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DSWD, DepEd tie up to ‘change lives’


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“Changing Lives” was what the Department of Social Work & Development-Department of Education consultation workshop on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), and the Food for School program hoped to achieve in a two-day activity held recently at Ecotech in Lahug, Cebu City. {{more}}

Close to a hundred delegates from DSWD’s Region VI, VII, VIII and Caraga composed of municipal links and regional focals met with the DepEd District supervisors to discuss the convergence of 4Ps program and DepEd’s Food for School activities. The event was opened with a welcome message by DSWD Region 7 Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre and DepEd’s Dr. Maria Corazon Dumlao of the Office of the Assistant Director.

The activity aimed to discuss issues and concerns confronting 4Ps partnership between DSWD and DepEd in the municipal level, enumerate roles and functions of both partners in the implementation of the 4Ps at the municipal level particularly on compliance verification system, and to plan for succeeding activities. With a renewed partnership, beneficiaries from the involved Regions were assured of a scientific, systematic and transparent program that would guide them in crossing the poverty threshold.

The 4Ps is a conditional cash grant program where each beneficiary household is given P500/month for health, and P300/month per qualified child for a maximum of three children per household.

The set conditions of the program includes pregnant women getting pre-and post-natal care, and being attended during childbirth by skilled health personnel; mothers attending Responsible Parenthood sessions, mothers’ classes and Parent Effectiveness seminars; children up to five years old receiving regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; children aged three to five years old attending day care or pre-school classes at least 85 percent of the time; children six to 14 years old enrolling in elementary or high school, and attending at least 85 percent of the time, and children six to 14 years old taking de-worming pills twice a year. (Aileen P. Lariba)

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