The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or four Ps should not be used in the upcoming barangay elections campaign.
“For the DSWD we already have disseminated the information that our beneficiaries of four ps should be used by our candidates,” said Rebecca Santa Maria DSWD assistant regional director during the Kapehan sa Davao press conference at SM Annex Davao City.
She said that it is true some barangay official candidates uses four Ps to gain more votes. The beneficiaries are told that if you will not vote for a certain candidate they will no longer be a beneficiary of four Ps however she said that these candidates don’t have any access in choosing who will become a beneficiary or who will be delisted.
“They are not included in terms of selection of our beneficiaries and our delisting of our beneficiaries only DSWD can do that because we have our own criteria,” she said.
She said they are also not allowing their beneficiaries to be a campaign manager because the barangay official candidates might use the parent leader who handles a lot of four Ps beneficiaries in their campaign.
“Parent Leader handles many beneficiaries so there is a tendency that they will be used,” she said.
She said that the parent leader should not use his or her power to influence the beneficiaries’ vote by saying” we the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program should vote for this candidate” most especially during the family development session which is being conducted by the DSWD every month.