The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte has recently approved an ordinance which will penalize Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries who pawn their 4Ps cash card IDs.
Under Ordinance No. 435-2017, pawning of 4Ps cash card IDs or any agreement with government officials and employees, private individuals/groups and local business establishments is now prohibited in the province of Agusan del Norte.
SP Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, author of ordinance said the new law is aimed at addressing the misuse of 4Ps cash card IDs, penalize 4Ps beneficiaries in the province who pawn their 4Ps cash card IDs to informal lenders or lending agencies and penalize government officials/employees, private individuals/groups and local businesses or corporations who are accepting 4Ps cash cards as loan collateral.
Under the new measure, first time violators will receive counseling from the Municipal Link and a written warning from the Provincial Link.
A second offense will entail another counseling session with the Provincial Link and a written warning from the Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Caraga Region.
In addition, the concerned household’s grant shall be suspended and shall not be released for one payment period.
A beneficiary will be delisted from the program on the third offense. By YUC