Serving as the helping hand to uplift the quality of life of the marginalized people, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) MIMAROPA gave recognition to 30 exiting beneficiary families of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) from the Province of Palawan.
The acknowledgment was awarded during the Kampay para sa Tagumpay Pagkilala sa mga Kwento ng Pagtawid held in Palawan Uno Hotel, San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City on Friday, July 26.
The awardees, all carrying stories of inspiration and stories of change from the fringes of society to an improved state of life through the program, hailed from the city of Puerto Princesa and municipalities of Quezon, Narra and Roxas.
Florecelli G. Gunio, OIC Regional Director of DSWD MIMAROPA, said there are 1,436 families who “graduated” from the 4Ps program starting from 2011.
“Ang kanilang antas ng pamumuhay ay tumataas na po, medyo umuunlad na po … Simula 2011 po, mayroon na po tayong 1,436 na pamilya na ang naka-graduate na sa programa hanggang sa kasalukuyang taon,” said Gunio during her welcoming remarks.
Ernesto David Jr., National Government Agency (NGA) Focal Person for 4Ps, reported that the department now covers 185,993 beneficiaries from the whole region with 10,227 from Marinduque, 26,680 from Occidental Mindoro, 48,682 from Oriental Mindoro, 16,120 from Romblon while 68,460 are from Palawan while the remaining 15,324 are classified as household beneficiaries.
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is one of the programs of DSWD to lend a helping hand to the people ensnared with the grasp of poverty through conditional cash grants to improve their health, nutrition, and education particularly focused to children with ages of 0 to 18 years old.
Representatives from exiting families shared their stories during the event.
“Masasabi ko po na mahirap talaga ang aming pamilya dahil hindi kami makabili ng masasarap na ulam, mga mamahaling damit, madalas nga ay nanghihiram pa ng pera sa mga kamag-anak lalo na po kung may mga pangunahing pangangailangan at mga bayarin sa eskwelahan,” said Eva Acierto from the municipality of Roxas, mother of eight children and whose family was awarded “Huwarang Pamilya” last 2016.
“Para sa amin, ang programang ito ay isa sa bahagi kung saan aming natawid ang kahirapan tungo sa kaunlaran at matagumpay na nakamit ang magandang kinabukasan ng aming mga anak … kami ang isang pamilya na may pangarap na magkaroon ng magandang buhay na nagkakaisa, nagtutulungan at nagakakaunawaan katuwang ang iba’t-ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno para maisakatuparan ito,” Acierto added.
Some of the assistance received by beneficiaries are: P500.00 for health, P300.00 for education, P600.00 for rice subsidy and an amount of P300.00 for monthly Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) for people greatly affected by the TRAIN Law.
According to DSWD MIMAROPA, they were able to give an amount of P 421,715,300.00 to beneficiaries from January to September in year 2018.