(Metro News) Valenzuela warns residents vs fake 4Ps reps

February 16, 2011 12:05 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 16 — Valenzuela City officials warned residents against fake representatives of the government's poverty alleviation program who charge a fee for their services.

City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) officer-in-charge Dorothy Evangelista made the warning after receiving reports some parties were using the government's "Pantawid sa Pamilyang Pilipino Program" (4Ps) to solicit money from potential victims.

"There are no required fees to enlist with the government's poverty alleviation programs, this is free," she said.

She also said the program is supposed to help people in need and not to get money of any amount from them.

"These fraudulent elements would like to take advantage of the underprivileged Valenzuelano's situation and that is something we at the City Government, especially Mayor (Sherwin Gatchalian) cannot tolerate," she said.

She said one recent case involved unidentified men going to Brgy. Ugong, offering to enlist indigent residents to the 4Ps program for P400 to P500 processing fees.

Evangelista cautioned everyone not to fall prey to this seemingly easy way of availing the program and encouraged to report similar incidents to her office at 352-1000 local 271 or the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) head office in at 931-8101 to 931-8107.

As of December 2010, there were 1,232 official household beneficiaries in the city. The beneficiaries were identified to be the most underprivileged after a thorough screening by the DSWD.

4Ps beneficiaries stand to receive a regular financial aid for five years from the government under strict terms that would compel them to avail various health and educational programs in their localities.

But CSWDO program coordinator Arianne Jovena said the DSWD has identified an additional 2,097 potential beneficiaries in the city's 13 barangays through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).

They were called up at the City Hall recently for further evaluation by the CSWDO and DSWD.

Official representatives from the two agencies also went to the homes of those who were not able to come.

In addition, CSWDO program coordinator, Bernardo Bautista said that 4Ps official community leaders also went to areas where there are "saturated packets of poverty" in order to identify households not yet covered by the previous NHTS-PR.

This will provide the national government data necessary in formulating other poverty alleviation programs. (PNA)

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