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Gov’t aids 123,993 in Mindanao

The government’s poverty alleviation program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, already served at least 123,993 household beneficiaries in various provinces, cities and municipalities in the Caraga Region and Region 10, it was learned Tuesday.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), along with local government units (LGUs), started mobilizing Set 3, after successfully completing its Set 1 and Set 2.

A consolidated report from the DSWD stated that Caraga Region got the highest number of household beneficiaries under Set 1 and Set 2 with 68,282 while Region 10 served 55,711 household beneficiaries.

Records from the two regions also stated that close to P300 million was already disbursed to the 4Ps household beneficiaries.

“We are already in the move of identifying other household beneficiaries for Set 3 that may commence anytime in the Caraga Region,” said 4Ps regional focal person Neda P. Barrios.

She also said that 18 towns in the Caraga Region, mostly in Surigao del Sur and some parts in Surigao del Norte, Surigao City, Agusan del Norte and Dinagat Islands are targeted for Set 3.

DSWD Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat is personally spearheading the 4Ps project in the Caraga Region.

Meanwhile, Regional Information 1 Recthie Tolinero also said that coordinators and managers in the region are already identifying some potential household beneficiaries for Set 3.

These provinces are in Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Camiguin and Bukidnon.

Last week, President Arroyo ordered the DSWD to also include the highlanders, particularly the Higaonon tribe in Misamis, Bukidnon and Agusan in the 4Ps program. The Chief Executive issued the directive while she was in Cagayan de Oro to address the First Mindanao Cooperative Summit. (MB)

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