4Ps Huge Help for Parent of a Special Needs Child

BASILAN – The LGU Assemblies on Social Welfare Protection Caravan was on its second provincial stop in Isabela City right in city centrals Basilan State College Gymnasium. Government officials from provincial to barangay level of the island province gathered and committed themselves to more efficient operations of the agency’s services. The assemblies were a reorientation of guidelines of the various DSWD-ARMM social welfare programs, most specifically 4Ps.

Over 625 local government participants from 13 municipalities and 210 barangays – including line agency partners Departments of Health (DOH) and Interior and Local Government (DILG) – were in attendance. DSWD-ARMM personnel, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) parent leaders and recipients were also present.

Designed to assist mothers and underprivileged children, 4Ps addresses basic health needs by providing them with monthly health grants of 500 pesos per household and 300 pesos per child. Children under the program are required to be in school and enrolled in either a day-care center or public school. Beneficiaries need to commit to regular check-ups, vaccinations and de-worming in government health centers for children and pre/post-natal care for pregnant women.

Rosana Akin Jahakkal, a farmer’s wife and mother of six (6) was present during the assembly in Basilan. Bringing along her youngest daughter Farhalin, who suffers from Microcephaly, Rosana also represented her barangay as a 4Ps parent leader and community organizer. Parent leaders play an important role in the implementation of the 4Ps. They serve as counterparts of the agency in communities and are done in a purely volunteer capacity.

The program has been beneficial for Rosana and her family. “Hindi ako nakapagaral. Ayokong magaya ang mga anak ko sa akin. Ang natatanggap ko sa 4Ps nagagamit ko sa mga pangangailangan sa eskwelahan (I wasn’t able to finish school and I do not want my children to be like me. With the Program grants, I am able to buy their school supplies),” she said. To pay forward as gratitude to the Program, she volunteered to work as a point person for handling compliance issues, updating and other matters related to 4Ps. Rosana also helps out during payouts and is considered to a reliable member after being elected by co-beneficiaries in her barangay.

Mahirap maging ina sa batang may kapansanan. May therapy si Farhalin sa Zamboanga isang beses sa isang buwan at mga gamot din para sa kanyang Epilepsy. Malaking tulong sa amin ang programang ito” (Having a child with special needs can be difficult for a mother. Farhalin undergoes therapy every month in Zamboanga. She also has daily medications for her occasional seizures. The Program has been a huge help to us),” Rosana added.

The caravan is a series of assemblies in the five provinces of the region conducted through the leadership of DSWD-ARMM, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Education (DepEd).

The last leg of the caravan was done last week in the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur.


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