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Pantawid Pamilya extends age coverage


The year 2014 is a new beginning for more than 140,000 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries especially for those ages 15-18 years old who dream of going to college or getting a better job.  The Department of Social Welfare and Development will start its implementation of the extension age coverage of 15-18 years with a validation that will kick off on April 2014.

During validation, parents of children beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya program are advised to prepare the children’s birth certificates and certificate of enrolment to facilitate registration.

Currently the Pantawid Pamilya program provides health and education grants to children beneficiaries aged 0-14 only but with the extension program, the age coverage is being extended until 18 years old.

One of the reasons for this move is to help children beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya finish high school and get at least a 2 year course in college, giving them a greater chance for a better employment and become competitive in the professional world. It also compliments the Department of Education’s K-12 program.

The expansion program will still require an 85% attendance in school but will receive a higher educational grant which covers 15-18 years old. For those households with no children enrolled in the elementary will no longer receive the P500/ month cash grant for health.

The selection of children aged 3-18 for education monitoring will be based on the existing policy which is, “the household shall select from among the children whom to monitor, replace and additional children beneficiaries to complete the three children limit per household, provided that these children are included in the household roster”.

The existing children beneficiaries 0-14 will continue to be monitored and should abide by the program’s set conditions of visiting the health center and attending Family Development Session at least once a month and an 85% attendance in school to continually receive their cash grant of P500/month for health and P300/month for education. (PR_Lariba)

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