Quezon City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD has concluded the Family Development Session (FDS) Module on Masayang Pamilya (MaPa) under its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).  This was aired via Facebook Live on March 31, 2022.

The FDS module on MaPa series which was developed in coordination with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) – Philippines, the episode focused on the topics One-on-One Time Kasama ang Anak, Pakikipag-Usap sa Anak Tungkol sa Damdamin at Stress, at Manatiling Positibo: Pagbibigay ng Positibong Direksyon at Papuri.

Invited guests from PLH were MaPa Coach and Trainer Ms. Jennel Reyes and Ms. Bernice Mamauag, and MaPa Facilitator Ms. Erica King.

In her opening message, Director Gemma B. Gabuya, 4Ps National Program Manager thanked the partner organizations, PLH and UNICEF.  She recalled and mentioned that eFDS TV was introduced during the time of COVID-19 and added the implementation of the service through the digital platform was considered as one of the innovations of the National Program Management Office for the beneficiaries to be able to attend the FDS given the health restrictions and protocol.

She reiterated the importance of the activity which is to strengthen the capacities of Pantawid families, particularly parents/grantees, to become more responsive to the health and education needs of the family and their children.  It also enables the households to become socially aware and be involved and participative in community development activities.

The third episode garnered 2,000 live viewers, 6,900 reactions, 7,000 comments, and 911 shares with positive feedbacks received nationwide.

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.   Beneficiaries are entitled to receive cash subsidies provided that the conditions on health, nutrition and education are followed. This includes sending and keeping their school-aged children in school; pre and post-natal care for mothers; regular and preventive check-ups for children aged 5 years and below; deworming for children aged 14 years and below; and attendance to the monthly conduct of the FDS.###