Maguindanao (March 1, 2018) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD-ARMM) conducted the 4th round of LGU Assembly on Social Welfare Protection, focusing on the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), for the province of Maguindanao. The assembly was held on Wednesday, February 28, at 6ID, Camp Siongco, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat.
Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia, ARMM Executive Secretary and concurrent regional DSWD chief, spearheaded the event where she discussed the objectives of convening all local government unit (LGU) officials and other stakeholders involved in the implementation of 4Ps.
During the event, the “no fraud” policy implemented by the department; the importance of 4Ps; and the do’s and don’ts were emphasized by Sec. Alamia. The LGU officials and other stakeholders lauded the secretary on her firm stand in imposing the rules and regulations of the department to lessen, if not totally eradicate, irregularities in 4Ps’ implementation.
It was made clear officials who would be caught involved in fraudulent activities, during and after the payouts to the beneficiaries, would be ousted from their respective posts and could even face criminal charges with the assistance of law enforcement authorities.
To reinforce this, the agency has already started coordinating with Smart Telecommunications Co. to setup the Infocast Messaging System. The system, once operational, will enable 4Ps beneficiaries and others to send their concerns to DSWD-ARMM regarding 4Ps.
The department is also coordinating with other agencies such as the National Bureau of Investigation, the Commission on Elections, the Philippine National Police, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in counterchecking and evaluating the list of 4Ps members.
Sec. Alamia likewise discussed the different variations of corruption in 4Ps implementation. Other than LGU officials, those at the Department of Education (DepEd) and Integrated Public Health Office could also be part of corruption, she said. With this, the significant role of the Department of Health and DepEd in checking and monitoring ghost beneficiaries has been underscored by the secretary.
“Naisip namin ang LGU assembly to talk to you… to appeal to you. This serves as a warning. Magtulungan po tayo na ayusin ang problema na ito,” Sec. Alamia added. Aside from the different law enforcement agencies mentioned, DSWD-ARMM has also coordinated with the Darul Ifta, or the local Islamic consultative body, to provide religious guidance.
Sec. Alamia said that helping the needy in the community is not just a responsibility as public servants but also as Muslims. The assembly is in accordance with Mindanao Martial Law Instruction Order No. 01 to monitor and check LGUs to ensure projects and programs of the government are properly implemented and delivered.
SOURCE: (Bureau of Public Information)
March 01, 2018 @ 15:11