P21.2B Conditional Cash Transfer program way ahead of schedule

A May 27, 2011 press release by the Department of Social Welfare and Development

The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (or the 4Ps) is ahead of schedule in reaching their target of giving conditional cash transfers to 2.3 million poor families.

In a May 24 report sent to President Aquino, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman cited that the program has already registered 1,910,446 household beneficiaries out of a targeted 2,339,241 for 2011—a staggering 81.7 percent of the target less than six months into the calendar year. The remaining 428,795 families are expected be registered by the end of June 2011, meaning the DSWD will have the rest of the year to continue and to complete distribution of cash transfers to the registered beneficiaries.

“This is the fruition of our efforts to make certain the economic gains we have made are distributed equitably to our people,” Soliman said. “This is part of the government’s holistic approach to ensure that growth is felt by the people, especially those who have been historically marginalized.”

The Pantawid Pamilya program has also allowed the DSWD to give jobs to 4,155 Filipinos for its implementation. They were able to complete training for 2,181 of the program staff, partners, and parent leaders within the first four months of 2011, and have already established Provincial Advisory Committees in all provinces, enjoining the assistance of 123 members from 125 partner Civil Society Organizations nationwide.

Secretary Soliman said that the DSWD wants to build on this success by working even harder to reach and exceed their targets in line with the Aquino administration’s goal of poverty alleviation.

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