DSWD releases P276-M grant to the first batch of Bicol 4Ps beneficiaries

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) regional office in Legazpi City has released Php276 million for the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps in Bicol.

The said amount will be granted to the first batch of 115, 356 4Ps beneficiaries for the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) Program of DSWD.

Regional Director Arnel Garcia, said in an interview on Wednesday that beneficiaries with landbank cash cards are the first to receive the assistance amounting to Php2400 (Php200 per month) for year 2018.

"The validation process of Listahanan (list) is expected to last for three months and the final list of beneficiaries is targeted to be out by the end of May. The distribution of the UCT assistance for Listahanan is targeted to be done by June 2018,” Garcia said.

Listahanan refers to national household targeting system.

UCT is part of the government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) program that aims to help and provide assistance to indigent Filipinos who will be affected by the rising goods prices after the implementation of the new tax reform.

Furthermore, Garcia said that PHP619 million will be released for the second batch for 252,552 total beneficiaries of 4Ps then 5,663 for modified conditional cash transfer without cash cards will be getting their UCT grants through partner conduits.

Meanwhile, a beneficiary from Albay, Cherry Escario who received cash grant, said that she did not expect the assistance and was thankful for it.

“Hindi po namin ito inaasahan, pero maraming maraming salamat po. Gagraduate na po ang anak ko ngayon na Marso at malaki po itong tulong sa amin lalo na sa pag-paaral ng tatlo ko pong anak (We didn't expect this grant yet we are very thankful. My son will graduate this March and the grant can help for my three other children).”

Also, Gregorio Barba Jr. from San Miguel in Catanduanes appreciated the administration’s hard work to help the needy.

"This administration is pro poor, they know what the poor needs, Thank you Mr. President for the support and love for us,” he said.

Source: PNA


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