Sun.Star Pampanga

House institutio­nalizes cash transfer program


THE House of Representa­tives, voting 196-6, approved on Wednesday, August 29, the measure that seeks to institutio­nalize the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

House bill 7773 seeks to alleviate the plight of the poor as it mandates the provision of a lumpsum conditiona­l cash transfer to be received by each qualified household-beneficiar­y equivalent to P2,200 per month or P26,400 every year.

It mandates the Department of Social Welfare and Developmen­t to select qualified households which will benefit from the program.

Under the bill, the program shall be implemente­d until it has covered 60 percent of the total number of the extremely poor households in the Philippine­s, to be determined by the Philippine Statistics Aut hor i t y.

The beneficiar­ies shall comply with the following conditions as a requiremen­t for continued program eligibilit­y:

- Children aged 0 to 5 must receive regular preventive health checkups and vaccinatio­ns.

- Children aged 1 to 18 must avail of deworming pills at least twice a year.

- Children aged 3 to 4 must attend day care or pre-school classes at least 85% of the school year.

- Children aged 5 to 18 must attend elementary or secondary classes at least 85% of the school year.

- Pregnant women must avail of pre- and post-natal care as well as give birth with the assistance of a trained health care profession­al in a health facility.

- At least one “responsibl­e person” must attend family developmen­t sessions conducted by DSWD at least once a month.

- At least one “responsibl­e person” must either complete at least two skills training programs recognized by the government or be engaged in livelihood activities.

The bill was introduced by Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon, Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas, Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, among others.

The 4Ps is the antipovert­y program launched by the Aquino administra­tion in 2008. (Keith A. Calayag/ SunStar Philippine­s)

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