The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already downloaded PHP95.1 million in cash grants for beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Antique.
Pantawid Provincial Link Jeffrey Gabucay said Friday the amount for the grant for December 2019 to January 2020 period is already available for payout to 26,472 beneficiaries through the Land Bank of the Philippines. The 4Ps beneficiaries in Antique may claim them using their cash cards.
“There is some difficulty on how the beneficiaries could get their cash grant because Antique is right now on an extended enhanced community quarantine,” Gabucay said.
He still advised the Antiqueño beneficiaries to stay home until April 14 to prevent the spread of the pandemic COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Gabucay said the available fund does not include the adjustment, which was supposed to take effect after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11310 or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Act in 2019.
Under the law, the educational assistance for a qualified senior high school student is supposed to be P1,000, but the amounted downloaded was only P750.
Gabucay said until now, a 4Ps beneficiary-family receives PHP750 for health and nutrition; PHP300 per child who is in kindergarten and elementary; PHP500 for a junior high school student; and PHP750 for a senior high school student per month. Each family also receives a PHP600 rice subsidy.
What is Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is a human development measure of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor, to improve the health, nutrition, and education of children aged 0-18. It is patterned after the conditional cash transfer (CCT) schemes in Latin American and African countries, which have lifted millions of people around the world from poverty.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is the lead government agency of the 4Ps.
Filipinos under the 4Ps are no longer included in the government’s Social Amelioration Package.
President Rodrigo Duterte Monday announced the government allocated P200 billion worth of aid for low-income families in the country.
“We have allotted ₱200 billion for low-income households who are badly affected by this crisis. Beneficiary households will receive emergency support for their two months based on the regional minimum wage,” Duterte said.