By John Eric B. Escalante/DSWD-CAR
One Luzon E-NewsMagazine
BAGUIO CITY – The social welfare and development agency that leads the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) has continued to purge its list of beneficiaries from ineligible families.
Data from the Pantawid Pamilya unit of the DSWD-Cordillera showed it has so far delisted a total of 3,898 ineligible grantees since its implementation in 2008.
Regional director Leonardo Reynoso said the department is continuously updating household records and processing complaints received by the program in order to protect its integrity.
He added the department has ensured anti-poverty programs such as the CCT serve those who deserve it, and that the delisting process is one of its mechanisms.
Through the program’s Grievance Redress System, ineligible household benepiciaries are removed mainly because they are identified as inclusion errors (those families with regular income) or those that had double entries in the database.
Aside from these, some professionals have chosen to voluntarily waive from registering into the program prior to the validation process. Those who no longer have children aged zero to 14 years old are automatically dropped from the list.
In Hungduan, Ifugao, for example, 10 household beneficiaries were removed from Pantawid Pamilya because they were found to have regular income. Some of these identified households that are no longer eligible to receive cash grants from government are teachers and businessmen.
The DSWD has been conducting eligibility check, routine for those identified to have regular source of income. Field staff visit household beneficiaries to review and reassess the household conditions and if to be retained or delisted as program beneficiary.
Through the GRS textline 0918-912-2813, anyone can send complaints or queries related to the Pantawid Pamilya.
The Pantawid Pamilya is currently covering 65,869 household beneficiaries in all cities and municipaligies of the Cordillera.
The program has been providing cash grants to as much as P1,400 a month to selected poor households. It focuses on the health, nutrition, and education of children 0-14 years old by giving cash grants to those who comply with its conditions.#