by Recthie B. Tolinero

In a usual local survival and retention school rate in the Philippines, out of 100 students that enter Grade 1, about 58 proceed to high school and only 14 students graduate in college.

One of the major causes of this sudden enrolment drop is poverty. Since most parents find it expensive to send their children in high school, they believe that it is just practical to let their children stay at home or help in finding a living for the family thus, the children become illiterate that adds up to the country’s problem on upholding competent and literate citizens.

In Lapasan National High School, Eduardo T. Cuartel, School Principal, shared that since the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program with the efforts of the school administration to enhance the quality of education in the school, their enrolment and academic statistics dramatically increased from 2006 up to the present school year.

According to Cuartel, the school has been named as one of the non-performing schools in 2006 after garnering only 29% in the National Achievement Test percentage scoring.

The school’s ranking climbed up in the succeeding years after gaining 45% in the said scoring in 2007 and 2008.

Faith Maygay, DSWD City Link who has been working closely with the school’s head, shared that Cuartel has been very diligent in making significant changes with the student’s performance through participating in compliance monitoring. “Now that the students are provided with the necessities by their parents, it is no longer a question why they are performing well in class,” Maygay said.

“He also supports the program since he believes that 4Ps helps in encouraging students to go to school every day especially now that the program has been giving out Compliance Verification System (CVS) forms to strictly monitor the students’ compliance to the conditions of the program particularly in school attendance,” Maygay added.

Taking note of this particular condition, Cuartel noticed that their enrolment rate increased from 2,242 students in 2006 to 2,299 in 2007. It further improved in 2008 where they were able to enroll 2,303 students. “Many students were inspired to go to school since their parents are now able to provide for their needs,” Cuartel happily mentioned.

The 4Ps is one of the strategies of the government to alleviate poverty and improve the education, nutrition and health in country by providing conditional cash grants to extremely poor households.

This serves as a five-year educational and health support to the beneficiaries with children aged 0-14 provided that they comply with the program’s conditions.

Per responsibilities on education, the beneficiaries’ children aged 3-5 must attend day care or pre-school classes at least 85% of the time while children aged 6-14 must enroll in elementary and high school and must attend at least 85% of the time. (DSWD X)

PHOTO: Faith Maygay, City Link, explains and distributes 4Ps Compliance Verification System (CVS) forms to Eduardo Cartel, LNHS Prinrical. (PIA 10)

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