To embrace it with optimism is what the 33-year-old Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino
Program beneficiary Atiya Enting Jumdail always does whenever she faces a new
challenge on her life. She says that every challenge that comes her way brings a perfect
opportunity to learn through change. To her, learning through challenges is a strategy that
has long helped her through the countless trials that she experienced ever since she and
his husband started their lives together.
Atiya has been married for eighteen years to Timbasil Jumdail, a fisherman. With the
meager income of P3,000 a month, the couple struggled to support even the studies of
their six children. Atiya, however, carried the challenge devotedly and surpassed it
together with her husband.
Timbasil Jumdail (in orange shirt) leads the community in preparing seedlings for the
mangrove rehabilitation project in their community.
Toward 'better' families PDF Print
Written by Rina Jimenez-David, Phil. Daily Inquirer
Monday, 16 June 2014 09:22
Subic- Leonie Nervida, 47, lives in a tiny, two-room apartment that lies at the end of a
row of similarly small apartments in Barangay New Banicain in this city. She shares the
single bedroom with her husband Francisco (“Nanie”) who, at 60, is 13 years older than
They have eight children (“I had three children when he met me,” Leonie says, “but he
accepted them fully and treated them, like the ones we had together, as his own”), only
the three youngest live with them at present, all still in school. Her fifth child, says
Leonie, is now 15 and should be a freshman in high school but he has yet to return home
after taking a vacation with an older sibling. “Pasaway” (hard-headed), she describes the
boy, who apparently has no wish to go back to school.
Rising from ‘poorest of the poor’ in T’Boli PDF Print
Written by By Germelina Lacorte, Inquirer Mindanao
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 05:32
Farmer Johnny Tolentino recalls how he was barely surviving hand-to-mouth when he
first received five years ago the P4,000 cash assistance from the Department of Social
Welfare and Development (DSWD) under its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
Johhny Tolentino is seen at his farm in T'boli, South Cotabato province.
CCT program still a work in progress PDF Print
Written by by Jaime R. Pilapil, Manilatimes.net
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 05:12
GENERAL SANTOS CITY: The government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT)
program is still a work in progress and its implementor, the Department of Social Welfare
and Development, does not pretend to claim that it is being smoothly implemented.
Overall, however, the program is seen as a success since the poorest of the poor are saved
from hunger while their children receive health care and go to elementary and secondary
Pantawid Pamilya inspires violence-free communities PDF Print
Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 03:16
We are no stranger to horrible accounts of violence committed against women and
children. Heart- breaking narratives of wives being beaten to death by their jealous
husbands and children raped by the people who should be protecting them are sometimes
trivialized as nothing extraordinary but a matter of the family.
Violence against women and children (VAWC) happens every day and across culture.
There is a wide spectrum of gender-based violence wherein women and girls are
vulnerable to. These include trafficking, physical and sexual abuses, economic
deprivation, and even psychological battering.
Pantawid Pamilya Accomplishment Report for the 1st Quarter of 2014 PDF Print
Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 07:57
Pantawid Pamilya Accomplishment Report for the 1st Quarter of 2014 download here.
Sec. Soliman leads advisory committee visit to IP communities PDF Print
Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit
Monday, 05 May 2014 02:41
Sec. Soliman and members of the National Advisory Council (NAC) are welcomed by
the cheiftain of Brgy Banuang Daan in Coron, Palawan during the field visit.
Coron, Palawan – Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman of the Department of Social
Welfare and Development (DSWD) led the Joint National and Regional Advisory
Committee (N/RAC) meeting in this municipality last April 23-25, 2014.
The field visit aims to highlight the convergence strategy of the Department which allows
the beneficiaries, particularly the Indigenous People (IP), to benefit from its major
programs namely Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa
Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) and
the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). It was also intended to gather more assistance
from the participating partner-agencies to make better living conditions for the IP
Pantawid Pamilya Accomplishment Report for the 4th Quarter of 2013 PDF Print
Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit
Thursday, 03 April 2014 07:32
Pantawid Pamilya Accomplishment Report for the 4th Quarter of 2013 download here.
The leader in us PDF Print
Written by Pantawid Pamilya SMU
Saturday, 10 May 2014 12:37
“Matagal akong naitali sa paniniwalang ang babae ay dapat nasa loob lang ng bahay. Pero
simula nang naging Parent Leader na ako para sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,
nalaman ko na mas marami pa pala akong pwedeng magawa at magampanan, hindi lang
para sa ikauunlad ng aking sarili, kundi lalo na ng aking pamilya (I was tied up for a long
time with the belief that women must spend their lives sheltered inside their homes, but
when I started to be a parent leader for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, I learned
that I can do more things and roles to partake, not only for the development of myself, but
especially for my family),” said Aling Glomeline.
