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By: Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu
Thursday 9th of January 2014

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, January 9 (PIA) – Survivors of Typhoon Yolanda who are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino beneficiaries will continue to receive their cash grants even if they are now living in neighboring provinces or in Metro Manila.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Soliman made the statement during her visit to Leyte earlier this week.  

Secretary Soliman said the beneficiaries must coordinate with the municipal or city links at the local Social Welfare and Development Office in the area where they are currently staying for validation and for updating their household profiles in order to process their cash grants.

The only requirement is for the beneficiaries to present any of the following documents to the municipal or city links: Pantawid Pamilya identification (ID) card;   cash card; or   DSWD agreement.

Beneficiaries who cannot present the required documents need not worry because they will be validated against the Central Office database of beneficiaries.

It was learned that as of December 28, 2013, there are 23,489 individuals and 5,572 families from Yolanda-hit areas who arrived at the National Capital Region.

Pantawid Pamilya provides education and health cash grants of as much as P1,400 to a family with three qualified children provided they send their children to school and to health centers for check-ups, and attend family development sessions.

It may be recalled that on December 10,  DSWD and United Nations World Food Programme (UN WFP) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that will benefit the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries in the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) areas more. Affected areas comprise the larger portion of Eastern Visayas that includes Samar, Leyte, Iloilo, Northern Cebu, and others including Tacloban City that was badly affected and damaged by the recent typhoon.

On Tuesday, DSWD and WFP distributed an emergency cash assistance  to almost 2, 615 families in the Municipality of Tanauan, Leyte who are considered vulnerable people affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

For two-month period the beneficiaries of the 4Ps will be receiving Php 1, 300 on December and another on January 2014 on top of their monthly cash transfer from DSWD which will help them to start a new beginning for their family.

On top of that, WFP will be providing them monthly sacks of rice for each household. Up to date WFP together with DSWD and fellow humanitarian agencies from UN had provided not only food, but also medical, sanitary, and nutritional kits that will benefit families most especially the children. (PIA 8)

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