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Sulu islanders want out of 4Ps program


ZAMBOANGA CITY: Residents and town officials of the island of Pata in the southern province of Sulu assailed the Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) for its alleged failure to properly release the money to the beneficiaries of the government’s conditional cash transfer program called 4Ps or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. 4Ps beneficiaries and municipal officials led by Vice Mayor Anton Burahan wanted out of the program, citing the “unjust treatment and inconsiderate verification process” that hindered the release of the financial assistance as far back as 2018. Burahan also sought a meeting with Gov. Sakur Tan. Over a dozen village chiefs, including the president of the Association of Barangay Captains, Barle Sahid and eight municipal councilors, joined the protest. Sahid said aside from the birth certificates of 4Ps beneficiaries as proof of their identity, the MSSD was demanding more documents. He said beneficiaries had passed the biometric validation, including the certification of the local Commission on Elections on the true identities of the 4Ps beneficiaries.


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