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Valencia City IPs Receive Cash Grants

A total of 554 registered beneficiaries in Valencia City received cash grants through the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous People (MCCT-IP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on April 12, 2016.

Similar to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the MCCT is the government’s anti-poverty alleviation program that is designed to reach out to families who are definitely poor and vulnerable.

Mr. Arnel Q. Cabanao, Community Facilitator of DSWD X stated that the target beneficiaries of the program are the Indigenous Peoples who are in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA).

GIDA refers to communities with marginalized population physically and socio-economically separated from the mainstream society.

Cabanao added that the cash grants are intended particularly for the education and health of the children.

An education grant of 300 pesos per month is given for each child in the beneficiary household if enrolled in day care, preschool and elementary while 500 pesos per month is given if enrolled in high school. A health grant of 500 pesos on the other hand is given for each beneficiary household.

The program is known for its objectives to provide partner families with other support services or interventions which facilitate their access to health and educational services.

MCCT is implemented nationwide covering 3, 774 street families; 163,950 families in IP-GIDA and 51,824 families under FNSP (disaster victims) as of 26 January 2016.

Bukidnon is among other areas in Northern Mindanao with known active members of IPs.