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30K Pantawid Pamilya children-beneficiaries graduate from high school

LAGUNA, Philippines — At least 30, 000 children-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program all over the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal & Quezon) region graduated from high school this end of the school year.
The newly graduated students belong to the first set of children-beneficiaries of the program supported for their high school education.
Of the total graduates, more than 9,000 are from Batangas, 4,000 from Cavite, 10,000 from Quezon, 4,000 from Laguna and at least 3,000 are from Rizal.
At least 70, 000 children-beneficiaries, meanwhile, graduated from elementary. The said graduates will be supported by the program until they finish high school or reach at least 18 years old.
According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program, expanded its coverage last year to support children until they reach 18 years old or until they finish high school.
A cash grant of P500 is given monthly to each beneficiary enrolled in high school while elementary beneficiaries receive a P300 cash grant monthly.
The said expansion, according to DSWD, also supports the Department of Education’s K+12 curriculum and acknowledges that high school graduates have better opportunities in terms of employment and helping their respective families.
The DSWD announced recently that a total of 333, 673 children-beneficiaries nationwide graduated from high school this year.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.