Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista led the ceremonial signing today December 10 in Quezon City with members from the National Advisory Council (NAC) composed of representatives from DTI, DOE, DA, DOH and DOST and other agencies and organizations that took part in the crafting of the IRR. It was witnessed by program beneficiaries.
Angela Tubello, a 4Ps beneficiary shared that she is grateful that she is among the 3,000 beneficiaries, stakeholders that took part in the IRR consultation which ensured that the crafted IRR will reflect the voices of the beneficiaries themselves for the improvement of the program to help disadvantaged families rise from poverty.
"Masaya po akong naging isa sa 3 libong kalahok sa IRR Consultation. Dito ko natanto na hindi lamang ako tagapindot para sa cash grant, mandin ay napapakinggan at nakikinig sa kapwa ko 4Ps para mapabuti ang programa at mapaunlad ang mararalitang Pilipino,” she said.
The IRR is a collaboration of efforts of DSWD, national government agencies, local government units, and non-government organizations.
DSWD in a statement said that since its inception in 2008, 4Ps has invested in human capital focusing mostly on its beneficiaries’ health, nutrition, education, and family development.
From an initial 321,380 household-beneficiaries during its pilot stage undertaken in 160 cities and municipalities and 28 provinces from all 17 regions back in 2008, DSWD, as the lead implementing agency, takes pride in the expansion of the program within a span of only 11 years.
Based on the Program Implementation Status Report for the first quarter of 2019, 4Ps is now implemented in 144 cities and 1,483 municipalities in 80 provinces from all 17 regions with the number of household-beneficiaries growing to 4,876,394. Of this number, the active family beneficiaries in NCR are213, 738
With the IRR, 4Ps is on its way towards covering more poor households, providing livelihood opportunities, and extending higher cash grants.
From a P500 worth of health grant per month, the law states that the program will now provide P750 per month. The education grant will also increase from P300 per month for each elementary student and P500 per month for each high school student to P300 per child per month for those in elementary and daycare, P500 per child per month for those in junior high school, and P700 per child per month for those in senior high school.
There will also be additional grants to cover the rice and tax subsidy.
For sustainability, the beneficiaries will also be given priority in availing the interventions and modalities or employment facilitation services presented by DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) or other similar programs offered by other government agencies and accredited private institutions.
These will all be provided to the beneficiaries as long as they are compliant to the conditions set by the program such as availing pre-natal, birthing, and post-natal medical care, undergoing regular check-ups and vaccinations for children 5 years old and below, deworming, ensuring 85% attendance in school, and participating in monthly Family Development Sessions – all for the ultimate goal of improving their quality of life. (DSWD/PIA NCR)
By Marie Angelie C. Villapando/Lucia F. Brono