QUEZON, Palawan — Beneficiaries of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in this town are lamenting the nearly half a year delay of the distribution of their cash grants, claiming the dispensation process appears to be failing despite repeated promises during Family Development Sessions (FDS).
“Matagal na po kaming naghihintay, halos anim na buwan na pero wala kaming natatanggap. Hindi nga namin alam kung kasali pa kami sa 4Ps. Baka malaman na lang namin na wala na pala kaming matatanggap,” they claimed.
The 4Ps beneficiaries also said they want to also find out if the cash grant for the education of their children in elementary has increased from P500 to P700 and for high school from P700 to P1,000 like what they were told by the others who have already received their social assistances.
In an interview Wednesday with Palawan News, Quezon municipal 4Ps link team leader Ruby Ann Flojemon clarified that this is not true.
“Hindi po totoo ang balita na tumaas ang sa elementarya at high school. Magkakaroon pa lang ng pagdaragdag sa mga benepisyong matatanggap sa pang-edukasyon at pangkalusugan. Ngunit sa ngayon, dahil inaayos pa ito sa regional office, tayo ay naghihintay pa lang ng mandato upang ito ay agaran na nating ma-implementa,” Flojemon said.
The delay on the release of their cash grants, she explained, is because the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is still completing documents and the validation of the names of the beneficiaries.
She said the validation process was done on February 11-14 for the first batch of beneficiaries who are expected to submit their requirements and their personal data for the application for their automated teller machine (ATM) cards.
Flojemon said that on February 25, they will start the ATM enrollment of those who are included in the first batch. Some of the beneficiaries, she added, still have PITA Kard accounts in the First Consolidated Bank (FCB).
She appealed to the beneficiaries in Quezon municipality to be patient as they are doing their best to speed up the process.