The 4P program helps beneficiary families to be independent

MANILA – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) program systematically helps beneficiaries to become self-sufficient and eventually removed from the poverty alleviation programme.

Data showed that in 2019, some 300,000 4P households were identified as self-sufficient, slightly less than the 387,577 dereimbursed in 2018.

Currently, the program supports more than 800,000 families, classified as poor and near-poor based on the standardized targeting system and the poverty line published by the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Since its inception in 2008, the program has already served 5,220,953 poor households across the country.

As of December 31, 2021, the 4Ps has 4,091,590 households under its wings.

To be considered self-sufficient, the recipient family must have sufficient income by the time the children graduate, be able to meet day-to-day needs, and have achieved the first two levels of the social worker’s developmental indicators, the survival and subsistence levels.

In addition to seminars and livelihoods training, the program provides financial assistance for the health and nutrition and educational needs of up to three children up to 18 years of age.

According to the guidelines, the DSWD still monitors households even after graduating from the program through their local government units and for the possible provision of other appropriate assistance to enable them to maintain or improve their economic status.

“DSWD, under the leadership of Secretary Rolando Bautista, has relaunched its Governance Scorecard (PGS) performance journey as a way to improve its systems and processes to ensure quality service. PGS is a holistic and collaborative framework for designing, executing, monitoring and maintaining roadmaps to reforms,” DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao told the Philippine News Agency via text message on Monday.

Using the PGS, the DSWD translated its vision and governance statements into concrete, quantifiable results and aligned its operational activities with larger-scale, longer-term goals, she added.

“A strategy map has been developed to provide the strategic direction needed to achieve DSWD’s mission by facilitating coordinated efforts and convergence of different partners and stakeholders. It aims to mobilize and guide social protection and services to fight poverty,” said Dumlao.

On April 17, 2019, the 4Ps became a regular program of the national government through the passage of Republic Act 11310 or the law Institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Act.

By law, the conditional cash transfer grant per child enrolled in daycare and elementary programs shall not be less than PHP 300 per month, PHP 500 per child in middle school and PHP 700 per child in high school for a maximum 10 months per year. ; while the health and nutrition subsidy shall not be less than PHP 750 per month.

Cash grants are distributed through authorized government depository banks, rural banks, savings banks, cooperative banks and remittance institutions duly accredited by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

DSWD received International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certification and the Silver Trailblazer Award for its quality management system during its 71st founding anniversary celebration on Monday.

DSWD cited PGS, Multi-Sector Governance Council and Asia Solidarity Institute to increase the number of self-sufficient 4P households.

The agency’s residential care centers and facilities with Center of Excellence status also increased from 14 to 30. (NAP)

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