At least 250 teenage mothers and their children are expected to benefit in the Social Protection Program for Adolescent Mothers and their Children (SPPAMC) in the 5 pilot sites in Region 2.

During the virtual meeting on the SPPAMC implementation on April, 13, 2022, the local government units of Solana and Lal-lo, Cagayan; Roxas, Isabela; and Diffun and Maddela, Quirino presented their implementation highlights and milestones that can serve as effective strategies for replication by other local government units.

POPCOM Deputy Executive Director Lolito R. Tacardon presented the Guidelines for the Provision of Conditional Financial Assistance (CFA) and emphasized that this will not be a dole-out. “The assistance is dependent on the compliance of the beneficiaries to certain requirements which are important in the promotion of the health, education and total well-being of adolescent mothers,” DED Tacardon said.

The financial assistance from the program aims to build the capacity and enabling environment for adolescent mothers and their children to help them achieve better quality of life and break intergenerational poverty.

The assistance is basically to facilitate the access of adolescent mothers to health, education, information and services as well as economic opportunities necessary for their growth and development.

The potential beneficiaries are adolescent mothers who are 18 years old and below, with priority among minors, and should meet the following criteria: (a) those belonging to poor or indigent families verified through the Listahanan of the DSWD or, in its absence, household validation to be conducted by program implementers from verifiable and reliable database including those gathered and maintained by community workers and volunteers, medical records and other official databases; (b) currently pregnant or have living child/children; and (c) willing to comply with the conditions set in the oath of commitment and mutually agreed personal development plan (PDP).

Once qualified, the adolescent mothers will receive Php500.00 per month for a duration of 6 months.

The lead implementing office (either the Municipal Population Office or the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office) will conduct regular assessment to program beneficiaries to determine the improvement on the conditions and capacities of the adolescent mothers using the compliance reports and documentation of the life coaching sessions.

The pilot LGUs are expected to faciliate provision of financial assistance starting end of April 2022.