To strengthen the partnership between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII and the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Visayas in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the DSWD continually orients DepEd’s school heads, non-teaching personnel, and youth formation coordinators about the program.

4Ps Regional Compliance Verification Focal Person Sharmine Odchigue orients DepEd personnel from the Dalaguete Division, District I.

The two national government agencies continue to coordinate and collaborate towards improving the monitoring of the education compliance of the 4Ps monitored children.

During a courtesy call of DSWD-7 Regional Director Shalaine Marie Lucero to DepEd Regional Director Salustiano Jimenez in December 2022, both agreed to have initiatives like an inventory of non-teaching personnel in all DepEd school facilities and the mobilization of DepEd youth formation coordinators for the continuous monitoring of school attendance of 4Ps-monitored children.

“To increase appreciation of the 4Ps compliance verification system, the DSWD is organizing a series of orientation sessions for the DepEd personnel in order to have a clear understanding about the program and how we can improve the monitoring of our children under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” said Regional Director Shalaine Marie Lucero.

Compliance in education for 4Ps children is measured by the enrollment and attendance of children aged 3–18 years old in school with at least 85% school attendance. This is monitored by DepEd personnel and DSWD personnel through the 4Ps City and Municipal Links (C/MLs) assigned in the area.

Based on the law, children monitored by the program in elementary school will receive Php 300.00, while those in junior high school receive Php 500.00, and Php 700.00 for children in senior high school.

The cash grants are computed on a monthly basis. The education grants cover only 10 months per school year, benefiting a maximum of three children per household.

Other program conditions related to health are deworming at least twice a year for children aged 1–14, prenatal and postnatal check-ups for women, preventive check-ups for children aged 5 and below, and attendance at the monthly Family Development Session (FDS). The 4Ps households will receive Php 750.00 a month for compliance with the health and FDS.

Each compliant household also receives a rice subsidy of Php 600.00 per month.

The 4Ps is the government’s major poverty alleviation program that invests in the health, nutrition, and education of poor, eligible households. DSWD is the lead agency in implementing the 4Ps and working in coordination with DepEd, the Department of Health (DOH), and other partner national government agencies. ###

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