Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of the poor households. Patterned after the conditional cash transfer scheme implemented in other developing countries, the Pantawid Pamilya provides cash grants to beneficiaries provided that they comply with the set of conditions required by the program:
- Pregnant women must avail pre- and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by a trained health professional;
- Parents must attend Family Development Sessions (FDS);
- 0-5 year old children must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines;
- 3-5 year old children must attend day care or pre-school classes at least 85% of the time.
- 6-14 year old children must enroll in elementary or high school and must attend at least 85% of the time.
- 6-14 years old children must receive deworming pills twice a year.
Extended Age Coverage
The program continues to help in creating an effective and secure financial state of the family to contribute in breaking the transmission of intergenerational poverty.
- To continue support the children beneficiaries, the program has extension of age coverage of children ages 3-18 or until they finish high school with the following provisions:
- To go beyond the five- year limit to cover up to high school education
- To extend the coverage up to 18 years of age
- To provide higher grant amount of Php500.00 for children in high school, but removing the health grant for those households who have been exposed to the program for 5 years and no longer have children beneficiaries enrolled in elementary monitored by the program.
- To maintain the limit of three (3) children beneficiaries per household.
The program covers all provinces municipalities and cities all over the region. 1,309 barangays were covered out of 1,311 barangays.
Expanded Students Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation
In 2012, the Pantawid Pamilya in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) launched and eventually rolled-out the Student Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGPPA).
The ESGPPA/SGPPA aims to contribute to the thrusts of the National Government in addressing poverty alleviation by providing higher education to poor households giving them better opportunities of being employed thereby lifting their families out of poverty.