Her Excellency Quentin Louise Bryce, Governor General of Australia met with the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program at Gen. Ricardo R. Papa High School Main in Barangay Tuktukan, Taguig City last April 12, 2012.
The governor was joined by her husband, His Excellency Michael Bryce, and Hon. Bill Tweddell, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines. This activity was part of the four-day state visit of Governor Bryce to the Philippines.
During this visit, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman led the Governor’s entourage in witnessing the actual conduct of Family Development Session (FDS) to mother grantees. Attendance to FDS is one of the six conditions which the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program should comply.
Other conditions include the following: pregnant women must get pre and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by skilled health personnel; children 0-5 years old must receive regular health check-ups and vaccines; children aged 3-5 years old must enrol in day care or pre-school classes and attend at least 85% of the time; children 6-14 years old must enrol in elementary or high school and attend at least 85% of the time, and; children 6-14 years old must receive deworming pills twice a year.
Governor General Bryce also had a chance to interact with the beneficiaries and listen to their testimonies.
Mrs. Analyn Cancan, Ma. Edelisa Candelaria, and Elma Rodriguez, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Barangay Tuktukan shared their experiences and gains on the program.
Rosalie Sapilan, one of the beneficiaries shared that the cash grants she receives from the program helped augment the daily needs of her children. “Priority ko po ang araw araw na baon ng aking anak sa eskwela. Pag may natitira, idinadagdag ko sa puhunan ko sa pagbili ng mga cake (I prioritize the daily allowance of my children and if there some amounts left, I would add it to my capital in buying and selling cakes),” she said.
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a rights-based program that invests on children by giving financial assistance to poor households with children aged 0-14. As of March 2012, at least 66,977 household beneficiaries in the National Capital Region have been benefiting from the program.
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