Issue of October 8, 2017
Mt. Province

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Absence of service providers delays aid for 4Ps recipients
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera has asked for the understanding and patience of some beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in the region, who have not received their cash payments for the past three months.

In a recent forum, DSWD Regional Director Janet P. Armas said affected 4Ps beneficiaries are from Apayao, Abra, and Kalinga.

She said the delay in the issuance of the payouts is due to the absence of service providers willing to deliver the funds currently deposited in Land Bank of the Philippines to the recipients, who are mostly residing in remote areas. 

Armas assured that the funds are safe in the bank and ready for distribution to the beneficiaries.

“There is nothing to be worried about. It has not been used for other purposes, but we just have to finalize who will be our service provider,” she said.

The payout includes P300 for a family with a child attending elementary school (P500 for high school), P600 rice subsidy, and P500 for nutrition needs.

Armas admitted that the agency is finding difficulties in looking for conduits reason why the payouts had to be delayed for three months now.

She added they meet the same problem in the provision of the social pension payouts of all enrolled senior citizens in the region, because not all local government units are willing to partner with the DSWD in the transmittal of the fund to the beneficiaries.

DSWD-Cordillera has also started the processing the assistance for the victims of Typhoon Lawin in the affected provinces and is working on the distribution of the cash cards already containing the payouts.

“We ask our beneficiaries for more patience and understanding. We also ask our partner civil society organizations to help us explain reason for the delay, that we wanted to immediately give their money but we are faced with a lot of challenges,” Armas said.

She said despite their lack of personnel, some staff members of the agency are constrained to bring the funds themselves in the area despite the risks.

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