CWR / Center for Women’s Resources Criticized The Approval Of 4Ps

The Center For Women’s Resources Reacted To The Approval Of 4Ps

CWR – The Republic Act 11310 was signed into law recently making way for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, CWR reacts.

Photo taken from Philipipnes Information Agency

Families from low-income generating households have benefited massively from 4Ps. Years ago, President Duterte promised to expand 4Ps by throwing in an additional sack of rice.

The program was recently signed and approved to become an actual law.

Meanwhile, the Center for Women’s Resources reacted negatively to the movement. Saying that institutionalizing the Republic Act 11310 also “institutionalizes poverty.”

Jojo Guan, director of CWR, stated that the program can only be a temporary solution or relief and can never lessen nor eradicate poverty.

Guan apparently foresaw that low-income generating families would rely to the program as their safety net and it might eventually lead to dependency.

Guan explained this in her statement:

“One of the criticisms on 4Ps is how it disables Filipinos from becoming self-sustaining and independent. The 4P’s doleout mechanism gives an illusion that the government provides all necessary financial assistance to cover the basic needs of families.”

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the proposed act on April 17 that establishes “conditional cash grants” to legitimate claimants. The act intends to help poor families in maintaining their chilren’s health, nutrition and education up to 18 years.

The establishment of the program shows the government’s shortcomings in social services and it’s incapability to fix the poverty problem entirely from its origins.

This is according to an article from PhilStar.

Guan also noticed negative impacts of the program to poor families saying the program is a distraction:

“4Ps simply distracts people from demanding employment and sustainable livelihood opportunities, and accessible, affordable and good quality government services for health, education, housing and disaster response.”

That is all there is to it, at least for now. We’ll post updates as soon as we got them.

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