The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 delisted some 2,243 households last year from the flagship Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program due to eligibility problems.

Bai Zorohayda Taha, DSWD-12 Regional Director, said Tuesday they removed the concerned households from the master list of beneficiaries as part of the continuing clean-up of the program’s database.

She said some of the beneficiaries waived their membership due to eligibility issues while others were discovered by implementers as no longer qualified for the program, which is also known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.

“We found out that some households no longer have family members who are qualified to avail of the assistance,” Taha said.

The official said they also delisted the names that were found to have double entries in their database.

DSWD-12 initially removed some 2,200 households from the CCT beneficiary list in the first three quarters of 2017.

Some 43 households were added to the list a result of their assessment from October to Deceember.

Taha said the number of CCT beneficiaries served by DSWD-12 now stands at a total of 233,288 households.

The program is being implemented by the agency in 1,287 barangays in Region 12’s four provinces and five cities, and in Marawi City in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Region 12 comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and North Cotabato as well as the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Cotabato, Kidapawan and Tacurong.

Dennis Domingo II, DSWD-12 regional information officer, said the delisted beneficiaries were no longer receiving any assistance from the program.

He assured that the agency will continue with the assessment of their database and the status of the beneficiaries to ensure that the program will only cover the eligible “poorest of the poor” households.

“The directive we got from the central office this year is to continue the clean-up of our database as well as to strengthen the services to our clients,” he said.

CCT is a poverty reduction and social development strategy of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to “poorest of the poor” households to improve their health, nutrition and education.

It provides beneficiaries cash grants of P500 a month for health and nutrition expenses and P300 a month per child for educational expenses, as well as P600 in monthly rice subsidy.

The program requires children aged 3 to 18 years-old to stay in school and maintain class attendance of at least 85 percent each month.

Parents are mandated to take “family development sessions” to enable them to become better parents.

Pregnant women are also required to avail of pre and post-natal care, and with delivery assisted by skilled health personnel.(PNA)