The 4Ps are not enough to solve mass poverty—Salceda

Albay representative Joey Sarte Salceda spoke Friday about the need to invest in rural development and poor urban communities, saying the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) program and other individual and household level interventions “are not sufficient conditions to lift millions of people out of poverty. ”

Salceda, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, made the statement following the release of a 62-page performance audit report on the 4Ps posted on the COA’s website last week. , which indicated that about 90% of active beneficiaries of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) are still below the poverty line.

Salceda stressed the need for the government to “review and recalibrate the role of the 4Ps in the government’s overall poverty reduction strategy”.

The report notes that of some 4.2 million active 4P beneficiaries who have been in the program for seven to 13 years, 90 percent, or a total of 3,820,012 households, still live below the poverty line.

“Cash alone is not enough. While it creates virtuous circles in local economies and provides a basic social safety net that allows poor households to take more rewarding risks, money is not enough Money at the individual and family level is not enough,” Salceda said.

“DSWD’s programs to protect families from the worst social and economic conditions were never designed to be self-sustaining. They should always be part of a larger plan to revitalize urban and rural communities,” Salceda said.
“The goal must always be to create better conditions for agriculture, work and entrepreneurship. This means investments in rural and urban development.

Salceda suggested that a convergence plan between key DSWD programs and other government agencies aimed at lifting 4P beneficiaries out of poverty should be put in place.

“I don’t think it’s the DSWD’s job alone to respond to the recommendations of the ACO report when it clearly requires a whole-of-government approach.”

Salceda proposed that the DSWD and other government agencies issue a joint memorandum circular on RA 11310 or the 4Ps Act, to contain the following interventions, in addition to a review of the role of the 4Ps in the overall poverty reduction strategy. government poverty,

• Link programs of 4P Advisory Council members, including DSWD, Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Labor and Department of Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Land Reform (DAR), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Education Authority Technical and Skills Development (TESDA), in a more systematic way, with the aim of having more qualified members;

• Include CHED in Advisory Council meetings and integrate higher education completion through scholarships into 4Ps graduation plans;

• Propose community investment, job creation and infrastructure plans for areas with a high concentration of 4P beneficiaries.

“I welcome Secretary Tulfo’s intention to respond to the findings of the ACO report on longstanding 4P issues. The next step is to actually fix these issues, and that will take more than the efforts of DSWD,” Salceda said.

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