PRESIDENT Rodrigo RoaDuterte vowed to expand the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
“Then I say that Pantawid, I will add more. That is what’s new with DSWD,” said Pres. Duterte in his speech during the distribution of Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) in Sagay City, Negros Occidental on Friday night.
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is a human development measure of the national government to help send children to school and keep them healthy.
It provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor, to improve the health, nutrition, and the education of children aged 0-18. It is patterned after the conditional cash transfer (CCT) schemes in Latin American and African countries, which have lifted millions of people around the world from poverty.
The DSWD is the lead government agency implementing the 4Ps.
Currently, there are 4.3 million households covered by the program in the country.
In Region 6, there are 307,183 household beneficiaries.
Aside from the distribution of the CLOAs, the President also told the farmer recipients of the land titles that they will be provided with fertilizers and cellphones.
“The average number of children of Filipino families in the mountains is six. But here in the city, people don’t have a lot of spare time, so they only have two or three. So you shouldn’ t have too many children. I feel sorry for the person. I feel sorry when I see a child walking around naked, or when I see a Filipino grow up without a house, without adequate food. When they get sick, they can’t afford to buy medicine,” the President said.
The President also said that he has already fulfilled his promise of universal health care and free hospitalization.
During the event, DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista along with other cabinet members joined the President.
For DSWD Field Office VI, Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre was also present. Prior the President’s visit, the director conducted a meeting with workers assigned in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.
Records of the Regional Program Management Office for PantawidPamilya shows that beneficiaries are compliant with the program conditions
These conditions need to be complied with to receive cash grants.
On health conditions (includes pre-natal, post-natal check-ups, immunizations) among children zero to five years of age and pregnant women, compliance was pegged at 96.49 percent (as of end of December 2018).
On attendance to Family Development Sessions (FDS) as condition, compliance was pegged at 95.78 percent for the same period. The FDS is deemed an important intervention to realize family development and strengthen the fulfillment of investing into human capital of families.
On education condition (enrollment and attendance to school), compliance was pegged at 83.30 percent. (DSWD-6)