Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

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To read this article in Filipino, see Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program also known as the 4Ps is a conditional cash transfer program of the Philippine government under the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Its goal is to eradicate extreme poverty in the Philippines by investing in health and education, particularly among those between the ages of 0 to 18. It is patterned after the conditional cash transfer schemes in Latin America and Africa, which have lifted millions of people around the world from poverty.

Program Structure

Objective

The 4Ps has the following objectives:

  • Social assistance, giving monetary support to extremely poor families to respond to their immediate needs
  • Social development, breaking the intergenerational poverty cyle by investing in the health and education of poor children.

The 4Ps also helps the Philippine government in fulfilling its commitment to the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), specifically in eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health care.

Coverage

As of 2021, the program covers 4,295,738 households in 41,606 barangays, 146 cities and 1,481 municipalities all over the Philippines.

In general, the following criteria must be satisfied to become eligible for the program:

  • residents of the poorest municipalities
  • households whose economic condition is equal to or below the provincial poverty threshold
  • households that have children 0-18 years old and/or have a pregnant woman at the time of assessment
  • households that agree to meet conditions specified in the program

To avail of the cash grants, beneficiaries should comply with the following conditions:

Pregnant women

  • avail of pre-natal services
  • give birth in a health facility
  • receive post-partum and post-natal care

0-5 years old

  • receive regular health and nutrition services
  • undergo check-ups and vaccinations

1-14 years old

  • avail of deworming pills twice a year

3-4 years old

  • attend day care or pre-school classes with at least 85% attendance

5-18 years old

  • Attend elementary or secondary school classes with at least 85% attendance

Cash Grants

Subject to the compliance with the program conditions, a household is entitled to receive the following grants:

Education grant (maximum of 10 months/year)

  • Elementary/Daycare: P300 per child/month
  • Junior High: P500 per child/month
  • Senior High: P700 per child/month

Health grant: P750/month

Rice subsidy: P600/month

Philhealth: automatic coverage

Receipients also get priority in the availment of modalities and interventions under DSWD's Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) or other appropriate or similar programs.

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