Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. has vowed to push for the expansion of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) once elected Vice President of the Philippines.
Marcos said the 4Ps is a direct concrete intervention that helps poor families and the government should enroll more households in the program as well as come up with other strategies in its anti-poverty campaign.
“Aside from expanding the coverage of 4Ps, we can implement other programs like ‘cash for work,’ ‘cash for reforestation,’ ‘cash for community service,’” he said in a statement.
He said poor families should be given employment packages that will not only compliment 4Ps but give them new skills to enable them to find a new sense of purpose. “The 4Ps should be expanded but we also have to compliment it by teaching them new skills to enable them to improve their lives more, find better jobs so that eventually they need not depend on it,” Marcos said.
The government defines 4Ps as a human development measure of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor, to improve the health, nutrition, and the education of children aged 0-18.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is the lead government agency of the 4Ps.
Marcos said the government should help poor families that try every possible means to survive.
“The 4Ps program is a package intervention of the government to help the poor. It should reach out to more qualified families. At the same time, more programs should be implemented to help those who languish in extreme poverty,” he said.