• Palace: Cash transfer program to continue amid anomalies

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    Malacanang on Sunday assured that the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program will continue and that all aid goes only to the intended recipients.
    Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. issued the statement after the irregularities were reported in implementing the CCT or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
    Coloma said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has put in place several safeguards, including the adoption of a biometric system.
    ”We continue to fine-tune our implementation of the law. We must understand this program benefits more than four million families,” he added.
    Coloma said that it is up to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to address issues raised by the Commission on Audit (COA).
    In its 2012 report, COA said P50.15 million was granted to 7,782 families whose names were not in the List of Validated and Registered Household Beneficiaries of the National Household Targeting Office.
    Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said the agency has accounted for the unlisted families.
    The DSWD, she said, has put in place a replication mechanism of the database where all households encoded are automatically copied in another file.
    She said officials or employees found to be negligent in allowing the unauthorized inclusion of household-beneficiaries face sanctions.

    CATHERINE VALENTE

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