In an announcement that promises to bring holiday cheer to nearly 700,000 Filipino families, the government has reinstated their cash assistance under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). The move, expected to benefit close to 3 million individuals, comes as a welcome respite for those previously delisted from the program by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in February 2023.
4Ps: A Lifeline for the 'Poorest of the Poor'
Initiated in 2007, the 4Ps targeted the 'poorest of the poor' in the country. It provided conditional cash grants to indigent families with children aged 14 and below, aiming to alleviate their financial struggles. The reinstatement marks a significant turn of events for the families who had been removed from the program earlier this year.
Successful Appeal, Timely Assistance
Chairperson of the House of Representatives committee on poverty alleviation, Michael 'Mikee' Romero, confirmed that the families had successfully appealed their delisting. In his statement, Romero underscored that none of the families had seen any significant improvements in their financial status that would warrant their removal from the program. Hence, the decision to reinstate their benefits was made.
The restored benefits, which will be applied retroactively from February 2023, are expected to be deposited into the beneficiaries' accounts before Christmas. This timely assistance will provide a crucial financial boost to the beneficiaries during the holiday season, offering them a chance for a more festive celebration.