DSWD releases PhP128M rice subsidy to 4Ps beneficiaries in Region 9

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 10 (PNA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released PHP128.3 million worth of rice subsidy to beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Region 9.

Fung Kay Choi, DSWD regional spokesperson, on Monday said the distribution was in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to provide rice to the 4Ps beneficiaries.

The distribution of the rice subsidy started on March 13 and was completed on Friday, April 8.

Choi said those who received the rice subsidy were active 4Ps beneficiaries who complied with the conditions of the program.

The conditions included the following: they must undergo regular check-up at the health center; the children must have complete immunization; must have complete prenatal check-up for pregnant women; the children who are studying must have at least 85 percent school attendance; and, the family must attend development session of the DSWD.

Choi said that in Region 9, 212,070 4Ps beneficiaries received the rice subsidy. Each of them received PHP600.

He said they were required to present proof of purchase to ensure they used the money to buy rice.

The rice subsidy is an additional benefit the government is giving to the beneficiaries of the 4Ps.

Under the program, the beneficiaries are entitled to receive PHP500 subsidy for health expenses and PHP300 for education per child below 14 years of age. A maximum of three children can be covered through the program.

The 4Ps beneficiaries received their grants every two months through payout or cash card from the Land Bank of the Philippines.