Statement: The DSWD on Pantawid Pamilya’s Anti-Epal Campaign, January 28, 2013

Statement of the Department Social Welfare and Development:
On Pantawid Pamilya’s Anti-Epal Campaign

[Released on January 28, 2013]

In the past few days, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) particularly the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program commonly known as the Conditional Cash Transfer program has been subjected to negative criticisms due to the Anti-Epal Campaign.

The Anti-Epal Campaign is an information campaign that aims to insulate the Pantawid Pamilya during the election campaign period. It also aims to intensify communication efforts ensuring that beneficiaries are accurately informed of the selection and delisting processes. The DSWD developed this campaign after receiving feedback from beneficiaries that there are electoral candidates who threaten to delist them from the program if they will not give their support.

It focuses on the message that only the DSWD can delist a beneficiary if he or she is not following the conditionalities of the program.

Over the past years, the DSWD has been consistent in performing its functions within the tenets of accountability and transparency.

In 2012, the DSWD received an allocation of P39 billion for its Pantawid Pamilya program. Of this, P35 billion was allocated for the cash grants of the 3.1 million household-beneficiaries of the program. The remaining P3.9 billion is allocated for the operational costs of the program to include funding for the Social Marketing and Advocacy component of the program.