The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) in an effort to ensure the full implementation of “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” (4Ps) in the impoverished ARMM communities.
Social Welfare Secretary Celia Yangco and acting ARMM Governor Ansaruddin Alonto-Adiong signed the MOA during a meeting Monday in Metro Manila of officials of over a dozen foreign donor-organizations and institutions and executives of the regional autonomous government.
Yangco said the forging of the MOA was meant to replicate if not enhance in the autonomous region the 4Ps implementation mode and ensure effective poverty-alleviation efforts, especially in the conflict areas of ARMM.
The 4Ps, one of major anti-poverty government interventions, is a five-year program of the Arroyo administration launched in 2008 through the DSWD amid the global economic meltdown.
Funded by international donors including American Development Fund, World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the program was aimed primarily to help uplift the living conditions of poor Filipinos.
Under the program, a minimal amount of cash grant to identified extremely poor families with the condition that the money will be spent for health and education of their children particularly from zero-to-fourteen (0-14) years of age.