4Ps delisting probe sought

A lawmaker on Wednesday filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the delisting of 1.3 million beneficiaries from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

House Assistant Minority Leader and Gabriela Partylist Representative Arlene Brosas on Wednesday said that they want a probe on the move by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Under House Resolution 200, Brosas said that “it is incredulous to accept the claim that more families have crossed the poverty line and are considered as non-poor, especially with the nonstop price hikes, depressed wages, and massive joblessness.”

“This ‘instawid’ or instant tawid scheme is highly questionable and must be investigated,” she added.

The lady solon also alleged that the DSWD has not clarified what will be done to the P15 billion to be generated as savings due to the delisting.

Brosas also urged House Speaker Martin Romualdez to support the resolution and order the holding of inquiry on the ongoing delisting of 4Ps beneficiaries.

DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo earlier explained that the beneficiaries were only removed from the list as their quality of life has already improved and are no longer considered poor.

Tulfo said they considered each beneficiary as no longer poor if their family members can sustain their livelihood without the assistance of 4Ps.

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