10 May 2019

OTSO Diretso senatorial candidates asked Malacanang on Friday to make public the status of the 4Ps bill, a legislation marshalled by the opposition to passage.

The bill, which institutionalizes the government’s conditional cash transfer program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), has been transmitted to Malacanang on March 21, and by rule, should have lapsed into law 30 days after Congress’ transmittal.

Mar Roxas said Palace officials should make a formal announcement that the measure is now a law because many families are awaiting to feel its benefits.

“Kailangan ng kasiguruhan ng tulong at kasiguruhan na di basta-bastang matatanggal ang tulong na ito dahil lang sa pulitika,” said Roxas.

“We laud the authors of the bill, especially Senators Leila de Lima, Antonio Trillanes IV, and Ralph Recto, and Reps. Kit Belmonte (Quezon City, 6th District), Tom Villarin (Akbayan), Raymund Mendoza (Trade Union Congress of the Philippines), and Gary Alejano (Magdalo), who all steered its passage,” said Erin Tañada.

De Lima is currently detained at the Philippine National Police custodial center on trumped-up drug charges.

Among those considered eligible for the program are those from the informal sector, homeless families, indigenous peoples, and those living in isolated and disadvantaged areas.

The law provides conditional cash transfers to poor households for a maximum period of 7 years to improve their health, nutrition, and access to education.

Under the law, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is tasked to conduct and revalidate qualified beneficiaries using a standard targeting system every three years.

“Assistance to poor families will be guaranteed as 4Ps is not just a program, but a law that will get annual funding,” said Pilo Hilbay.

“We have high hopes that with the efficient implementation, the 4Ps law will be transformative and will make a great dent on the lives of the poor,” said another Otso Diretso candidate Samira Gutoc.

Alejano said this is the type of pro-Filipino, pro-poor laws that he and the rest of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, and Romy Macalintal will author when elected into the Senate.

A bill is considered lapsed into law 30 days after Congress transmits the bicameral version to the Executive Department.