Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Monday, December 7, 2015

DSWD modified 4Ps benefits 6,038 IPs in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec 7(PIA) – A total of 6,038 households comprise of Indigenous People (IPs) in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) in the Bicol region have benefitted from the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous People (MCCT-IP) of the Pantawid Pamilya program.

“The MCCT-IP is more culturally responsive in improving our partner IP-beneficiaries access to basic social services such as health, nutrition and sanitation, and to formal and non-formal education," said DSWD Bicol director Arnel Garcia.

MCCT-IP is an innovation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) that provides cash grants and social welfare assistance to IP families not covered by the regular program.

“It aims to empower, promote, and protect the IPs from any unavoidable adverse effects caused by the development process,” Garcia added.

Of the total 6,038 household IPs, 1,007 are from Albay, 1,884 from Sorsogon, 2,908 Camarines Sur and 239 Camarines Norte.

MCCT Bicol focal person Sharlyn Altavano said that as of present a total of P1,121,200 cash assistance has been provided to beneficiaries in the province of Albay particularly in Guinobatan, Tiwi, Tabaco and Polangui and in the municipality of Goa in Camarines Sur.

“We are currently conducting pay-out for the remaining provinces and it will be up to end week of December,” Altavano added.

The beneficiaries of the said program are the vulnerable and disadvantaged IPs assessed and identified by DSWD community facilitator including those who are outside or inside their ancestral domains particularly those with no or limited access to social services and with children 0-18 years old.

“Like the regular Pantawid program, the identified beneficiaries received a cash grant of P500 for health and P300 for the education of children who are in elementary or P500 who are in high school for a maximum of three children per family,” Garcia said.

However, certain corresponding conditions must be complied with such as 85% attendance of all IP beneficiary children and adults enrolled in school, regular health status monitoring of pregnant and lactating women, full immunization for children and pregnant women, deworming for children, pre and post natal care, delivery in birthing facilities and attendance to community family development sessions.(MAL/SAA/DSWD5-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571449478998/dswd-modified-4ps-benefits-6-038-ips-in-bicol#sthash.RGO5qgSh.dpuf

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