MINERVA BC NEWMAN
CEBU CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Field Office VII targets to register 90,242 new beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Central Visayas.
These are the replacements for those beneficiaries who graduated or exited from the program that are already at the self-sufficient level; 4Ps households with children who have finished their senior high school studies and have no monitored eligible children.
Cebu province has the highest number of new beneficiaries with 40,817; Negros Oriental with 31,625; Bohol with 16,971 and Siquijor with 829. There are currently 288,841 4Ps households in the Central Visayas region. The posting of the master list of potential 4Ps beneficiaries begins in February and the lists are posted in the halls of barangays, cities and towns.
“We encourage the public to help us validate the master list to ensure that only eligible and deserving households become part of the program. After we post the master list in each area, the validation process will follow, which will be done through a community assembly or a house-to-house visit by our 4Ps staff,” DSWD-7 Regional Director Shalaine Marie Lucero said.
The potential 4Ps households are required to submit the marriage certificate, birth certificate, school enrollment certificate, health enrollment certificate, valid identification card (ID), or other alternate documents as part of the supporting documents during the registration.
The assigned 4Ps City and Municipal Links (C/MLs) will announce the registration schedule and the venue per barangay. During the DSWD-7 staff orientation on the process of the registration of new 4Ps beneficiaries on January 31, 2023, held at the DSWD Field Office VII, Director Lucero emphasized the importance of teamwork in order to accomplish the task successfully.
“We will be registering a large number of beneficiaries in 4Ps, and this entails good planning and strategy to deliver the task ahead. We also need to have proper coordination with the local government units (LGUs) to ensure an orderly and organized registration of 4Ps households,” Lucero said.
She added that the agency will install a grievance help desk during the 4Ps registration to receive complaints from the potential beneficiaries and the public.
The DSWD implemented the program nationwide, covering 4.4 million households. It continues to reach more poor households by replacing those who exited the program. The 4Ps National Advisory Council (NAC) passed Resolution No. 43, institutionalizing the replacement policy of 4Ps households by those not yet covered by the program.