MANILA, May 23 (PNA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Wednesday clarified that it did not authorize the distribution of registration forms to recruit beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) during the election season.
DSWD issued the clarification after it has received reports that it ordered the distribution of registration papers for Pantawid Pamilya showing the logos of the Liberal Party and the DSWD’s National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).
In a statement, the DSWD emphasized that it did not conduct any community assembly to recruit new beneficiaries for the program anywhere else in the country during the election campaign period and that no cash payouts were even held after March 29, 2013.
Social Welfare Secretary Corazon J. Soliman said the identification of qualified beneficiaries for 4Ps is generated solely through the NHTS-PR and payouts are only done through the schedules and modes approved by the DSWD.
The NHTS-PR is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are nationwide.
It is done through a survey that estimates the incomes of households based on several verifiable variables such as household composition, education of household members, housing conditions, and access to basic services.
Soliman appealed to the public to provide information on incidents that used the 4Ps during the election period for investigation.
She warned that those found to have used the program to further their political interests will be held accountable.
The DSWD protected the integrity of 4Ps and its other anti-poverty programs during the election period through its “Bawal ang Epal Dito” campaign.
The DSWD launched the Bawal ang Epal Dito campaign before the start of the election campaign for the May 13 polls with the aim to protect the beneficiaries and families of 4Ps from baseless threats of removal from the program if they will not support a particular candidate during the elections. (DSWD-PR/Lily O Ramos/Media Ng Bayan)