The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Signed Into Law

Poverty in the country is rampant; in fact, according to the Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS) in the year 2017, approximately nine (9) percent of the estimated 39.2 million Filipinos who are six (6) to 24 years old were out-of-school children and youth (OSCY)—which could mean that their families do not have the funds to allow them to go to school.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to aid poverty-stricken families

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So, these people either need some kind of support for them to live out their lives normally like how normal people would—they would need the type of support that will allow them to grow out of poverty.

Good news because our dear President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program into law.

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What is the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program?

This specific program is a program by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), together with the national government that aims to invest in both the education and the health of poor households. They target children who are aged 0 to 18 years old.

In addition to that, this institutionalizes the national government’s program of seeing a decline on the poverty scales.

When did the President sign this?

As per reports, President Duterte signed on April 17, 2019, the Republic Act (R.A.) 11310 which establishes the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program or also known as the 4Ps. 

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What does the 4Ps program entail?

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program will assist poor families by allowing them cash grants for up to a maximum of seven (7) years. Furthermore, 4P will help them to have better access to educational, health, and nutrition services in the country—so, it’s really going to provide aid to them during their times of need.

Eligible people in the program would be:

  1. Homeless families;
  2. Families living in disadvantaged and isolated areas (geographically);
  3. Fishermen
  4. Indigenous people/s;
  5. Families in the informal sector of society; and
  6. Farmers

Should they be in that group, they need to meet the following qualifications to be able to be granted benefits and privileges off of the 4Ps…

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The penalties and qualifications for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)

  • Should have members that are newborns or up to 18 years old. Also, those with pregnant members at the time of registration
  • Must be classified as poor and near-poor by the DSWD and the poverty threshold which is issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) at the time of the selection; and
  • Should be willing to comply with all of the conditions which are set and observed by the law.

Schemes that will be in effect after the conditional cash transfer implementation has been released:

  • Financial assistance of not lower than P700.00 per child per month who are enrolled in senior high school; grants a maximum of ten (10) months in a year
  • Financial assistance of not lower than P300.00 per child per month who is enrolled in elementary and daycare programs; grant sa maximum of ten (10) months in a year; and
  • Health and nutrition grant which will not be lower than P750.00 per month; grants a maximum of twelve (12) months or one (1) whole year.

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be choosing beneficiaries for the program. In addition to that, they will also evaluate and re-evaluate the list of the qualified once every three (3) years.

CNN Philippines tweeted the document that discusses the establishment of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. The document states that the State of the Republic of the Philippines is responsible in spreading a thorough and just social order.

The State shall promote a just and dynamic social order thereby uplifting its citizens and marginalized sectors from poverty through policies that provide adequate social services, promote full employment, a rising standard of living, and an improved quality of life for all.”

As you can see in the document, the Republic Act 11319 institutionalizes the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to be able to have better society standards and to somehow have a reduced rate on poverty in the Philippines.

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What do you think about the approval of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program? Do you think that this approval is something that Filipinos can bank on in times of dire need? Would this alleviate the situation that our country is in when it comes to poverty?


  1. Into law!?!actually,Wala pang natatanggap na 750.00 per month,only Yung rice subsidy..also,sa ibang lugar,andami pong mahihirap na di kasali,pano PO,minsan ung mga enumerators e sila Ang namimili ng beneficiaries,like kamag anak nila,at times dahil sa layo ng lugar o barrio di na nila mapuntahan dahil na din sa kakulangan ng pera,mt.province for one,madami dun Lalo na sa mga liblib na lugar,.me nga lugar pa nga ho dito sa Pilipinas na di nakakaabot Ang 4p’s at senior citizens pano PO Yan..l?

  2. Gusto ko po mag avail nang 4ps,paano po ba mag apply ?dito po Kasi sa Amin parang pili Lang ang nakasali e solo parent po ako ,4 po ang anak ko

  3. adelyn ebonalo says

    Pano po kami makasali ng 4ps may dalawa po akong anak isang grade 7 at grade 1 at kasalukuyang buntis poh ngayon…kasi malaking tulong po pag member ka ng 4ps, sana masagot po yung tanong ko… salamat…at mindanao area

  4. Marilou madrigal says

    Paano po mkakasali sa 4ps ung kapatid kong may diabetes..wala po trabaho misis nya at dlawa po anak nila na nag-aaral

  5. jinky jayme says

    ganda sana kaso delay palage ang pag pay out..last year nawala pa yong december na grant namin…bakit ganon?kesyo dun dw kinuha yung xa UCT..dba iba din yun na budget talaga?pls pakilinaw..

  6. paano po yung gagawin pag meron po pla kming pangalan bilang 4ps member pro hnd po nmin alam kc meron pong pmunta na tga provincial na nagco confirm na qualified kmi..dun lng po nmin nlaman..panu po yun? pro wla pa po kming natatanggap.? slamat po sa sasagot.

  7. Marietacapili says

    Paano nman po yung katulad kong solo parent of 6 children,,hindi nga po kmi makasali sa ganyang programa ng gobyerno.

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