LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) -A total of 25,697 accounts of ineligible beneficiaries of conditional cash transfer under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development will be awarded to poor families in Bicol region.
Glorei Lindio, DSWD information officer for 4Ps in Bicol, said those beneficiaries were delisted because the children of some of them had finished senior high school or were already over 18 years old, the ceiling for a 4Ps beneficiary.
She added that others voluntarily waived from the program on account of their improved financial capabilities. Still others violated the conditions of the program.
4Ps is a human development program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor children aged 18 years old and below.
To become beneficiaries of 4Ps, a household must be included in the list of poor families under the Listahanan household assessment in 2015.
According to DSWD, the list includes households with pregnant women and children five years old and below who may qualify with their need for health monitoring.
Moreover, families with children three to 18 years old who are attending classes and in need of financial assistance from child care to senior high school can be 4Ps beneficiaries.
Most importantly, qualified poor families must be willing to follow the underlying conditions of the program.
Provincial breakdown of the 25,697 accounts:
Camarines Sur has the highest with 7,229 priority households; Albay, 5,555; Masbate, 5,044; Sorsogon, 5,019; Camarines Norte, 1,920; and Catanduanes, 930.
Meanwhile, the DSWD in Bicol said it was on track to conduct the third Listahanan household assessment in the region. The assessment aims to update the list of poor households in Bicol.
The DSWD records showed a total of 1,082,582 households were assessed during the second round of Listahanan in 2015 where 372,451 households were identified as poor.
For the third Listahanan, the DSWD targets 1,143,846 households in Bicol. The total number of households nationwide stood at 16.1 million.
DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia appealed to the public to participate and exercise honesty in the upcoming household assessment that entails house-to-house interviews.
He said the Listahanan does not offer, much less provide program benefits because it is only a reference to different government agencies or institutions whom to prioritize in their programs and services.
The Listahanan does not give anyone instant eligibility to any program of the department or any other government agencies, he added. (PIA-5)