TACLOBAN CITY– The Department of Social Welfare and Development Services (DSWD) here in the region is targeting 73,252 new beneficiaries under its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) for this year.
The new beneficiaries will replace the graduated or exited 4Ps households from the program, Paula Unay, 4Ps division chief of the DSWD-8, said.
The identified underprivileged households in the ‘Listahanan’ or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) are potential beneficiaries of the program, she added.
Last January, orientation and posting of the list of set 12 potential households were conducted in each barangay/municipality with the validation and registration now ongoing across the region where copies of the master list of potential beneficiaries are posted in the different local government unit offices until the end of this month.
“By March 15, we expect the approval of our regional director for these new registered beneficiaries,” Unay said.
In addition to being underprivileged in the Listahanan, beneficiaries of the 4Ps program must also be able to comply with the program’s conditions as part of their shared responsibilities which includes having children between the ages of 0 and 18 or being pregnant at the time of the assessment.
Potential members are required to submit marriage certificate, birth certificate/baptismal, school enrollment certificate of children 3-18 years old enrolled in pre-school, elementary, junior and senior high school, health registration certificate of children below 5 years old from RHU/BHS, and valid identification card (ID).
Unay urged the public especially the potential beneficiaries to be aware of the registration.
“The DSWD gives consideration for late registration from March 1-14,” she emphasized.
Of the 73,252 target new beneficiaries, 1,983 will come from Biliran; 11,638 for Eastern Samar; 29,795, Leyte; 9,785, from Northern Samar; 13,797 in Samar and 6,254 from Southern Leyte.
Currently, there are 274, 989 active 4Ps household beneficiaries in the region.
(HAZEL LLANETA, LNU Student