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For 4Ps beneficiaries, DSWD-7 has resumed in-person family sessions.

In order to address concerns about the conditional cash transfer, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) officials have restarted in-person “family development meetings” three years after they were suspended because to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Department of Social Welfare and Development-Central Visayas (DSWD-7) Regional Director Shalaine Marie Lucero stated that the organization has made an effort to return to the real holding of meetings with the potential or present beneficiaries.

“Face-to-face sessions with the beneficiaries of our family development services (FDS) are more effective than online sessions, or simply delivering them modules via email or another form of contact. By speaking with them directly, you can pinpoint the issue and precisely notice their nonverbal cues and facial emotions. Confronting them will result in more productive interactions, Lucero said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency.

Due to the epidemic, the field office of DSWD sought out alternate methods of distributing FDS modules to beneficiaries, including text messages, social media posts, on-air instructions via affiliated television and radio stations, and printed materials sent to their homes.

This year, according to Lucero, in-person sessions will concentrate on the transformative learning path, highlighting the constructive behavioral changes anticipated of the 4Ps beneficiaries through the three learning packages—changes in family management, engagement with the public sector, and organizational-based livelihood projects.

According to her, Republic Act 11310, the statute that made the 4Ps official, mandates the subjects.

The beneficiaries are anticipated to acquire or improve skills and knowledge about their parental roles and responsibilities, as well as on health and nutrition, education, protection, and psychosocial needs of their children, with the resume of physically holding 4Ps-related activities, according to Lucero.

The family development sessions are one of the requirements under the “all-or-nothing” policy, thus we expect the recipients to attend. For instance, a family must receive the Covid-19 vaccine and visit the health center for a checkup. They won’t get their financial grant even if they followed the rules but didn’t show up for the FDS, she said.

The reported instances of pawning of cash cards provided by the Land Bank of the Philippines will be one of the worries that in-person seminars will address.

According to the 4Ps Law, households are eligible to receive PHP750 for adhering to the health and FDS requirements. Children who are under the program’s supervision in elementary school receive PHP300, while those in junior high school receive PHP500, and those in senior high school receive PHP700.

The monetary grants are calculated each month.

Only 10 months of the school year are covered by the education grants, which benefit up to three children per household. Additionally, every household that complies gets a rice subsidy of PHP 600 each month.

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