700,000 families to receive benefits

A LAWMAKER said that around 700,000 families that were reinstated in the Pantawid ng Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) will receive their benefits before Christmas.

House Committee on Poverty Alleviation and One Patriotic Coalition of Marginalized Individuals Chairman Rep. Michael Romero (1-Pacman party-list) said in a radio interview the committee has coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and has called on LandBank and other conduits of the 4Ps program to prioritize releasing their funds.

700,000 families to receive benefits

Chairman Rep. Michael Romero

“LandBank said it would take them only three days to deposit the funds into the ATM accounts of the 4Ps beneficiaries,” Romero said.

He added that the delisted families have not yet crossed the line of indigent status and must remain in the 4Ps program.

“This legislative oversight effort is a Christmas gift we intend to give our kababayan. We hope the DSWD makes it even more perfect by expediting distribution,” Romero said.

While 3.2 million Filipinos have been receiving cash grants, said Romero, around 700,000 delisted families had been denied the same benefits after being evaluated by the DSWD as being “nonpoor,” among other reasons.

The DSWD earlier said in a hearing of the committee that it will not only reinstate the 700,000 that were delisted from the 4Ps roll, but will also get paid retroactively since the period that they were removed.

The Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid, a national organization of 4Ps parent leaders and beneficiaries, lauded the efforts of Romero and the rest of the committee members in responding to the concerns of the poor.

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