“Aangkinin namin kayo. Hindi namin kayo pababayaan. Ngayon pa lang ay nag-iisip na ang lokal na pamahalaan ng mga programa at serbisyo na akma sa inyo para magpatuloy ang inyong pag-unlad (We will take care of you. We will not take you for granted. The local government unit is already thinking of programs and services which will suit your needs to continuously improve your level of well-being),” City Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste assured the 4Ps graduates in his acceptance speech during the graduation ceremony.

City Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste delivers his acceptance speech (top photo) and awards the Katibayan ng Pagkilala and token to Ms. Ragudos (right photo, second from the left) one of the graduating beneficiaries together with Ms. Banzuela, Vice Mayor Perez, and City Social Welfare and Development Officer Elizabeth Radoc (bottom photo, left to right). 

A total of 82 household beneficiaries (74 exiting and 8 graduating households) were endorsed by DSWD Field Office 1 Regional Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo represented by Human Resource Management and Development Division Chief Clarivel Banzuela to the local government unit (LGU) of Alaminos City.

The graduating and exiting household beneficiaries received a Katibayan ng Pagkilala to recognize their efforts in improving their level of well-being and simple tokens from the 4Ps Regional Program Management Office and the LGU Alaminos City.

Ms. Criselda Ragudos from Brgy. Telbang expressed her gratitude in her testimonial saying “Maraming salamat sa 4Ps na tumulong at umalalay sa mga mahihirap upang umangat sa buhay (Many thanks to 4Ps which helped and guided the poor households to uplift the quality of their lives).”

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Jose Miguel Antonio Y. Perez challenged the graduates as he said, “Kapag natulungan natin ang ating mga sarili, mas matutulungan pa natin ang iba. Ipagpatuloy ang pagiging aktibo at positibo sa buhay at gawin natin ang lahat para sabay-sabay tayong umangat (If we help ourselves, we can help others more. Let us continuously be active sustain and always have positive disposition in life for us to develop together).”

The exiting and graduating households were identified by the case managers anchored on Republic Act No. 11310 or 4Ps Law. Graduating households have reached self-sufficiency who voluntarily waived from the program. A household shall exit from the program when they meet any of these criteria: the last monitored child turns 19 years old and finishes high school; reaches 7-year duration in the program; no longer poor based on Listahanan result; voluntarily waives from the program; and commits offenses leading to delisting. (by: Jaesem Ryan A. Gaces, Information Officer II / Pantawid Pamilya)