DSWD 4Ps : Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program is also known as 4Ps. DSWD 4Ps is a Human Capital Development Program that provides Cash grants to eligible poor households in exchange for compliance with education and health conditions.

DSWD 4Ps Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program
DSWD 4Ps Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

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Meaning of 4Ps

The 4Ps strategy is a poverty reduction strategy that provides grants to extremely poor households in order to improve their health, nutrition, and education, particularly for children aged 0-14.

Objectives of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

The 4Ps has two objectives:

  • Social Assistance – to provide Cash assistance to the poor, to alleviate their needs (short term poverty alleviation)
  • Social Development – to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty through investments in human capital (nutrition, health and education

The successful Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Programs in Africa and Latin America served as the inspiration for 4Ps. In addition to other countries, Brazil, where 11 million families are currently enrolled in the program, has been credited with having achieved positive socioeconomic results in part due to CCT.

The nation’s poorest households were chosen using a consistent, unbiased, and open set of standards.

4Ps Grants


  • Health grants will be given to qualified families with children aged 0 to 5 years old.
  • These grants will cover both prenatal and postnatal care for expectant mothers beginning in the first trimester of pregnancy as well as routine preventive health checkups and vaccinations for kids aged 0 to 5.
  • The amount of assistance given in Health grants is P500 per month per household.


  • Education grants will be given to qualified families with children between the ages of 3 and 18 who are enrolled and attending at least 85% of the school classes
  • The amount of assistance given in Education grants is
    • P300/children in pre-school/day care and elementary;
    • P500/children in high school x maximum of 3 children x 10 months x per household.
DSWD 4Ps benefits
DSWD 4Ps benefits

Beneficiaries Selection Criteria

There are three steps in identifying the beneficiaries:

  1. Provinces were selected using the following criteria: a) 20 poorest provinces based on the 2006 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES); b) Poorest provinces in six regions without a province in the list of the 20 poorest provinces; c) Five cities in the NCR, two in the Visayas, two in Mindanao and one in the Cordillera.
  2. The selection of the poorest municipalities from the above provinces based on the Small Area Estimates (SAE) and FIES where saturation surveys of households are being conducted.
  3. Computerized selection of the poorest households based on a ranking system using Proxy Means Test developed for the program.

The PMT evaluates socioeconomic factors like asset ownership, the type of housing unit, the educational level of household heads, and access to facilities for water and sanitation.

Based on the targeting system created for the program, the DSWD chooses the beneficiaries.

Conditions to avail DSWD 4Ps Grants

If the requirements are met, a household with three eligible children may receive a subsidy of P1,400 per month or P15,000 annually.

Beneficiaries must meet the following requirements in order to receive cash grants:

  • Pregnant women must get pre and post natal care, and be attended by a skilled/ trained professional during a child birth.
  • Parents or guardians must attend responsible family development sessions.
  • Children 0-5 years old must receive regular preventive health check ups and vaccines.
  • Children 3-5 years old must attend day care or pre school classes at least 85% of the time.
  • Children 6-14 years old must enroll in elementary or high school and attend at least 85% of the time.
  • Children 6-14 years old must avail of deworming pills every five months.

The DSWD partnered with the national advisory councils made up of DepEd, DOH, DILG, NAPC, and representatives from LGUs. Every month, compliance will be checked at the regional and municipal levels using monitoring tools created for this purpose.

How are DSWD 4Ps grants paid to beneficiaries

  • The cash grants will be given to each household beneficiary for a maximum of five years.
  • A Landbank cash card must be used to receive the quarterly cash grants by the household member who is considered to be the most responsible.
  • If a cash card payment is not possible, the beneficiaries will still receive their cash grants through an alternative payment method, such as in-person transactions at the local Landbank branch or off-site payments through a licensed rural bank.


If the prerequisites are not met, cash grants will be suspended or participants will be removed from the program.

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