306 Zambo City 4Ps recipients pawned cash cards: DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 9 (DSWD-9) said at least 306 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries in this city have pawned their cash cards to loan sharks.

“The data we had earlier is that 500 reported cases, but it is not yet validated,” Yuri Choi, DSWD-9 focal person for 4Ps, said Wednesday.

Choi said the 10 barangays with a high number of pawned cash cards are: Labuan, 53; Recodo, 46; Cacao, 39; Salaan, 25; Sibulao, 22; Ayala, 19; Patalon, 19; Sangali 19; Culianan, 18; and Zambowood, 16.

He said the DSWD Regional Advisory Committee has already developed a mechanism to address the issue, which was already forwarded to the agency’s central office for approval.

4Ps beneficiaries found pawning their cash cards would be slapped with fines, he said, adding that violators will also be placed under counseling for the first offense, under deep and stringent counseling for the second offense, and will be delisted from the program for the third offense.

Choi said some of the beneficiaries who pawned their cash cards are heavily indebted. 

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