DSWD lays down major criteria in delisting families from 4Ps

Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2022 08:44 PM | Updated as of Jul 13 2022 10:36 AM

People buy from a food vendor in Baseco, Tondo, Manila on February 9, 2022. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file
People buy from a food vendor in Baseco, Tondo, Manila on February 9, 2022. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has laid down major criteria for removing families from the list of 4Ps beneficiaries.

First is non-compliance with the conditions set by the conditional cash transfer program (CCT). 

The 4Ps Program has 4 major conditions for families. First is that pregnant women must avail pre- and post-natal care, and a professional must attend to them during childbirth. 

Second, parents or guardians must attend the family development sessions usually held once a month, with topics including responsible parenting, health, and nutrition. 

Third, infants and children aged up to 5 must receive regular health check-ups and vaccines.

Fourth, children aged 6-14 must receive deworming pills.

Children aged 3-18 must also enroll in school, and maintain an attendance of at least 85 percent of class days every month.

Failure to comply with any of the conditions might mean being delisted from the program.

The second criteria is when families achieve financial independence.

"We keep on checking on the ground sino ang dapat alisin para maka-save ang gobyerno," DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo told ANC's Headstart on Wednesday.

(We keep on checking on the ground who we should remove so government can save money.)

Some 4Ps beneficiaries are appealing to the DSWD to retain their names on the program since they are low-income earners.

Myrna Andal and Mary Ann Barba earn P2,500 per month as sweepers in Barangay Pansol.

They have been receiving aid for almost 10 years.

Those whose children have already reached 18 or graduated from school are enlisting grandchildren to still qualify for the program.

"Sana po wag alisin kasi malaking tulong po sa apo ko," said Myrna Andal.

Tulfo said he needs 3 to 4 weeks to cleanse the list.

He also warns uncooperative beneficiaries that they might be removed from the program.

The DSWD has also received reports about some beneficiaries pawning off their cash cards, Tulfo said.

"Marami na rin kaming tinatanggal yung mga pinangsusugal, pinangiinom lang," He said.

(We've also removed many beneficiaries who used their assistance to gamble or for alcoholic drinks.)

"I have to warn the loan sharks. Bawal po yan na tumanggap po kayo ng 4Ps cash card...you might end up in jail pag nahuli namin kayo."

(You can't accept 4Ps cash card...you might end up in jail if we catch you.)

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