4Ps in Samar’s
frontier town thrilled by PGMA’s letter
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
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.
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
The letter which she
can’t memorize, said in part, ‘habang ako ay nandito, kayo ay
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.
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
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
Come March 23-24,
their shout might even become louder as they will again get their
second cash grant for four months!