Beneficiaries of the income-generating activities under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). (File photo VSM/PIA MIMAROPA)

CORON, Palawan — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Mimaropa Office disbursed almost P27.9 million cash grants to the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Coron for the period December-May 2019.

About 3,300 households, enrolled under the Regular Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and Modified CCTs of the 4Ps, have benefited in the health, education and rice subsidies with a high average compliance rate of 91.9 percent.

Coron is a first-class municipality which is also the home of the Tagbanua, an indigenous peoples’ group that makes up about a tenth of its population. A significant number of the Tagbanuas are served by the 4Ps. Currently, there are 606 households that are beneficiaries of the program’s cash grants and sustainable livelihood program.

The 4Ps program in Coron is on track in delivering its promise to keep children healthy and in school. From June-July 2019, the 4Ps has been monitoring 6,218 children aged 3 to 18 years old. Its compliance rate is at an average of 91 percent for those 3-5 years old, 6-14 years old, and 15-18 years old.

The children beneficiaries are served by 39 Child Development Centers with 42 workers, 39 elementary schools with 369 teachers and 18 secondary schools with 235 teachers.

Apart from the cash grants, the beneficiaries are also provided with interventions for income-generating activities under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). At present, there are nine SLP associations consisting of 195 Pantawid and 6 Non-Pantawid members with a total seed capital fund of about P3 million. These projects include hog raising, poultry farming, agricultural supplies store, feeds retails store and rice trading.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of children 0-18 years old from eligible households. It is already in its tenth year of implementation. (VSM/PIA MIMAROPA)

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