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Some say “Life begins the day you start a garden” and this is what Barangay Captain Eddie Mabano of Brgy. Kalunasan, Cebu City believes. When DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) was implemented in his barangay he immediately saw how the program fostered camaraderie and strengthened his community especially the women’s group. He saw the hunger in the eyes of the beneficiaries to learn livelihood, the need to be useful in the community and make a better person in themselves and Capt. Mabano did not disappoint them, for he ventured forth to teach them backyard and container gardening. “This project will not only help the beneficiaries on their day to day nutrition, it would also develop in them the value of hard work, patience, sharing and the realization that they are indeed useful to the community” said Capt. Mabano.

He further adds: “The values and lessons they learn from their simple garden is something they can proudly pass on to their children, a big chance in making them better future citizens” , thus a step towards breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty among poor households by investing on human capital, one of 4Ps objectives.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is a poverty reduction and social development program that provides conditional cash grants to poor household with pregnant women at the time of survey or with children 0-14 year old. Each household can receive P500 as health and nutrition grant and P300 for the education of the children every month. A household with three qualified children can receive up to P1,400 monthly or P15,000 annually as long as they comply with the conditions of the program. The program has set conditions to meet human development goals and these include (1) pregnant women must get pre-and post-natal care and be attended during childbirth by skilled health personnel; (2) parent/guardians must attend responsible parenthood sessions, mothers’ classes and parent effectiveness seminars; (3) children 0-5 years old must receive regular preventive health check-ups and vaccines; (4) children aged 3-5 years old must attend day care or pre-school classes at least 85% of the time, and; (5) children 6-14 years old must enroll in elementary or high school and attend at least 85% of the time, and; (6) children 6-14 years old must receive deworming pills twice a year.

Not only did life start in Kalunasan the day the beneficiaries started a garden, for with each garden hope was also planted, and as life after life springs forth in every backyard and in every container so does ideas for new projects, friendship and trust were forged as beneficiaries help each other comply with the conditions.