By: MPDC Edipolo A. Mosquito, Jr.
Municipal Public Information Officer-Designate
The National Sector Support for Social Welfare and Development Reform Project (NSS-SWDRP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development with technical assistance from World Bank included recently the Local Government Unit of Alegria as the 14th municipality of the Province of Surigao del Norte as recipient under the Pampatawid Pampamilyang Pilipino Program commonly called as 4Ps Program. There are 500 families who are beneficiaries of this program coming from the 12 barangays of the town that will receive a minimum financial assistance of P500.00 up to a maximum of P1,400.00 per household per month for a family with 3 children who are in enrolled in the elementary and secondary schools within the municipality.
The objectives of 4Ps program are the following:
- Provide assistance to the poor to alleviate their immediate needs.
- Break the intergenerational cycle of poverty through the investment in human capital i.e. education, health and nutrition.
4Ps supports DSWD’s vision, mission and mandate and is aligned with the Department’s goals of reducing poverty and empowering the poor. It also designed to promote investment in human capital among poor families with 0-14 years old children.
These 500 household beneficiaries are being selected through the saturation survey/assessment of households in 12 barangays and selection of poorest households shall be based on a ranking system using the Proxy Means Test (PMT) as provided by DSWD Central Office, Manila.
On November 24, 2009, Hon. Mayor Dominador G. Esma, Jr., the Hon. Secretary of DSWD witnessed by Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo shall have MOA signing in the implementation of this program at Malacañang Palace, Manila.
Before the year ends, these 500 household beneficiaries will receive their first monthly financial assistance until five (5) years or up to 2014. Each household beneficiary shall be issued 4Ps ATM ID Card provided by Land Bank to safeguard their interest and they shall follow the conditionalities set by the program otherwise it shall be the basis of termination and be excluded in the program.
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