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Effective ba? Legarda wants performance check of DSWD’s livelihood aid program

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The Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) should undergo “performance audit” to check whether the program has really helped the poor families in terms of the success or progress of their livelihood ventures.

Sen. Loren Legarda made the call as the SLP was meant to complement the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the government’s flagship social welfare program.

The SLP aims to enhance the capabilities of poor Filipino households and individuals by strengthening their skills, competencies, abilities, and resources in accessing income-generating opportunities.

Legarda said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) should request the Commission on Audit (CoA) to conduct an audit of SLP, similar to its management audit of the 4Ps, and to seek recommendation on how it could be further improved.

Legarda, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, said that the DSWD should ensure the full utilization of the P5.06-billion budget of the SLP for this year.

“Compared to other DSWD programs, the SLP registered a low utilization rate at 78% in 2017 due to the lack of accreditation and selection process required by our laws,” she said.

“Having a low utilization rate only means that there are funds unspent for the intended beneficiaries of the program, which, in this case, are the poorest of our poor families,” she added.