MANILA - Detained Sen. Leila de Lima on Wednesday lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent signing of the law institutionalizing government’s conditional cash transfer program for indigent Filipinos, a measure she had principally sponsored and authored.
In a statement, De Lima said the measure's enactment is "a big step forward in attaining social justice for the most vulnerable sectors of the society.”
“Lubos tayong nagpapasalamat sa pagiging ganap nang batas ng isinusulong nating pagpapatibay at pagpapalawak sa serbisyong hatid ng 4Ps," said De Lima, a staunch administration critic.
(We are very thankful that the measure that we have been pushing forward to strengthen and expand services brought by 4Ps is now a full-fledged law.)
"Tagumpay po ito, lalo na ng mga mahihirap nating kababayan na mabibigyan na ng higit na pagkakataong maiangat ang antas ng kanilang pamumuhay," added the senator, chair of the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development
(This is a victory especially of the poor who will be given a greater chance of improving their quality of life.)
The President signed the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or Republic Act (RA) 11310 on April 17.
It aims to provide financial aid to poor households that meet certain qualifications to improve their health, nutrition and education for up to 7 years.
Among those qualified for the program are farmers, fishermen, homeless families, indigenous peoples, those from the informal sector, and those living in isolated and disadvantaged areas including places without electricity.