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Aquino administration expands 4Ps

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President Benigno S. Aquino III has already expressed support to continue and expand the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) anti-poverty programs to ensure the entire Filipino community will get to experience change in government, a DSWD official said Tuesday.

Tina Solloso, the officer-in-charge of the DSWD’S 4Ps National Program Management Office (NPMO), said this during Tuesday’s edition of the "Talking Points" radio show aired over DZRB Radyo ng Bayan hosted by broadcast journalists Allan Allanigue and Grace Simando.

The biweekly radio program is sponsored by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Broadcasting Network (NBN) Channel 4.

Solloso said the poverty alleviation programs, including the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), are the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) and the Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K) which will get appropriate government funding so that their implementations will reach more beneficiaries.

KALAHI-CIDSS is the Philippine government’s flagship poverty-alleviation project being implemented by the DSWD through the financial support of the World Bank (WB).

It entrusts the poor with greater powers, supports poor Local government units (LGUs) in local development, and invests heavily on people, not just projects.

The SEA-K program is the DSWD's comprehensive approach and investment in social capital towards poverty alleviation.

SEA-K aims to provide the poor and disadvantaged sector of the society with timely access to credit and development opportunities.

Solloso said about 1.3 million indigent family beneficiaries are part of the 4Ps under the DSWD, which is thoroughly and continuously screening the initial lists of more receivers.

“In line with the government’s serious effort to curb poverty and better improve the life of every Filipino, concerned agencies are now working together and converging their programs to really focus on the poor families and communities in the country,” Solloso said.

The DSWD official said the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) are set to hire nurses under the Registered Nurse Health Enhancement and Local Service (RN HEALS) program, who will be deployed to the different 4Ps areas in the country, to better improve the health services needed by the family beneficiaries.

The CCT program aims to reduce poverty by making welfare programs conditional upon the receivers' actions.

The government only transfers the money to persons who meet certain criteria. These criteria may include enrolling children into public schools, getting regular check-ups at the doctor's office, receiving vaccinations, or the like.

The conditional cash transfers provide money directly to poor families via a "social contract" with the beneficiaries –- for example, sending children to school regularly or bringing them to health centers. For extremely poor families, cash provides emergency assistance, while the conditionalities promote longer-term investments in human capital, Solloso also said. (Joel C. Atencio-PNA)




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