The government has released P2.58 billion for this month’s rice subsidy of some 4.3 million household-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.
Each family is expected to receive P600 per month, on top of the health and education cash grants they are already receiving through the 4Ps, according to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.
The total amount disbursed this month for the rice subsidy allocation is P2,581,114,800. Currently, 4,385,344 families nationwide are 4Ps beneficiaries.
During his first State-of-the-Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte directed the DSWD to provide rice subsidy to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.
DSWD formulated a guideline for the provision of the rice subsidy that took effect last January.
“Only households that are active and compliant with the program conditionalities are entitled to receive the additional R600,” Taguiwalo said.
Following the guidelines, she added that the DSWD has already incorporated the rice subsidy within the regular pay-out schedule of the Pantawid Pamilya.
“This means the beneficiaries can expect to regularly receive the rice subsidy along with their health and education grants starting this month,” she explained.
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