Not all 4Ps beneficiaries need financial help: COA

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 06 2017 09:47 PM

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MANILA- Not all beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are in need of financial assistance.

This is according to the Commission on Audit's (COA) 2016 report on Official Development Assistance (ODA) programs.

In its audit report, the commission noted unwithdrawn balances in 2,646,577 accounts of beneficiaries ranging from P501 to P50,000, or P1.426 billion in total.

“This condition manifests that some 4Ps beneficiaries were not actually in need of financial assistance,” the COA said in its report.

COA recommended the validation and re-assessment of beneficiaries, and ineligible beneficiaries should be immediately delisted.

“The financial management of funds intended for 4Ps beneficiaries needs improvement to assess the actual funds available for the program,” the COA said in its report. 

The commission also noted unclaimed cash grants of beneficiaries from 2013 to 2016 amounting to P3.108 billion, which was not returned to the Bureau of Treasury, a violation of the General Provisions of the General Appropriations Act.

For this, the commission recommended the establishment of guidelines on the period of claiming cash grants, after which unclaimed grants are forfeited in favor of the government. 

The commission also took note of the unliquidated amount of P7.689 billion as of December 2016 for the period 2012 to 2016. 

The commission said that the agency must comply strictly with the guidelines on the grant, use and liquidation of fund transfers and the provision of the memorandum of agreement.

The conditional cash transfer program is a poverty alleviation initiative that provides cash subsidies to target families given compliance to certain conditions, including regular health checkups for pregnant women and children and children's consistent school attendance.