PRE-SONA 2012 REPORT PART 5

CCT goal of easing poverty still way off

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MANILA, Philippines — Cristina Dades of Pasay City is a beneficiary of the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program.

On her fourth year, Dades, a parent leader of Barangay 178, took out a P10,000 loan from the livelihood program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to put up her own “sari-sari” or variety store while she continues to receive a P1, 100 monthly allowance provided under the agency’s CCT scheme or Pantawid Pamilyang  Pilipino  Program (4Ps).

She is one of three million CCT beneficiaries that President Benigno Aquino III targeted for the government’s anti-poverty program in his 2011 state of the nation address.

But while Dades managed to make something of her life, the same could not be said for other recipients.

Delisted beneficiaries

DSWD records presented during a joint oversight committee hearing in the Senate last Thursday, July 12, showed that as of June 27, 2012, a total of 29, 946 were removed from the list of beneficiaries.

Of the number, 14,166 were delisted because they were not eligible; 6,614 were included on an error; 2,619 have no children with age 0-14, a prerequisite to avail of the monthly allowance; 2,353 have moved to a non-program area; 2,114 have waived the benefit; 1,912 committed fraudulent acts; and 168 were no longer “poor” as defined by the DSWD.

But Dades, 40, and Gladys Bascal, also a beneficiary, told INQUIRER.net in separate interviews that an undetermined number were removed from the CCT program because of gambling.

Playing “tong-its” (a card game) or bingo were more important to a lot of the poor that they would rather give up the financial assistance that the government was offering them.

Dades noted how some of her neighbors would rather give up their allowance than gambling.

“One neighbor requested a waiver that gave the DSWD the authority to delist him as a beneficiary,” Dades said in Filipino.

Bascal, who benefitted from the program for three years starting in 2008, said a fellow recipient was using the money he got for gambling and illegal drugs.

“He was gambling and he was no longer attending the required meetings,” said Bascal, who was delisted from the program in 2011 after the DSWD assessed that her family no longer needed the government’s  financial aid. Her husband now works abroad and they have their own store.

Bascal said that in some cases, some beneficiaries, who were in dire need of money, pawned their government-issued ATM cards that would enable them to withdraw the money deposited by the DSWD at the Land Bank of the Philippines.

“A lot of them are stubborn. They have pawned their ATMs even before they could receive their cash grants, which they would use to pay off the loans they advanced,” she said.

‘Usual violation’

These stories by Dades and Bascal were confirmed by Joy Acuna, DSWD’s “link” to the beneficiaries in Pasay City.

“The usual violation is gambling,” Acuna said.

But Acuna said that a household beneficiary caught gambling or using the cash grants for other purposes would not be automatically removed from the program unless he or she ignored a third warning by authorities.

“We follow a process. For example, if we have a report, we warn the person concerned. We talk to them. They are delisted after they fail to heed our third warning,” she said in Filipino.

Acuna herself has received a report of an attempt by a household beneficiary to pawn the cash card but said this was immediately stopped by a parent leader assigned to the area.

Target: 3M

Of the two million families registered currently with the program, 1.6 million are receiving conditional cash transfers or an average of more than 100,000 families a month, President Benigno Aquino III said in his 2011 speech before Congress.

“What do we do with them? First, we identified the poorest of the poor, and invested in them, because people are our greatest resource,” Aquino said.

“I am counting on the support of the Filipino people and Congress to expand our Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Before the end of 2012, we want to invest in the future of three million poor families,” the  President said.

DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman said even before the end of 2012, the CCT program has served  3,014,586 households, or a little short of  the  3,106,979 target for the whole year.

“We have reached 3 million plus families being served by Pantawid, providing education and health grants,’ Soliman told INQUIRER.net.

Mindanao has the highest number of beneficiaries totaling 1,294,946 followed by Luzon with 1,030,078 and Visayas with 689,562 beneficiaries, she told the Senate during the oversight committee hearing.

From 321, 380 in 2008,  Soliman said  the number of beneficiaries rose to 594,356  in 2009; 1,000,138 in 2010; 2, 289, 257 in 2011; and 3, 014, 586 in 2012.

