Photo by: Dingras Pantawid Pamilya Municipal Operations Office

1,700 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from the 31 barangays of Dingras, Ilocos Norte convened to show their support for the passing of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Bill through a community walk.

The Parent Leaders organized the community walk with the guidance and assistance of the Municipal and Provincial Operations Offices.

Carrying their posters and streamers with statements for the passing of CCT Bill and the like, all the beneficiaries paraded for three kilometers from the Municipal Hall to Brgy. Peralta and back to the Municipal Hall for three hours.

Parent Leader Marilyn Malvar shared the importance of institutionalizing Pantawid Pamilya. She said, “Kas bilang man maikkat ton ti pamiliak iti Programa, awan luksawko ta adu ti naitulongna daytoy kanyak a mabalin ko a pagbiag ti inaldaw-aldaw. Nu maipalinteg daytoy Programa, ad-adu pay dagiti matulungan ti gobierno a mas agkasapulan ti tulong. (I will not be upset if ever my family will no longer be qualified as beneficiary because I can apply all my learnings from the Program in our everyday life. If Pantawid Pamilya is institutionalized,  more people in need will be helped by the government.)”

For Parent Leader Wendy Esta, “Kadakkelan a tulong para ti maysa a marigrigat a pamilia a mapasayaat ti panagbiagda ket ti panagadal ken panagturpos dagiti annak. Maipasigurado a maadaan dagitoy ti nasayaat a pagsapulan ti sumarsaruno nga aldaw. (Access to education for the children is the greatest help provided by the Program to poor families. This is an assurance that they will land a stable job and regular income in the future.)”

This community walk is just one of the activities of the Parent Leaders in the Municipality. They already sent their petition letters to all the Senators to solicit their support for the CCT Institutionalization.

Same activity is also expected to be conducted in the Municipalities of Paoay, Pinili, and Badoc.  (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II/ Pantawid Pamilya with report from Mr. Irwin Lopez, Municipal Link)