The Local Chief Executive of Tanauan Honorable Pelagio Tecson Jr welcomes the 200 graduate households of the Pantawid Pamilya as they enter a new chapter of their lives after exiting from the program during the regional 4Ps graduation held last June 4, 2021.

“The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program provided the lifeline to many of our poor kababayans, and provided them the chance to conquer poverty. I remember I personally rallied our 4Ps members to help support in passing this program into law, to become fully institutionalized and now known as RA11310. Over 5,200 families and less fortunate Tanauananons have benefited from this program”, Mayor Tecson said in his welcome speech.

He congratulated the 200 households for attaining a new milestone in their journey towards self-sufficiency and for successfully uprooting themselves from deep poverty and for bravely demonstrating that poverty can be conquered.

“This is a testament of their hard work and determination in changing the course of their lives and their children for the better”, Mayor Tecson added.

As a manifestation of his commitment, he revealed that the Sangguniang bayan has crafted a local ordinance in support of the sustainable implementation of the Kilos Unlad Case Management Strategy of Pantawid Pamilya in their municipality. As part of the after-care programs and services, Mayor Tecson revealed that he has looked for ways and means to support the graduate households. The households will be provided with livelihood packages, rice seedlings and fertilizers, skills and entrepreneurial training, and LGU scholarship and Special Program of the Employment of Students (SPES).

“I would like to thank our hardworking, passionate, and highly capable Municipal Links, with the support of Local DSWD office and MSWDO Marina Tolibas and staff, and the regional office, Dir. Grace Subong and also the previous Regional Directors, Restituto Macuto and Marie Angela Gopalan. Many thanks to Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista for continuously building the DSWD as a partner of the local governments in our quest to provide our fellowmen a better tomorrow”, he concluded.

This year’s graduation has for its theme “Pagkilala sa Pamilyang Nagtapos bilang Miyembro-Benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.”

Led by DSWD, 4Ps is a poverty reduction strategy of the national government with DSWD as the lead agency. Household beneficiaries are entitled to receive cash subsidies provided that the conditions on health, nutrition, and education are followed. This will foster necessary behavior for parents to adequately perform the duties and responsibilities, particularly in investing in their children’s future.#