LEGAZPI CITY—The government will be pouring in P2.3 trillion in fresh funds to finance the administration’s antipoverty flagship Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Bicol, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here said over the weekend.
The fund will intensify the implementation of the 4Ps that would cover 331,000 households in 52 municipalities and four cities in the region within a span of five years ending 2015, said Mean Villagomez, the DSWD regional program specialist.
The program is a poverty-reduction and social-development strategy of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education, particularly of children aged 0-14.
The cash grants are assistance to alleviate poverty by providing the immediate need of the poor and to break the intergenerational poverty cycle through investments in human capital, Villagomez said.
The program is also an attempt to fulfill the country’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, which include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality, and improving maternal health, she said.
Villagomez said a household-beneficiary with three children, 0-14 years of age can receive a maximum of P1,400 a month or P15,000 annually as long as they comply with the conditions on health and education.
The conditions require pregnant women to avail themselves of pre- and postnatal care and childbirth attended by skilled attendant, attendance in responsible-parenthood sessions and submission of 0-5 year-old children to regular preventive checkups and vaccines.
The other conditions are the attendance of 3-5 years old children to day care or preschool classes at least 85 percent of the time, enrollment in elementary or secondary school of 6-16 years old children devoting 85 percent of the time to classes, and submission of 0-5 years old children to de-worming twice a year.
In Bicol, the 4Ps will be implemented in Albay with 180,000 household-beneficiaries covering the towns of Polangui, Daraga, Libon, Jovellar, Pioduran, Rapu-Rapu, Manito, Sto. Domingo, Malilipot, Bacacay, Malinao, including the cities of Legazpi, Tabaco and Ligao.
In Masbate, it will cover 50,000 beneficiaries in the towns of Esperanza, San Pascual, Kawayan, Placer, Claveria, Balud, Monreal, Uson, Mandaon, Aroroy, Milagros, Cataingan, Dimasalang, Mobo and Palanas.
Camarines Sur will have 13 towns and one city under the program, namely, Pasacao, Siruma, Tinambak, Caramoan, Ragay, Del Gallego, Sangay, Presentacion, Minalabac, Libmanan, Lupi, Bula, Pamplona, San Jose and Naga City with some 20,000 household-beneficiaries.
In Camarines Norte, five towns such as Capalongga, Paracale, Sta. Elena, San Lorenzo Ruiz and Mercedez, with 15,000 families are included.
For Sorsogon, the towns of Donsol, Castilla, Matnog and Pilar with 10,000 families benefitting are covered, while the island-province of Catanduanes would have the municipalities of Caramoran, Pandan and Bagamanoc under the program, Villagomez said.
Written by Danny O. Calleja / Correspondent
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 20:41