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.
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.
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.
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:
- Homeless families;
- Families living in disadvantaged and isolated areas (geographically);
- Indigenous people/s;
- Families in the informal sector of society; and
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…
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.
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.”
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) May 22, 2019
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.
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?