Uploaded on Apr 16, 2011
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a poverty reduction and social development strategy of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education particularly of children aged 0-14.
Pantawid Pamilya has dual objectives:
Social Assistance - to provide cash assistance to the poor to alleviate their immediate need (short term poverty alleviation); and
Social Development - to break the intergenerational poverty cycle through investments in human capital.
Pantawid Pamilya helps to fulfill the country's commitment to meet the Millennium Development Goals, namely:
Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
Achieve Universal Primary Education
Promote Gender Equality
Reduce Child Mortality
Improve Maternal Health
The poorest households in the municipalities are selected through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) implemented by the DSWD using the Proxy Means Test. This test determines the socio-economic category of the families by looking at certain proxy variables such as ownership of assets, type of housing, education of the household head, livelihood of the family and access to water and sanitation facilities. Read more....
Education for the Poorest Children through Pantawid Pamilya
News Features - Press Releases
Written by Azenath Formoso
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 05:24
1,538,592 children beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in different parts of the country are expected to commence the School Year 2010-2011 successfully and level up to the next ladder of learning next school year through the help of the program.
"It is hoped that the program can be an important weapon in empowering the poor and a step forward in the effort to create a base for a movement for "transformative social protection," one that sees the right to be free of poverty as a basic social right. Education is one of the core ways in attaining this right," Sec. Dinky Soliman said.
For students and parents who are scarce in monetary and material wealth but are rich in dreams and hopes, enduring another academic year is a milestone achievement. It's an instinctive belief and deeply imbued in the Filipino consciousness that education is the most effective tool to break free from the chains of poverty. A young girl who hails from a sixth class municipality holds the same cherished value in her heart.
"Education is the key to success," says Ellen Rose Cabunoc with firm conviction. She is a first year high school student in San Isidro National High School in Patoc, Abra.
Ellen used to walk to school daily with an empty pocket. Her old schoolbag contained her notebooks, recycled from her notebooks during elementary years or made from old calendars. Ellen couldn't even afford a ballpen so she used a pencil which she said is cheaper.
Statistics from the Department of Education (DepEd) reflect the conditions of many poor students like Ellen. According to DepEd's research, only 65% of pupils reach sixth grade in the elementary level while only 61% gets a high school diploma in the secondary level.
With her family's dire condition, Ellen could have been one of the 39% who couldn't reach the finish line to secondary school. Since their inclusion in Pantawid Pamilya, she is confident that she will get there and so is her class adviser. "She has been performing well in her academics and is also one of the most active students in school activities", Ellen's class adviser attested.
The Social Weather Station's study on Pantawid Pamilya last 2010 show improvements in school attendance -- enrollment rate for beneficiaries 6-14 years old is at 96% and compliance with attendance of school age beneficiaries is at 88%.
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