MANILA - Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Expanded Student Grants-in-Aid Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development who graduated from senior high school and college were recognized in a special ceremony on Monday.
An estimated 900,000 beneficiaries finished elementary, 200,000 finished senior high school this year, and 800 got college degrees nationwide, the DSWD said.
“May I request the graduates, please pursue your dreams, become what you want to be," DSWD Undersecretary Virginia Orogo told the graduates.
Among those honored were Joshua Cruz, Ryan Christopher Bucad and Bulkman Smith Manzano who graduated with honors from senior high school; as well as Juda Diclay, Johanna Heart Genon, and Rigie May Marbella who finished college with honors.
The 4Ps is the flagship aid program of the national government which invests on health and education of children from eligible households.
Cash assistance of P500 is provided per family per month, plus P300 for every child who is in school for 10 months per year, as long as they comply with conditions such as regular check-ups in health centers.
“While there’s much more that needs to be done to curb poverty, we are taking steps to fight it. We hope that these children will continue pursuing their dreams and with their academic achievement they can build the foundations for a better future,” DSWD officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco said.
Representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Civil Service Commission and Commission on Higher Education also discussed prospects for the graduates who will either continue their studies or look for jobs.