DAGUPAN CITY – A 4Ps beneficiary from Barangay Lucao was adjudged the winner in the search for "Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya" of the Department of Social Welfare and Development besting three other contenders from Urbiztondo, Bolinao and Mapandan who have qualified in the provincial level.
The family of Mrs. Lonie V. Lambino earned the right to represent the city and the province in the regional level competition and probably to represent the region in the nationwide search.
The search is open to all family-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) who shall be nominated by parent leaders, Punong Barangay or the local government unit (LGU).
Awarding of the regional and national winners will be held in Manila in September during the National Family Week celebration.
Winners shall serve as ambassadors of Pantawid Pamilya, resource persons in Family Development Sessions and any activity where they could share their knowledge and experience and help in the advocacy of Pantawid Pamilya including using their photos and stories in the communication materials of the program and accommodating media interviews.
Lambino was able to send one of her children to college from the grants she saved during the elementary and high schools days of their child. The child is now one of the city's college scholars.
Her other two children are studying at St. Albert the Great School as talent scholars paying only P7,500 for four years.
She was also able to uplift the well-being of her family through hard work with her husband doing some carpentry works while she maintains a small eatery at their residence.
The prize of her children in a singing contest when they joined a noontime show in Manila was what they used in refurbishing their house in Lucao.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez encouraged other 4Ps beneficiaries to emulate the family of Mrs. Lambino and improve the well-being of their families.
Fernandez disclosed that at present the list of active beneficiaries under the program in the city as of June 15 is already 4,220.
In the regular monthly City Advisory Committee Meeting of Dagupan City Operations Office on July 20 at the Public Alert and Response Center, the members of the committee agreed to conduct a Pantawid Pamilya Day and a three- day waterlilly mat weaving in partnership with Villar Foundation which has Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DSWD for free.
The mat that will be produced will be purchased by the foundation while the starter kit will be shouldered by DSWD. The beneficiaries will be trained to become self-sufficient. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)