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PIA Press Release
2010/12/09

DSWD warns: No one is authorized to collect money from 4Ps beneficiaries

by Carina L. Cayon

Davao City (9 December) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development warned that no one is authorized to collect money from the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, as one condition for availing of the program.

The regional office of DSWD issued a press statement Tuesday, stressing that DSWD "does not authorize anyone to ask any form of monetary contributions from the program beneficiaries" of 4Ps.

It said that "beneficiaries are only required to comply with the health, education and attendance to Family Development Sessions (FDS) as stated in the program conditionality."

The department has also emphasized that no politician or local government official has participated and been involved in the selection of beneficiaries.

National Household Targeting System (NHTSPR) in identifying and targeting potential areas.

It employs the Proxy-Means Test (PMT) for the enumeration and selection of potential household beneficiaries, DSWD said explaining that the PMT is "a simple statistical test to measure the socio-economic condition of poor households."

For the payment and release of the cash grants, DSWD informed that the Land Bank of the Philippines directly provides to the beneficiaries.

Aiming to help improve the health, nutrition and education particularly of children aged 0 to 14 years old, the 4Ps provides conditional cash assistance to the poorest households in the country, DSWD said.

DSWD clarified that it oversees the enrolment and monitors the compliance of the beneficiaries to the program's conditionalities through the program's Compliance Verification System (CVS).

One of the conditionalities is for parent-beneficiaries to attend the monthly FDS program that aims to promote responsible parenthood and parent effectiveness.

DSWD urged the public to report any complaints, comments and queries related to the 4Ps program, to the 4Ps Regional Program Management Office (RPMO), at its Field Office XI in R. Magsaysay Ave. cor. Suazo St. in Davao City, through telephone nos. (082) 227-1964/227-8746 or email address: fo11@dswd.gov.ph. (DSWD-XI/PIA-XI) [top]

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