Soliman refutes COA report on Pantawid

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DINKY’S DEFENSE DSWD  Secretary Corazon Soliman defends her agency against allegations of double entries or missing family beneficiaries for the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program during a press conference at the DSWD main office in Quezon City on Friday. PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

DINKY’S DEFENSE DSWD
Secretary Corazon Soliman defends her agency against allegations of double entries or missing family beneficiaries for the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program during a press conference at the DSWD main office in Quezon City on Friday. PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman on Friday said the P1.8 billion from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) allocated to her department has been liquidated, contrary to findings of the Commission on Audit (COA).

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Soliman, who called a news briefing at the Department of Social Welfare and Development headquarters, said the P1.31 billion transferred by the DSWD to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) and used for cash-for-training programs had been accounted for. That comes up to more than 90 percent, she noted.

Still unliquidated are the P400 million of DAP funds for Tesda and another P500 million transferred to the Commission on Higher Education (CHed) for student grants.

The COA had red-flagged missing database entries in the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program. But Soliman said the over 364,000 beneficiaries of the government’s CCT were all accounted for.

According to her, 256,663 of the beneficiaries were not in the National Housing Targeting System (NHTS) database because they were part of the “modified” CCT.

The modified CCT covers street families with no homes and indigenous people, she said.

Soliman added that COA was not able to account for 107,373 regular CCT beneficiaries because the commission had “limited viewing access” to the NHTS database.

In its 2013 Annual Audit Report that it released earlier this week, COA said it found double entries, data errors, delayed cash releases and liquidation issues in the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, or 4Ps, the administration’s flagship poverty-alleviation program.

“Duplicate names for 4,320 beneficiaries in the 4Ps payroll in the amount of P46.502 million for CY 2013 not only resulted in incurrence of additional costs for the double payment of grants, but also misstated the Cash and Donation accounts,” the audit body added.

It said more than P2 billion from the CCT program was either given to unqualified recipients or noted as unclaimed grants.

Last July, the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional certain provisions in the DAP, the administration’s economic stimulus program.

Soliman said the DSWD will introduce innovations to make implementation of the CCT more efficient.

The program has its own grievance redress mechanism that captures, validates, investigates and responds to complaints received.

“We have also included third-party monitoring by involving civil society organizations (CSOs) who are serving as our watchdog as part of our ‘Bantay, Gabay, Tulay and Kaagapay’ framework of partnership with this sector,” Soliman said.

Pantawid Pamilya utilizes the conditional cash transfer scheme where qualified households receive grants provided they comply with certain conditions such as attendance of children aged 3-18 years old in school; regular health check-ups for children aged 0-5 years or pregnant member of the household and attendance in monthly Family Development Sessions.

To date, the program covers 4.4 million households.

With REINA TOLENTINO AND AILEEN RESPICIO-ALEJO

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11 Comments

    • Leodegardo Pruna on

      Baka maiyak na naman si Dinky niyan. Diyes porsyento o milyon-milyon piso pa rin ang hindi nalikuidate na binigay raw sa TESDA. Nandadamay pa siya o disin kaya ay naghahanap ng makakasama. Makikita na naman ng sambayanan kung papaano ang kaban ng bayan ay pinaglalaruan katulad ng mga dice ng madyong upang lituhin and gaong bayan. Pagasa ng Bansa and pagpapala ng ating Panginoon.

  1. CARLITO C YANG on

    If there are double entries and red flags, the COA should initiate and start filing of charges in the proper courts.

  2. Soliman’s integrity is questionable. There are more questions unanswered regarding anomalies in her department. Her change of color from Arroyo’s administration to Aquino’s revealed her true identity. Selfish, self preservation and still corrupt.

  3. Roldan Guerrero on

    The husband and wife Cayetanos had been RED-FLAGGED for misappropriations of Public and PDAF Funds but just like that…nothing happened after the news died down. Now its Dinky ” the small but terrible” Soliman is also RED-FLAGGED, same NOTHING will happen because they enjoy the protection of the president.

  4. The COA discovered so many anomalies in the DSWD that it is not possible that the COA fabricated their report. Soliman could be correct in defending these anomalies if they were l, 2, or 3 only, but there are so many. Is Soliman not in good terms with Pulido-Tan? Both are rabid PNoy allies, so what gives?

  5. This reported “red flag” as reported by the Commission on Audit (COA) in the distribution of CCT benefits to our poor countrymen should be thoroughly investigated by the government as budget used in this program came from the taxpayers hard earned money.

  6. Roldan Guerrero on

    Si Dinky Soliman ay isang SALOT sa gobyernong ito na kailangang mawala para mapahinto ang sobrang pandarambong na ginagawa nya.