The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas encourages its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) family beneficiaries to enjoin their members who have graduated from college to attend the Kamustahan: A Gathering of Pantawid Graduates.

The kickstart of the online activity will be on June 2, 2022 at 5:00 in the afternoon inclusive for those children who have graduated from the Pantawid household beneficiaries.

This participatory activity will gather data on how many beneficiaries of the program have finished the tertiary level of education and will ask for feedback and suggestions from participants on how to improve the program.

Jiah Sayson, the 4Ps regional program coordinator, emphasized that the objective of the online activity is to provide possibilities and opportunities for the graduates to have meaningful conversations, come up with plans, build connections, and make future developmental activities together.

The DSWD-7 will help guide the graduates through the meeting in determining their own plans and activities, as well as in forming a support group for themselves.

“The graduates who are now working or are seeking to find work, amidst the pandemic, face real world problems, and they need an effective support group for them to cope with various challenges – financial, intellectual, mental, and emotional,” said Sayson.

Through this first-of-a-kind initiative of gathering the graduates, which is hoped to create linkages between them, Sayson wanted to keep the spirit of participation voluntary.

“In this gathering, we do not want them to think that this is for compliance with the Pantawid program conditionalities. We hope to only facilitate that a platform is there to serve their best interests. This is part of our effort to contribute to ending the intergenerational cycle of poverty; that is, to help prepare young adults and professionals to lead an active, productive, and meaningful lives,” said Sayson.

The stories of the graduates also hope to inspire and motivate those students of active Pantawid household beneficiaries.

Signed into law on April 17, 2019, the 4Ps provides conditional cash grants to its partner-family beneficiaries for a maximum of seven years.  The program seeks to improve the well-being of families, especially the health, nutrition, and education of their children.

Those graduates who want to register for the online activity may click this link in order to be provided the meeting link: https://forms.gle/k5Ax7CdG85LCh1Vb6. ###

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