Senator calls for speedy implementation of 4Ps law to help poor amid inflation

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 07 2019 03:57 PM

MANILA — Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian on Friday said speeding up the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) law will help the poor amid rising prices of goods.

"The government should... expedite the full implementation of the 4Ps law. This will shield our underprivileged countrymen from rising prices of basic commodities and help reduce the number of Filipino families that consider themselves poor," Gatchalian said in a statement Friday. 

Inflation quickened to 3.2 percent in May from 3 percent in April, breaking 6 consecutive months of slowdown, but held within the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas' target range for the fourth straight month.

Despite the modest uptick, Gatchalian noted that the government should not slack off to avoid its mistakes last year when inflation soared to its highest rate in almost 10 years.

"Noong nakaraang taon, madami sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan ang nakaramdam sa naging epekto ng pagtaas ng inflation dahil sa mabagal na implementasyon ng iba’t ibang social mitigating measures, kasama na ang conditional cash transfer. Sana po ay hindi na maulit ang mga naging pagkakamali natin sa implementasyon ng mga programang ito," Gatchalian said. 

(Last year many suffered because of inflation due to the poor implementation of various social mitigating measures, including conditional cash transfer. I hope we don't make the same mistakes this time.)

President Rodrigo Duterte on April 17 signed into law Republic Act No. 11310 or the 4Ps law, a measure institutionalizing the government's national poverty reduction strategy.

It aims to provide financial aid to poor households that meet certain qualifications to improve their health, nutrition and education for up to 7 years.

Among those qualified for the program are farmers, fishermen, homeless families, indigenous peoples, those from the informal sector, and those living in isolated and disadvantaged areas including places without electricity.