APPROXIMATELY 30,600 individuals in Central Visayas are poised to graduate from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) following the reassessment of beneficiaries indentified as “non-poor” by Listahanan 3.
“They are set to undergo a transition program for them not to backslide as poor,” said Analy Janaban, focal person of the Family Development Session at the Department of Social Welfare and Development Central Visayas (DSWD 7).
Janaban said the individuals had been assessed as level 3 or non-poor, as of Sept. 22, based on results of the Social Welfare and Development Indicator (SWDI), a tool to assess and monitor the level of living conditions of the 4Ps households.
Within the SWDI, a total of 56 indicators are utilized to assess and classify households into three levels: Level 1, which represents survival; Level 2, corresponding to subsistence; and Level 3, indicating self-sufficiency, meaning households can sustain themselves.
Last August, the DSWD 7 began evaluating 87,244 4Ps beneficiaries in the region who were identified as non-poor by Listahanan 3 to determine their readiness to graduate from the program.
Listahanan 3, the third iteration of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, serves as an information system designed to pinpoint the locations and individuals living in poverty-stricken households. They are identified as poor based on the poverty threshold of the region determined by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
The poverty line, also known as the poverty threshold, is the minimum income required for a family or individual to meet basic food and nonfood needs. According to PSA data from October 2022, the poverty threshold is around P13,008 per month for a family of five in Central Visayas.
Janaban assured graduating 4Ps households of continued support. She affirmed the involvement of local government units (LGUs) and partner stakeholders.
She said following graduation, there will be a year-long transition program during which beneficiaries will receive additional interventions and services from their LGUs to support their well-being.
Last Aug. 15, DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian said a total of 1.4 million 4Ps beneficiaries from all 17 regions in the country will have their eligibility reviewed.
There are around 297,500 active 4Ps households in the region, based on the records of the DSWD 7.