Quezon City – The most recent Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (LET) results reveal 4Ps beneficiaries among the topnotchers and passers, proving the success of human capital development under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).  According to preliminary Field Office (FO) reports, a total of 1165 4Ps beneficiaries passed the exam and 14 of them are topnotchers.

There were a total of six (6) former beneficiaries who became topnotchers for the elementary level. Ms. Jacqueline E. Salvacion and Ms. Nishrien A. Barua both graduated Cum Laude from Mariano Marcos University and Mindanao State University – Marawi Campus, respectively, placed Top 5 in the exam. Additionally, Ms. Olivia O. Agapay from Philippine Normal University, Manila and Ms. Nikki B. Mendez, who graduated cum laude from Southern Luzon State University both placed Top 7 while Mr. Dali Andrew Sonsona graduated from Mindanao State University GenSan placed Top 9, and Ms. Jastine A. Locaylocay, from Cebu Normal University placed Top 10.

For the secondary level, there are eight (8) topnotchers who were 4Ps beneficiaries. Mr. Noe Olvido Luzgano, who graduated Cum Laude from Davao del Norte State College landed Top 5 in the exam while Ms. Aubrey C. Narca, from Philippine Normal University-Mindanao landed Top 6. Further, Mr. Marvin E. Perez, Cum Laude graduate from Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, Mid La Union Campus and Ms. Jean Bobiles Barug, from Philippine Normal University-Mindanao both landed Top 7.  Ms. Vaniza D. Entero, a Cum Laude graduate of Cebu Technological University landed Top 8 and Ms. Princess Idahlia S. Logatoc, who graduated with distinction from Marinduque State College and Ms. Wenn I. Ricaforte, who graduated Cum Laude from Central Philippine University both landed in the Top 9. On the other hand, Ms. Theresa G. Dangkulos, a Magna Cum Laude from Central Luzon State University landed top 10.

Initial reports gathered from the DSWD Field Offices, the 4Ps beneficiaries who recently passed the LET are from ten (10) regions. Region I has the highest with 300 passers followed by Regions MIMAROPA, XI, IX and III with 210, 110, 105 and 103, respectively. Meanwhile, Region V has 95, Region CAR has 90, Region XII has 61, Region VIII has 37, and NCR has 31.

Prior to their tertiary education, these LET passers and topnotchers were all previously 4Ps monitored children. They received cash grants upon compliance to program conditions to augment their respective families’ capacity to provide and continue their education and improve their health.  Furthermore, some of these passers earned scholarship funding during their tertiary education from various institutions who prioritized former and active 4Ps beneficiaries.

The 4Ps is a social protection program that focuses on human capital development by providing cash grants to eligible poor households subject to their compliance with education and health conditions, particularly for children aged 0-18. It was institutionalized through the Republic Act No. 11310, making the program the flagship poverty reduction strategy of the Philippine government that provides grants to extremely poor households to improve their overall health, nutrition, and education.

The accomplishment of these LET topnotchers and passers highlights the Program’s worth to the household beneficiaries and demonstrates that, with hard work and determination, they can reach greater possibilities and successes in life. ###