Why some beneficiaries should be removed from the 4P list – Manila Bulletin
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Erwin Tulfo has resolved to remove ‘unqualified’ and ‘ineligible’ beneficiaries from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) program to provide better service to Filipinos who really need cash grants.
Tulfo asked the National Program Management Office Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps-NPMO) to clean up its list of program beneficiaries by identifying 4P families with children who have completed their education, as they are already considered ineligible to become beneficiaries of the program. program.
Based on existing 4P guidelines, those who have graduated or left the program and have been assessed as self-sufficient are removed from the list of active members and therefore should no longer receive cash grants.
Tulfo also ordered the 4Ps-NPMO to verify recipient behavior and compliance with program terms.
To be considered a self-sufficient household, the beneficiary family must have sufficient income at the time of graduation; can meet their daily needs; and has achieved the first two levels of social worker development indicators, which are survival and subsistence.
The other radiation factors are as follows:
- The last child followed in the household is 19 years old;
- The last child followed in the household completes secondary education;
- The household reaches the seven-year duration of the program;
- The household voluntarily renounces its membership in the program
- The household commits offenses
However, graduates will be monitored by their respective local government units and for the possible provision of other appropriate assistance to enable them to maintain or further improve their economic status.
Regular update of the 4P list
Following the current implementation of the program, DSWD stated that the list of beneficiaries is regularly updated in the beneficiary data and management system to reflect active beneficiaries who are eligible to receive cash grants, subject to the monitoring and evaluation of their compliance with the conditions laid down by the Republic. law 11310 or law 4Ps.
The DSWD pointed out that the delisting of unqualified and ineligible beneficiaries is done through a grievance system with mechanisms ranging from national, regional to municipal levels nationwide to ensure that only eligible beneficiaries and qualified will receive government grants.
The 4P is an investment in human capital that aims to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by emphasizing the education and health of beneficiaries.
According to the Official Gazette, the 4P has two types of cash grants that are given to beneficiary households:
- health allowance – P500 per household each month, or P6,000 per year
- scholarship – P300 per child each month for 10 months, or P3,000 each year (a household can enroll a maximum of three children in the programme)
For a household with three children, a household can receive 1,400 pesos each month, or 15,000 pesos each year for five years, from the two types of cash grants given to them.
These cash grants are distributed to beneficiary households through the Land Bank of the Philippines or, if this is not possible, through other payment systems such as Globe G-Cash remittances and rural banking transactions.
Assessment of non-poor Filipinos
Meanwhile, DSWD said changes in the list of beneficiaries will be implemented as Listahanan 3, also known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, is set to be implemented. conclude its final phase.
Currently, more than one million beneficiaries have been assessed as non-poor, which will be processed for their immediate exit from the program, DSWD said.
However, when conducting the Listahanan 3, some 4Ps recipients were not assessed due to non-updated residency, while others did not agree to be interviewed.
Some beneficiaries are also required to undergo a proxy means test (PMT) to determine whether or not they are poor.
The PMT is used to estimate the level of well-being of households based on their income indicators, such as materials in the housing structure, household access to basic services and facilities such as water and electricity. electricity, and ownership of specific assets, among others.
DSWD assured the public that systems and policies are in place to ensure smooth program implementation, including the 4Ps Kilos-Unlad Social Case Management Strategy which is seen as a key beneficiary intervention to improve their well-being before they leave the program. .
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