DSWD Speaks on “Undeserving” 4Ps Beneficiaries
DSWD – Social Welfare Secretary Erwin Tulfo said that almost one (1) million beneficiaries of 4Ps will be removed from the list.
One of the biggest government poverty reduction strategies in the Philippines is the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. More commonly called 4Ps, the poorest Filipinos are given monthly financial assistance under this government program.
4Ps is under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It is formerly known as the Bangon Pamilyang Pilipino conditional cash transfer program which was under the same government agency.
Following the shift in administration, the new and current secretary of the Department of Social and Welfare Development is veteran broadcaster Erwin Tulfo. One of the initial moves he took is the revisitation of the beneficiaries of 4Ps.
Following the review of the 4Ps beneficiaries, based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Social Welfare Sec. Erwin Tulfo revealed that almost one (1) million 4Ps beneficiaries will be delisted.
Speaking to TeleRadyo, Tulfo stressed that families who have no eligible household members or who already qualify the self-sufficient stage will be removed from the list of beneficiaries. Based on the report, the vacant slots will be given to new beneficiaries on the waiting list.
Currently, 4Ps is assisting around 4.4 million Filipinos. Tulfo confirmed that the review of the beneficiaries is ongoing and there is still no exact figure as to how many beneficiaries will be removed from the list. He stressed that those on the waiting list will be included citing that their survey found that 15 million Filipinos are below the poverty line.
According to the DSWD Secretary, the review of the 4Ps beneficiaries may take three (3) to four (4) weeks to really make sure that the financial assistance is given to deserving beneficiaries. He stressed that the digitalization on the release of the cash aids is also on the work now.
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