The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced on Friday that requirements needed by Marawi City households to qualify as beneficiaries under the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) will be suspended until December 2018.
DSWD-OIC Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco said at the Bangon Marawi briefing: “We have suspended the conditionalities that will allow them to receive even if they are not attending schools or not going to health clinics, or not even attending the family development sessions.”
Leyco added that they already have some 12,000 households who are members of the 4Ps and therefore, they would like to make sure that the funds are delivered to the beneficiaries.
The conditions or requirements were initially suspended until March, 2018 but the DSWD recommended it to be extended and it has been approved until December 2018.
For the families who will not qualify as 4Ps beneficiaries, they will be offered livelihood projects, said Leyco.
The DSWD is also implementing other programs in Marawi City, including supplementary feeding and social pension.
“We’d like to assure the people of Marawi that DSWD, along with other government agencies, will stand ready to address their needs… In particular, DSWD will focus on the bringing back, recovery and re-establishing the human infrastructure that was very much affected during the conflict in Marawi City,” Leyco said.
Meanwhile, rehabilitation of the war-torn city is still ongoing. A huge part of the city was destroyed during the five-month battle between the government troops and the Maute-ISIS terrorist groups that ended on October 23, five months after it broke out.