CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 16 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has started to release rice subsidy in the form of cash amounting to P600.00 a month to the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) this month.
Around 4.4 million households are expected to receive the additional grant in the country. Of this number, Northern Mindanao has 270,451 active beneficiaries under the regular Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program and the Modified CCT.
“Following the directive of President Rodrigo R. Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in June 2016, the rice subsidy hopes to address the hunger problem that the poor households continue to battle. The President wants that the poor households are able to eat everyday” said DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.
Sec. Taguiwalo also added that only households who are active and compliant with the program conditionalities are entitled to receive the additional P600.00.
Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program of the national government. It invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 18 and below. Households shall receive their cash grant provided that they comply with the program conditionalities.
These conditions include school attendance of at least 85% per month for children enrolled in the elementary or high school. Children aged 5 and below would need to undergo preventive check-up as mandated by the Department of Health (DOH), while children enrolled in the elementary must receive deworming pills twice within the school year. On the other hand, pregnant women must receive pre and post natal care based on DOH’s protocol. Lastly, parent/s or guardians are required to attend the monthly Family Development Session (FDS).
“We are hopeful that the additional cash grant will be used for its intended purpose. We will use FDS to ensure that the beneficiaries are informed of the relevant provision on rice subsidy,” concluded by Sec. Taguiwalo.
The additional cash grant as Rice Assistance/Subsidy is included as part of the P72,115,230.00 cash grant budget approved for calendar year 2017.
DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director Nestor Briones Ramos explained that the subsidy is included in the cash grant that the households will receive every two months.
Households who are active and compliant with either health or education conditionality are entitled to receive the additional subsidy, Director Ramos added.
For complaints or queries one may send text to 09189122813 or 3456 following the syntax: DSWD (space) Name (space) message. The department can also be reached at 0995-3525131 or email via firstname.lastname@example.org. Messages can also be sent at fb.me/Tanggapan.ng.Reklamo.(Oliver B. Inodeo/PIA10)