Pursuant to Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, beneficiaries of the country’s conditional cash transfer program will be receiving emergency subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program as top up to their regular cash grants from 4Ps.

The said program is government’s help for the poor and most vulnerable sectors to mitigate the effects brought by the strict implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in majority of cities and municipalities due to the health emergency on COVID-19.

The provision of Emergency Subsidy will be done in 2 tranches, the first of which has already been credited to the beneficiaries’ ATM accounts last April 03, 2020 and the 2nd tranche will be credited on another schedule.

For Region IX, the prescribed amount of emergency subsidy is Php 5,000 based on the region’s minimum wage level.

This means that each 4Ps household will be able to receive Php 3,650 on top of the Php 750 health grant and Php 600 rice subsidy for the month of April.

The emergency subsidy, health grant, and rice subsidy will compose the Php 5,000 Social Amelioration Program grant for the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries are encouraged to coordinate with their city/municipal links for the withdrawal of their cash grants and emergency subsidy while observing the protocols on social distancing and other preventive measures to avoid possible transmission of the corona virus.

Earlier, the Department has already credited the Period 6 (December 2019 and January 2020) grants of the beneficiaries to those who hold EMV-activated cash cards.

For beneficiaries without cash cards, the Department is now coordinating with LandBank of the Philippines and Local Government Units for the release of the formers’ regular grants and emergency subsidy.

Meanwhile, with the proliferation of fake news on the internet, the Department urges beneficiaries to on rely information coming from reliable sources only such as from established news authorities, governments’ website and social media accounts.

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Several members of the country’s conditional cash transfer program have line up today at various LandBank ATM branches and authorized servicing outlets for the withdrawal of their cash grants under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The Department has coordinated with the Local Government Unit down to the barangay level to facilitate an organized withdrawal of cash grants adhering to the rules and policies on the prevention of COVID-19 transmission.

“It is deemed imperative for us as a social welfare agency to make withdrawal of cash grants available for the beneficiaries especially now that we are facing a crisis. This is a safety net measure for our beneficiaries following the mandated enhanced community quarantine,” DSWD-9 OIC-Regional Director Fatima S. Caminan said.

Prior to this, the DSWD has announced that Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) will credit the cash grants of the beneficiaries into to their individual EMV-activated cash cards starting March 24. However, this will only be for the beneficiaries under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT). The Department, together with the LBP, targets to credit the cash grants of the Regular Conditional Cash Transfer (RCCT) members by April.


Ensuring the safety of the beneficiaries, field staff of the DSWD were deployed in various LBP branches, ATM stations, and Point of System (POS) to secure the observance of policies in the prevention of COVID-19 such as maintaining physical distance, wearing face mask and other protective gears, use of alcohol and sanitizers, proper hand-washing with soap, and changing of clothes upon arriving home.

In the municipality of Titay in Zamboanga Sibugay, as agreed during the meeting with the Municipal Administrator, Chief of Police, and LBP staff, all beneficiaries will be ferried to and from their residences using police mobile as all public transport are suspended.

Health workers and barangay officials are also on the lookout to avoid mass gatherings and crowd control. Attendance and participation of senior citizens, pregnant women, children, those with fever, cough, and/or colds are discouraged in the withdrawal of cash grants.

Parent Leaders in Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay were oriented to help facilitate an organized cash card withdrawal

Beneficiaries of the MCCT have received educational and health grants for Period 6 (December 2019 and January 2020). In addition, they also received rice subsidy for 2 months.


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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has recently declared suspension of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program activities amid crisis facing covid-19.

This is after DSWD Secretary Hon. Rolando Bautista, in accordance to the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force, issued the Advisory No. 1 stating that all activities needing mass gatherings shall be temporarily suspended until April 14.

According to the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act 11310, more popuparly known as the 4Ps Act, the Secretary of the Department may suspend program activities through a declaration of “force majeure.”

This is to ensure the health and safety of 4Ps beneficiaries particularly that of more vulnerable sectors such as the senior citizens, children, and those with prior sickness, and the DSWD staff as well.

The suspension includes all cash card distributions, compliance to program conditionalities such as children’s attendance to school and regular health checkups.

