DSWD resolves poverty via 4 P’s PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 June 2011 14:37

What a laudable program our Department of Social Welfare Development has for poverty alleviation programs for our poorest and lowliest community in the country. DSWD as the leading agency on the PANTAWID PAMILYANG PILIPINO PROGRAM in WESTERN VISAYAS, together with the Department of Education and Department of Health were recently in the island of Boracay for a three-day workshop, from June 15-17, 2011 at the Casa Pilar, Station 3, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan.

During a luncheon-presscon last June 15, 2011, present was DSWD Sec. Corazon Juliano-Suliman, DOH Sec. Dr. Enrique T. Ona, DOH ASEC Gerardo Bayugo, DepEd USEC Rizalino Rivera and DepEd USEC Francis Varela. Also present were DOH Sec. of Health of ARMM, Dr. Jojo Sinulende, DSWD Regional Director Minda Brigoli, DOH Regional Director Dr. Ariel Valencia and DSWD Deputy Program Manager of Pantawid Pamilyan Pilipino Program Mrs. Lucita J. Villanueva.

While DSWD is the leading agency taking charge community organization and making sure that funding to this program is appropriately designated upon and is focused that program is smoothly implemented, too. Whilst, the Department of Health (DOH) is in-charge of monitoring in the case of health aspects and set of co-responsibilities, and the Department of Education (DepEd) is the agency that will ensure the compliance of the parents that their kids should regularly attend classes, etc.

In this program, two doors were opened for the community: 1) to ensure that we have healthy parents and that their children can finish at least the elementary level; 2) that they would cut inter-generational cycle of poverty. It was found out by DSWD during that based on Statistics, there were three (3) generations who remains poor and to break the vicious cycle, hence the program on 4 P’s was conceived, created and implemented.

PANTAWID PAMILYANG PILIPINO PROGRAM – is the Philippine conditional cash transfer program that aims to improve the quality of life of the poor households and end the intergenerational cycle of poverty by investing in human capital. Since 2007, Pantawid Pamilya has provided cash assistance to poor households on the condition that these households invest in health, nutrition, and education of children. It is the national government’s flagship program for poverty reduction targeting poorest families with children aged 0-14 years old.

The conditional cash grants to poor families are Php500 a month per household for one year for health and nutrition and Php300 a month per child, for a maximum of three (3) children, for 10 months. However, beneficiaries need to comply with the program’s condition on health and nutrition and education to avail of the cash grants.

Program conditions include:
1. Pregnant women must avail of pre and post natal care and be attended during childbirth by a trained health professional;
2. Parents must attend Family Development Session every month;
3. Children aged 0-5 years must attend day care or pre-school classes at least 85% of the time;
4. Children aged 6-14 years must enroll in elementary or high school and must attend at least 85% of the time; and
5. Children 6-14 years must receive de-worming pills twice a year.

Pantawid Pamilya is implemented in six provinces in Western Visayas – Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental – covering 75 municipalities and 11 cities. Only 14 towns in Aklan were included. Numancia, Lezo and Nabas of which these three towns have only less than 30% percentage of poorest community are not included in the program.

The Pantawid Pamilya Regional Director’s Consultation Workshop aims to be a venue to impart updates and innovative strategies/practices and identify recommendations that will strengthen the implementation in the national and regional levels, specifically, it aims to: a) provide updates per program component from each regions and partner’s commitment to support to Pantawid Pamilya; b) identify raised issues/concerns on the implementation of the program; and c) develop an action plan  for the succeeding consultation workshops, integrating activities per program component and convergence strategy.

DSWD Sec. Suliman said, “We aim for transparency by welcoming feedbacks especially from the medias are our partners in making a difference. We also have created a Provincial Advisory Committee to serve as third-eye in the monitoring of this program. We have provided a hotline number for those anomalies and or fraud to this program by texting mobile number – 0918-912-2813 (I-text ang: 4Ps (space) pangalan (slash) lugar (slash) reklamo), email us at 4ps-pmo@dswd.gov.ph and or visit our website www.dswd.gov.ph. --MEGS S. LUNN