MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Monday that it has installed a replication mechanism of the database where all the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT)’s beneficiaries that are encoded are automatically copied in another file.
According to DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, the mechanism aims to ensure that a copy will always remains intact in the event that the corruption of data will be repeated.
The DSWD chief explained that it is one of the corrective measures being undertaken by the department to prevent corruption of data that may create confusion on the list of CCT beneficiaries.
Soliman cited that due to corruption of data that took place for one week in June 2009 and for one day in December 2009, about 7,782 beneficiaries were allegedly reported to be missing from the list of validated and registered beneficiaries cited in the Commission on Audit (COA) 2012 Consolidated Audit Report on Official Development Assistance Programs and Projects.
In response to that allegation, Soliman said the DSWD then conducted double-checking effort to trace what really went wrong and retrieved the alleged missing beneficiaries.
“The double-checking of the list of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR), resulted to the verification that the number of beneficiaries from the Audit Report were really on the list and were not really missing as cited in some previous reports,” Soliman explained.
She added that as early as January 24, 2013, the department has sent the letter to COA explaining on the so-called “technical glitches” incident that corrupted the data of the listed beneficiaries.
“On that report we were able to show to COA that the said missing beneficiaries are actually existing and not fictitious,” she added
The DSWD chief added that the department is continuously exploring more efforts to ensure that the beneficiaries of the program are the poorest households and are being determined by the use of the Proxy Means Test.
“We are also continuously implementing corrective measures and validating procedures,” she added.
She also warned that corresponding sanctions will be faced by concerned officials or employees if verified to be negligent in allowing any unauthorized inclusion of household-beneficiaries. (MNS)