Amidst the pandemic, the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD-7) continues the conduct the Family Development Session (FDS) for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) partner-beneficiaries.

FDS is one of the program conditions that gathers partner-beneficiaries once a month to discuss various development topics.

Marife Ramos, 4Ps Parent Leader from Barangay Gutlang, Argao, Cebu watched the Facebook livestreaming of DSWD TV program “Ikaw ug ang DSWD Kauban sa Kabag-ohan.” She takes down notes in order to provide her co-4Ps beneficiaries who has no access to social media.

It aims to enhance and acquire new skills and knowledge of 4Ps partner-beneficiaries in responding to their parental roles and responsibilities, particularly on the health and nutrition, education, protection, and psychosocial needs of children; promote positive family values, strengthen marital relationships, and active citizenship for community empowerment among others.

Since it is not yet feasible to gather a large crowd of people, DSWD look for alternative ways in delivering the different FDS modules such as text message, social media post through the DSWD official Facebook and Twitter accounts which is DSWD Region VII, FDS On-the-Air through partner television and radio stations and printed materials to be delivered to their respective homes.

Meanwhile, the Department announced that monitoring of all compliance among the 4Ps beneficiaries resumed this October following the lifting of the “force majeure” enforced in March this year. This is to prepare for the new normal in relation to the implementation of the program.

The program suspended the monitoring of compliance covering the payout Period (P) 1-3 for health and P4 for education, allowing the beneficiaries to receive the maximum cash benefit allotted to cope with the public health crisis. The payout of cash grants covers two-months Period (P) starting with P1 (February-March), P2 (April-May), P3 (June-July), P4 (August-September), P5 (October-November) and P6 (December-January).

Starting this October, cash grants of the 4Ps beneficiaries will be computed based on their compliance with each of the program conditions.

The program conditions include enrollment and attendance of children aged 3-18 years old in school, deworming of at least twice a year for children aged 1-14 years old, pre and post-natal check-ups for women, preventive check-ups to children aged 5, and below and attendance to the monthly FDS of at least one responsible person in the household.

Based on the law, households may receive Php 750.00 for compliance on health and FDS; children monitored by the program in elementary will receive Php 300.00 while those in junior high receive Php 500.00 and Php 700.00 pesos 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 for every household.  Each compliant household also receives a rice subsidy of Php 600 per month and a TRAIN law subsidy of Php 3,600 through the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program.

Today, there are 279,943 4Ps partner beneficiaries in Central Visayas.

DSWD, however, reiterates that the resumption of compliance monitoring must continue to adhere to the minimum health standards and protocols of the national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs). The monitoring of compliance shall be in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), and the LGUs.

The Department underscores that it will follow the guidelines and protocols set by these agencies in providing services to their target clientele. ###

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