BORONGAN, April 23, 2018–Thousands of 4ps beneficiaries in region 8 who were not able to receive their their cash grants for some months now because they have no cash cards will soon get their financial assistance.
This was the assurance made by Ms. Paola Unay, regional coordinator of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program of the DSWD.
According to Unay, because of problems with their depository bank, Landbank and their conduit financing agencies and the difficult situation faced by about 100,000 beneficiaries without cash cards that resulted in the discontinuation of over the counter payments, DSWD met with officials of Landbank to come up with a solution.
The two agencies agreed that LBP will initiate offsite pay distribution of the grant money while the cash cards are not yet available. Pay out will be on done on the first week of May.
Affected beneficiaries from the provinces of Biliran, Southern Leyte, Samar, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar will get the cash grant for the last 10 months plus a P2,400 unconditional cash transfer.
The problem with the suspension of over the counter payments started after Landbanks failure in the bidding for a supplier of the cash cards, and the failure of conduit financial agencies to comply with the requirements.
Meanwhile, Unay denied allegations that most 4Ps beneficiaries have become solely dependent on the grant money and that the program only encourages laziness and idleness because most of them are just waiting for the money from the government.
Unay said that the grant amount is small for the beneficiaries to be totally dependent on it. She said that most beneficiaries engage in livelihood activities.
But she said that even if the grant is minimal, it has a big impact on the families, especially on the education of children.
The money is used to defray transportation expenses of the children who go to school, buy school supplies and even food.
Unay added that the government will continue to help the poor, as they work hard to get out of poverty. (Eden Cidro/Este News)