The Freeman

DSWD gives 4Ps beneficiar­ies freedom to choose candidates

- — Mitchelle L. Palaubsano­n/ GMR

The Department of Social Welfare and Developmen­t has reminded the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) partnerben­eficiaries to be vigilant and be active citizens as they vote in today’s elections.

“Our program partner-beneficiar­ies are free to decide, choose, and express their beliefs and rights on issues concerning their lives. They are encouraged to exercise their right to vote and protect its sanctity as the future of their family and the nation depends on this,” said DSWD7 assistant regional director for operations Shalaine Marie Lucero in a statement.

Lucero said that 4Ps beneficiar­ies are empowered individual­s and are aware of their rights as citizens, and they are free to choose someone whom they believe exemplifie­s their principles.

DSWD implemente­d its election-related campaign, which aims to promote and strengthen active citizenshi­p through the 4Ps monthly family developmen­t session (FDS), with the active citizenshi­p module highlighti­ng the "Magbantay, Makialam,

Makilahok sa Halalan" campaign.

The 4Ps partnerben­eficiaries representi­ng various sectors echoed their voices on why they should be vigilant this election, their ideal leader, and their message to the soon-to-be-elected public officials.

Chzristine Ordoña from Carcar City, Cebu said that as a solo parent, she would want a leader that will improve the program that will benefit every solo parent and for the protection of their children.

Anecita Gumatay, a farmer from Ubay, Bohol, said she will pray for whoever wins and that they will be guided in managing the country, especially in giving attention to the agricultur­e sector.

Remily Daniel from the town of Siquijor said that as a citizen, it is important that we should be vigilant so that there will be no dishonesty, as it is the right of every voter that there will be a fair election.

Rostom Gedorio Bornea, a member of the indigenous peoples (IP) from Mabinay, Negros Oriental, underscore­d that the chosen leader should get the consensus of the people in making decisions and the government should be participat­ory.

Lucero also appealed to everyone to refrain from spreading false informatio­n that they can, for instance, remove or de-list from the 4Ps or from any other DSWD programs and services if one would not vote for them.

She added that only DSWD can recommend additional beneficiar­ies to the program based on the Listahanan database, and a 4Ps household can only be removed from the program if it does not comply with the program conditions or does not have children eligible for monitoring.

4Ps is a national government program that invests in the human capital of poor households. It was implemente­d through DSWD and was institutio­nalized in 2019 by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 11310.

It has become the national poverty reduction strategy of the government that provides cash grants to improve the health, nutrition, and education aspects of their lives. The households are given cash grants in exchange for their compliance with the program's conditions.

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