46,512 Nortehanon enjoy benefits from Pantawid program

- Date Posted: February 14, 2017

CATARMAN, Northern Samar,  – A total of 46,512 families of Northern Samar enjoy the benefits from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, a human development strategy of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor, to improve the health, nutrition, and the education of children 0-18 years of age, said Mr. Alvin Maldos, DSWD-Provincial Pantawid Link, in a radio program interview at Station DYSM hosted by PIA, Northern Samar.

True to all beneficiaries, for education cash grant, a family receive P300 per child per month for a maximum of 3 children and P500 for high school, and for health grant, a family receive P500 per month.

Conditions however should be met by household beneficiary for it to avail of the cash grants and these include pre-natal and post-natal care for pregnant women and childbirth should be attended by a trained professional; attendance to family development sessions; Children 0-5 to undergo regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; children 6-14 years old to receive deworming pills twice a year and children 3-18 years old to enroll in school, and maintain an attendance of at least 85% of class days every month.

Maldos stressed, all those beneficiaries religiously complied with the conditions provided for in the program, though there were those who committed irregularities, but they were closely monitored by around 124 links all over the province.

In an assessment made years back, Maldos said, there is a significant increase in the enrolment, and there are mothers who now personally seek health service and need not be compelled to for the sake of the cash grant.

As DSWD 4Ps links and workers, what they aimed at, is for those household beneficiaries making themselves self-sufficient, Maldos pointed out, though it will still take a little more time, at least some of them have already surpassed the survival stage to subsistence. (ajc/ADiaz/PIA8-N.Samar)