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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

DSWD launches "Tuloy Ang Pagbabago" drive


NAGA CITY, Nov. 13 (PIA) –The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has rolled out a drive to encourage the poor and vulnerable to work together and take practical actions to contribute to a better nation.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman said the “Tuloy ang Pagbabago” campaign extends the positive changes on the beneficiaries of conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, also known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Soliman, whose department manages the program, said the active citizenship campaign will ensure that the program’s positive effect on the beneficiaries extends beyond mere alleviation to prosperity.

She said the call of beneficiaries to institutionalize CCT or 4Ps in the government by enacting a law on the matter was a major bid for change that had the all-out support of DSWD.

“Change is in our hands. Continue to pursue change in the way that has been proven effective, fruitful and has helped alleviate and brought a story of change in your life,” Soliman told the more than 400 beneficiaries who attended the launch at the Naga Regent Hotel last Monday.

For his part, Mayor John Bongat who graced the launch said making the program an institution of social protection and human development in the country will sustain the hope of 4Ps beneficiaries to lift their families from poverty.

Bongat said the House bill seeking to institutionalize 4Ps was crafted by Soliman and sponsored by Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo,

The launch also featured live testimonials from beneficiaries who fulfilled their dreams with the help of 4Ps.

They later hung the postcards of their individual stories of change to what looked like an evergreen tree, symbolizing their commitment to pursue the positive changes on their life and participate in communities and wider society as informed, critical and responsible citizens using the knowledge and ability that they developed in the 4Ps.

The 4Ps is the first nationwide program to directly hand over cash to the poorest Filipinos.

The program gives P500 for each family beneficiary as “health grants” while three child-beneficiaries per household are given P300 (elementary student) and P500 (high school student) each month for one school year as “education grants.”

 The monthly cash grants are provided as long as the beneficiaries comply with certain conditions, such as regular visits to health centers of children 18 years old and below and the maintenance of a class attendance rate of at least 85 percent a month for those who are enrolled in day-care centers or schools.

Beneficiary families are required as well to take part in regular “family development” sessions, where participants are coached on parenting, gender fairness, child rearing, household management, nutrition and basic health.

DSWD said that the 4Ps has been implemented in 41,519 barangays (villages) in 144 cities and 1,483 municipalities nationwide. (EAD/LSM/JRM/PIA5-Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3201447322120/dswd-launches-tuloy-ang-pagbabago-drive#sthash.dUo7MmQt.dpuf

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