The Department of Social Welfare and Development will release this month a total of P106,887,300 for beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer program in Negros Occidental, a government press release said.
Records of the DSWD Field Office VI show that the fund covers eight cities and 12 municipalities in Negros Occidental covered by the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, that is now officially referred to as “Pantawid Pamilya.”
“Pantawid Pamilya" stresses investment in human capital through the provision of conditional cash grants to poor families for their health and the education of their children aged 14 years old and below, the press release said.
The amount be released this month is intended for 13,667 families in Negros Occidental according to DSWD-6 Regional Director Minda Brigoli said adding that the cash grants will be facilitated by the LandBank of the Philippines through an over-the-counter offsite payment. The LBP is one of the partners of the DSWD in implementing program.
Other partner agencies are the Departments of Health, Education, Interior and Local Government, the National Anti-poverty Commission and National Nutrition Council.
Pantawid Pamilya provides financial assistance of P500 a month per family for health and nutrition and another P300 per child for a maximum of three children per school month for education which continues for five years. Beneficiaries however, must comply with the Program conditions to continuously avail of the cash grants.
These conditions include availing of pre and post natal check-up for pregnant women; availing of regular health check-ups, consultations, vaccines and immunizations for children; and availing of de-worming pills twice a year for children 6-14 years old. The maintenance of at least 85 percent school attendance for children 3-14 years old; and attending family development seasons for parents and guardians, are also among the requirements.
In Negros Occidental, the province, Cauayan is set to receive P22,799,900 for 1,813 beneficiaries while Sipalay, which has an allocation of P4,365,600 for 1,225 beneficiaries, will get the biggest amount among the cities.*