Concern expressed by DSWD-7 regarding 4Ps beneficiaries’ cash card pawning
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) cash card pawning incidences have been recorded, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced on Monday that it will increase its relationship with local government units (LGUs) to combat the issue.
Cash card pawning has become common in several areas of Cebu Province, according to Jiah Sayson, the 4Ps regional program coordinator for DSWD-7. She cited 59 occurrences in Daanbantayan in the north and “a few” cases in Minglanilla in the south.
“The issue is that 4Ps recipients in Daanbantayan gave someone from Bogo City their cards to pawn. Bogo has an ordinance that prohibits cash card pawning, thus the pawnee cannot take cash cards from 4Ps recipients there, Sayson said to the Philippine News Agency in an interview.
According to her, recipients from Minglanilla also pawned their cards to a resident of the city’s Barangay Mambaling.
She claimed that at the monthly family development workshops, her office has been warning recipients not to pawn their cards, warning them that doing so is a “misbehavior” that could result in disqualification or delisting from the list.
Sayson stated that the DSWD had hoped that through its collaboration with the LGUs, they might establish an ordinance resembling that of Bogo to stop the beneficiaries’ cash cards from being pawned.
Other government agencies have also been contacted by the DSWD so they can issue a memo forbidding their workers from accepting cash cards as a guarantee for debt.
“Ideally, we have been using family development workshops to inform them that they must always carry their cash cards with them since they are required to do so in order to receive their cash grants. They don’t amount to much. “However, the cash awards are a subsidy from the federal government to meet their additional needs, allowing them to buy medicines, send their kids to school, and receive their subsidy for rice,” Sayson said.
According to her, DSWD also collaborates with the Department of Labor and Employment, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, local government units (LGUs), and other government agencies to provide 4Ps beneficiaries with livelihood initiatives.
According to a release from the DSWD-7, in order to comply with program requirements, LGUs are also expected to facilitate and address the identified supply-side shortages and issues for health, nutrition, and education.
She claimed the 4Ps monitoring committee of Congress and the Regional Development Council both heard the problem.
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