit from their lack of capital.
“Balay (shelter),” said Sapagi said when this paper asked her what she wants to be added on the present programs.
She said that their home is threatened due to road widening project in Barangay Lapasan.
“Walay sure kung hangtud kanus-a mi taman diri (We are not sure how long we can stay here),” she said referring to their house.
Meanwhile, Pangalay suggested that the 4Ps should also be extended to students who are over 14 years of age but enrolled or interested in schooling.
“Dapat unta dili i-apil ang mga sugarol (The gamblers should not be included),” she added.
Meanwhile, the officials and employees of the DSWD-Northern Mindanao converged in a mall on Wednesday to listen to assistant regional director for operations Aldersey Mumar-de la Cruz' State of the Region Address that she gave on behalf of DSWD-Northern Mindanao regional director Araceli Solamillo who was out-of-town on official business.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 19, 2013.