DSWD-Central Visayas Removes Non-Compliant 4P Beneficiaries

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Central Visayas has delisted “persistently non-compliant” Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) program beneficiaries.

In July 2022, the program has already removed from the list 10 households whose monitored children are not attending school or have shown no commitment to return to school and the beneficiary has not attended the monthly session of family development (FDS).

For 2022, the program has also tracked a total of 767 households that are non-compliant with program conditions and are subject to further case management and assessments.

Based on Section 12 of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Act (4Ps), or Republic Act (RA) 11310, “if the qualified beneficiary household so notified persists in non-compliance with the terms in one year from the date of receipt of the written notification, the beneficiary household is withdrawn from the program.

“These non-compliant beneficiaries will be managed by our social worker and will take appropriate action to resolve issues regarding why they cannot comply with the conditions set by the program,” said Shalaine Marie, DSWD-Central Visayas Manager. . Lucero.

Throughout the case management process, recipients will undergo a transformative process as they will be guided by new information and ways to evaluate past ideas, beliefs and understandings through critical reflection that will lead to a change in perception.

The outcome of the case management process would then keep them on track and allow them to remain in the program after the appropriate case management intervention.

“Our 4P beneficiaries must value membership in the program and understand the conditions to be respected, particularly in terms of health and education. Their difficulty in complying can be resolved by addressing the root cause of the problem,” Lucero said.

“We have cases of 20 households that were retained in the program after one year of the assessment period and intensive case management that showed better compliance with all program conditionalities, as their children, are already attending the school and the beneficiary attend the monthly FDS,” she added.

In the meantime, the DSWD-Central Visayas has welcomed the Central Visayas (DRC) Regional Development Council’s request for remedial legislation or executive action providing penalties for individuals and entities who accept 4Ps payment cards as loan guarantee.

The request to the National Advisory Committee through the 4P Oversight Committee was made by a resolution adopted by the CDR at its second quarter plenary meeting on June 23, 2022.

“Adequate penalties are in place for certain 4Ps households who have misused their 4Ps payment cards. However, there are still no laws or policies that provide penalties for individuals or organizations that accept payment cards as loan collateral,” Lucero said.

The proposal to impose sanctions on natural and legal persons was launched during the second quarter of the meeting of the Social Development Committee (SDC) of the DRC, which was chaired by the DSWD.

RA 11310 became law in April 2019. It is the government’s main anti-poverty program that invests in the health, nutrition and education of eligible poor households. These, along with the psychosocial and educational components provided through the Family Development Session (FDS), lead to beneficiaries having improved and sustainable well-being.

Beneficiaries who have complied with the terms of the program for a given period will receive all of their grants. These conditions include sending and keeping children of school age in school; prenatal and postnatal care for mothers; regular and preventive check-ups of children aged five and under; deworming of children aged 6 to 14; and participation in the monthly FDS.

By law, households can receive 750 pesos to comply with health and FDS; children followed by the program in primary will receive P300; those in college will receive P500; and P700 for children in high school.

The scholarships benefit a maximum of three children per household and cover only 10 months per school year. (RP)

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