Quezon City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that the National Project Management Office (NPMO) of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is ready to assist the beneficiaries of the program who were affected by Super Typhoon Rolly.

Over the weekend, Super Typhoon Rolly ravaged through Luzon leaving thousands of families homeless particularly in the regions of Bicol and CALABARZON. This, while the country is recovering from the socio-economic setback brought about by the health crisis, COVID-19 pandemic.

The NPMO said that it understands the predicament of its beneficiaries as such, steps are already being undertaken so that cash grants covering pay period August-September will be released the soonest possible time to help them get by in these very trying times.

The program is also studying the possibility of declaring “force majeure” or suspending the compliance monitoring based on Section 11 of 4Ps Act. Under this provision, any or all of the conditions may be suspended by the DSWD Secretary during times of calamities, war and armed conflicts.

Meanwhile, the NPMO requested its program beneficiaries to coordinate with their City/ Municipal Links or to the nearest regional office for lost or damaged documents especially their cash cards so that they can be immediately assisted.  For those beneficiaries with lost or damaged cash cards, they may withdraw their grants via over the counter transaction. They may seek assistance from their Municipal Links.

4Ps is the national poverty reduction strategy of the national government. It invests in the health, nutrition and education of poor households for an improved well-being.  It is implemented nationwide with more than 4 million household beneficiaries. In April of 2019, the program was institutionalized making it a regular program of the DSWD by virtue of Republic Act 11310. ###