CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Cagayan de Oro still has an unliquidated amount of some P10.ll4 million from the social pension program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
According to DSWD-10 social pension in-charge Daisy Ramos, the amount is intended for the 5,412 residents enrolled in the social pension program of the national government.
Most of the said amount covers the third and fourth quarters of last year, but was only received by City Hall only last December 29.
In explaining the delay, Ramos said the P7.2 million was downloaded only after the city government liquidated part of the amount intended for the second quarter. Each pensioner receives P1,500 a quarter.
The rest of the unliquidated amount was for the first and second quarters totaling P3.2 million.
Ramos added that City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) representative Colleen Lopez has already committed for the local government to liquidate the full amount by February.
Ramos said that Lopez told him that CSWD has scheduled a payout for the pensioners between January 24 to 30.
In October, then CSWD officer Teddy Sabuga-a explained that his office has delayed liquidating the second quarter tranche, as they were still verifying how many pensioners have died. Sabuga-a is now the city administrator.
Ramos will be enlisting the help of the Commission on Audit (COA) to fasttrack liquidation by local governments in the future.
She added that Cagayan de Oro could only get their 2018 first quarter share once they have fully liquidated the 2017 allocation. (Mark D. Francisco/PNA)