In addition, the conduct of monthly gathering of the beneficiaries during Family Development Sessions (FDS) shall likewise be temporarily suspended.

In consideration of the “force majeure” situation, beneficiaries will still be able to receive their cash grants for the month of February and March.

However, all program beneficiaries are encouraged to continue their usual chores such as maintaining their backyard gardens to ensure healthy food for the family, encourage their children to read and study at home while classes are suspended, keeping their home and environment clean, and only seek information from reliable sources.

4Ps is a human capital investment of the national government that aims to reduce poverty by providing assistance to poor households for education and health. As of to date, the program has 287,000 active beneficiaries in Region IX and 4 million household beneficiaries nationwide.

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4Ps warns beneficiaries against cash card pawning

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) under the implementation of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warns program beneficiaries against alleged cash card pawning.

The program has received unofficial reports stating that some of its beneficiaries use their cash cards as collaterals for loans.

Regional Program Coordinator of the 4Ps in region 9, Flordeliza A. Atuy, said that the alleged pawning of cash cards is now being validated by the Grievance Redress System (GRS).

“We have a grievance system in place that works on validation and provides actions to complaints received from the field. From time to time, we also conduct spot-checks or surprise visits to our beneficiaries to see for ourselves how they comply with the program conditionalities and policies,” Atuy said.

According to the implementing rules and guidelines of the program, cash card pawning constitutes part of misdemeanor grievances and any beneficiary caught practicing such is subjected to sanctions as prescribed by the National Advisory Committee (NAC), an interagency body that provides policy directions and guidelines to the program management office on matters pertinent to project implementation.

As per NAC Resolution 20 Series of 2014, the following are the imposed sanctions for complaints on misuse of grants (pawning of cash cards):

  1. First Offense: Counseling by the Municipal Link and a written warning from the head of the Provincial Operations Office.
  2. Second Offense: Counseling by the Social Welfare Officer III and a written warning from the Regional Director; Household’s grants for two (2) months shall be suspended.
  3. Third Offense: Delisting of the concerned household under GRS Fraud duly approved by the Regional Director and tagging to be facilitated by the Regional Grievance Officers. The household’s delisted status is non-appealable.

Other misdemeanor complaints may include, but not limited to: misuse of grants such as drug-abuse, alcoholism, and gambling, collection of fees, and false representation of beneficiaries in the program. Sanctions vary for each complaint.

Program implementers encourage beneficiaries to participate in reporting cases of misdemeanor to the grievance officers in the region by contacting their grievance hotline at 09271613818.

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TEAMPURA is the main course

Teampura is a coined term from the acronyms derived from the phrase: Together, Everyone Achieves More Positive Understanding and Responsive Action (TEAMPURA), a mantra that drives the passion of the DSWD Zamboanga Sibugay staff.

And just like the famous Japanese dish, Teampura is served hot and served as the primary dish in a meal of services that are being offered in Zamboanga Sibugay Province, as if it is the main course to a fine social service delivery.

The Municipality of Titay is a 2nd class municipality in the Province of Zamboanga Sibugay with 30 barangays. Titay is known as an agricultural municipality wherein farming is the main source of livelihood and income for most of its residents.

Having a population of 49,673 the Listahanan has identified 4,354 poor families in the municipality which ranks Titay as the 14th poorest municipality out of 16 municipalities in the entire Zamboanga Sibugay Province.

With this, the DSWD implements the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the said municipality to reach out to the poor families with a total of 4,663 beneficiaries composed of 4,132 beneficiaries under the Regular Conditional Cash Transfer (RCCT) and 531 under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP).

And with such huge numbers to cater to, teampura is the key to be able to efficiently serve and bring social services on the table and plates of the vulnerable sectors.

The team was initially established as Tulosulo last 2017 as the KC NCDDP was implemented in the municipality of Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay. The team was composed of 22 team members: 4 of which are SLP PDO II, 4 KC NCDDP implementers and 14 Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program workers.

