TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, (PIA) – A reward system was devised by the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the program beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). The device called Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya, coursed through the social marketing unit of DSWD, was aimed to empower the program beneficiaries and show the public the progressive impact of the program, create model families who embody strong family ties, demonstrate positive Flipino values and create a positive influence in the community.

According to Resty Macuto, Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Regional Office 8, the search for “Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya” was geared to acknowledge the good performing family beneficiaries of the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.”

Director Macuto emphasized that the awarding of model families for “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” beneficiaries was timely considering that Proclamation No. 847 was signed by then President Fidel V. Ramos declaring fourth Sunday of September as Family Thanksgiving Day.

The search was tedious considering that the criteria is based on desk validation and field validation to really determine the rightful winner.

The winning model family was Mr. Jaime Concon and family of MacArthur, Leyte for the regional category who received Php6,000 cash plus plaque of recognition.

Winners for the provincial category were: Mrs. Nenita Basal and family of Catbalogan, Samar who received Php5,000.00 cash plus plaque of recognition; Mrs. Arlene Narita and Family of Naval, Biliran who received Php4,000.00 cash plus plaque of recognition; Mrs. Minda Ypulong and family of San Roque, Northern Samar who received Php2,500.00 cash plus certificate of recognition; and Mrs. Tita Berondo and family of San Juan, Southern Leyte who received Php2,500.00 cash plus certificate of recognition.

According to regional winner Jaime Concon, he was hesitant in joining the search considering that since elementary he did not join any contest but he was nominated by the group of beneficiaries to represent them.

All winners are parent leaders for “Pantawid Pamiliyang Pilipino Program” in their respective community.

They are anticipating that the program will continue because it really provides help for the indigent Filipinos. (ajc/jhb/PIA-8)