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Lucman: 4Ps managed by Manila, not ARMM anymore

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Marawi City, Lanao del Sur
April 19, 2017

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) payout in the region is no longer managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DSWD-ARMM).

This was said by Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman, ARMM regional vice governor and concurrent DSWD-ARMM secretary during the ARMM dialogue with Lanao del Sur's social development sectors.held at the provincial capitol here Wednesday.

"Instead," Lucman said, "it was controlled by DSWD national.".

Like the PAMANA projects, releasing of 4Ps has stirred controversy in Lanao del Sur due to alleged anomaly and irregularity committed by local DSWD workers. For the PAMANA projects, either the equipment and items given to beneficiaries are reportedly in poor quality but overpriced or there was irregularity in the fund releases.

DSWD officials denied such allegations.

Dubbed as Social Development Summit, the dialogue was aimed to improve communication with the stakeholders at the grassroots level and promote greater community participation in solving social issues.

The event was said to have brought together hundreds of stakeholders in education, health, social welfare, and environment sectors.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, together with officials from the regional departments of Education, Social Welfare and Development, Health, and Environment and Natural Resources, attended the summit to address and answer the issues and concerns of each sector.

"Bumaba kami dito upang ipaabot sa inyo na transparent ang pamahalaan ng ARMM sa Hataman said.

"Buo ang tiwala ko na bago matapos ang aking termino hindi kasainlaki ng problema na hinarap ko ang haharapin ng bagong uupo sa pwesto,"Governor Hataman said.

The first Social Development Summit in the region this year was held in Basilan province last month. Similar summits will be held in three other provinces of the region, namely Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi in the coming months

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