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GADON LAUDS DSWD FOR REINSTATING 700K 4Ps FAMILIES

PRESIDENTIAL Adviser for Poverty Alleviation Lorenzo ‘Larry’ Gadon has hailed the move of Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rexlon ‘Rex’ Gatchalian to reinstate the over 700, 000 households as beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

He told Good Riddance  that the reinstatement of the poor families from the beneficiary list was timely with the Yuletide season wherein they also need even a small amount to buy ‘Christmas’ food as they gather over the ‘Noche Buena.’

“Without the need for new clothes or other things, most Filipino families especially from the poor sector would prefer to have at least some food that they can feast on during Noche Buena to celebrate the birth of Jesus.”

Earlier, the DSWD announced that the 761, 150 households would remain on 4Ps beneficiary list.

DWSD Undersecretary Eduardo ‘Ed’ Punay said Secretary Gatchalian approved the reinstatement of these families after an extensive evaluation on the list which showed that they were still ‘non-poor and still need assistance.’

The reinstated families were among the 1.1 million previously identified as non-poor under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction ‘Listahan’ 3.

Among them were around 339, 660 households that were classified as Level 3 or self-sufficient and were recommended for graduation or exit from the program.

PAPA Gadon, whose office was tasked to formulate policies and plans to help alleviate poverty among Filipinos, said he respected when the DSWD delisted them from the beneficiary list.

“The DSWD would just want to make sure that those that get the benefits from 4Ps are really poor and badly need assistance from the government,” he said.

“In fact, after the extensive assessment conducted by the DSWD, more than 300, 000 families were found to be employed or already engaged in activities that provide them the regular source of income,” the presidential adviser added.

Secretary Gadon said he has been working closely with government agencies, non-government organizations as well as stakeholders to carry out comprehensive programs to address the root causes of poverty.

“It is the intent of the government to generate jobs and livelihood so as to uplift them from being dole-out dependents,” Gadon said.

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