The Regional Independent Monitoring Committee (RIMC) of the 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) has monitored the program implementation on Camiguin Island.

A Regional Independent Monitoring Committee member asks an exited 4Ps beneficiary in Catarman, Camiguin on the programs and services received from the local government units.

The RIMC’s learning field visit aims to understand better the program implementation processes, mechanisms, and impact in Catarman, Camiguin.

4Ps Institutional Project Development Officer Pablo Manuel Toñido said, “the committee wants to look at how the program has been instrumental in creating ripples of change in the province.”

Toñido said the monitoring will ensure that the program with its partners is on the right track in attaining improved well-being among the beneficiaries.

He said the visit would also provide recommendations and interventions to address the pressing issues and concerns in Catarman.

RIMC Chairperson Rolando Delfin met Catarman Mayor Kiterio Antonio Palarca II to determine the local government unit’s intervention in helping DSWD and other 4Ps stakeholders uplift the beneficiary’s well-being.

Catarman Mayor Kiterio Antonio Palarca II (left) meets former 4Ps beneficiaries and RIMC chairperson Rolando Delfin (second from left) during the monitoring in his town recently.

Delfin and other members of RIMC asked Mayor Palarca about the LGU’s good practices in helping the program workers serve the 4Ps households efficiently and effectively.

Also, the team visited Governor Xavier Jesus D. Romualdo, discussing the various programs and services of the provincial government of Camiguin and prioritizing the exited 4Ps beneficiaries.

On the other hand, Marian Foundation Assistance for Spiritual and Social Achievement, Inc. (MASSA) extended free massage services to 4Ps households, including beneficiaries who graduated from the program.

The LGH International and Multi-Star Recruitment provided employment facilitation to all 4Ps household members who want to work locally and abroad.

On the last day, the team talked with exited beneficiaries and asked them about the LGU interventions.

The RIMC members documented the proceedings of the field visit through a focused group discussion among stakeholders to identify good practices, policies, and activities implemented and the gaps and challenges encountered in program implementation.

Established through National Advisory Committee (NAC) Resolution 4, series of 2021, the RIMC serves as an external team that complements the monitoring activities of the program. Specifically, the committee reviews and assesses the program’s processes and mechanisms and sets accountability, transparency, and equity standards among the 4Ps stakeholders. 

4Ps is a national poverty reduction strategy and a human capital investment program that provides conditional cash transfers to poor households for seven years to improve the health, nutrition, and education of children aged 0-18.