DSWD may delist 4Ps beneficiaries caught gambling

BENEFICIARIES of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) who were apprehended due to illegal gambling allegedly using the financial aid given to them will possibly be removed from the 4Ps list.

According to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Central Visayas Assistant Regional Director Shalaine Marie Lucero, the financial aid from the national government should not be used in gambling activities but to buy one’s basic needs, especially during this time of crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Three women from Barangay Maricaban in Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island were arrested Monday, April 20, 2020 after they were caught playing the illegal card game “tong-its.”

The suspects, Nancy Quibuyen, 36; Edna Ilustrisimo, 42; and Eva Rayco, 30, were identified as recipients of the national government’s financial assistance for the indigent.

Police Master Sgt. Rico Renoquio, investigator of the Sta. Fe Police Station told Superbalita Cebu, that the three were arrested based on a tip from a concerned citizen. Police recovered P30 used as bet.

Lucero, however, clarified that the violators will go through due process. Their side will be heard and the incident evaluated before they are removed from the list of beneficiaries, she added.

Based on 4Ps rules, the beneficiaries will go through the Grievance Redress System (GRS) to resolve the issue.

Violators who undergo GRS include those who pawned their cash cards, are engaged in illegal gambling using the financial assistance and parents who failed to support their children.

“If they continue to commit the violation and are found guilty, they will be delisted from our Pantawid Program,” Lucero said.

She added that since SAP is a new program, the concerned local government unit (LGU) can make a decision on the violators since the LGUs are the ones who made the list of beneficiaries. (HBL / MMC / GPL)