MANILA, Philippines — According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), individuals no longer eligible for the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) can still benefit from alternative initiatives aimed at supporting indigent families. DSWD Assistant Secretary for Strategic Communications Romel Lopez assured that the agency is committed to providing additional programs and services to assist graduating 4Ps members in maintaining self-sufficiency and enhancing their overall well-being.
Lopez highlighted that, similar to the Food Stamp Program, not all 4Ps members can be included, but the DSWD can introduce other poverty-alleviation programs for the neediest Filipinos. Among the options available to “graduating” 4Ps beneficiaries are the Sustainable Livelihood Program and the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation.
During an interview with Sen. Francis Tolentino and Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez on radio dzRH, Lopez revealed the DSWD’s plan to endorse exiting 4Ps beneficiaries, along with their case folders, to their respective local government units (LGUs). This guidance will aid local Social Welfare and Development Offices in identifying and providing the necessary programs and services for these families.
A recent revalidation conducted by the DSWD, as directed by Secretary Rex Gatchalian, identified approximately 339,660 households as Level 3 or self-sufficient, automatically recommended for graduation or exit from the 4Ps program. Concurrently, over 760,000 households will be retained as beneficiaries, while more than 1.1 million beneficiaries were earlier assessed as non-poor under the Listahan 3 of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.
The 4Ps serves as the national poverty reduction strategy, functioning as a government human capital investment program. It offers conditional cash transfers to qualified households and encompasses various support services aimed at enhancing the health, nutrition, education, and socio-economic aspects of beneficiaries in collaboration with concerned agencies, LGUs, and other stakeholders.