These workers from various programs and projects complement each other for an efficient delivery of services. Several activities are conducted with the coordination of field implementers such as the Municipal Inter-Agency Committee (MIAC) stakeholders meeting, Municipal Action Team (MAT) meeting implementation of Convergence Initiative, close review and implementation of Convergence Municipal Action Plan especially stakeholders commitments and household monitoring. The team members are guided and informed of the different plans of their respective programs/projects so as to ensure that all beneficiaries are provided with appropriate intervention.

The Local Government Unit of Titay is also very well-involved and is very supportive of the DSWD’s programs and activities through the provision of different resources, legislations, and mobilization of communities to improve the level of well-being of the partner beneficiaries.

The MAT, MIAC and CSO’s work hand-in-hand to create convergence as an initiative to answer the gaps felt by the communities/partner beneficiaries.

Teampura ensures that everyone is involved in all endeavors of the Department to guarantee that maximum success potential is achieved and all seeds planted will grow abundantly.


With the introduction of the Bio-Intensive Gardening (BIG) in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) as part of its mandate, sprout the Convergence Initiative (CI) 2017 dubbed as “DAGDAG KITA SA BAKURAN.”

It aims to assist 100% of our partner beneficiaries to have a secured source of nutrition and staple food on the table through the establishment of backyard and communal gardens thus decreasing the health issues and sustainable food security concerns in the area.

Apart from addressing the nutritional gaps of a household, the gardening activities also helped the beneficiaries augment their income. Teampura helped the beneficiaries strategically perform their best practices in the gardening by providing them technical assistance such as maintenance, logistical support, and bookkeeping among others. The team strengthened the implementation through sustained information dissemination, various orientations on organic gardening which led to the upgrade of the convergence initiative from Dagdag Kita sa Bakuran to “Save a Peso a Day” which was launched last November 19, 2017.

Its primary objective is to inculcate the practice of saving for when it is needed. From mere planting vegetables, the initiative has now flourished into potential savings.

SAVE A PESO A DAY Saves the Day

Prior to the implementation of the C.I., the provincial office in Zamboanga Sibugay constantly receives several financial concerns daily from the 4Ps beneficiaries that vary from needs for household expenses, educational expenses, emergency medical expenditures and etc.

SAVE A PESO A DAY is seen as the answer to the unexpected crises and financial difficulties which our partner beneficiaries may encounter in the future.

Evident in their individual savings account, the partner beneficiaries are now able to save money from their income in their backyard and communal garden. As aggressive as some of them are, some of the beneficiaries are able to use their additional income as a startup capital to put up a small business, they also invested in group lending where everybody benefits from the interest, others even used their money to venture into poultry and hog raising business.

The partner beneficiaries express that they are now less worried about unexpected crises or even about hospitalization concerns that go beyond the “zero billing” policy of accredited hospitals.

With this observable impact of the convergence initiative in the lives of the partner beneficiaries, the Team and MIAC came up with the next step of the Convergence Initiative in the 2nd semester 2018, the level up the previous Convergence Initiative to “GUGMA SA NEGOSYO, IPON KO, CAPITAL KO.

This initiative was launched last December 6, 2018. It focuses on the strengthening of organized community groups for effective income generating activities. The C/MAT Team conducted several Organizational Development, Financial Management Session, and Simple Bookkeeping seminars for the beneficiaries that helped them in sustaining their income-generating activities, installation of simple accounting system, local accreditation, and construction of by-laws.

The TEAMPURA at school

Since Teampura is a collaboration of all stakeholders to address gaps and provide appropriate interventions, one gap has caught the attention of the team –the alarming increase in number of the children not attending school or what the 4Ps program call the “NAS children”.

This led the team to implement a project entitled “SPG – Estudyante, Pamilya at Gobyerno; Hawak kamay para sa Pagbabago”, an initiative launched last May 3, 2019.

It ensures 100% school enrollees among children beneficiaries and sustain their attendance to school. This is in support to the Bata: Balik Eskwela campaign of the national office to bring the Not Attending School (NAS) children back in school either through regular classes or in Alternative Learning System (ALS).

With this convergence initiative, almost 233 children went back to school even those children not monitored by the program.

