|Pantawid Pamilya Improves Healthcare, Increases Enrollment, and Causes Upward Surge in Local Economies|
|News Features - Press Releases|
|Written by DSWD-Social Marketing Service|
|Wednesday, 20 July 2011 07:01|
Cash grants from Pantawid Pamilya seem to have increased economic activity of the Pantawid Pamilya-covered communities, as rare shoppers are also now seen trooping in stores. Merlyn Bantilo, 43, a sari-sari store owner in H. Las Navas, Northern Samar (with a poverty incidence of 53.27%) is one of the micro-entrepreneurs who experienced economic gains and observed the same in many residents of their community.
“Sadto, waray gud mamaralit ha ak tindahan. It mga utang lugod ha ak tindahan in nagtitikadako kontra hit akon kita kay waray man igbaralyo it ak mga amyaw. (Previously, customers are very rare. In fact, my neighbors’ debts are greater than my sales),” said Merlyn. She observed that from the usual 5-10 customers, she now has 15-20 regular customers per day. The profit also increased to about P150 a day and even higher during release of cash grants when most beneficiaries purchase in bulk. The surge in the local small-scale industry promises boost in investments and returns in Las Navas, home to 3, 135 household beneficiaries.
It is a fact that a rolling economy is a manifestation of a country’s stability in helping improve the lives of the underprivileged sectors. With the Pantawid Pamilya turning its poor beneficiaries into empowered consumers, it gradually helps inject vitality in the glaring economic depression in the local economy.
Apart from increased consumption, the intended results of Pantawid Pamilya in terms of encouraging poor households to invest in health and education are also beginning to be felt. A recent study of the Social Weather Station on Pantawid Pamilya revealed improvements in school attendance, use of health services, immunization coverage, child nutrition, and knowledge of maternal health services. Enrollment rate for beneficiaries 6-14 years old is considered high at 96% . Meanwhile, compliance with attendance among school age beneficiaries is also high at 88%, meaning that out of approximately 5 million children registered in the program, 88% are able to attend classes 85% of the time (following an every two-month cycle).