LIMAY, Bataan – Thirty eight indigenous people (IP) from two villages recently received checks from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) modified conditional cash transfer (MCCT) program.
Mayor Lilvir “Ver” Roque in a simple ceremony led the distribution of checks to 29 Aetas from Sitio Kinaragan in Barangay Duale and 9 Aetas from Sitio Ariada in Barangay Alangan here.
Each beneficiary received P11,756 worth of check which they can use as seed money for their small scale agricultural business or a total of P411,416. The regional office of the DSWD and the local government of Limay facilitated the documentation and distribution of checks.
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is a human development measure of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor, to improve the health, nutrition, and the education of children aged 0-18. It is patterned after the conditional cash transfer (CCT) schemes in Latin American and African countries, which have lifted millions of people around the world from poverty. The DSWD is the lead government agency of the 4Ps.
Complementing the 4Ps is the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) Program, which caters to families in need of special protection. These include street families, itinerant indigenous families, families displaced by natural and man-made disasters, families with a person with disability (PWD), child laborers, children in conflict with the law, and families with members with terminal disease and victims of human trafficking.