Gov’t making sure cash aid beneficiaries genuine poor folks

October 09, 2019

THE government is set to start narrowing down legitimate and qualified Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries.

Latest data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) showed that the 4Ps has been implemented in 144 cities and 1,483 municipalities in 80 provinces, with a total of 4,876,394 registered households since the program started in 2008.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the DSWD recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to reduce the number of financial recipients in the government’s Listahanan 3.

Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that establishes “who and where the poor are,” making available a database of poor families as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs such as the 4Ps.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, the DSWD’s Listahanan 3 is a viable tool to ensure equitable distribution of resources and services to deserving poor Filipino families and guarantees the DILG’s support and assistance in its implementation.

“Sa pamamagitan ng Listahanan 3, makatitiyak tayo na sa totoong mga mahihirap at nangangailangang pamilya lamang maihahatid ang tulong mula sa pamahalaan. This master list will guarantee that no non-poor families will benefit from the programs of the government such as the 4Ps,” he said.

Reports reaching Año’s office said that there are families which could not be considered as poor and yet are enjoying the benefits of the 4Ps.

The DILG Secretary nonetheless warned all LGUs that they should only facilitate and not influence the survey process.

“Our intent is to clean up the list so we will not tolerate political intervention by local politicians in what is essentially a non-political activity,” he added.

The DILG chief said that with the tight allocation of the national budget, it is imperative that government programs like 4Ps which is projected to aid millions of Filipinos are properly distributed to deserving recipients.

DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya added that the DILG, with its mandate to supervise the local government units (LGUs), commits to assist DSWD in carrying out the goal of Listahanan 3 which is to conduct a nationwide household assessment to gather necessary data for the information management system.

“The DILG will make certain that the stipulations of today’s MOU will be met. We commit to be a consistent partner of the DSWD in carrying out Listahanan by ensuring that LGUs are on board in completing this database of poor families,” Malaya said during the signing ceremony.

Under the MOU between DILG and DSWD, for the Preparatory Phase, the DILG must enjoin LGUs to designate a focal person who shall assist the DSWD throughout the conduct of the Listahanan assessment.

It will also assist in mapping of households within the area of jurisdiction of the barangay, and conduct of barangay assemblies regarding Listahanan, among others.

“Mahalaga na marating ng mga surveyor mula sa DSWD ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan sa mga pamayanan upang masiguro na makakarating sa kanila ang tulong ng pamahalaan at doon malaki ang magiging bahagi ng DILG,” Malaya said.