Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tuloy ang Pagbabago campaign: 
Pantawid goes on, 
whoever may win 

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 7 (PIA)--There is no way the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) can be denied from a family beneficiary just because they would not vote for whom the local officials endorse. 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) bared this at a press conference in time for the launching of Tuloy ang pagbabago, a government communication campaign program intended to protect and enhance the awareness of beneficiaries. 

No less than DSWD general administration and support services division chief for region 7 Herminia Cabahug bluntly said this, during a press conference at the Bohol Tropics, April 4. 

Reports reaching the DSWD bared that some local officials have threatened beneficiaries of delisting from the cash grants if they do not vote for their endorsed candidates, admitted local DSWD sources. 

"Coming at time when some local officials are threatening 4Ps beneficiaries, we appreciate this information campaign," local candidates who run apart from the administration excitedly said. 

Earlier newspaper reports said 4 of five 4Ps beneficiaries would most likely vote for 4Ps, but the DSWD has been spreading information correcting the information. 

"The earlier "Bawala ng Epal dito" campaign has just been renewed with Tuloy ang Pagbabago," DSWD 4Ps information Officer Phoebe Jen Indino said. 

As to the allegations that 4Ps would be stopped, DSWD laughed it off, adding that moves to institutionalize the conditional cash transfer scheme has been passed. 

"House Bill 6393 or the act institutionalizing the 4Ps to reduce poverty and promote human capital development, has been approved at the house level," DSWD said. 

It also provides the for its operation, according to Representative Arthur Yap, who was among the 15 representatives who submitted the consolidated bill at the House. 

In a chance interview, Yap, who also passed PAG-ASA modernization bill to help insulate the poor from disasters, said "institutionalizing the 4PS makes it a government policy that forces whoever wins, into continuing with the anti-poverty program." 

And at the Senate, expanded versions are now studied to include cash for work, college scholarships, access to loans, expanded hospitalization and rice subsidies, according to reports. 

It is the obligation of the state to promote a just and dynamic social order that will ensure the prosperity and independence of the nation and free the people from poverty through policies that provide adequate social services, promote full employment, a rising standard of living, and an improved quality of life for all, the bill states.

According to Yap, who represents Boholanos in the 3rd District, they made sure that a state policy on providing assistance to the poor to ease up their immediate needs and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty is set so this transcends administrations. 

The Yap version of the bill includes investment in human capital, and improved delivery of basic services to the poor particularly education, health and nutrition, promote of gender equality and women empowerment, attain universal education, reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. 

HB 6393 incidentally covers the same points which Cong Yap filed, sources said. (rac/PIA7/Bohol)

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