SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Around 6,569 households from this province tagged as poor in the third round of the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) have been validated for possible inclusion in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Jeffrey Gabucay, the Pantawid Provincial Link in Antique, said that their names are now being encoded for submission to the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The validation conducted by Pantawid personnel started on July 5 and ended on Wednesday.

From the validated families will come the new households that will replace those who have already exited from the program, with no more zero to 18 years old children for monitoring, and were delisted to complete the 30,199 slots in Antique.

“Since there are only 3,469 potential beneficiaries needed to complete the targeted 30,199 slots given for 2023, the rest of the households validated will be on the waiting list,” he said in an interview on Wednesday.

The province currently has 26,730 active beneficiaries receiving cash grants from the DSWD or listed with the Pantawid.

He said that 26,352 are Regular Conditional Cash Transfer (RCCT) beneficiaries while 378 households are under the Modified CCT.

The MCCT beneficiaries are the indigenous people in the province who were not included in the RCCT.

Gabucay said DSWD is still looking for means to source the cash grants for those on the waiting list.

“I still don’t know when the potential beneficiaries could already start receiving their cash grants for it will still be subjected to approval by the DSWD,” he said. (PNA)