DSWD distributes 200,000 cards for NFA rice allocation


Jenny F. Manongdo

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) distributed 200,000 Family Access Cards (FACs) yesterday to poor families, allowing them to purchase government-subsidized NFA rice at P18.25 per kilo at designated stores of the National Food Authority.

The program covers families living below the poverty threshold or those who earn an aggregate of P5,000 per month. It is implemented in the 16 cities and one municipality of Metro Manila.

According to DSWD Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral, they have received a masterlist of 1,013 barangays over the original target of only 911 barangays. Some 700,030 beneficiary-families are targeted to receive the cards.

“The Family Access Cards contain Beneficiary for Government Assistance (BIGAS) bar codes to ensure that these will go to the intended recipients,” Cabral said.

DSWD officials earlier discovered an irregularity in the listing process when some of the names entered in the list of beneficiaries were found to be dead or have moved out of their barangay.

A barangay official in Quezon City was even found to have produced fake access cards which were sold for a certain amount.

The DWSD came up with the BIGAS serial numbers imprinted on top of the FACs to eliminate fraud.

The DSWD-NCR continues its random validation to verify the accuracy of the information generated by the local government units through the use of the General Intake Sheet (GIS), which also contains BIGAS bar codes.

“The National Food Authority can now start pulling out the subsidized rice from commercial outlets and markets in the identified areas whenever they want to and start selling these at Tindahan Natin outlets, Bigasan sa Parokya and rolling stores to holders of FACs,” Cabral said.

Marikina City earlier implemented the use of the FACs in prioritizing public access to the P18.25 per kilo NFA rice.

“The Department is going the extra mile to help the poor and the disadvantaged through its other social welfare and development programs and services,” Cabral said.(MB)

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My Take:

I am hoping that these cards will not be used as a mode of counting the 2010 votes in advance, for whoever.

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