HUMAN INVESTMENT. Kaitlyn Cane Lubrico shows her first runner-up award in the DSWD’s Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children at the SM City North Skydome, Quezon City in 2018. As part of its thrust to reduce the poverty incidence in the country, the Philippine government puts premium on the academic nurturing of young people especially those who are from poor families. (PNA photo by Cindy Ferrer)

MANILA – The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has released its third impact evaluation (IE3) report on the government's poverty reduction program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The study’s most significant finding showed that most beneficiaries are independent.

"Previous impact evaluations of Pantawid Pamilya have established that the program does not foster dependency. Positive impacts on labor market outcomes were observed in IE 2 and 3, particularly for job-seeking, secondary employment, and work hours," the recently-released report said.

PIDS conducts the impact evaluation report every three years by virtue of the Republic Act 11310 or the 4Ps Act to assess the implementation of the program for the poor.

Conducted from 2017 to 2019, the 2021 report indicated that “the program has desirable impacts on education and health of children and pregnant women.”

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which runs the 4Ps, on Wednesday said it considers the finding as a measure of success from the government’s efforts of implementing the national poverty reduction program.

"The result of the IE3 validates the earlier findings of the program being on track in keeping children healthy and in school, as well as positive change in behaviors," DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao said.

She added that through the result of the IE3, DSWD believes that it will further help reinforce the creation of policies and programs to alleviate poverty in the country.

The complete IE3 report can be accessed through the official website of PIDS: www.pids.gov.ph.

The national government identifies 4Ps as a human capital investment program of the Philippines.

Eligible household beneficiaries are entitled to receive cash subsidies provided that the conditions on health, nutrition, and education are followed.

The program also provides psychosocial and psycho-educational interventions through the Family Development Session (FDS) to improve and sustain the program beneficiaries’ well-being leading them towards program exit.

DSWD said this will foster necessary behavior for parents to adequately perform the duties and responsibilities, particularly in investing in their children’s future. (PNA)