During the launching of the project, all MIAC members were present and contributed a lot in the implementation of the initiative. Department heads from the LGU and the PNP Officers served as Resource Speakers for the parents, DepEd/ ALS Personnel served as resource speakers for the children, our partners in the Religious Sector provided Moral recovery sessions both for parents and children.

As a result, Titay-LGU committed to provide school supplies for the children –a commitment that is well-commended by the Department as this shows the strong convergence power of the team in the area which inspired a lot of other teams not only in the Zamboanga Sibugay Province but in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula as well.

Teampura and its special sauce

Just like a regular tempura, Teampura also needs sauce to make it more special and more delicious before it is served to the public. The special sauce of the Teampura is their external sources and support from partners.

Through the strong relationship that was built overtime, the team was able to seek help from its partners in the successful implementation of their initiatives. Because of the well-established coordination, the Local Government Unit in the municipality of Titay funded all of the initiatives presented by the team.

In a validation activity conducted by the PRAISE Committee, Teampura mentioned that they have never encountered rejections be it funds or mobilization support from the LGU.

As Local Chief Executive Hon. Leonardo Talania, Municipal Mayor, said in one of the local events “in any activity for the people wherein the team needs augmentation and assistance, just provide a project proposal and the LGU will gladly accommodate your requests such as sources for funds or logistical support for the activities.”

We already know from the stories mentioned in the first half of this article that the team has a strong support from other national government agencies, to wit: the Department of Education which was their partner during the “SPG“ launching as majority of the preparation of the event was lodged to the DepEd (ie Venue, Sound system, Stage and Emcee) with the amount of 64,000 for the food and school supplies.

In addition, the Municipal Agriculture office had also provided several variety seeds worth 100,000 and animal dispersal to our beneficiaries for their gardening project, the Dagdag Kita sa Bakuran.

The Municipal Administrator voluntarily donated 10,000 pesos cash to purchased seedlings for beneficiaries and pledged 10,000 pesos annual donation for the search for modelong gulayan.

The Barangay Local Government Unit of all barangays also showed support by their commitment in monitoring the Communal Gardens as well as the behaviors of the target children beneficiaries.

TEAMPURA –not a dish but an ingredient

It has been proven that the system and strategy of the team is effective in bring social welfare services closer to the reach of their target beneficiaries. But for the team members of Teampura, the success that they see now is not necessarily because of them. Rather the result of the effort of all people working together to achieve common goals, one step at a time.

For them, Teampura acts like an ingredient that pulls together all other major ingredients to come up with one very tasty offering to their clients. That’s the secret recipe to a successful dish.

As their name says, Together, Everyone Achieves More Positive Understanding and Responsive Action.

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DSWD clarifies 4Ps and Listahanan confusion

The Department of Social Welfare and Development clarifies difference between the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the Listahanan Project after noticing apparent confusion from public.

The confusion stirred from the misinterpretation of the purpose of the currently being conducted household assessment by the Listahanan. The public misunderstood the assessment as registration to the country’s conditional cash transfer program, 4Ps, which is also implemented by the Department.

DSWD-9 OIC-Regional Director Fatima S. Caminan emphasized that the Listahanan is a project that determines who and where the poor are while the 4Ps is a program that invests in human capital by providing cash grants to beneficiaries for education and health.

“The Listahanan database is what we use as basis for identification of beneficiaries of social welfare programs and services not only of DSWD but also of other agencies. It does not provide any grants unlike the 4Ps,” OIC-Regional Director Caminan said.

Furthermore, the Department also clarifies that having been assessed by the Listahanan does not necessarily guarantee a family inclusion to 4Ps and other programs of the Department.

“It still depends if a family was found out to be poor and if they qualify to the program based on its guidelines,” OIC-RD Caminan added.

The Listahanan household assessment is anticipated to finish by the end of January this year. All households are targeted to be assessed including beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Listahanan currently conducts the 3rd round of household assessment in Region IX among Pantawid and Non-Pantawid beneficiaries.
Listahanan currently conducts the 3rd round of household assessment in Region IX among Pantawid and Non-Pantawid beneficiaries.

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DSWD recognizes 4Ps children as program advocates

The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently recognized children beneficiaries across the country as national advocates of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or more popularly known as 4Ps.

