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4Ps in Samar’s frontier town thrilled by PGMA’s letter

By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA Samar)
March 20, 2010

CATBALOGAN CITY  –  More than 30 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) from San Jose de Buan, a town located some 70 kms from Samar’s capital city, are thrilled to see President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, their latest letter sender.

In yesterday’s Presidential Visit, the 4Ps folks wearing white t shirts, converged with the welcoming party assembled at the municipal grounds for a rare glimpse of their ‘pen-pal’.

Marina Rebato, 45, from Poblacion is excited to share that only a few were given the ‘presidential letter’.

The letter which she can’t memorize, said in part, ‘habang ako ay nandito, kayo ay susuportahan ko.”

The first time she got her 4Ps cash grant of P3,800 she bought a sack of rice, some vitamins for her young kids, fruits which her kids can only see during Christmas and fiestas like apples and oranges.

Her husband is a farmer who grows kalinayan (upland rice), rootcrops and vegetables.

Like other beneficiaries, they are also ever compliant of the conditions, lest they be disqualified or suspended like the one mentioned by 4Ps municipal link Dong Bernados.

In fact, to show they deserve the cash grant, as initiated by Barangay Chairman, they have planted veggies in their own backyards like pechay and upo.

They have made the vegetables grow very healthy with the mustasa’s leaves growing almost a meter-long.

As PGMA arrived, even as the rain drenched them, the 4Ps beneficiaries like Marina and Nori Manoso shouted “Salamat PGMA from Buananons 4Ps beneficiaries!”

The President, wearing a peach pant suit with brown hood smiled and waved at the crowd, in response.

Come March 23-24, their shout might even become louder as they will again get their second cash grant for four months!