4Ps beneficiaries to receive rice
ROSALES – Starting next year, all the families enrolled under the Department of Social Service and Development’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) would receive 20 kilos of rice monthly, as promised by President Duterte during his State of the Nation Address.
But the rice subsidy would actually start in December when every family would receive 20 kilos, DSWD Assistant Secretary Hope Hervilla said during the inauguration and turn over of 150 core shelter assistance projec and day care centers.
Hervilla said the amount for the 40 kilos per family would come from the funding of the DSWD while the 20 kilos subsidy next year would be included in the General Appropriations Act.
She said the DSWD would just create a system whereby the beneficiaries would be given vouchers which they would use to procure rice from the National Food Authority or private rice dealers.
Hervilla did not give the amount needed to finance the rice subsidy, only saying “billions.”
There are around 4.4 million families in the entire country who are enrolled in the 4Ps, and a simple math would show that the government would spend P920 per family (if they purchase rice from NFA at P23 per kilo, times 40 kilos) in December.
That would be a whooping P4,048,000,000.
At 20 kilos each of the 4.4 million families, the government would spend P2,024,000,000 monthly, or P24,228,000,000 for one year alone.
Asked where the money would come from, Hervilla said the budget would be included in the GAA next year.
“It’s his (Duterte’s) promise. He would fulfill it. Anyway, there is a presidential fund,” she said.
Hervilla assured that the 4Ps won’t be stopped, and would even be enhanced through the rice subsidy, “although we would not be expanding anymore,”Hervilla said.
But those who would “graduate” from the program, or who no longer have qualified children, would be given livelihood projects under the agency’s sustainable livelihood program.
“This is to ensure that they would not go back to being poor,” she said. YOLANDA SOTELO
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