DSWD is now on-guard to the Pantawid Pamilya Program’s vulnerability  to be used again for political intent as the  Barangay and Sangguninang Kabataan Elections is coming near.

Thus, said Director Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo in  response to the allegations that the Pantawid Pamilya Program was used to draw in more registrees/voters with the notions that this will make them  stay  in the Program or for them not to be delisted.

These unjust  political strategies threatening beneficiaries to gain their favor  are but evident  only in few isolated areas in the Region, Director Castillo explained.

The Family Development Sessions are maximized avenue to  discuss these immediate concerns through DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilya staff and civil society organizations (CSOs). Partner non-government organizations such as RECITE had conducted simultaneous and continuous advocacy on the do’s and dont’s and their rights as Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries-voters  previously.

Also, Dir. Castillo  encourages the beneficiaries to know their rights and increase knowledge on the mechanics of the Program so that they will not be manipulated or threatened.

DSWD will  again launch the “Bawal ang Epal Dito” campaign  which will further insulate Pantawid Pamilya and its beneficiaries from being used by politicians and groups for political advancement, Director Castillo mentioned.

For the same concerns, the beneficiaries and concerned individuals could send a text to Pantawid Pamilya hotline 0918-912-2813 or visit nearest City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers. (by: Iryn D. Cubangbang, Information Officer II and Allan O. Lulu, Pantawid Information Officer)