“Dati maraming humihingi ng tulong sa amin, ngayon kaunti na lang” said Mabini, Pangasinan Mayor Carlitos Reyes as one of the manifestations proving that Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program has gradually helped improve the lives of beneficiaries in the area.

            The statement was made during the visit of media representatives from Pangasinan and La Union in the Municipality to observe the positive effects of the program to beneficiaries. An activity which will eventually help minimize negative publicity about the program.

            Highlight of the activity was the presentation of the Municipal Transition Plan (MTP), a plan of the Municipality in responding to the needs not only of program beneficiaries but also to the majority of their poor constituents. The MTP is the result of the conducted Social Welfare  Indicator (SWI) administration by the Department to identify beneficiaries’ level of well being and their needs to move particularly from Survival to Subsistence level.

            As part of their social responsibility, the MTP indicates the municipality’s projects and their commitments to every interventions in response to the need of the beneficiaries from 2014 to 2016 to be funded by the local government.

            The municipality boasts a decrease in its poverty incidence from 26% to 21% since 2008 and much is being credited to the presence of Pantawid Pamilya.

            Testimonies and success stories from beneficiaries were also gathered in Pantawid Pamilya communities.

            Mabini is a Set 1 municipality having 1,317 beneficiaries and 132 for Set 6 which form part to the 187,603 total beneficiaries in the region.

            Pantawid Pamilya is a conditional cash transfer program of the Philippine government which invests in human capital through health and education by providing cash grants to extremely poor households with children ages 0 – 14. (now 0 -18 years old)