By KIMBERLIE N. QUITASOL
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — “The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is not for all poor Filipino families.”
This was the reiteration of Depatment of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) Regional Director Leonardo C. Reynoso during his presentation at the Benguet Provincial board, Tuesday, January 24. He was invited to update the Sangguiang Panlalawigan on the status of on going DSWD programs in the province.
Reynoso clarified that not all poor families are included in the 4Ps. He explained that only poor families with children ages 14 years and below and a mother who is still in the reproductive age would qualify for the said program. He added that the said families would still have to undergo a screening process.
Boardmember Juan M. Nazarro during the said regular board session raised issues on the process of selecting 4Ps beneficiaries. He pointed out that complaints reached his office that some families that could afford basic health care and education services were included as beneficiaries.
Nazarro suggested DSWD to include barangay officials in choosing beneficiaries saying that the officials would know who among the barangay residents really need assistance.
Reynoso said the DSWD has a grievance committee where complaints for delisting could be filed. # nordis.net