BACOLOD CITY, March 7 (PNA) — A total of P15-million subsidy will be released to the new set of beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) here starting Thursday.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD) Region 6 has enrolled 7,064 new 4Ps beneficiaries coming from Barangays Bata, Mandalagan, Villamonte, Banago and Montevista. All the 41 numbered barangays excluding numbers 24 and 37 are also covered.
Of the total beneficiaries, 2,720 queue to get P5.8 million on the first day of the distribution held at the covered gym of Barangay 4, while the remaining 4,344 will get 9.5 million in the metro’s public plaza.
Provincial Link Belen Gebusion of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said the first payout covered the months of November and December last year.
The second payment covering the months of January and February this year, on the other hand, will be out by March 26-27.
The cash aids for the new beneficiaries are distributed by the Land Bank of the Philippines through Philippine Postal Corporation.
Imelda de los Santos, one of the beneficiaries from Barangay 27, thanked DSWD-6 after receiving P2,700 in assistance.
A mother of five, De los Santos said the money is helping her respond to the education needs of her children in preschool and elementary.
De los Santos vowed to comply with the conditions of the program so that she could get her assistance in full.
4Ps is among the banner programs of DSWD that aims to alleviate poor families from poverty. The program provides cash assistance to poor households with children aged 14 years old and below.
Qualified beneficiaries receive P500 per month for health and nutrition, and P300 per school month for education per child. A maximum of three children per household are covered by the program.
Beneficiaries, however, need to comply with the conditions to avail of the cash grant. These conditions include availing of regular health care services, posting at least 85 percent school attendance among 3-14 years old children, and attendance to Family Development Sessions. (PNA)