BACOLOD CITY, March 7 (PNA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reiterated its appeal to electoral candidates in Negros Occidental not to use the conditional cash transfer program in their propaganda stints out of delicadeza.
Electoral candidates are reminded to spare DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) from “epalitics” after several campaign paraphernalia of local candidates running for city councilor were deliberately distributed while the program’s beneficiaries queued to get their cash grants Thursday.
Epalitics is a coined term referring to the way politicians take credit of certain public works or programs as their own despite these are not theirs.
DSWD provincial link Belen Gebusion said that taking advantage of the activities of 4Ps to advance their personal interests is unethical for the candidates, including those incumbent chief executives seeking for re-election.
“We don’t allow politicians to campaign here,” said Gebusion as she told the beneficiaries to take note of the name of politicians concerned for they will come up with a report.
The official clarified that they did not seize the campaign materials circulating in the venue of their activities.
Instead, they will document how the beneficiaries got it and impose appropriate actions if the politicians concerned refuse to listen to their pleas, she said.
To intensify the campaign, Gebusion said they will bring “anti-epal” banners to discourage politicians from campaigning during their activities.
The “anti-epal” banners will also remind the beneficiaries that only DSWD Central Office and Regional Office have the authority to delist them in the program not the politicians. (PNA)