Parenting skills of poor households being enhanced through 4Ps PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:22

By LEILANI S.JUNIO

 

Aside from providing cash grants for extremely poor Filipino households to improve their health, nutrition and educational status, among other benefits, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also helps enhance the parenting skills of the beneficiaries.

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, through the exposure of the parent beneficiaries in the 4Ps, they are learning some parenting guides and knowledge in keeping healthy relationship and other positive attitudes among the family members.

Soliman explained that under the Family Development Session (FDS) which the parent beneficiaries are being required to attend at least once a month, the beneficiaries are given lectures that help improve their lives.

“Those sessions cover some topics which educate them on the betterment of their families,” Soliman explained.

She cited, for example, that since the mothers are being taught on how to properly manage their families and budget their needs, they also learn to give priority on giving healthy and nutritious foods to their children.

She said that through the FDS, mothers learn to recognize the importance of keeping their children in school and be educated so that they can be competitive in the future.

According to the DSWD chief, as the mothers become aware of the need to give priority on their children’s dream to finish their education, the parents are being influenced to tap other opportunities that they can use in order to make that dream come true one day.

“They eventually develop a change of mindset. They are influenced to look for ways to augment their income to ensure that their children can finish schooling because there is a formation of determination within them to struggle and ensure that the same poverty that haunted them for years will not be passed on or repeated if their children will finish their studies,” she said.

Soliman cited that while their children are in school, parents are influenced to make use of their productive time and earn income through the linkage of the 4Ps to the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

Under SLP, the parent beneficiaries are provided with employment facilitation or given chance to take interest- free capital loans of as much as P10,000 to help them put up their own business.

Another option is by engaging as “volunteers” in the construction of sub-projects of Kalahi-CIDSS-National Community-Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP) where they can be paid for the work that they have rendered in the project for the benefit of the community.

Through the KC-NCDDP sub-projects being implemented in poor communities, the poor households can also learn the basic skills in construction since they are provided with technical know-how as they engage in the program that promotes community participation.

The skills that they get through engagement in construction for KC-NCDDP can also help them gain other works in the community that will give them profitable income even if the sub-projects are over.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a pro-poor human development program of the government that aims to alleviate the long-time problem of poverty in the country by investing in the health and education of children of poor households.

It gives cash grants in the amount of P300 per child of the beneficiaries who are studying in elementary schools.

As part of its expansion this year, those who are 14-18 years old children of the beneficiaries (or high school students) are also included in the list, entitling them to P500 each.

The maximum number of children of every beneficiary that can receive the cash grant is three, consisting of a combination of elementary and high school children.

Aside from that, the parents are also given P500 as a support to them in the purchase of the school needs of their children and for buying foods and to let them not slide deeper into poverty because of their vulnerability.

The program is currently in its sixth-year implementation since 2008 and currently benefiting close to four million poor Filipino households and covering their 0-18 years old children.

It is being implemented in 41,263 barangays in all 143 cities and 1,483 municipalities in 80 provinces nationwide.

Its ultimate aim is to have a new generation of educated, productive and healthy Filipinos that will form the workforce and will contribute to the economic development so that the poor will not be left behind and the inter-generational cycle of poverty will not be repeated.