For almost 10 years of implementation or existence, the 4Ps has helped these beneficiaries through the cash grants to gain education and better health to attain higher economic status or success .
These beneficiaries considered the program as a blessing that empowered them to improve their health, nutrition and education of family members amidst the challenges hounding the implementation of the pro-poor program of the government.
Christopher Dulnuan and Princes Mae Aggasid of barangays Ambasa and Poblacion West are two of the success stories of the program. Through the cash grant provided by the government, they finished their respective courses and are now employed.
Dulnuan has graduated Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the Sierra College while Aggasid is a BS Criminology graduate from the Ifugao State University.
Both are now at the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Office of the Local Government Unit of Lamut and doing information campaign on disaster management to members of 4Ps in the municipality.
Their advice is for the other beneficiaries to study hard and use the benefits wisely and properly.
Couple Emmanuel and Adela Canedo of barangay Pugol shared how the program is helping them in the provision of the school, health and nutrition needs of their children daily and how they manage the cash grant they are receiving from the government.
“We use the cash to buy the school supplies, milk and vitamins of our children. The unspent money is saved for the children to use in times of emergencies,” they said.
Fe Sanica, mother of three of barangay Salamague, said the cash grant from the program helps helped her to provide the school needs of her children who are enrolled at the Salamague Elementary School.
Teacher Ellen Nangligan, a teacher at the Salamague Elem. School, informed that
with the help of the program, school children are performing well in their studies.
“They are also active in joining school and community activities with their parents like the Brigada Eskwela, barangay fiesta and other related activities in the barangay,” Nangligan added.
Corazon Tagalicud and Imelda Tumitit, Pantawid municipal links of the 18 barangays of Lamut, said beneficiaries in the municipality have at least 90% overall compliance rate to all the conditions of the pro-poor program. There are some beneficiaries who are under compliant but they are being monitored and given case management to improve their compliance rate.
From the original 1,295 beneficiaries, it is now down to 1,059, or at least 236 households have graduated from the program with improved living condition , Tumitit said.
By religiously complying with all the requirements set by the program and utilizing the cash grant properly, plus their commitment and sincerity, the 4Ps will succeed in improving the lives of beneficiaries. (JDP/MBL, PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon