Local officials of Jolo, Sulu, have commended the conditional cash grant program of the government for helping transform the lives of almost 70,000 indigent families in the province.
The entire province of Sulu comprising 19 municipalities is covered by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), a flagship program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that targets to curb poverty in the country through investments in human capital.
“The program is instrumental not only in alleviating poverty but also in enhancing the quality of life in our constituency,” said Munib Estino, town mayor of Panglima Estino.
He said a monthly subsidy of P1, 400 received by each family goes a long way in enabling them to meet their daily subsistence and attend to their basic health services.
Sulu remains as one of the poorest provinces in the country with 65 percent of the population shown to be living below the poverty line, way higher than the national average of 32 percent, according to DSWD-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Acting Secretary Pombaen Kader.
She noted that 4Ps initiative was started in the province in 2008 with the town of Jolo as pilot area.
To date, she said the program caters to 69,631 families in the province and around 187,000 families for the entire ARMM, which is home to the country’s poorest provinces, she said.
The government spent P10 – billion last year to support over a million recipients across the country thru the 4Ps.
In her recent visit to the ARMM, DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman disclosed that majority of the additional 2.3 million target beneficiaries of the 4Ps nationwide this year would come from the ARMM.