DSWD assures rice subsidy for ‘compliant’ 4Ps beneficiaries

MANILA-- A Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) official said Tuesday there is no reason why compliant beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) should not receive their rice subsidy.

In an interview, 4Ps information officer May Anne Ramos said funds have been allocated for the rice subsidy under the 2017 General Appropriations Act.

"And therefore, all they (beneficiaries) have to do is to comply with the set of conditions of the program," Ramos said in response to calls made by the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid (SNPP) for the institutionalization of the 4Ps and for assurance that 4Ps beneficiaries would get their rice subsidy.

The subsidy for rice was one of the promises made by President Rodrigo Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address a month after he assumed the presidency last year.

It comes in the form of cash amounting to PHP600 a month. A total of PHP72.11 million has been approved for calendar year 2017 for the more than 4 million beneficiaries of the program.

Ramos noted that so long as the beneficiaries comply with the conditions set by the department, they can be assured of additional grants on top of the PHP500 regular cash grant for health, and the education grant of PHP300 for every child enrolled in elementary and PHP500 for every child enrolled in high school.

Among these conditions are that the beneficiaries send their children to school; bring them to the health center for vaccination and deworming; and attend family development sessions (FDS). Pregnant women should also visit the health center for pre- and post-natal care.

Those who fail to follow these conditions will not receive the rice subsidy or its equivalent amount, Ramos said.

She said the department is monitoring the beneficiaries during the FDS, where they get lectures on gender and development, becoming responsible parents, strengthening family relationships, disaster preparedness, and income-generating opportunities.

Source: Philippines News Agency