DSWD defends irregularities on implementation of 4P’s
admin • September 1, 2016 • 3671
The proposed budget of Department of Social Welfare and Development for 2017 is more than 129 billion pesos.
The proposed budget has an increase of 18 billion pesos.
One of the reasons for the budget hike is the government’s plan of implementing rice subsidy and the new target of the Duterte administration in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4P’s.
“It seems that DSWD is having difficulty to hit your targets,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Karlo Nograles said.
According to the data of DSWD, in 2015, only 88 percent were disbursed from the total allocated budget. As of July 2016, only 34 percent was disbursed by the department.
DSWD Undersecretary Mateo Montaño explains that most of their programs, the big ticket items are thus have different spending patterns.
According to DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, they are already investigating the reason why Landbank still has not liquidated the 6 billion-peso funds allocated for the 2015-conditional cash transfer program.
In the deliberation, the house also evaluates the DSWD’s system on how the agency identifies the poor families who will become the benefiries of CCT.
DSWD says it is ready to coordinate with the lawmakers to make the implementation of the CCT program more effective.
The department requests for more than 78 billion pesos for the 2017 to continue the implementation of the 4P’s.
The house sets another hearing for the DSWD budget on September 13 to address more questions from the lawmakers. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
Over 200 rescued children are still waiting to be fetched by their parents according to the Manila Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
These children are among the 365 minors rescued from the streets in the past 30 days. Only 129 have been fetched by their parents.
The Manila DSWD said the rest of the rescued children are temporarily staying at the Manila Boystown in Marikina City.
DSWD Director Maria Fugoso said not all of the rescued children are from Manila.
She said they are already coordinating with several local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila.
Fugoso reminds parents not to let their children wander off in the streets.
“Sana iyong mga magulang maalagaan iyong mga anak nila kasi hindi naman sila forever nasa Boystown (I hope the parents can care for their children because they cannot stay in Boystown forever),” she said.
Mayor Moreno plans to talk with the parents of the children rescued from the streets.
“There’s a law that punishes the parents under the concept of neglect of minors. Now we’re looking into it,” he said.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)
The Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Incorporated (PMAAI) has called out broadcaster Erwin Tulfo for his remarks against Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista.
According to PMAAI President PCol. Arthur Bisnar, they are hurt by Tulfo’s ‘degrading’ remarks against a former official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Bisnar said that even though they have accepted Tulfo’s apology, this is not a sufficient reason not to file a case against him.
“Iyong apology ni Mr. Tulfo that’s not enough kasi nga ang affected doon iyong pamilya niya to include ang lahat ng relatives niya so ang nagre-react pa lang ngayon ay ang PNP, (Mr. Tulfo’s apology is not enough because [Bautista’s family] is affected, including all relatives) I understand iyong ranger they are making a manifesto right now sa social media, they are in full support of our DSWD secretary,” he said.
Bisnar added that they will also file a complaint with the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) and the National Press Club for Tulfo’s actions.
On May 27, Tulfo reportedly called Sec. Bautista “buang” or crazy during his radio program.—(with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a measure institutionalizing the government’s strategy in reducing national poverty.
Duterte signed the Republic Act 11310 or the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Act” last April 17. A copy of the signed law was released by Malacañang on May 22.
The law aims to provide financial assistance to poor Filipino families that meet certain qualifications, to uplift marginalized sectors from poverty and to improve the quality of life for all.
Among those qualified for the program are farmers, fisherfolks, homeless families, indigenous peoples and those in the informal settler sector, and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas including those without electricity.
Under the law, qualified poor household beneficiaries will be provided with conditional cash transfers for a maximum period of seven years to improve the health, nutrition and education aspect of their lives. The National Advisory Council may recommend a longer period under exceptional circumstances.
Qualified household beneficiaries on a nationwide basis shall be selected by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) using a standardized targeting system.
Standardized Targeting System, under the law, refers to a system identifying who and where the poor households are through the generation of a socio-economic database of poor households that is adopted by national government agencies and implemented by the DSWD.
The DSWD is tasked under the law to conduct a regular revalidation of beneficiary targeting every three years.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR ELIGIBLE BENEFICIARIES
To be eligible for the cash grants, household or families must meet the following criteria:
Classified as poor and near-poor based on the Standardized Targeting System and the poverty threshold issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority at the time of selection;
Have members who are newborns up to 18 years old as well as those who are pregnant at the time of registration;
Willing to comply with the conditions specified by this Act
The following schemes shall be observed in the implementation of conditional cash transfer:
Financial aid of not lower than P300 per child enrolled in daycare and elementary programs for a maximum of ten months per year;
Financial aid of not lower than P500 per child enrolled in junior high school for a maximum of 10 months per year;
Financial aid of not lower than P700 per child enrolled in senior high school each month for a maximum of 10 months per year;
Health and nutrition grant shall not be lower than P750 per month for a maximum of 12 months per year.
The law states that all qualified beneficiaries of 4Ps shall automatically be covered in the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP).
“The necessary funding for their coverage shall be sourced from revenue generated pursuant to Republic Act No. 10351, otherwise known as the “Sin Tax Reform Act of 2012,” the law stated.
For continued program eligibility, the law obliges all qualified household-beneficiaries to comply with the following conditions: pregnant women must avail of pre-natal services, give birth in a health facility and receive post-partum care and post-natal care for her newborn; children from newborn to five years old must receive regular preventive health and nutrition services, including check-ups and vaccinations; children aged one to 14 must avail of deworming pills at least twice a year;
Children five to 18 years old must attend elementary or secondary classes at least 85 percent of their time; at least one responsible person must attend family development sessions with DSWD, at least once a month.
Failure to comply with set conditions will subject the household-beneficiary to case management process which may lead to the termination of cash grants.
Any person who will be found falsifying their data or information in the registry to avail of the conditional cash transfer program may be imprisoned for a month up to a year or be fined with not less than P10,000 but not more than P100,000.
The 4Ps started during the time of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It became the flagship anti-poverty program during the time of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino and was continued by President Duterte. (with details from Rosalie Coz)
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