By Jennifer C. Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug 6 (PIA)–This year’s seventh set of beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya include the 43,329 households in Central Visayas from the more than 889.000 households nationwide.
Of the total number from Region7, its first batch of 1,731 household- beneficiaries shall begin its registration this August.
All four provinces have its share of new members, with Bohol having 177 families from 43 municipalities; Cebu with 708 households from 50 local government units (LGUs); for Negros Oriental, 723 from 18 LGUs and 123 from the four municipalities in Siquijor.
Before this year ends, the first set of more than 25,000 beneficiaries would undergo a transition from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilya program to the agency’s Sustainable Livelihood Program as they continue their journey in crossing poverty.
According to DSWD information officer Aileen Lariba this program started in 2008, DSWD’s conditional cash transfer program gained popularity and benefits by increasing the number of children in school and their participation rate, reducing drop out and child labor.
Lariba said for these alone, it was able to put 7.3 children in school nationwide. The once negative now turned positive health seeking behaviour of mothers especially the pregnant and lactating.
As of 2012 impact evaluation of 83.6 percernt of the poor under the program are prioritizing their health such as vitamins, de-worming and weight monitoring.
“Having worked for some countries, it is now the flag bearer of hope in terms of poverty alleviation and social development for the Philippines because of its scientific targeting system and transparency,” said Lariba.
DSWD personnel will conduct the orientation and registration of new Pantawid Pamilya members.
Documents such as birth certificates of children of both parents and children, baptismal and marriage certificate if available and 2×2 picture are needed for the registration.
However prior to these household to be officially declared a member, they are to understand and sign the Oath of Commitment that they would follow the set conditions of the program.
Conditions include pre-natal and post-natal, delivery a trained health professional, preventive health check-up once a month; enrollment of their children and 85% attendance in school and attendance to family development sessions once a month.
Failure to commit to these conditions would mean non-registration, Lariba added. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)