ILIGAN CITY—The Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has allayed voters’ fears that their choice of particular candidates will affect the selection of beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer from the government.
The MSSD provided clarification amid misconceptions circulating in several communities in the region that beneficiaries or future beneficiaries should support particular political camps to ensure their enrollment in the program.
In a statement, the MSSD said “elected government officials and local candidates have no control over their inclusion and exclusion from the program.”
“Only the central office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has any authority to recommend beneficiaries to be included in the 4Ps based on the results of the LISTAHANAN programme, a national system of targeting households for the reduction of poverty,” said the MSSD.
4Ps is the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program, the official name of the government’s conditional cash transfer program.
The MSSD implements the 4Ps in the BARMM for the DSWD.
“Beneficiaries can only be withdrawn from the program if they are unable to meet the program’s conditionalities or if they no longer have a monitored child attending school,” explained the MSSD.
The agency said it “does not condone the misuse and misrepresentation of the 4Ps or any of its welfare programs in the politicization of applicants.”
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