56,000 families to benefit from state anti-poverty program

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012


THE Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) and local chief executives of Caraga and Davao regions signed Monday a joint-memorandum of agreement for the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) benefiting 56,594 in the two regions.

DSWD undersecretary Mateo Montaño said the government has allocated P151 million for 12,587 families in Caraga and P591 million for 44,002 families in Northern Mindanao.

This memorandum of agreement signing is aimed to formalize the pledge of commitment of local government units in areas covered by the sets 4D and 5 of the program.

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With the expiration of thousands of families’ membership in the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program by next year, DSWD needs to replace the number of families whose benefits are soon to end.

The tenure of each batch of 4Ps beneficiaries is five years. Afterwhich, families will be forwarded to the agency's sustainable livelihood program.

"It (4Ps) is one of the pillars of the poverty alleviation program of the government," he said.

The families, who are under this program, will benefit P500 a month and additional P300 for each child aged zero to 14 years old for a maximum of three children for every family.

As of March this year, DSWD has recorded a total of 3,106,974 beneficiaries nationwide.

"Pantawid Pamilya is our country's strategy to achieve the millennium development goals in universal basic education, child, and maternal health, and child nutrition poverty reduction," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 17, 2012.

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