ARMM resumes 4Ps payout in Lanao Sur town

COTABATO CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DWSD-ARMM) resumed over the weekend the payout of cash grants to the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in at least 20 barangays in Kapai, Lanao del Sur.

On Jan. 6, a total of 3,276 validated beneficiaries claimed their accumulated cash grants during the payout with each beneficiary receiving as much as Php30, 000, which included the additional P600 monthly rice subsidy introduced by the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

In a statement, DSWD-ARMM said that the payout was delayed because of the need to re-validate the beneficiaries as well as other relevant data in the area.

Also, electric power problems in Kapai and intermittent skirmishes, such as family feuds, had contributed to the delay and accumulation of grant amounts.

Efficient release of the remaining 2017 grants and the utilization of cash cards to distribute the money to the beneficiaries are some of the future plans identified by the department.

These plans would help in the fast and continuous flow of the payout.

The activity was conducted in Barangay Pindolonan and spearheaded by ARMM Vice-Governor and concurrent Social Welfare Secretary Haroun Alrashid Lucman Jr. and DSWD Assistant Secretary on Administrative and Finance Pombaen Karon-Kader.

The local government unit, led by Kapai Mayor Hamza Gaoraki, had organized a municipal grievance committee to address issues and concerns raised by beneficiaries during the payout. (PR)