Glomeline Taguinod from Dadda, Tuguegarao City is one of the 160,000 parent leaders
of the Pantawid Pamilya nationwide.
DSWD, DLSU-SDRC forge partnership PDF Print
Written by 4Ps Social Marketing Unit
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 08:34
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) represented by Director
Rodora T. Babaran, National Program Manager of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
and De La Salle University- Social Development Research Center (DLSU-SDRC)
represented by Dr. Melvin A. Jabar, Director of DLSU-SDCRC signed a Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA) on April 28, 2014.
The partnership is part of the program’s research agenda that aims to encourage
researches relating to analysis on the impact, outcomes and implementation of the
Why we should support the 4Ps
The 4Ps program is and continues to be a good investment - Here’s why
Ronald U. Mendoza
Published 3:22 PM, Aug 12, 2013
Updated 8:30 PM, Aug 21, 2013
At a recent forum on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (or 4Ps) held at the
Philippine Institute for Development Studies, experts from different government agencies
and academic institutions discussed the rationale and the feasibility of extending and
expanding the program.
Under the management of Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD), the
4Ps is widely known to be the lynchpin of the government’s anti-poverty efforts. One of
its key interventions is the provision of small cash transfers to mothers, as long as they
commit to investing in their children, such as by ensuring their children go to school, as
well as get deworming, vaccination and regular health check-ups to name a few other
aspects of the program. 4Ps operates in 79 provinces covering 1484 municipalities and
143 key cities in all 17 regions nationwide.
As of June 2013, the program covered almost 4 million households. The planned
extension of the 4Ps program will include an additional 2 million children to the current
8.5 million in the program. A special emphasis will be placed on providing additional
support to children from poor families who would like to go to high school.
Yet, even as the budget for 4Ps is set to increase, some people seem impatient about its
pay-off, which most assume will be immediate—such as reducing the number of poor
and hungry people in the country. Several opposition politicians have even resorted to
calling the government program a “dole-out”. And some question the size of the
allocations dedicated to the 4Ps. Their typical argument is that there are better alternative
uses for these funds.
At that forum, I argued otherwise—noting that the 4Ps program is and continues to be a
good investment. Here’s why.
First, the 4Ps is NOT the only program in the anti-poverty strategy of the government, yet
it’s quite possibly the most important component. The reason is that this program attacks
one of the root causes of poverty—weak education, health and other human development
characteristics that disadvantage a poor person.
No amount of job creation will employ and lift out of poverty millions of under-skilled
and unhealthy citizens. No business would get into such an enterprise, and no government
can sustain economic growth and job creation on such a weak foundation. Therefore,
human capital build-up is, first and foremost, the key ingredient in the strategy.
What is often poorly understood about the 4Ps program is that it’s less focused on adults,
and more focused on the next generation. The economic pay-off from these investments,
therefore, will take some years to fully manifest—in the form of more educated and
healthy citizens and more productive workers.
If we are serious about poverty reduction (and dare I say, poverty eradication), investing
in children is where we should really begin. Otherwise, a never ending stream of people
with weak education and health will add to the ranks of the poor.
Of course, human capital is not enough. Access to the other factors of production and
growth will also need to dramatically improve for the vast majority of the population—
such as through microfinance and lending to SMEs (improving access to capital); and
true agrarian reform (access to land).
Preparing for the country’s youth bulge
According to the United Nations, our country is expected to reach its peak number of
young people by around 2040-2050, roughly 25-30 years from today (see Figure 1). This
means the brunt of our future labor force is comprised of infants already being born today
—and their future capabilities depend heavily on the policy choices we make.
4Ps can help ensure that the majority of our young people do not fall through the cracks.
For every 1.8 to 2 million children born every year in the Philippines, at least about one-
third (or up to six hundred thousand) are born to poor families according to some
estimates. Because of 4Ps, children will grow up to be educated, healthy, and productive
members of Philippine society, contributing to the country’s economic competitiveness in
the longer term. Therefore, the 4Ps is not merely a matter of charity for poor children as
far as the country is concerned—our long run economic growth depends in large part on
how successfully we equip our future citizens and workers to compete.
