TO EXPAND the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of Social Welfare and Development to give at least a sack of rice to the poorest of the poor every month.
In his first State of the Nation Address, Duterte expressed his plan to strengthen the government’s social protection programs “to reduce the vulnerabilities of our people, increase their resiliency and empower individuals, families and communities.”
“To strengthen the delivery of social services, the government will intensify its protection program so it can use resources and expertise to make a dent in the country’s poverty levels,” the President said.
“The beneficiaries of 4Ps shall be made to become independent and self-reliant after their graduations from the program. As it is we aim to present the other forms of assistance so that they can stand on their own feet. But now I have decided to direct the DSWD to provide the rice subsidies to the poorest of the families, so at least they can eat, every month,” he added.
The 4Ps is a human development program of the government that provides conditional cash grants to poor families for spending on health, nutrition, and education of children.
It started as the conditional cash transfer under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.