4Ps can result to total life transformation of poor beneficiaries PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2014 11:17

By LEILANI S.JUNIO

 

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) can also result to total life transformation of its poor beneficiaries.

This was learned from a testimony of a beneficiary of the program from Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City during the flag-raising ceremony on Tuesday of the DSWD officials and employees at the agency’s central office in Barangay Batasan Hills, also in Quezon City.

“Kung meron silang tinatawag na make-up transformation, sa akin po ang nangyari ay total life transformation. Hindi lang panlabas at pansamantalang pagbabago ang naidulot ng programang ito ng DSWD; ito’y isang pagbabago na gagabay sa amin tungo sa isang mas magandang bukas (If there is what they refer to as make-up transformation, in my case, I can call it total life transformation. The transformation is not just aesthetics, but one that will guide us to our journey to a better future),” said Larci Loyola, 39, a mother of seven children and beneficiary of the program since 2007.

Since three of her children who are studying in the elementary school are eligible to receive educational grant plus a health grant under the program, she said that such amounts mean a big help to her family.

Larci narrated that the monthly cash grants have helped her and her husband meet the daily food, health, and school needs of their children.

“Pero higit pa sa perang natatanggap ng pamilya ko mula sa Pantawid Pamilya ay mas nakilala ko ang aking sarili. Nailabas ko ang aking self-confidence dahil binigyan ako ng pagkakataon na maging isang parent-leader at makibahagi sa mga community events sa aming lugar (But more than the cash grants, Pantawid Pamilya has helped me to know myself more. I developed my self-confidence by becoming a parent-leader participating in various community events in our place),” she shared.

She added that through the Family Development Session (FDS) of the 4Ps, she learned how to budget properly the family’s income and enhance her skills through trainings.

FDS is a regular gathering of 4Ps parent-leaders every month where they discuss parent effectiveness, home and financial management, values formation, and disaster preparedness, among other concerns.

According to Larci, becoming a beneficiary of the program proves to be a worthy and beneficial experience in her desire to uplift their lives from poverty because 4Ps also has opened a window of other opportunities for the family.

She cited that through the program, she was able to get a job as an enumerator for DSWD-Listahanan where she did house-to-house survey and interview with families to be included in the government’s data base of poor households.

She also became a volunteer in the program dubbed as “Kalusugan Pangkalahatan” of the Department of Health (DOH) where she has further enhanced her skill in dealing with people.

On the other hand, her husband, Reynold, has been hired as street sweeper under “Trabahong Lansangan” — DSWD’s partnership program with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

“Trabahong Lansangan” is a convergence effort of DSWD and DPWH to provide employment which will contribute to the national government’s poverty alleviation program and improve the quality of life of poor families.

Moreover, Larci’s eldest daughter, Lara Jane, was accepted in the Government Internship Program in the DSWD-National Capital Region in 2012 where she was exposed to various forms of office work.

Consequently, Lara was hired by Smart Communications as part of the company’s special projects.

Larci attested that the 4Ps is indeed a good program that gives poor families like them a chance to improve their lives.

DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman expressed joy after hearing the positive story shared by Larci.

“Our programs are not only intended to improve the lives of the poor but also to equip them to help themselves work towards a better future,” the DSWD chief said.

She explained that 4Ps is a poverty alleviation program of the government designed to uplift the lives of the poor and enable them to be partners in inclusive economic growth by investing in the health and education of children through provision of cash grants for their studies.

These cash grants serve as a safety net for the poor families to not fall in extreme poverty while enabling them to send their children to school while maintaining good family health.

The program believes that healthy and educated children will form the future contributors to the economic growth of the country.