March 24, 2023

Department of Social Welfare and Development Sec. Rolando Bautista has reported that as of November, a total of 3,993,189 households were provided with cash grants amounting to P57,863,606,400 under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is (4Ps) being implemented in 145 cities and 1,482 municipalities in 80 provinces.

With the enactment of the 4Ps Act on April 17 and the crafting of its implementing rules and regulations on Dec. 10, the program became the national poverty reduction strategy of the government.

DSWD also continues to provide indigent Filipinos with access to opportunities through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

As of November, SLP released grants through provision of modalities to 55,499 households, 22,394 of which were engaged in microenterprise activities while 149 households started employment.   

The agency continues to empower communities in targeted poor and disaster-affected municipalities to achieve improved access to social services through the implementation of the Kapit-Bisig Laban Sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP).

As of September, 992 sub-projects were completed benefitting 367,962 households nationwide.

DSWD also extended support for the recovery of individuals and families from unexpected crisis through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), which is delivered through the various crisis intervention units at the DSWD central, field, and satellite offices in the provinces; and provides educational, medical, transportation, burial, and food and non-food assistance.         

From January to October, the DSWD assisted 742,568 clients nationwide with a budget of P3.5 billion. Medical assistance remains on top of the aid provided.

As part of the its contribution to the early childhood care and development (ECCD) program of the government and to Republic Act 11037 or the Masustansyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act, the DSWD continues to implement the supplementary feeding program.

As of October, 845,223 children enrolled in day care centers and supervised neighborhood play from all regions have benefitted from SFP.

In adherence to RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act, the DSWD implemented the Social Pension Program for indigent senior citizens.

As of October, 2,115,935 eligible indigent seniors have benefitted from the program with their total pension amounting to P14.028B.

The DSWD also recognized and awarded 613 centenarians nationwide for 2019. Under RA 10868 or the centenarians act of 2016, all Filipinos who have reached 100 years old and above, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad, will be given P100,000 and a letter of felicitation signed by the president. – Press release