The number of Pan-tawid Pamilya Pilipino Program or 4Ps bene-ficiaries in the Davao Region has slightly decreased from 233,000 to 216,833, but this normally happens for a variety of reasons, according to social welfare officials inter-viewed by the Mirror.
“There are 216,833 in the 4Ps list but it varies; from 233,000 it fluctuates because some household change residence without informing the office,” Araceli Layug, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 11 4Ps regional coordinator, said during yesterday’s Face to Face with the Mindanao Daily Mirror at the Royal Mandaya Hotel. DSWD is the implementor of the 4Ps.
The number includes the 192,853 beneficiaries under the regular Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and the 24,040 beneficiaries under the modified CCT Program for Indigenous Peoples (IPs) The IPs have not been included during the enumeration so they were added to the list.
The 4Ps, also known as the CCT, is a government program that provides cash grants to the poorest of the poor subject to certain conditions. The program aims to keep children within the age of 0-18 in school as part of the government’s plan to break the cycle of poverty.
Layug said the beneficiaries of the regular 4Ps were identified through the National Household Targeting System or Listahanan. Enumerators were tasked to survey the prospective beneficiaries based on their financial capabilities and living conditions which include access to running water and physical structure of their houses.
Among the conditions for the beneficiaries to continue receiving their grant are the continuous schooling of the children, monitoring of the children’s growth, receipt of vaccines and participation in the monthly community-based Family Development Sessions.
The beneficiaries receive a monthly cash grant of P300 per child for a maximum of three, plus P500 for the whole family’s health allowance and P600 for rice allowance. When the child is in high school, the cash grant is increased to P500. Lovely A. Carillo