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Is PH’s Conditional Cash Transfer Program a Failure?

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Published         11 Apr , 2011      9:14 am          1,215 views.

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CASH TRANSFER: Accepting applicants and processing paper works for the release of money for the poor takes the Department of Social Welfare and Development in center stage, and perhaps open itself for critics and a vast resource of fund. Do we smell irregularities brewing here?

The Social Weather Station survey from March 4 to 7, from sample respondents of 1,200, revealed that 20.5 percent of respondents or about 4.1 million families say they went hungry at least once in the past three months.

There is nothing funny or farce about the current result of the survey. In fact, critics of the administration zeroed in the failure of P-Noy Aquino’s P21.5 billion conditional cash transfer program partially based on the survey result. There is a dramatic increase in the number of hungry and poor Filipinos more than ever before.

More of the survey results here:

* 51 percent or about 10.4 million families considered themselves poor, two points up from November’s 49 percent

* 8.1 million families or 40 percent, are “food-poor,” up by four points from 36 percent in the previous survey

* in June last year, SWS showed 15% going hungry, increasing to 18% in November, and going up to 21% last month

The result made the palace tenants careening to heightened response from the flack. On Saturday, Malacanang went on a press information overdrive claiming the CCT has already benefitted 400,000 destitute families.

The consistent rise in the number of Pinoys getting hungry and becoming poorer shows that the current dispensation is failing to implement any program, may it be palliative (temporary) or not, to uplift the lives of the Filipinos.

The CCT program, known locally as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), is a cash transfer program that directly addresses the poverty problem, giving an average impoverished family an increase in annual income. It is being managed by the Department of social Welfare and Development.

Zambales congresswoman Milagros Magsaysay “chastised Aquino for his failure in his anti-corruption drive which he had been bragging as the centerpiece of his platform of government, saying the SWS survey results ran counter to his campaign.”

It must be recalled that in the May 2010 presidential elections Aquio’s rallying slogan was “Walang mahirap kung walang corrupt,” and promised a better life for the Filipinos by ridding the government of corruption.

Magsaysay added “that the consistent increase of Filipinos becoming poorer would show that Aquino not only failed in his anti-corruption campaign, but that corruption has flourished well under his watch”. “So if we go by PNoy’s slogan and analogy, then it shows mas maraming corrupt ngayon,” Magsaysay said.

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