DSWD warns vs swindlers taking advantage of 4Ps PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 February 2012 14:59

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has warned the pulbic against groups engaging in rackets using the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to exact money from innocent people.

In the course of implementing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), it is inevitable that queries, clarifications and problems will arise. From the start of the implementation of the program it has always been the talked-about and the word-of-mouth like a hit teleserye to many people particularly the non-beneficiaries.

Because of the program’s popularity a group has come up with the same acronym of 4Ps or the so- called Pahiyum Pobreng Pamilyang Pilipino purportedly offering groceries to poor households with family members 18 and above. This has created confusion to many people misleading this to be the national government’s poverty-reduction program.  Others were confused as to who is the legitimate poverty reduction program. That is why the Department of Social Welfare and Development central office has come up with a memorandum stating that the acronym 4Ps shall no longer be used in referring to DSWD-implemented program yet a more meaningful term Pantawid Pamilya will be applied as its label. 

DSWD Regional Director Teodulo Romo during a consultative dialogue with Sibugay Governor Rommel Jalosjos and Congressman Romeo Jalosjos, Jr. In Ipil last week  explained to newsmen that any organization named after 4Ps or even using the 4Ps acronym has nothing to do with the Pantawid Pamilya and has no connection to DSWD as far as project implementation is concerned. 

DSWD has been receiving alarming reports regarding this syndicate and upon validation these people have been collecting fees ranging from P40 to P50 purportedly for membership recruitment fee for the Pantawid program. 

Director Romo emphasized that collection of fees for the Pantawid program done by the Mindanao Allied Forces Incorporated (MAFI) is illegitimate.  This group, reportedly, claims to be a partner of DSWD in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. 

Romo explained that the group has never been a partner of DSWD and has not given the authority to collect any fees from the beneficiary as registration fee. He also mentioned that a legitimate non government organization (NGO) or civil society organization (CSO) becomes a partner of DSWD if and when a certain organization has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DSWD. However even if the group has signed a MOA with the department. This does not give them the authority to collect any form of fee as registration.

Pantawid Pamilya is free of charge, he emphasized

Romo emphasized that there are limitations enforced to the partners of Pantawid Pamilya as to their involvement to the program is concerned. — JLE