Gov?t deploys homegrown biometrics to identify CCT beneficiaries

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[/caption] The biometrics system is an innovation being introduced by the DSWD and the local government of Leyte to validate beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya in the municipality. The biometrics system was developed by three scholars of the Income Creating Opportunities Thru Technology Project (ICOTP-ICT) of the provincial government of Leyte and Department of Education. DSWN secretary Dinky Soliman said the system will hasten transactions during over-the-counter release of cash grants which usually takes one day to pay out an average of 800 beneficiaries. With the biometrics in place, it takes only 30 minutes to serve 212 beneficiaries to receive their cash grants. Leyte governor Jericho Petilla said that ?with the new system, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries will now use their fingerprints as identification to receive their cash grants and no longer need to show their identification cards.? Some 1,205 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from the Municipality of Matag-ob were the first to use the new system in receiving their cash grants. A total of P1.5M cash grants was released to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries during the launching of the system on September 7. ]]>

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