June 17, 2021

Since 2020, almost 24K families have graduated from 4Ps

Since 2020, the government’s main human capital investment program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), has graduated 24,043 families, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The data was collected between January 2020 and June 8, 2021, and was published on Wednesday.

DSWD recognized an additional 197 household-beneficiaries of the program as self-sufficient on June 10.

To be deemed self-sufficient, a family-beneficiary must have adequate money at graduation, be able to meet daily requirements, and have met the first two levels of the Social Worker Development Indicators, Survival and Subsistence.

Even after the families have graduated from the program, the DSWD continues to monitor them via local government units (LGUs) for the possibility of providing additional suitable support to help them maintain or improve their economic situation.

LGUs recently reaffirmed their pledges to establish an after-care monitoring program to check on the status of families as part of the household’s sustainability strategy when they leave the program.

Aside from these, other stakeholders pledged to continue assisting the graduates in their quest to become self-sufficient people by providing livelihood support, skills training, and scholarship opportunities for their children.

The 4Ps program, which was passed into law as Republic Act 11310 two years ago, offers conditional cash handouts to the poorest of the poor to enhance their health, nutrition, and education.

The conditional cash transfer grant per child enrolled in day care and elementary programs must not be less than PHP300 per month, PHP500 per child in junior high school, and PHP700 per child in senior high school for a maximum of 10 months per year, according to the law, while the health and nutrition grant must not be less than PHP750 per month per year.

Authorized government depository banks, rural banks, thrift banks, cooperative banks, and money remittance organizations properly certified by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas deliver the cash awards.

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