During the Araw ng Kabataan held in Pasig City last November 23, 17 exemplary children were awarded as program advocates that will promote the gains and successes of the country’s conditional cash transfer program.

No less than the DSWD Assistant Secretary, Glenda Relova, together with the National Program Manager, Director Gemma B. Gabuya, presented the recognition to the children.

“We are so happy to see that the program continuous to nurture young and great minds in the hope that their families will soon escape the cycle of poverty. These Pantawid Pamilya children clearly have a bright future ahead,” DSWD ASec. Glenda Relova said.

Also present during the ceremony was Pasig City Mayor, Hon. Vico Sotto who gave salutation to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Pasig and vowed to support the program advocacies for its beneficiaries.

The Araw ng Kabataan served as the culminating activity of the National Children’s Month celebration. In line with this, the Department celebrated a week-long children’s congress from November 18-24, 2019 in San Juan City, Manila.

Approximately 94 children-beneficiaries of 4Ps from different provinces and cities in the country participated in the said congress including regional representatives from Zamboanga Peninsula.

This year’s theme was “Bata Para Sa Bata” emphasizing the role of children in defining a safe space for children in the community.

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.

DSWD Assistant Secretary Glenda Relova delivers her message to the children of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program during the Araw ng Kabataan held in Pasig City last November 23, 2019.

Zamboanga Peninsula Delegates: (from left) Geo Grant A. Baud representing Zambo Sibugay, Reynald A. Baguio –National Exemplary Pantawid Child 2016, Dane Mark Y. Cuento –National Exemplary Pantawid Child 2019 from Zamboanga del Norte, Princess G. Alviar from Zambo City, and Stephanie C. Vicente from Zamboanga del Sur.
Dane Mark Y. Cuento from Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte, along with other Mindanao awardees receive their national recognition as presented by DSWD Assistant Secretary, Glenda Relova and Pantawid Pamilya National Program Manager, Gemma B. Gabuya during the Araw ng Kabataan held last November 23 in Pasig City.

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DSWD gathers 4Ps beneficiaries for Family Day

In line with National Family Week Celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development gathered the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program in a 1-day activity which aimed to celebrate the values and successes of Filipino families.

The Family Day 2019 was held last October 06, 2019 at the Scout Limbaga, Pasonanca, Zamboanga City in partnership with the Local Government Unit and other program stakeholders.

Anchored on the theme “Kalusugan Pangkaisipan ng Pamilya Pilipino”, approximately 100 family beneficiaries from various barangays in Zamboanga City such as Canelar, Camino Nuevo, Pasonanca, and Sta. Maria joined in the festive merriment as a symbol of unity and promote camaraderie among DSWD staff and beneficiaries alike.

OIC-Regional Director of the DSWD IX, Fatima S. Caminan, personally delivered her message to the beneficiaries emphasizing their crucial role in nation building.

“Family is the smallest yet the strongest unit in the society. And we, in the DSWD, are very proud that most of our family beneficiaries show resiliency amidst hardships which means a lot because it tells us that they are willing to help the Department bring positive change in their lives,” Caminan said.

The event also served as an avenue for other partner-stakeholders of 4Ps to provide social services for the poor household beneficiaries such as medical and dental services from the Department of Health, livelihood training from TESDA, massage services from the Area Vocational and Rehabilitation Center III and other recreational activities from Mary Kay and Jollibee Foods Corporations.

The National Program Management Office of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program also held the same activity on September 29, 2019 which was participated by all of the regional Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya from across 17 regions in the country.


To kick-off the Family Day Celebration, the participants danced to the beat in an activity dubbed as ZUMBARANGAY where several special awards were given such as Jolliest Group, Most Creative Props/Costume, Best Chant, and Most Bibo Participant.
In partnership with Jollibee Foods Corp, we were able to give joy to our children beneficiaries during the Family Day event. Free toys were distributed after the activity.
Several games and activities were conducted and participated
by the beneficiaries in the afternoon of October 06.
Face painting activity for kids.
Make-over session for Pantawid Nanays in partnership with Mary Kay
Pantawid children also enjoyed magic show.

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