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DSWD-7 reiterates criteria for selection of Pantawid beneficiaries, clarifies 4Ps as one of the programs the agency implements

The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office VII (DSWD-7) reiterates the criteria for qualification to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) which is being implemented by the agency.

This came after a viral Facebook post of a teacher about the deplorable situation of her student saying that the family is deprived of 4Ps.

The beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program were selected objectively through the National Household Targeting System (NHTS-PR), also known as Listahanan, which is an administrative tool that identifies who and where poor households are in the country.

The collected information from the household went through a process using a scientific method called Proxy Means Test or PMT. The PMT is a statistical model that estimates the income of household based on the variables included in the household assessment form.

Households with estimated incomes that are equal to and above the latest provincial poverty thresholds are considered non-poor and those with estimated incomes falling below the poverty thresholds are considered poor.

Selection Criteria for Pantawid Beneficiaries

“Once the household is identified as poor, they will become potential beneficiaries for various social protection programs of the government like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. However, their inclusion in the programs still depends on the programs qualifications or criteria,” said Director Macapobre.

In the first round of Listahanan household assessment in 2009, a total of 525,588 households were targeted for the enumeration in region 7.  Out of the said target, 314, 654 households were identified as poor.

From the 314,645 identified poor, a total of 61,149 were enrolled in Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in 2010.  They were enrolled in the program because they meet the criteria for the selection of Pantawid beneficiaries.

Aside from being identified as poor from Listahanan, a 4Ps beneficiary must have children aged 0-18 or have a pregnant member at the time of the first assessment in 2009 and must be willing and able to comply with the conditionalities of the program as part of their co-responsibilities.

It was explained that enrollment of Pantawid Pamilya was done on staggered basis depending on the targeted number and approved budget for the year.

As of July 2018, there are 252,633 active Pantawid Pamilya households in region 7.

“We want to emphasize that the current 4Ps beneficiaries were identified poor households under the Listahanan using the result of the first round of household assessment in 2009,” said Director Macapobre.

In the initial report of the Pantawid staff in Carcar City, it was known that the student’s family had missed the Listahanan first enumeration because based on the mother’s account most of the time they were out of the house to earn a living.

The Listahanan second round of household assessment was conducted in 2015 and the family was already included in the enumeration.

“We launch the result of the second round of household assessment in June 2016 but in August 2016 there was a moratorium on the expansion because the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program was subjected to review,” Director Macapobre underscored.

“As of now, we have not added new 4Ps beneficiaries since the moratorium has not been lifted,” Director Macapobre said.

Director Macapobre clarified that 4Ps is not the only program in the anti-poverty strategy of the government.

“4Ps is just one of our many programs and services. We also have Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP), Assistance to Individual in Crisis Situations (AICS) which the family can apply.  On the other hand, the Local Government Units (LGUs) through their Local Social Welfare and Development Office can also offer their own programs and services,” Director Macapobre added.

Unconditional Cash Transfer

Recently, the DSWD also implemented the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT). The UCT is a program mandated by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law as aid to individuals who might be affected by its implementation.

Cash transfers are provided to lessen the impact to the poor who are affected by the effects of the TRAIN, such as increase in excise taxes on petroleum products, automobiles, and sugar sweetened beverages.

“We would like to inform the public that the UCT program implemented by DSWD together with the Landbank of the Philippines has not identified new beneficiaries to receive the cash grants,” said Macapobre.

She added that although the program is new, the beneficiaries are not, because they are DSWD’s existing beneficiaries.

The DSWD was given the responsibility to implement the UCT that will provide cash grants to 10 million households/individuals. These households/individuals come from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens and Listahanan identified poor.

The beneficiaries receive Php 200 monthly, or a total of Php 2,400 this year. The Field Office is not halfway done with its UCT pay out. ###

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