4psHundreds of beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) received their first pay-out intended for the months of January and February 2012 last Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the Dalaguete Sports and Cultural Complex.

Beneficiaries coming from the 33 barangays of Dalaguete patiently and systematically gathered inside the sports complex to claim their cash grants.

The pay-out was facilitated by regional office personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 with the assistance of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of the Municipal Government of Dalaguete and with the presence of Municipal Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante.

Dalaguete has 2,948 beneficiaries of the said poverty reduction strategy that provides conditional cash grants to poor households to improve their health, nutrition, and education particularly of children aged 0-14. Poor families receive cash provided their children regularly goes to public school and visit the health center for regular medical checkups and treatments.

Under the said program, a household with a child 0-14 years old will be granted P500 per month for the Health and Nutrition Grant and households having children 3-5 years old enrolled in day care or pre-school program or children 6-14 years old enrolled in elementary and secondary schools will be granted, under Education Grant, P300 per month per child for 10 months a year, excluding April and May, to a maximum of three children.

In order to qualify for the Health and Nutrition Grant, children 0-5 years old should be brought to health center for immunization, monthly weight monitoring and nutrition counseling for children aged 0-2 years old, quarterly weight monitoring for 25 to 73 weeks old, and management of childhood diseases for sick children. Children 6-14 years old must also receive deworming pills twice a year.

For beneficiaries to qualify for the Education Grant, children should maintain a class attendance rate of at least 85% per month.

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