ASTURIAS, Cebu – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has assured continued support for the government’s anti-poverty program, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), which invests in health and education of poor households.
ADB President Takehiko Nakao, who recently visited 4Ps beneficiaries in Barangay Owak, Asturias town, Cebu, assured continued support for the program. The ADB is among the funding sources of 4Ps.
“There might be difficulties and struggles but let’s work hard and the future will be bright. It is our goal at ADB to provide children a brighter future and I commit myself to continue to support the program,” he said.
Other ADB officials who joined Nakao during the short activity included James Nugent, Director General, South Asia Department; Christopher Thieme, Private Sector Infrastructure Finance Division Director; Richard Bolt, Philippine Country Office Director and Naoya Jinda, Chief advisor to the ADB President.
Nakao personally listened to the positive changes in the lives of 4Ps beneficiaries and grantees, who gave their testimonials during the visit.
The ADB President also added that he learned so many things from the sharing of the children beneficiaries, parents, health workers and the teachers.
“I am very happy that ADB was able to support the community in education and health. As a father of two young boys, I really love to see the happy faces of the children. By seeing the happy faces of the cute children, I was able to reminisce my childhood and my children too,” Nakao added.