The Effectiveness of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to the Education of Its Beneficiaries

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Introduction:
Every parent wants the best for their children. They want their children to finish their studies. But unfortunately, there are many poor families cannot provide for the education of their children. Some families can only afford to eat one meal a day and they can’t even send their children to school. Sometimes the parents encourage their children to work and earn for their living, so that they can have something to eat. But we can’t blame them, because sometimes it is better to have something for supper, than to have something to feed your mind. Every youth deserves to have a decent education for them to be the next leaders not only of their generation but of the country as well. We should also take care of their welfare. That’s why, the government thinks of some ways to give every Filipino youth the education they deserve. The proclamation of SB No. 3412 has been a big help to the youth, as the primary beneficiaries. The program aims to help not only the youth of Metro Manila but also the youth of the whole country. Our government is one of the institutions that guide or motivate us to succeed. They want to prioritize our rights, especially for the children. They want us to achieve the primary education so that, they built public schools. But there’s still a high absentee rate of the students because the income of their parents can only provide them food. Even though there are many programs implemented by the government, still it’s not enough to alleviate the problems on poverty and education. The Department of Social Welfare and Development is the executive department of the Philippine Government responsible for the protection of the social welfare rights of Filipinos and to promote social for the benefit of the children. They help to implement a program that responds to the needs of the people. Every barangay there’s a representative. They coordinate first in their barangay before implementing the program. Their minimal and temporary solution can also be a big help for the poor families and for the youth. One of the implemented program of the government is the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) refers to the national poverty reduction strategy that provides national conditional cash transfer to extremely poor household to improve their health, nutrition and education. This program of 2009 with the following objectives: (1) to eliminate extreme hunger, (2) promote gender equality and empowerment of women, (3) reduce child mortality, (4) improved maternal health and achieved universal primary education. The beneficiaries of this educational assistance are 0 – 14 years old children with the maximum of three children per household. The educational assistance gives the beneficiaries a sum of money that will be use for the education of their children and their convenience. An interview was conducted on October 29, 2009 in the Barangay for the selection of the future beneficiaries of the program. The selection give them 500 families on the list was narrowed down to 390 because the others failed to pass the terms and conditions of the program. First week of January last 2011, the conditional cash transfer cards were distributed and on March 21 of the same year, they received the first payroll. There is a maximum of three beneficiaries per family, the children from 0-14 years receive an educational grant of 300 pesos a month and the parent receives 500 a month. They receive a payroll every two months worth 2800 pesos. The Barangay together with the DSWD has a target of 1000 beneficiaries for next year in the locality, and fortunately there will be more that will be help by this project.

Because of the big responsibility of the government they authorized the Barangay to take in charged in their community. So, they need the cooperation of the Department of Social Welfare and Development to implement programs for the benefit of everyone in the community. They have programs that enhance the...
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