DOH promotes responsible parenthood for CCT beneficiaries PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 13:06

By LEILANI S.JUNIO

 

Not many people are aware that responsible parenthood through proper family planning and reproductive health is also taught to the family beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the government.

According to Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Janette Petilla Loreto-Garin, as part of the government commitment to uplift the lives of the poor and make them contributors to the economic development, the CCT program was also designed to give awareness on family planning methods and services available to the poor.

“Therefore, the program is treating a poor or disadvantaged Filipino family on a collective basis because the CCT beneficiaries are not only provided with grants for the education and health of their children but at the same time being educated on how they can improve their family relationship,” Dr. Garin explained.

She said that through such education on reproductive health rights and responsible parenthood, the parents are encouraged to help each other and learn the connection of a well-planned family as an important tool for the beneficiaries to improve their lives when the time comes that they are no longer eligible recipients of the program.

She also said that since the program requires the parents to have regular check-ups in the health center and their children to receive vaccinations to keep them healthy, the parents are also getting aware of the importance of keeping the family healthy as well as of the ideal number of children that a poor family can support.

CCT or 4Ps is a poverty-alleviation program of the government implemented under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through convergence with the DOH and Department of Education (DepEd) as an “investment” on the health and education of poor Filipino children 0-18 years old.

According to DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, the program is a form of assistance to the poor families by giving them monthly cash grant for the health and education of their children as the government understands that the poor families cannot solely support all the needs of their children because of poor condition which continues as a cycle for so many years.

“Through the grants, the program wants to ensure that children are studying or in school and healthy so that when they finish or graduate from high school, they will become employable and have more chances to earn higher wages, thus becoming contributor to the economic development,” Soliman said.

This translates to enabling them (the children who graduate from high school) to earn and be productive that will eventually give way for them to support their respective families and will therefore become an example for the poor that the best way to get out from poverty and attain level of self-sufficiency is through education and good health.

To date, there are over four million 4Ps beneficiaries nationwide being assisted by the program which was expanded this year to serve more poor families.

The program started since 2008 and was continued in 2010 by President Benigno S. Aquino III as part of his commitment to uplift the lives of the poor in line with his “vision that no one will be left behind in an inclusive growth for all.”