R.A. No. 11310 – An Act Institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps)
What is Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or RA 11310?
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps is the national poverty reduction strategy and a human capital investment program that provides conditional cash transfer to poor households for a maximum period of seven (7) years, to improve the health, nutrition and education aspect of their lives. It is a law institutionalized in the Philippines to promote social justice and equality by uplifting its citizens, particularly the marginalized sector, from poverty. This law aims to provide adequate social services, raise the standard of living, and improve the quality of life for all.
How are beneficiaries selected?
On a nationwide basis, the DSWD shall select qualified household-beneficiaries of the 4Ps using a standardized targeting system. It shall conduct a regular revalidation of beneficiary targeting every three (3) years.
Who are the eligible beneficiaries?
Farmers, fisherfolks, homeless families, indigenous peoples, those in the informal settler sector and those in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas including those in areas without electricity shall be automatically included in the standardized targeting system to be conducted by the DSWD. Provided that they meet the following criteria:
- Classified as poor and near-poor based on the Standardized Targeting System and the poverty threshold issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) at the time of selection;
- Have members who are aged zero (0) to eighteen (18) years old or have members who are pregnant at the time of registration; and
- Willing to comply with the conditions specified by this Act.
What are the conditions for entitlement?
Qualified households shall comply to the following conditions as a requirement for continued eligibility:
- Pregnant women must avail of pre-natal services, give birth in a health facility attended by a skilled health professional, and receive post-partum care and post-natal care for her newborn;
- Children zero (0) to five (5) years old must receive regular preventive health and nutrition services including check-ups and vaccinations;
- Children one (1) to fourteen (14) years old must avail of deworming pills at least twice a year;
- Children three (3) to four (4) years old must attend day care or pre-school classes at least eighty-five percent (85%) of them time;
- Children five (5) to eighteen (18) years old must attend elementary or secondary classes at least eighty-five percent (85%) of their time; and
- At least one (1) responsible person must attend family development sessions conducted by the DSWD, at least once a month.
Any or all of the conditions for entitlement may be suspended by the DSWD Secretary during times of calamities, war and armed conflicts.
What are the consequences of non-compliance?
In case of failure to comply with the conditions, the responsible person of a qualified household beneficiary shall be notified in writing and the payment of cash grants will be terminated. After 4 months of noncompliance, the household will undergo case management process set by the DSWD.
If the household beneficiary had been notified but the noncompliance persists for a period of one (1) year, the household shall then be removed from the program.
Who is the responsible person of a qualified household?
These are the parents or guardians of the household who are authorized to receive the conditional cash transfer.
What is the scheme for the conditional cash transfer or grant by the act?
- Each child enrolled in day care and elementary school shall be entitled to at least 300 pesos per month for a maximum of 10 months per year;
- Each child enrolled in Junior High School shall be entitled to a minimum of 500 pesos per month for a maximum of 10 months per year;
- A child enrolled in Senior High School shall be entitled to a minimum of 700 pesos per month for a maximum of 10 months per year.
- A minimum of 750 pesos per month for a maximum of 12 months per year shall be granted for health and nutrition.
What are the modes of transfer?
Beneficiaries of the program shall be provided (by DSWD) with direct and secured access to cash grants through Authorized Banks. If the locality does not have Authorized Government Depository Banks, the DSWD may contract the services of rural banks, thrift banks, cooperative banks, and institutions engaged in money remittances duly accredited by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
Are the beneficiaries covered by the National Health Insurance Program?
Yes, all qualified beneficiaries of 4Ps shall automatically be covered in the NHIP.
Will there be assessments for the beneficiaries?
Yes, there will be an assessment on the veracity and continued eligibility of those listed in the beneficiaries of the program. This assessment shall be conducted every three (3) years.