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4Ps to distribute cash cards on weekend

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the DSWD is scheduled to conduct the last leg of distribution of EMV-enabled cash cards to its beneficiaries on June 15 and 16.

This is following the order of the program management that by June 30 all beneficiaries will be converted into cash-card holders from the previous over-the-counter payment scheme.

The schedule is made and agreed between DSWD and Landbank so as not to hamper the regular activities and transactions of the bank during weekdays.

More than 6,000 EMV cards will be distributed on the said dates including those who have not claimed their cash cards yet on the previous distribution schedule.

A total of 5,290 cash cards will be released on June 15 (Saturday) at Sangali and Culianan Covered Court that would cater to barangays Bolong, Bunguiao, Dulian, Lamisahan, Sangali, Cabaluay, Cacao, Culianan, Guisao, Lanzones, Lapakan, Manicahan, Mercedes, Pasobolong, Salaan, Talabaan, Taluksangay, Tolosa, Victoria, and Zambowood. Landbank will only conduct distribution of cash cards on the mentioned date. Activation of such will follow on a later schedule.

Meanwhile, 1,304 cash cards will be distributed and activated on June 16 (Sunday) at Landbank Main Branch in Pettit Barracks. This will cater the island barangays such as Busay (Sacol Island), Landang Gua, Landang Laum, Manalipa, Pasilmanta (Sacol Island), Tumalutab, Tigtabon, and Pangapuyan.

Beneficiaries are advised to bring their own medical and health maintenance, container for their trash, and if possible, not bring their children so as to avoid influx of people at the venue.

The conversion of beneficiaries to cash card holders will hasten and make payout transactions easier and more convenient for the recipients in the withdrawal of their grants from the program.

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.

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