After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office Cordillera Administrative Region (DSWD FO CAR) through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is all set to bring back the Search for 4Ps Huwarang Pamilya and Exemplary Children who show strong family ties, demonstrates positive Filipino values, and illustrates positive impact in their community. 

“Our program beneficiaries whom we regard as our partners in the implementation of 4Ps are worthy of recognition. This search is not to let them compete with each other, but for them to express their experiences as beneficiaries for their fellow 4Ps members and even non-4Ps to learn and emulate,” DSWD CAR Regional Director Leo L. Quintilla underscored. 

Since 2012, the search has been recognizing family and children beneficiaries who are able to comply with program conditionalities, sustain family togetherness, and become active citizens in their communities despite the challenges brought about by poverty. 

The major eligibility requirements for the Huwarang Pamilya search include: a.) A Filipino family beneficiary for at least two years; b.) A family with good standing in the community with no derogatory records and has not been convicted of any administrative, criminal, civil case or cases involving moral turpitude in the last five years; and c.) A family whose income is not derived from gambling, prostitution, child labor, extortion, and other similar illegal resources; among others.

For the Exemplary Children, the major qualification requirements are the following: a.) Any 4Ps child aged 10 to 14 by October 31 of the competition year; b.) Involved with the program for at least one (1) year; c.) Enrolled in school and compliant to 85% school attendance requirement of the program; and d.) With good scholastic standing – no grades below the passing mark, non-repeater. 

The nominated 4Ps family and children beneficiaries will be subjected to a series of validation through the four levels of the search from City/Municipal, Provincial, Regional, and National levels. 

Under the City/Municipal level, a family and a child beneficiary will be selected/nominated to represent the respective city/municipality in the provincial level. This will be conducted until June 30, 2023. 

A deliberation at the provincial level will be done to select one family and 1 child each who will represent each province in the regional search slated for the last week of July 2023 at Baguio City. 

During the regional search, a desk validation, talent presentation, and question & answer will be conducted with the provincial families and children winners together with an invited panel of judges from the partner agencies of the DSWD. 

A 4Ps Huwarang Pamilya and Exemplary Child Grand winners will be conferred and they shall serve as ambassadors of the program in the Cordillera region. The Grand Winners will receive cash prizes and will represent the region in the national recognition in September and November this year and they will attend a series of learning sessions. 

The 2019 Huwarang Pamilya Grand Winner is the family of Rosalie Tactac while the Exemplary Child is Christian Kyle Balinan who are both from Santa Marcela, Apayao. At present, the Tactac family continues to live with the ideals and aspirations of the program and one of their children is currently employed at the DSWD SWAD Office-Apayao. Christian Kyle, on the other hand, is now in his senior high school and is persistent to chase his dreams of becoming an Engineer someday. ### DSWD-CAR Social Marketing Unit – Marlo C. Abyado Jr., 4Ps Information Officer

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