A total of 1,058 residents of Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, who identified as beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program received cash, at the first ceremonial cash pay-out yesterday at the municipal gymnasium, a government press release said.
This is the first time 4Ps beneficiaries in the province received immediately their conditional cash transfer under the 4Ps, after the Department of Social Welfare and Development partnered with Globe Telecommunications to tap the latter's G-Cash Remit services for an easier and hassle-free pay-out, the press release said.
The CCT used to be distributed through Land Bank of the Philippines located in the cities of Dumaguete and Bayawan, but this has proven to be burdensome to beneficiaries especially from remote areas, the press release said.
Bella Tse of the DSWD's Provincial Link for Negros Oriental said “Land Bank is also attending to so many clients, so we thought we should bring the G-Cash here instead of the beneficiaries going to Dumaguete City or Bayawan City.”
DSWD tapped the local service provider, Pick 'N Carry, for the G-Cash payout in Zamboanguita.
A total of P2.3 million - or two months' worth of CCT from January to February - were released through G-Cash to the beneficiaries coming from 10 barangays, the press release said.
Tse said there were initially 1,309 beneficiaries targetted to receive the CCT in Zamboanguita, but only 1,058 were registered.
“Some of them were not registered for varied reasons but we are now working on it, so we can include them in the next pay-out,” she said.
Tse added they are tapping the barangay officials, health workers and day care workers in reaching out to beneficiaries who are living in the remote areas to inform them of the schedules, the press release also said.
Each beneficiary is entitled to receive a maximum of P1,400. “This amount is for a family of three children who are in school, but the amount varies depending on the number of children in school,” Tse explained.
There are 57,000 target beneficiaries of 4Ps in Negros Oriental covering 17 local government units, the press release added.*
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