Nevertheless, the 4Ps prepares future workers; but it does not in itself create jobs. It is
imperative that more jobs are created and more entrepreneurship encouraged in order to
spur economic development that is inclusive for the vast majority of the youth.
Figure 1. Philippine Youth (Aged 15-24), 1950-2100 (In Millions)
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps (formerly Ahon Pamilyang Pilipino) is a
conditional cash transfer§ program of the Philippine§government under the Department
of Social Welfare and Development§. It aims to eradicate extreme poverty in the
Philippines by investing in heath and education particularly in ages 0–14. It is
patterned on programs in other developing countries like Brazil (Oportunidades§) and
Mexico (Bolsa Família§). The 4Ps program now operates in 17 regions, 79 provinces
and 1,261 municipalities and 138 key cities covering 3,014,586 household beneficiaries.
2 Program structure§
1 2.1 Objective§
2 2.2 Eligibility§
3 2.3 Conditions§
3 External links§
The Department of Social Welfare and Development patterned the conditional cash
transfer§ system from developing countries particular in Brazil and Mexico. In 2007,
the DSWD pre-pilot tested in municipalities of Sibagat§ and Esperanza§ in Agusan del
Sur; the municipalities of Lopez Jaena§ and Bonifacio§ in Misamis Occidental, the
Caraga Region; and the cities of Pasay§ and Caloocan§ in a 50 million pesos budget.
It was renamed Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) by DB-Mayler G Amolata
and Aicris Floren on July 16, 2008 by administrative order number 16, series of 2008 and
set implementing guidelines.
The program have focused on two objectives:
1 Social assistance: provide cash assistance to address the short-term financial need.
2 Social development: by investing in capability building they will be able to break
intergenerational poverty cycle.
The poorest among poor families as identified by 2003 Small Area Estimate (SAE)
survey of National Statistical Coordination Board§ (NSCB) are eligible. The poorest
among poor are selected through a proxy-means test. Economic indicators such as
ownership of assets, type of housing, education of the household head, livelihood of the
family and access to water and sanitation facilities are proxy variables to indicate the
family economic category. Additional qualification is a household that has children 0–
14 years old and/or have pregnant women during the assessment and shall agree on all the
conditions set by the government to enter the program.
3 Pregnant Household Member/s should visit their local health center to avail of
pre- and post-natal care starting from the first trimester of pregnancy
4 Children 0-5 Years Old - members of the household who are 0–5 years old shall
visit the health center and avail of Immunization/vaccination, weight monitoring, and
management of childhood disease
5 Children aged 6–14 years old should receive deworming pills twice a year
6 Children aged 3–5 years old enrolled in Day Care Program or pre-school program
and maintain a class attendance rate of at least 85% per month (still subject to
7 Children aged 6–14 years old enrolled in elementary and secondary schools and
maintain a class attendance rate of at least 85% per month
8 Parents should attend Family Development Sessions at least once a month
9 Participate in community activities to promote and strengthen the implementation
of the program
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health
and education of poor households, particularly of children aged 0-18 years old.
Patterned after the conditional cash transfer scheme implemented in other developing
countries, the Pantawid Pamilya provides cash grants to beneficiaries provided that they
comply with the set of conditions required by the program.
Pantawid Pamilya has dual objectives:
Social Assistance - to provide cash assistance to the poor to alleviate their
immediate need (short term poverty alleviation); and
Social Development - to break the intergenerational poverty cycle through
investments in human capital.
Pantawid Pamilya helps to fulfill the country’s commitment to meet the Millennium
Development Goals, namely:
10 Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
11 Achieve Universal Primary Education
12 Promote Gender Equality
13 Reduce Child Mortality
14 Improve Maternal Health
Set of Co-Responsibilities
To avail of the cash grants beneficiaries should comply with the following conditions:
15 Pregnant women must avail pre- and post-natal care and be attended during
childbirth by a trained health professional;
16 Parents must attend Family Development Sessions (FDS);
17 0-5 year old children must receive regular preventive health check-ups and
18 6-14 years old children must receive deworming pills twice a year.
19 All child beneficiaries (0-18 years old) must enroll in school and maintain a class
attendance of at least 85% per month.
Pantawid Pamilya operates in 79 provinces covering 1484 municipalities and 143 cities in
all 17 regions nationwide.
The program has 4,090,667 registered households as of 25 June 2014.