The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has removed 187,000 families from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

The removed beneficiaries are those who graduated as “non-poor,” school-aged children who had already graduated or have reached past 18 years of age, and those who have voluntarily waived or given up their slots as beneficiaries.

DSWD spokesperson Assistant Sec. Romel Lopez said that the evaluation of the 4Ps National Program Management Office (NPMO) is still ongoing even as Social Welfare Secretary Erwin Tulfo has mandated them to expedite the cleansing of the 4Ps list.

Meanwhile, households declared as poor in the Listahanan 3 are considered as potential household-beneficiaries of the 4Ps.

Other potential household-beneficiaries include children below 18 or pregnant members at the time of the enumeration and they must be willing to comply with the conditions set by the program.

Tulfo has instructed the 4Ps NPMO to make sure that all municipal and city links will file case folders of their assigned household-beneficiaries to see their living conditions. 

Ronald Espartinez