Balbalan, Kalinga―A total of 17 poorest of the poor families from this town are the first to graduate from the list of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) since it was launched in the municipality.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Kalinga Field Office led by Social Welfare Officer III Ritz Aquino presented the graduates in a program held on April 12, 2021 at the Municipal Hall.
Each received a certificate as an indication that the program has already completed its mandate in providing for them as 4Ps enrollees. Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Myrna Canapi and Barangay Affairs Coordinator Hermito Jacinto, as the mayors’ representative, assisted in the distribution of the certificates to the graduates.
Aquino said that there will be another batch of graduates of the program next year and the succeeding years since more family-beneficiaries are about to finish the required duration of providing the 4Ps service to them.
Said program provides conditional cash transfer assistance to enrolled indigent families with children attending school. Each of these Pantawid school children receives a monthly cash grant in the amount of PhP600 for elementary pupils, PhP500 for junior high school, and PhP700 for senior high school, all for their school needs. The cash transfer assistance is given to each of the beneficiary until they reach the age of 18.
In addition, each family-beneficiary also receives a monthly cash grant in the amount of PhP1,500 for health care, and monthly cash rice subsidy in the amount of PhP1,200.
The program aims not only to combat illiteracy among indigent families, but also to ensure that at end of duration of assistance, target school children could at least acquire some basic skills for their employment, or to qualify to undergo higher technical-vocational courses, such as those offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
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