DSWD-ARMM warns village officials from collecting "cuts" to 4Ps beneficiaries

December 17, 2012 11:43 am 

COTABATO CITY, Dec. 17 — Undersecretary Pombaen Karon-Kader of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD-ARMM) Monday warned local government officials in the region to refrain from getting “cuts” from the money given by the government to beneficiaries of 4Ps.

She also appealed to the beneficiaries to bring their issues to the DSWD and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) through the contact numbers attached to their booklets given by DSWD.

Many 4Ps beneficiaries have complained that some village officials responsible for their inclusion in the list of beneficiaries are the ones holding their ATM cards and the ones withdrawing the financial aid to beneficiaries.

“We have told the beneficiaries not to give their ATM cards to anyone, even village officials or social workers,” she said.

“We appeal to beneficiaries to make their complaints before the DSWD and DILG to make it formal and solutions can be made,” she said, adding that there is an existing mechanism where beneficiaries can air their issues and concern.

Kader said the DSWD is studying the possibility of sending the financial aid through the post office so they get checks and not cash.

“We will see if this is effective, the postal money order may be used so the check will go directly to the beneficiaries,” she said.

Amina, a 4Ps beneficiary who gave only her first name and not her full name, said when 4Ps money are release towards the end of the month, their village chair, through a courier, would collect their ATM and return it after the “cuts” had been taken from them.

”We cannot complain publicly, otherwise, our names may be delisted from the list of beneficiaries,” Amina said, adding that the 10 to 15 percent of the “cuts” go to the village chair.

”Social workers who facilitated our entry as beneficiaries could not do anything despite our complaints,” she said.

She opted to bring her problem before local radio stations here so the matter will be made public while they remained unidentified. (PNA)

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