Institutionalization of 4Ps pushed

MANILA-- A Senator on Tuesday urged his colleagues anew to pass a measure that seeks to turn the anti-poverty strategy Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) into a law for the benefit of poor Filipino families.

The 4Ps, under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), is an intervention which gives conditional cash transfer (CCT) to the poorest of the poor Filipinos.

Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara made this call noting that poor Filipino families would suffer if the 4Ps may be discontinued should the next administration decide to scrap it.

"The program may be subject to discontinuance by future administrations, despite its promising results in reducing poverty and promoting human capital development," Angara said.

Angara stressed that there is a need to institutionalize the 4Ps through legislation to sustain its success, particularly in addressing the needs of the poor.

Under Senate Bill 310 titled Institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to Reduce Poverty and Promote Human Capital Development, Angara seeks to institutionalize 4Ps and mandate its continued implementation.

His also provides loan assistance for those who will be able to complete the entrepreneurship and/or livelihood training programs.

The senator noted that at present, the 4Ps is a mere policy program that can easily be stopped by any administration in the future.

Citing various studies, Angara said that 4Ps reduced the total poverty and food poverty among its beneficiaries by up to 6.7 percentage points. Meanwhile, estimates had shown that the program reduced both total poverty and food poverty by up to 1.4 percentage points in 2013 at the national level.

As of August 2015, there are about 4.4 million active household-beneficiaries, which include some 10.2 million schoolchildren aged 0 to 18.

Source: Philippines News Agency