ILOILO–The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here in the region is constantly monitoring developments on the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the agency and will ensure that every penny is spent in the implementation of each recipient’s identified project.
This was the guarantee given by DSWD-6 Regional Program Coordinator Mary Ann Masculino following the controversy involving the said program in Zarraga, where recipients of the SLP complained of receiving only half the P15,000 cash assistance promised them, with the other half going to the construction of kiosks.
Masculino clarified that while the management of the funds given them are solely left to their care and control, officials of the newly-formed Zarraga Livelihood Association (ZLA) should still look to the municipal government for assistance given that they are yet to be registered as an organization.
She added that since the association formed by vendors-beneficiaries of the said town is still new and, thus, unstable, the DSWD would also assist the ZLA to ensure that public funds will go to its intended project as proposed by the association.
In addition, the DSWD will also assist in the decision-making process of the beneficiary organizations, especially in the projects that they will venture in to improve their socio-economic skills while at the same time give additional income to their families.
She also gave the assurance that they will soon pay Zarraga a visit as the association appears to be needing technical assistance on how to protect the funds placed under their care.
“Ang Zarraga, balikan gid ‘na namon kay kinahanglan gid nila sang technical assistance pa kon paano ma-ensure nga maprotektahan ang pondo nga gin-entrust sa ila. After all, ang tinutuyo gid ‘ya naton is to help the project beneficiaries, indi nga hatagan naton sila sang dugang nga problema [We will definitely go back to Zarraga because they really need technical assistance on how to better protect the fund entrusted to them. After all, the purpose of the program is to help project beneficiaries, not to give them additional problems],” Masculino said in conclusion. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)