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546K children in CALABARZON receive education, health assistance

A total of 546,013 who are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the CALABARZON Region received education and health assistance for the year 2018. These children belong to the 317,370 households being monitored under the program.

Household-beneficiaries of the program receive cash subsidy for the health and education of the children. The subsidy is given in exchange to the household’s compliance to the conditions of the program.

The conditions of the program are 1) 85 percent monthly school attendance of children three to 18 years old, 2) monthly preventive health checkups of children age zero to five, 3) twice a year deworming of children in elementary, 4) monthly pre and post natal checkup of pregnant women, and 5) monthly attendance of parent-grantees in the Family Development Sessions.

The compliance of the beneficiaries to the conditions are regularly monitored with the help of program partners including teachers, nurses, midwives and civil society organizations. If a family is tagged as non-compliant to a certain condition, the household will not receive the corresponding grant.

According to DSWD IV-A Regional Director Annie E. Mendoza, the conditions of the Pantawid Pamilya ensure that every child is healthy and in school. This way, child-beneficiaries have higher chances of learning, which will eventually lead them to gain better opportunities upon graduation.

“Nakatutulong po sa amin ang Pantawid Pamilya lalong lalo na sa pag-aaral naming magkakapatid. Mas madali nang nakabibili ng mga gamit sa school at ng mga projects,” shared Mark David Emberso, 14, a child-beneficiary from Brgy. Maliksi III in Bacoor City, Cavite.

Emberso, a grade 9 student, has two other siblings. His father, the only provider of the family, is a jeepney driver. His mother, on the other hand, stays at home to take care of her two-year-old son.

Monaliza Remo, 43, a Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary from Brgy. Putingkahoy, Rosario, Batangas, shares her observation to co-beneficiaries, particularly the Aeta families in the barangay.

“Itong programa ay hindi lamang tungkol sa pera. Tinuruan kami, lalong lalo na ang mga katutubo, ng maraming bagay, ang pinakamahalaga na marahil ay ang pagpapahalaga sa edukasyon, kalusugan at disiplina ng mga bata,” shared Remo.

She added that Aeta families no longer fear sending their children to health centers and even started sending their children to school, which are contrary to their traditions.

A total of PhP4.74 billion cash subsidy had been disbursed to beneficiaries across the region from February to November 2018. This amount includes PhP300 per month per child in pre-school and elementary, PhP500 per month per child in high school, PhP500 per month per household for the health grant and PhP600 per month per household as rice subsidy.# with reports from JKPLegaspi

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