Cordillera Administrative Region – As of 18 March 2022, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development here has now registered a total of 6, 068 households (HHs) for replacement of those exited and ineligible HHs under set 11B of Calendar Year 2022. 

“We would like to clarify that the new slots of 4Ps HHs beneficiaries are intended only to replace those exited and ineligible households and not an expansion of the program beneficiaries. We also ensured that the new households are those eligible poor households based on the Listahanan 2 database,” DSWD FO CAR Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia, CESO II said. 

A household exits the program when the youngest monitored child in the family reaches the age of 18 and/or through the Grievance Redress System if the beneficiaries are reported and validated on third offense for misdemeanor acts like cash cards pawning, using the cards for loan collateral, drug abuse, alcoholism, and gambling. 

Meanwhile, to be included in the program, the household beneficiary must be enumerated and identified as poor in the Listahanan database and must fit with the program’s set of criteria. This includes those households with children aged 0-18 years old or a pregnant member at the time of the assessment. 

The household must also be able and willing to comply with the program conditionalities that include enrolment and attendance of children aged 4-18 in school, deworming of at least twice a year for children aged 6-14, pre and post-natal check-ups for women, preventive check-ups to children aged 5 and below, and attendance to monthly Family Development Session.

The newly registered household beneficiaries are required to attend the Program orientation sessions to discuss and instill within their household the program provisions, strategies, concepts, and conditions.  

The household replacement policy was passed through National Advisory Committee (NAC) resolution no. 43 that allows the continuous replacement of 4Ps households with eligible ones that are not yet covered by the program. 

Enacted into law under RA 11310 in April 2019, the 4Ps is the government’s major poverty alleviation program that invests in health, nutrition, and education of the poor eligible households. These alongside the psychosocial and psycho-educational component provided through the Family Development Session towards improved and sustained well-being. ### DSWD-CAR, Social Marketing Unit, Marlo C. Abyado Jr., Pantawid Pamilya Information Officer

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