By 2016 or before President Aquino ends his term, she said, the government hoped to cover 4.2 million to 4.6 million beneficiaries.

Program director Rodora Babaran said that from 2008 to 2012, the government spent a total of $1.8 billion.

For the first five months of 2012, Soliman said, the total cash grant released so far was P9.04 billion – P4.63 for health and P4.42 billion for education.

The total allocation for this year was P39.45 billion.

The DSWD chief said they would ask Congress to raise the department’s budget for the CCT program to P44.26 billion in 2013 to be able to serve the 3, 809,769 target household beneficiaries for that year.

Identifying ‘poorest of the poor”

Babaran said the beneficiaries were identified through what they called the “National Household  Targeting System.”

“We have a formula to determine whether the household is poor or not. Those listed as poor in every village are subject to validation by the community and by a local verification committee headed by the mayor,’ she explained.

Those considered poor, the Babaran said, were those whose estimated income were below the  poverty thresholds determined by the National Statistical Coordination Board.

“For example, we have cleaned up the list, we will be conducting an eligibility check. This means we will see if somebody is pregnant in the household, if there are children between 0 and 14 years old, no income and no one is a government employee,” she said.

The beneficiaries are entitled to a monthly stipend of  P500 for health  and P300 for education of each child ages 0-14. Only three children of each family, however, may be enrolled in the program.

Soliman said the cash grants were given to beneficiaries every after two months either through ATM, Globe’s remittance service called “G-Remit,’ and through the Philippine Post Office.

Around 1.2   million families receive the cash grants through ATM; 10,000 families through Philpost, while others receive the money through  G-remit, she said.

Soliman said they have not received complaints so far but admitted that there were delays or cancelled payments mostly because the beneficiaries live far and Globe, for example, would back out because of the distance or for security reasons.

Beneficiaries who could not withdraw from their ATMs could be due to errors in their data. But the money, Soliman said, remained intact in the bank.

Soliman assured the recipients that the DSWD “never holds the money”.

“The money is always with Land Bank. And from Land Bank, it goes to ATM, to Globe…It never goes thru any of our offices and yet , we are held accountable for it. COA [Commission on Audit] audits us against that,” she said.

Spot checks

To ensure that the cash grants are being used for health and nutrition, and education of the families,  the DSWD has set certain conditions like pre and post natal check-up for those who are pregnant; regular growth monitoring, monthly check up, and  vaccination for children aged zero to five, and the so called “de-worming”  for  those six to 14.

“Children who are in day care, elementary or high school should be present 85 percent of the time per month in their schools,” said Babaran.

Parents, she said, were also required to attend regular family development sessions every month.

The DSWD also holds regular “spot” checks and several rounds of impact evaluation on the program to ensure compliance, said Babaran.

“The spot checks are to ensure that our protocols, procedures, and policies are being followed while our impact evaluation is to determine the effects of the program on the beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries for comparison,” said Babaran.

In in its report to the Senate, the DWSD cited its study from November 2011 to December 2011, which showed that the program “has increased the annual incomes of beneficiary households by 18.4 percent and significantly reduced poverty incidence and income gap in the areas covered by the program.”

“Income gap increased by 4.2 percentage points to 27.1 percent from 31.3 percent prior to the implementation of the program. Income inequality in program areas was reduced by 8.0 percent,” the study said.

Goal: ‘Self-reliance’

But Soliman said that each beneficiary family could only receive the cash grants for five years.

Because after the period, she said, the beneficiaries were expected to be “self-reliant” already.

“What do we mean by self-reliant? They have a sustainable source of income, and second, they have a stable shelter and community life, and obviously their children are going to school and eating well,” Soliman said.

By Dec. 31, 2013, she said 286,000 families were expected to have graduated from the program.

But government’s assistance to the beneficiaries, she said, would not stop even after they have left the program.

Soliman said they would either assist the beneficiaries to engage in “community-driven enterprise development by giving them a P10,000 loan, payable in two years without interest, or they would be given “guaranteed employment” depending on their skills.

“We lend P10,000 per family. And that’s non-collateral. No interest. Payable in two years,’ the DSWD chief said.

