The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Saturday assured that they are currently closely coordinating with Autonomous Regions of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) leaders for appropriate actions to be taken to ensure the safety of its three staff abducted while validating families of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Sulu.
In a statement, DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman said they are currently discussing with Gov. Mujiv Hataman, Sulu Vice Governor Abdusakur Tan and Talipao Mayor Sitti Raya Tulawie for possible steps to be taken.
“We are saddened by the abduction yesterday of our three staff who were validating families of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries and coordinating for the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) Program in Barangay Upper Sinumaan, Talipao, Sulu in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM),” Soliman said.
The staffs were abducted at around 2 p.m. while on their way to validate family-beneficiaries to be added to the list of 4Ps beneficiaries under the Listahanan (Listahan ng Mahihirap na Pamilya) formerly known as National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) and to monitor the PAMANA project in the said community.
“We are praying earnestly in this holy month of Ramadan for compassion. Our colleagues from DSWD-ARMM are only doing their duty to help the poor people of Talipao — their brothers and sisters in Islam,” Soliman added.
She also called for the families and loved ones of the staff who were abducted to continue praying for their safe release.
“Rest assured that the Department is ready to support and provide them the necessary assistance,” she added. PNA