Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez yesterday said the release by the Department of Social Welfare and Development of P106,887,300 for 13,667 family beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer program in Negros Occidental this month will be a big boost to the recipients and the local economy.
The recipients of the Pantawid Pamilya funds should, however, spend the money wisely to sustain the needs of their families, Alvarez added.
The 12 towns with recipients of the fund are Toboso – P4.2 million for 449 families, Candoni – P4.8 million for 520 families, Murcia – P4.5 million for 468 families, Cauayan – P22.8 million for 1,813 families, Moises Padilla – P11 million for 1,193 families;
Don Salvador Benedicto – P6.2 million for 529 families, Binalbagan – P4.6 million for 476 families, Manapla – P4.4 million for 470 families, E.B. Magalona – P4.3 million for 467 families, Isabela – P11.3 million for 1,220 families, La Castellana – P6 million for 485 families, and Hinoba-an – P4.1 million for 435 families.
The eight cities that are recipients of the fund are Bacolod City – P4.3 million for 1,224 families, Sipalay P4.3 million for 1,225 families, Cadiz – P1.7 million for 487 families, San Carlos – P1.5 million for 434 families, Escalante – P1.4 million for 433 families, Sagay – P1.5 million for 469 families, Kabankalan – P1.8 million for 477 families, Himamaylan – P 1.4 million for 401 families.
“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 DSWD earlier said.
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.*CPG