5,000 households in Eastern Samar get additional cash grants
by Ellalyn De Vera
July 30, 2014
July 30, 2014
At least 5,000 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) household-beneficiaries in Eastern Samar, who were immensely affected by typhoon “Yolanda,” will be receiving additional cash grant until the yearend from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), UNICEF’s Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program will benefit 5,801 households in Eastern Samar, particularly in the municipalities of Guiuan, Hernani, Mercedes, Balangkayan, and Salcedo.
Beneficiaries were identified by assessing their capability in meeting their food and essential non-food needs.
Under a memorandum of agreement signed by UNICEF and DSWD, each household beneficiary will receive P4,400 monthly, on top of the regular cash grant provided by the 4Ps. The cash distribution will run concurrently with 4Ps pay-outs.
Regular 4Ps beneficiaries are given cash grants of as much as P1,400 for the education and health needs of a maximum of three qualified children.
The additional cash grant will cover six months starting July until December 2014.
The UNICEF-DSWD partnership expands from the 10,000 households currently supported by UNICEF’s UCT program in Leyte.
“The unconditional transfer of cash to carefully selected families allows them to take a step back from the decisions they have to make after Haiyan/Yolanda, given their loss of property, savings and livelihoods,” said UNICEF-Philippines Representative Lotta Sylwander.
The UCT program in Leyte shows that with very low household incomes, half of the transfers are being spent on food, while the rest are spent on shelter, health care, education and savings.
“These efforts complement the recovery efforts of the 4Ps toward improving the country’s human capital by keeping poor children in school, and giving them medical assistance, while extending immediate financial support to their families,” Sylwander said.
“Eight months after Haiyan/Yolanda, we continue to receive support from our partners whose mandate involves empowering children and families. We are grateful to UNICEF for extending assistance to 4Ps beneficiaries in selected areas in Eastern Samar. With our strong partnership with UNICEF, we can significantly contribute to positive changes in the lives of our beneficiaries,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman said.
Through the UCT program, UNICEF supports the 4Ps in its current recovery phase activities and remains committed in its work to advance the welfare of children.