Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program – Anti-Poverty Program

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 7 removed 814 families from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program last year.

Aileen Lariba, DSWD 7 information officer, said some of these families were removed because they failed to comply with the conditions of the program.

But Lariba said most of these families were removed because they were no longer qualified to receive cash assistance form the government.

Lariba said a family is no longer qualified once its monthly income exceeds P10,000.

A family is also removed from the program once a family member becomes a government worker and once all the children are above 14 years old.

The DSWD-7 identifies beneficiaries who are no longer qualified by doing an “eligibility check routine” using a computer system.

Through its grievance redness system, the agency received 1,741 complaints last year.

Some of the complaints, said Lariba, involved workers and officials in local government units who take advantage of the program.

Lariba warned that the DSWD will file a case against any official who will use the program for their personal interests.

The program, which is the National Government’s flagship program on poverty alleviation, serves 200,565 families in Central Visayas. Of these families, 93,316 are from Cebu province and Cebu City.

Beneficiaries who commit misbehavior such as using their cash cards as loan collaterals will suffer the following sanctions: verbal warning for first offense, suspension of grants for three months for second offense, and termination from the program for third offense.

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