DSWD reports 82% well-being improvement on 4Ps beneficiaries in Region 9

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ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced that 229,375 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) households are now with improved well-being level representing 82 percent of the total population of 4Ps beneficiaries in the region.

Atty. Araceli Solamillo, DSWD regional director, said Wednesday that the 4Ps households were identified as self-subsistent families after undergoing the Social Welfare and Development Indicator (SWDI) Assessment last year.

Solamillo said this means that these beneficiaries are now exposed and can readily access to resources and alternatives provided by the government to make ends meet.

“It is inspiring to note that while most of the Pantawid families started on survival when they entered the program, on the fifth year, 82 percent have moved up to subsistence level, while a good number of 15 percent of the once identified as poorest of poor households are now with sufficient capacity to live a decent and dignified life,” Solamillo said.

Solamillo said SWDI is a tool that aims to determine the level of well-being of Pantawid beneficiaries so that appropriate interventions will be provided to them not just by DSWD, but by other social protection programs implementers as well.

Through the administration of the tool last year, the department was able to identify 6,336 4Ps households are still in level 1 (survival level), 229,375 in level 2 (self-subsistent level) and 43,501 are now in level 3 (self-sufficient level).

Following the SWDI result generation, Solamillo said DSWD now makes available the SWDI data to its partner agencies which they can use as a baseline data for planning and implementing interventions to enable beneficiaries to pass through survival, subsistence up to self-sufficient standard of living.

Survival is a set of condition where there is lack of inner and external resources which make households unable to resolve problems and survive in a daily basis.

Subsistence is a condition that opens some resources and alternatives to the beneficiaries to surpass basic needs daily, while self-sufficiency means the households have already other sources of income and can already stand without interventions from the government.

“The SWDI is a comprehensive assessing tool where we can identify the gaps in the services that we provide the Pantawid beneficiaries, and through identifying these gaps, we can tap or partner with other agencies that can give them the appropriate intervention, like livelihood and employment so that they can elevate further to self-sufficiency level.” Solamillo added.