DAVAO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao Region (DSWD-11) has warned the public against persons posing as DSWD personnel recruiting and enlisting and for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

In a statement Wednesday, DSWD -11 urged the public to be "extra vigilant in engaging with any malicious individuals" and to refrain from giving personal information to others, which may compromise one’s security.

“There is no ongoing registration of additional 4Ps beneficiaries. Only those households assessed as poor in the Listahan database are qualified to be registered as 4Ps beneficiaries,” the agency said.

It said it has received reports that certain persons wearing DSWD red vests are allegedly asking non-4Ps members to provide their birth certificates with a promise to be included in the program.

“Likewise, these individuals are issuing school certifications to 4Ps beneficiaries to lure them into giving their cash card account numbers,” it said.

The DSWD reiterated that it had not fielded personnel to gather cash card account numbers of its beneficiaries as these are considered confidential information.

The agency said it is not within the program's policy to collect documents such as birth certificates, during the validation of potential 4Ps beneficiaries.

Those who are eligible for the 4Ps program are households whose economic condition is equal to or below the provincial poverty threshold and have children 0-18 years old and/or a pregnant woman at the time of assessment.

4Ps is a poverty reduction strategy that provides grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition, and education, particularly for children aged 0-14. (PNA)