July 23, 2024

Only pregnant and nursing mothers who are enrolled and registered as beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) can receive the expanded cash grant under the “1st 1,000 Days” initiative of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, according to the 4Ps National Program Manager.

“We need to clarify this because there are already a lot of pregnant women and those with zero to two-year-old children who want to enlist. Let us make this clear. We need to clarify that the beneficiaries of this are the existing beneficiaries of 4Ps, not outside 4Ps,” 4Ps National Program Manager Gemma Gabuya said.

Gabuya said the additional grant, which is proposed at P400 per month, is also subject to the beneficiaries’ compliance with the program conditions.

“We want to clarify that this is an additional grant to the existing health grants they are already receiving,” she said.

She said the DSWD is currently coordinating with the National Economic Development Authority to identify the target number of beneficiaries of the expanded cash grants and the budget needed for its implementation.

“NEDA and we at the DSWD are already discussing to come up with a clean data. Of course, we really need to come up with accurate data on how many should be included. Because it will also require a budget, how much it will entail,” the DSWD official said.

Currently, 4Ps households are receiving cash grants for the education, nutrition, and health of the monitored children.

Under the DSWD’s 4Ps program, household-beneficiaries receive grants on the condition that their children attend school and are brought to health centers for their monthly medical check-up.

Household beneficiaries of 4Ps with elementary students receive P300 per child per month for 10 months, P500 per child per month for 10 months for junior high school, and P700 per child per month for 10 months for senior high school.

Household-beneficiaries also get P750 per month in health grants for 12 months provided their children aged two to 14 years old undergo a growth development and monitoring program and deworming.

The 4Ps, implemented by the DSWD, is a national poverty reduction strategy institutionalized under Republic Act 11310 or “An Act Institutionalizing Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program”.

It puts a premium on giving indigent families the means to break-away from the intergenerational cycle of poverty through human capital investments. – PNA