Unvaccinated beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4P) program need not worry.
This after the Department of Social Protection and Development (DSWD) assured the public on Friday November 12 that the Pantawid Pamilya “beneficiaries will still receive grants and 4P grants even without vaccination”.
“Likewise, unvaccinated 4P recipients will not be excluded from the program, as the requirement to obtain the jab is not yet covered by the 4P law or any other legislation,” he said in Friday. a statement.
The DSWD explained that at present it has “no legal basis” to implement the proposed inclusion of COVID-19 vaccination as a requirement to receive conditional cash transfers under of 4P.
He noted that the pro-poor agenda had been institutionalized through the adoption of Republic Law No. 11310 or 4Ps Law of 2019.
“The ministry believes that in order to implement the proposed change or the inclusion of other conditionalities, the law needs to be amended. ”
The DSWD said that among the conditions that must be fulfilled by beneficiary households before receiving the grant are sending school-aged children of 4P beneficiaries to school, pre and postnatal care for mothers. , regular and preventive checks for children aged five and under, deworming for children aged 14 and under, and participation in the monthly conduct of the family development session (FDS).
Vaccination remains voluntary
“However, in an effort to support the Philippine government‘s vaccination program, the department continues to conduct information campaigns to encourage its beneficiaries to get vaccinated, but maintains that vaccination remains voluntary and based on an informed decision by the vaccinated. “, did he declare.
He said he continues to coordinate and assist the Department of Health (DOH) in cascading necessary and relevant information regarding the government’s immunization program.
The DSWD noted that the National 4P Program Management Office and DOH have partnered to organize roundtables with 4P beneficiaries and responsible parents to guide them in making informed decisions about immunization.
He cited that, based on the DOH survey conducted in July, 4P beneficiaries and lead parents viewed COVID-19 vaccines as safe and effective.
“The same data indicates that 4P recipients are eager to get vaccinated, however, they are concerned about vaccine access due to limited supply, limited internet access for online registration, lack of transport and the absence of a day’s work resulting in losses. income among daily wage earners.
The DSWD conducted a rapid assessment with 11,179 4P beneficiaries across the country from August 16 to October 1, 2021, using a non-probability sampling method.
It was assumed that 40 percent of the beneficiaries assessed were willing to be vaccinated, while only 4.2 percent of the total number of respondents were unwilling to do so.
More than 500,000 4Ps fellows already vaccinated against COVID-19
“As of October 30, more than 500,000 beneficiaries or more than 13% of the total 4P population were already vaccinated against COVID-19,” said the DSWD.
The welfare department has said it is at one with the government in its efforts to facilitate more cohesive and stronger community information campaigns that will help achieve the goal of mass immunization for the protection of children. population.
He said that through the SDF, beneficiaries are regularly informed about the importance of COVID-19 vaccination and its benefits.
The DSWD said it will continue to work closely with the Home Office and Local Government (DILG) and DOH, as members of the National 4P Advisory Board, to address concerns about immunization of the government against COVID-19 in collaboration with local government units (LGU).
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