We all knew of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or more commonly known to be 4Ps or Republic Act (R.A.) 11310 to be in effect. Good news, though, because just yesterday, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led the signing of its implementing rules and regulations (IRR).
What is the 4Ps?
The 4Ps is the act that institutionalizes the poverty reduction strategy that our dearest President Rodrigo Duterte duly signed and saw as the solution to the growing number of poor people in the Philippines.
It was recently signed into law with a note that about a sly percentage of Filipino youth were out-of-school.
Many international corporations were open to supporting the 4Ps that have been approved. Now, with the 4Ps IRR, it’s just a matter of time until it gets practiced all over the Philippines.
In simpler terms, the law provides the establishment and creation of programs that could fully harness and invest the country’s capability of delivering basic services to the poor. The impact of the 4Ps can be seen as provision of health care, education, and nutrition to the youth and to families that are poverty-stricken.
Rolando Bautista, DSWD Secretary said that the 4Ps has gone a long way and that it’s time for it to be in full effect.
4Ps has gone a long way and I believe that all of us have done our part from its inception up to this time.”
The DSWD isn’t just the government agency who led the signing, there also were representatives from the Department of Health (DOH), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), as well as the Agrarian Reform and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
All these government agencies are to conspire into making the 4Ps IRR effective and official. With their combined help, they’ll be able to provide sufficient needs to all poor families and children of the Philippines.
In the document, it was noted that the following people are to be included in the standardized targeting system. Simply, these people are automatically eligible to be granted with cash stipends. These people are:
- Indigenous People
- Informal Sectors
- Homeless Families
- Families without Electricity
Every three (3) years, the list of beneficiaries in households will be validated. Moreover, the program will be checked, assessed, and regulated every three (3) years to see if its still effective and if it’s making a difference; the Philippine Institute for Development Studies would be the ones to carry these out.
In terms of health and nutrition, the IRR stated that a grant of P750 per month would be given to each beneficiary for a maximum of twelve (12) months or one (1) year.
Under the 4Ps IRR (education), it was noted that beneficiaries are going to receive more cash grants. For instance, they’ll be receiving P300 per month per the number of children enrolled in either day care or elementary programs; P500 per month per child in junior high school; and P700 per month per child in senior high school.
A maximum of ten (10) years per year would be given to them.
A P600 rice subsidy per month and a P300 unconditional cash transfer per month would also be given to grantees. All-in-all families would be receiving support from the Philippine government to help ease poverty.
The National Health Insurance Progam
Healthcare-wise, the 4Ps IRR had stated that all 4Ps beneficiaries would be automatically be a part of the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) in which the funding of it would be coming from the Sin Tax-Law.
With a National Advisory Council (NAC), everything would be regulated; the NAC will be chaired by the DSWD along with the other government agencies mentioned above to take part in the 4Ps IRR.
Rolando Bautista concluded that the end to poverty is slowly becoming a reality.
The answer to reducing poverty is within reach. We thank all agencies of government, NGOs (non-government organizations, stakeholders, and partners for helping us achieve the emancipation of our less fortunate brothers and sisters from the clutches of poverty. Yes, the Philippines can overcome poverty.”
What do you think of the 4Ps IRR? You can read more about the original copy of it by clicking here! Hopefully, this is sufficient in the promotion of assistance to poverty-stricken families and societies in the country.