2.03.2010

PIA News Service - Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010

11 towns set to receive 4P’s Set 3 program in Surigao del Sur 

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (04 February) - Several towns were identified as this year’s potential recipient of the government’s “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” or 4P’s Set 3 in Surigao del Sur province. 

Leah T. Quintana, regional information officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Caraga region, said that at least 6,516 potential target beneficiaries are set to receive the 4P’s assistance under the Set 3 program for 2010. 

She said these potential towns are Tandag City with 1,000 target beneficiaries; Tago town with 933 beneficiaries; San Agustin with 583 beneficiaries; and the municipalities of Carrascal, Madrid, Carmen, Cortes, Bayabas, Cagwait and Lianga with 500 beneficiaries each. 

“We are already conducting our registration phase for this year,” added Quintana. 

She said that Caraga DSWD Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat is spearheading the Set 3 program in the areas. 

The 4P’s program which is being implemented by the DSWD, along with local government units (LGUs) have already served at least 15,395 household beneficiaries in Set 1 and Set 2 in six municipalities in Surigao del Sur alone. These municipalities were San Miguel, Marihatag, Tagbina, Lingig, Hinatuan and Lanuza. 

4P’s, a poverty reduction strategy that provides cash grants to the poorest households, has been implemented in Northeastern Mindanao since August in 2008. 

The program involved livelihood, health and education. 

This poverty reduction program of the government had already disbursed at least Php 178,705,000 to household beneficiaries in Northeastern Mindanao. 

The 4P’s Set 1 and Set 2 program in Caraga region have already benefited close to 80,000 household beneficiaries spread in five provinces and six cities in the region. 

4P’s is a poverty-alleviation strategy by the national government which provides cash grants to the poorest households in the country. 

The program invests on human capital primarily focusing on the improvement of health, nutrition and education of children aged 0-14 years old. The beneficiaries will have to comply with the conditionalities required by the program to continue receiving the grants and remain in the program. 
The successful implementation of 4P’s prompted the implementing agency, the DSWD, to continue the release the 4P’s grants to new identified 300,000 beneficiaries in targeted areas across the country. The release will start in the first quarter of this year. 

The 4P’s provides monthly cash grants of as much as P1,400 to 700,000 poor families to meet their health, nutrition and education needs. (muc/PIA-Caraga)
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Police nab kin of shabu peddler for bribery

BUTUAN CITY (04 February) - A relative of a suspected shabu pusher, who was arrested in a buy-bust operation, ended up in jail after allegedly attempting to bribe police intelligence operatives right inside the compound of Caraga police regional office here. 

The Regional Intelligence Division office identified the suspect as Pontino Macunte Dayondong, 68, married and a resident of Montilla Extension, Barangay 15, Butuan City. 

Investigation showed that Dayondong offered money to regional intelligence operatives to spring out his relative Anwar Sarip Hadji Jameel, 35, married and resident of Barangay Ong Yiu, whoi was arrested in a illegal drug buy-bust operation on Sunday. 

The bribe marked money, amounting to P40,000 was now at the custody of the Regional Intelligence Division. 

Said bribery was captured by a hidden camera installed inside the Regional Intelligence Office. Criminal charges have been already filed against the suspects. (Ben Serrano/PIA-Caraga)