Quezon City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development announced that monitoring of all compliance among the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will resume this October following the lifting of the “force majeure” enforced last March of this year. This is to prepare for the New Normal in light of the program implementation during COVID 19 – Pandemic.
It can be recalled that the program suspended the monitoring of compliance covering Pay Period (P) 1-3 for health and P4 for education, allowing the beneficiaries to receive the maximum cash benefit allotted to cope with the health crisis.
Starting this October, which covers the program’s P5, cash grants of the 4Ps beneficiaries will be computed based on their compliance with each of the program conditions.
4Ps, which was enacted into law in April of 2019, is the national poverty reduction strategy of the government that invests in health, nutrition, and education of the eligible poor households. This is alongside with the psychosocial and psycho-educational component provided through the Family Development Session leading the beneficiaries to an improved and sustained well-being.
Among the program conditions include enrolment and attendance of children aged 3-18 years old in school; deworming of at least twice a year for children aged 1-14 years old; pre and post-natal check-ups for women; preventive check-ups to children aged 5 and below and attendance to monthly Family Development Session (FDS) of at least one responsible person in the household.
Based on the law, households may receive 750.00 for compliance on health and FDS; children monitored by the program in elementary will receive 300 while those in junior high receive 500.00 and 700 pesos for children in senior high school. Cash grants are computed on a monthly basis where education grants will only be given maximum of 10 months per school year, covering maximum of three children per household. In addition, each compliant household also receives rice subsidy amounting to 600.00 per month and TRAIN Law Subsidy amounting to 3,600 per year.
DSWD, however, reiterates that the resumption of compliance monitoring must continue to adhere to the minimum health standards and protocols of the national and local government. DSWD also ensures that safety measures are being observed in the implementation of the program such as maximizing the use of the social and traditional media in the conduct of the Family Development Session.
DSWD further added that the monitoring of compliance shall be in coordination with the Departments of Health and Education, Early Child Care and Development Council and the Local Government Units. The Department will follow the guidelines and protocols set by these agencies in providing services to their target clientele.
Currently, the program is being implemented nationwide covering more than 4.3 million households as of August 31, 2020. Earlier, DSWD announced that it will register additional program beneficiaries to reach the 4.4 million households target beneficiaries for this year. ###