ALARMING and disgusting are reports that “double-listed” beneficiaries remain in the system of the national government’s controversial Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
In fact, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported that losses to “duplicate” beneficiaries of the program amounted to P169.33 million over the last six years, ending in 2016.
In its recent performance audit report, the COA bared that for the last nine years, “double-listed” households collected staggering P326.262 million, drawing the ire of many quarters.
Due to the existence of “duplicate” or “double-listed” beneficiaries, about 25,000 deserving households were deprived of the financial assistance in various parts of this impoverished country.
“Talagang nakalulungkot ito dahil alam naman nating lahat na ayaw na ayaw ni Pangulong Rodrigo R. Duterte ang mga katarantaduhan at kagaguhan sa gobyerno,” said a well-meaning 4Ps beneficiary.
The COA report said the worst fund leaks happened in 2008-10, when P156.931 was paid to “duplicates”. In 2009, “duplicates” collected P96.234 million, the single biggest loss for a single year.
MIMAROPA or Region 4-B topped the list of regions with the biggest number of “double-listed” beneficiaries (3,125). This was followed by Region 9 (2,706), Region 10 (2,604) and ARMM (2,250).
A project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the program is, without doubt, a big help to the country’s poor families not only in the metropolis but elsewhere.
It enables children of poor people, many of them farmers, fishers and ordinary wage earners, to finish basic education in this country, which is still teeming with out-of-school youngsters.
The government deserves the support of the Filipino people as it exerts its best efforts to unmask “duplicate” or “double-listed” beneficiaries of the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.