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Quimbo elated over passage of 4Ps law: ‘This is no mere handout’

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Outgoing Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo lauded on Wednesday the passage of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Act or Republic Act No. 11310, which he principally authored in the House of Representatives.

“We have been fighting for this since the 16th Congress and I am thankful that it has finally been signed into law. With this we are providing support and hope to millions of Filipinos in their struggle to escape poverty,” the Liberal Party member said in a statement.

The institutionalization of the 4Ps program was one of the priority measures of Quimbo, having filed House Bill No. 41 (4Ps Act of 2016) during the first session day of the 17th Congress.

Addressing critics of the 4Ps program, Quimbo cited multiple studies which found that the program has had a positive health and education impact program on the children of beneficiaries.

“Through multiple studies and impact evaluations it is clear that the program has both kept children healthy and in school. This is not a mere handout, it is an investment in our future,” he said.

“Yes there have been a few bad eggs who have abused and politicized the system. The solution, however, is not to scrap the program and deprive ourselves of one of our most potent tools in the fight against intergenerational poverty, rather it is to strengthen the safeguards of the program and be vigilant in its implementation. With the passage into law of RA No. 11310 we are one step closer to achieving that,” Quimbo added.

Quimbo’s wife, Congresswoman-elect Stella Quimbo, a former department chair of the University of the Philippines School of Economics who will occupy his seat in the next Congress, has also written extensively on the 4Ps program and provided critical input during its crafting.