ORION, Bataan- Municipal mayor Antonio “Tonypep” Raymundo Jr. on Friday morning received warm smiles and loud applause from his constituents as he distributed checks worth P20 thousand for each beneficiary of a livelihood program from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Eighty six trainees, 61 for dressmaking course and 24 for diversified farming, personally received the seed money to start their new business and livelihood opportunities.
Raymundo said that this is part of the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to help his residents alleviate poverty. Before the distribution of funds, they have undergone several days of training for their respective livelihood courses.
The beneficiaries also include Aeta tribe members from Barangay Bayan Bayanan of this town.
The 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 Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is the lead government agency of the 4Ps.
The 4Ps also helps the Philippine government fulfill its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)—specifically in eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, in achieving universal primary education, in promoting gender equality, in reducing child mortality, and in improving maternal health care.