40 CSOs commit to rally behind poverty reduction in ARMM PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 August 2011 12:50

Forty civil society groups have committed to rally behind government efforts at reducing poverty incidence in the country, following their participation in a planning workshop on partnership-building conducted recently in Cotabato by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

In a press release, the Bureau of Public Information of the ARMM said that during the seminar-workshop held in this city last July 30, government technical people and their counterparts in CSOs formulated mechanisms for participatory governance involving all stakeholders in the implementation of poverty-alleviating interventions.

Hadja Pombaen Karon-Kader, acting secretary of the DSWD office for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said the forty CSOs through their participating leaders assured to help in the evaluation and monitoring of poverty alleviation programs especially the conditional cash transfer, known as the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps).

DSWD statistics reveal that ARMM has a total of 261,951 eligible 4Ps beneficiaries as of June 2011.
National and local DSWD officials have admitted the need for continuous verification process of list of beneficiaries amid persistent grapevine talks that well-off families related mostly to local political camps have been registered in the 4Ps.

In his recent State-of-the-Region Address (SONA), President Aquino said his administration has already registered 2.3 million 4Ps beneficiaries and the figure will be made three million by the end of this year.

The Chief Executive insisted that the conditional cash transfer program has helped alleviate the pangs of poverty in the countryside by providing each family with three infant children P1, 400.00 monthly subsidies. Nine hundred of the amount goes to the school needs of the three children and the remaining P500.00 is allotted for their regular medical checkups.