DSWD clarifies P1.2B unclaimed cash grants under 4Ps

Published August 24, 2018, 8:07 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has clarified the recent publication of the Commission on Audit (COA) findings on some P1.2 billion unclaimed cash grants under its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

(DSWD/ MANILA BULLETIN)
(DSWD/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Based on the findings recently published by COA, there are a total of 1,889,994 unclaimed cash grants accounts amounting to P1.206 billion under the Department’s 4Ps.

However, in a statement released by the DSWD, it said that there were only 124,845 accounts with unwithdrawn balances totaling to P1,077,758,539.51 as of December 2017 based on the report of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

The DSWD explained that the unwithdrawn balances grew as 95.5% of the accounts have balances less than P100 which cannot be withdrawn by beneficiaries.

Social Welfare Secretary Virginia Orogo added that an account will only be considered as “inactive” or “non-moving” if no withdrawals had been made for more than 180 days.

“Given this parameter, only 83,196 accounts with the amount of P708,751,052.51 are considered as non-moving accounts. The said number represents only 3.11% of the total 2.67 million beneficiaries included in the audit findings of the COA,” Orogo explained.

The DSWD chief also slammed critics saying that holders of the accounts were not in dire need of assistance and do not really belong to the poorest of the poor, adding that they are giving an unfair assumption.

Orogo also pointed to some factors why some accounts of beneficiaries are unmoving such as the delay in the processing of change of grantee request of beneficiaries, delay in the transfer from old accounts to new accounts, as well as unreported damaged, lost, or captured cash cards of beneficiaries.

She also explained that replacement of lost or damaged case cards of LBP takes about three months to one year, resulting the account to become “unmoving.”

Other factors Orogo included were beneficiaries who transferred residences without informing their municipal or city links fail to claim their cash cards at the LBP; and cash cards whose grantees already work abroad or are already deceased can no longer be claimed, thus accumulating the cash grants.

“For instance, the issuance of new cards is done by LBP and has a timeline for the release of the card. Not to mention the validation of the identity of the client with the Pantawid Pamilya Project Management Office (NPMO). Such may take time to accomplish affecting the withdrawal of cash grants,” she clarified.

As of August 7, the NPMO also reported that 19,519 accounts amounting to P176,902,948.03 were already withdrawn, while 12,841 accounts are for closure since the members were either delisted, exited, waived, and or transferred to new accounts.

Some 5,236 accounts are still awaiting replacement of LBP cash cards in the amount of P43,091,520.21 while 1,629 accounts with the amount of P21,049,238.06 have issues on withdrawal such as lost, damaged, or brought by family members who do not know the pin number.

Currently, the NPMO is still awaiting submission of validation results of 43,903 accounts in the amount of P379,131,435.30.

 
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