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  • Households in Need Will Get Cash Allowances Under 'Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino' Program

    The program aims to improve the health, nutrition, and education of the marginalized sector.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Households in Need Will Get Cash Allowances Under 'Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino' Program
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  • President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) into law, making it a permanent program of the government and part of its national poverty reduction strategy.

    The 4Ps was introduced during Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s term and was continued by Benigno Aquino III. With President Duterte’s signature, the government will now implement the program annually under all future presidents, unless it is repealed, according to Rappler.

    Republic Act No. 11310 or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Act will provide conditional cash transfers to households in need for a maximum of seven years “to improve the health, nutrition, and education aspect of their lives.” However, the National Advisory Council (NAC) may recommend a longer period under “exceptional circumstances.”

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    The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is the agency responsible for implementing the 4Ps. It will select the qualified household-beneficiaries using a standardized targeting system.

    Qualified households are entitled to the following cash grant:

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    • At least Php300 per month per child enrolled in day care and elementary programs for a maximum of 10 months per year
    • At least Php500 per month per child enrolled in junior high school for a maximum of 10 months per year
    • At least Php700 per month per child enrolled in senior high school for a maximum of 10 months per year
    • Php750 health and nutrition grant per month for a maximum of one year

    Beneficiaries are also automatically covered by the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP). They will receive the cash transfers through government banks with the approval of the DSWD or through rural banks, thrift banks, cooperative banks, and money remittance centers accredited by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

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    How to be eligible for the cash grant

    Among those eligible for the program are farmers, fisherfolks, homeless families, indigenous peoples, those in the informal settler sector and those in isolated and disadvantaged areas (including places without electricity).

    To receive the cash grant, households must meet the following requirements:

    • Classified as poor and near-poor based on the DSWD’s standardized targeting system and the poverty threshold issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority
    • Have members who are aged 0 to 18 years old or have members who are pregnant at the time of registration
    • Willing to comply with conditions specified by the law
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    While under the program, qualified households should also comply with conditions that ensure that the money is being used to improve the quality of their lives. These conditions include:

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    • Pregnant women must avail of pre-natal services, give birth in a health facility attended by a skilled health professional, and receive post-partum care and post-natal care for her newborn.
    • Children from birth to 5 years old must receive preventive health and nutrition services including check-ups and vaccinations.
    • Children 1 to 14 years old must be dewormed at least twice a year.
    • Children 3 to 4 years old must attend day care or preschool classes at least 85% of their time.
    • At least one person from the household must attend monthly family development sessions conducted by the DSWD

    Those who fail to comply with the conditions will receive a written notification, and they will stop receiving cash grants. After four months of non-compliance, the household will be subject to DSWD’s case management process. If they still fail to comply a year after receiving the written notification, they will be removed from the program.

    Any person found falsifying their information in the conditional cash transfer registry may be imprisoned for a month up to a year and may be fined with a minimum amount of Php10,000 but not more than Php100,000.

    The Senate bill that led to 4Ps, Senate Bill (SB) No. 2117, was sponsored and co-authored by Senator Leila de Lima along with senators Ralph Recto, Franklin Drilon, Loren Legarda, Joel Villanueva, Juan Edgardo Angara, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Risa Hontiveros, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Sherwin Gatchalian, Cynthia Villar, and Nancy Binay.

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