|President Arroyo Launches the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Nationwide|
|News Features - Press Releases|
|Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit|
|Friday, 07 November 2008 00:00|
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo receives the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) from Saranggani Province Governor Miguel Rene A. Dominguez recently in Malacanang.
Seventy-six mayors, 18 congressmen, and 19 governors from the provinces of Pangasinan, Isabela, Mt. Province, Kalinga, Nueva Ecija, Quezon, Albay, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Antique, Negros Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Saranggani, Surigao del Sur, the ARMM provinces of Maguindanao and Sulu, and the cities of Manila, Quezon, Taguig, Pasig, Navotas, Baguio, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with DSWD Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral to implement the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in their respective areas. The signing of the MOA indicates the commitment of the LGUs to provide and deliver health and education services to enable the 4Ps beneficiaries comply with the conditions of the program. With the signing of the MOA, the 4Ps is now fully implemented in 26 provinces and 12 cities nationwide.
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a flagship project of the Arroyo administration in reducing poverty through investment in human capital. A household-beneficiary can receive as much as P1,400 for a maximum of 3 children that includes P500 per month for nutrition and health expenses and P300 per month per child with a maximum of 3 children per household for educational expenses. Household-beneficiaries must comply with certain conditions to continue receiving the cash grants.
The conditions are: parents must ensure that their children attend school at least 85% of the time, and receive vaccinations and health care. Pregnant women must receive pre- and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by a skilled health professional. Parents must attend responsible parenthood seminars, mother's classes, and parent effectiveness seminars.
To date, a total of 511,207 households were surveyed in 162 municipalities in 23 provinces and 6 cities, wherein 244, 057 were processed and identified as potential beneficiaries using the Proxy Means Test. The list of potential beneficiaries was downloaded to the regional offices for validation through the conduct of community assemblies. Some 203, 587 household beneficiaries are receiving their cash assistance amounting to more than P357 million pesos since January 2008. The target of 321,000 household-beneficiaries of 4Ps will receive cash assistance by December 2008. ### 07 November 2008.### (DSWD-Social Marketing Service) 07 November 2008