The graduation and turn-over ceremony with the theme, “Haggiyo! Pinumhodan di Biag di 4Ps Asipulo” (Long live the improvement of life of 4Ps beneficiaries of Asipulo) was held last March 19 at the BFP Building witnessed by DSWD personnel, Asipulo social workers and local officials led by Mayor Armando Domilod.
The graduates one by one delivered their respective testimonies, life and experiences while under the 4Ps.
The 4Ps is a human development program and national poverty reduction strategy of the government through the DSWD that invests in the health and education of poor households particularly of children aged 0-18 years old. It started in 2007 as a pilot program of the DSWD and was launched full scale in 2008 as a human development measure of the government that provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor households to improve the health, nutrition and education aspect of the children and the household for a maximum of seven years.
The goal is to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty by fostering change in behavior among parents to invest in their children and their own future in health, education and nutrition because low schooling and high malnutrition are closely associated and in which the children 0-18 years old children are kept healthy and in school so they can have a better future.
The program provides conditional cash grants to the beneficiaries amounting to P500/month for their health and nutrition and P300/month for 10 months per child for their education program.
Household beneficiaries receive their cash grant if their children stay in school and get regular health check-up and have their growth monitored. Parents are required to participate in a monthly community-based Family Development Sessions to learn about positive child discipline, disaster preparedness and women’s right. (JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Daniel B. Codamon