The country’s Conditional Cash Transfer Program is all set to conduct Over-The-Counter (OTC) payout in Zamboanga City starting September 4 to 7, 2018. The scheduled payout covers the months of February and March (Period 2) this year.
The following are the identified areas for payout as scheduled: September 4 (Bolong, Quiniput, Sangali, Sinubong); September 5 (Tetuan, Culianan, Recodo); September 6 (Tetuan, Tigbalabag); and September 7 (Talabaan, Curuan, Tictapul).
Prior to the abovementioned schedule, the DSWD have already disbursed Period 2 grants to beneficiaries in various municipalities across Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay last August 14 until the present.
In an interview with the Regional Program Coordinator of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Region 9, Flordeliza A. Atuy said that the grant coverage for the said payout will only be for health and rice subsidy since the program does not provide grants for periods when classes are off for summer.
Atuy also reminded the beneficiaries to bring with them necessary documents to claim their grants such as Pantawid ID card. Grantees who will not be able to claim their grants personally may send a representation on the payout dates provided that the proxy holds an authorization letter, his/her valid ID, and the grantee’s ID.
The following week, the DSWD team and Landbank conduit will proceed to Zamboanga del Norte to conduct payout in the municipalities of Siayan (Sept 10), Baliguian (Sept 11), Sirawai (Sept 12), and Siocon (Sept 13).
Pantawid Pamilya is a social protection program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-18 and pregnant women. Program beneficiaries receive cash grants as they comply with the program conditions applicable to their households. The conditions are: pregnant women must avail pre and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by a trained health professional; parents must attend Family Development Sessions (FDS); 0-5 years old children must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; 6-14 years old children must receive deworming pills twice a year; and children beneficiaries (0-18 years old) must enroll in school and maintain a class attendance of at least 85% per month. As of May 2018, there are 4.39 million active households in the program nationwide.