By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has denied allegations of double payments of beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program(4Ps).
Upon DSWD’s validation, many duplicates identified in the Commission on Audit (COA) list were found to be distinct or unique, and the households were with different family composition and monitored children.
DSWD decided that these unique households would be retained as active beneficiaries and should remain in the list of beneficiaries being monitored.
Meanwhile, those validated as duplicate entries have been tagged in the database, and will no longer be included in the active list of beneficiaries.
In a related issue, DSWD’s field office in Caraga Region explained that it has already initiated an investigation and validation regarding the discrepancies in the signatures of 4Ps payrolls in the region in October 2018.
DSWD-Caraga also clarified that all 57 beneficiaries were genuine claimants and recipients of the grants that COA questioned, as per its investigation and validation.
Certification was issued to COA on this which was duly acknowledged as early as March 2019.
Based on the action plan monitoring tool of the region dated June 20, 2019 issued by the resident COA auditors, the status of the audit observation memo was already fully implemented and complied with.
DSWD encouraged the public to report to the agency any duplicate household entries as part of its efforts to clean its database and in adherence to transparency and accountability in its program implementation.