9,000 more ZN poor families now new beneficiaries of 4Ps PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 December 2012 15:02

More than 9,000 poor families from Zamboanga del Norte were added as beneficiaries to the government’s anti-poverty program - the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Mr. Resty Ragas, 4Ps Provincial Grievance Officer, said, 9,696 additional poor families in Zamboanga del Norte identified thru the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction survey were among the more than 40,000 families in the region to benefit the program.

The new batch of 4Ps beneficiaries, belonging to set 6 of the 4Ps beneficiaries were enrolled in the program after the registration and validation were conducted from September to November 2012.

Under the Program, each family-beneficiary will receive a maximum of P1,400 monthly allowance for the health and educational needs of the children, until they reach 14 years old, provided they comply with the requirements set under the program.

Each studying child is expected to spend 85% of their time in school and should not incur three absences from classes in a month while those ages below 5 years must be regularly brought to the health center for medical check-up and the needed immunization.

Meanwhile, Ragas reminded the beneficiaries of their responsibilities under the program, like their attendance and participation in the monthly Family Development Session regularly called by their designated parent-leader.

Ragas also warned parent-leaders to refrain from calling for a meeting among parents other than what is mandated under the program. He urged them to closely coordinate with their Municipal or City Links before holding any meeting.

He issued this warning after receiving report that some parent-leaders are holding a meeting not for Family Development Session but to discuss election-related issues, particularly on the candidate to be voted this coming 2013 election.

Ragas also cautioned the 4Ps aspirants not to be fooled by the promises of some local politicians of their assured membership to the program once they will vote for a particular candidate this coming election.

The Provincial Grievance Officer clarified that the transfer of voting precincts won’t affect the membership of the 4Ps beneficiaries as long as proper coordination is made to the Municipal or City Links regarding the transfer of residency.

Ragas stressed that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is an anti-poverty alleviation program of the national government and its would-be beneficiaries are determined only through the NHTS survey conducted the DSWD and not by any politician.