By Mohammad Tajallih Basman
Jolo, Sulu– The Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD-ARMM) has started a drive that would put an end to anomalies committed in the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) at the local level.
On Tuesday, DSWD-ARMM conducted the first round of its Local Government Unit (LGU) Assembly on Social Welfare Protection for the province of Sulu. The assembly discussed the various types of irregularities in the implementation of the 4Ps, and the do’s and don’ts in carrying out the program.
The event gathered local government officials in Sulu, as well as other groups, including beneficiaries of the 4Ps, parent leaders, and officials of partner agencies such as the Integrated Public Health Office (IPHO) and the Department of Education (DepEd).
Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM Executive Secretary and concurrent DSWD-ARMM Secretary, said that 4Ps stakeholders, especially officials who will be caught committing anomalous acts, will be immediately removed from their respective posts and could even face criminal charges. The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), she said, will be helping in the campaign.
Alamia said a similar activity will also be conducted in the other provinces of the ARMM to improve 4Ps’ implementation and strengthen the drive against irregularities in government programs and projects.
“We have high hopes that this campaign will be successful so that we can achieve the progress and development that we aspire in ARMM,” she said.
The LGU assembly is one of the ARMM government’s response to Martial Law Instruction Order No. 01 that seeks to promote good governance. The participation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other agencies such as IPHO and DepEd is critical in checking and securing the successful delivery of basic services to 4Ps’ beneficiaries.