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DSWD-7 corrects wrong information about the ongoing field validation

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 corrects wrong information being circulated regarding the ongoing field validation for the implementation of the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) program.

DSWD-7 has received inquiries and confirmation from the public regarding the wrong information on the purpose of the said validation.

The said wrong information claims that households who have undergone the field validation are automatically included in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), while other speculations claim that the validation is for the implementation of a new program which is reportedly the 5Ps.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, however, clarifies such issues saying, “There is no memorandum lifting the moratorium on the expansion of 4Ps. Thus, we are not adding another beneficiaries for Pantawid yet. Moreover, we do not have 5Ps program as reported, nor we are opening such.”

The ongoing field validation is solely for the implementation of the UCT program which is intended to provide cash grant to 10 million identified poor households.

The UCT program which will be implemented for three years is intended to provide cash grant to 10 million identified poor households. Beneficiaries will receive Php 200 monthly subsidy for 2018 and Php 300 monthly subsidy for the years 2019 and 2020 to help them in their daily living in the midst of the increasing prices of goods and services as a result of the recently implemented TRAIN Law.

The 10 million poor households that will benefit the UCT program include the current 4.4 million identified Pantawid beneficiaries, 3 million indigent social pensioners and 2.6 potential beneficiaries who are non-Pantawid and Social Pensioners but are in the DSWD Listahanan. From the 2.6 million potential beneficiaries, region 7 has a share of 317,624 targeted poor households who are still subject for validation which the DSWD-7 Listahanan field validation staff is currently working on. ###

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