As early as the third year in the program, Babaran said, the beneficiaries were introduced to “sustainable livelihood, opportunity, and community-driven development approaches.”

In the case of Dades, she was on her fourth year in the program when she availed the P10,000 loan in  2011, which  she used to put up a “sari-sari” store. She said the loan was payable in one year and paid P330 a week. But she admitted that she could not pay her obligations in time.

“It’s a big help, especially for my kids’ allowances. Somehow, I am starting to save for the future of my children in the event that we graduate from Pantawid,” she said. Two of her five children are enrolled in the CCT program.

Guaranteed employment, Soliman said, was usually done in partnership with other government agencies.

Soliman said they connected a member of the family to a government program like the “Trabahong Lansangan”of the Department of Public Works and Highways, the re-planting of coconut  of the Department of Agriculture, repair or rice terraces in Banawe, among others.

In 2011, she said, around 60,000 to 62,000 household beneficiaries were given livelihood.

To further boost the agency’s livelihood program, Soliman said,   the DSWD would ask Congress to raise the agency’s budget from P88 million this year to  around P1.2 billion in 2013, on top of its P44.26 billion proposed budget for the  CCT program.

Soliman clarified that the Pantawid Program was a “bridge” program toward poverty alleviation and “not a total poverty alleviation measure.”

“A lot of people are saying that it makes the poor dependent on this,
that they would no longer work. I told them, ‘why don’t you try living onP1,400 a month, which you will only get every two months, try living on that and you will die,'” she said.

“That’s why when they say,’the poor become dependent, they don’t work,’ I tell them that the family won’t survive. I would like to tell those who make those comments that they never went through poverty because P1,400 won’t get you too far,” she said.

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  • kismaytami

    That’s why CCT needs to be abolished. Here in our city, these street sweepers who are obviously recipients of CCT are plain walking advertisement of LGU officials for the coming elections. Kulang na lang pati mata may nakasulat na pangalan ni mayor.

  • patriotic_act

    see how a lot of this so called “poor” are using the help not to make themselves “self-reliant” but more of a “liability” of this country.

    poor people repeats the cycle of mistakes their parents did, if a poor kid from a poor “big family” decides to work for “himself” than for his parents (who is responsible for them being too many) and finish school then he freed himself from the mistakes of his parents and will no longer repeat the cycle of poverty to his next generation of bloodline.

    but if that poor kid work for his parents and try to support their huge kin there will be a huge percentage that he too will soon repeat his parent’s mistakes by having a family of his own even without source of income and pop children of his own too without assurance of ever supporting them and their education.. thus he repeats the cycle of mistakes his very parents did.. and he will again pass that mistakes to his children.. again and again.

    Its either sacrifice or pure luck..

  • ApoLapullapu

    The monitoring process must be rigid and the undeserving must be purged from the list of Beneficiaries. When I talked with GMA about the program in 2009, I was convinced that it will really bridge the family from poverty to a middle class standard of living if implemented properly.  I appreciate Jinky for appearing to have made the program work properly. Good programs even if started by the previous administration must be continued.

  • UrHONOR

    TULAD din yan ng SSI program sa US….SUHOL para dehins manggulo sa lipunan.  Samnatalanag merong iilan ang tunay na nabibiyayaan ng programang ito, karamihan ay mga abusado na maghahanap pa ng paraan papaano nila magagatasan ng lubusan ang sistema.  Matagal ng ginagawa ito ng kahit na sino sa mundo.  Kapag binigay mo ang daliri, hahatakin ang buong kamay hanggang balikat pa kung maaari. Human frailty.  Ang kaisipang, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” ay kasama sa Communists’ manifesto ni Karl Marx.  Ag sistema ng CCT ay halos ganun na din.   Kinukuha ang pera kay Royorro para ibigay kay Nebigno.

  • JJF724

    Good thing that they manage to identified the fraud recipients.  I support CCT, definitely will help the needy and the  economy!  But must double the effort to continually check the recipients!

    • Malik62

       A fraud president eventually will benefit the fraud recipients. BS Aquino x3 won the 2010 elections through PCOS magic.

  • Renato_SUPOT_Pacifico

    asan na yung mga Bishops na kumokontra sa family planning ?

    mauna kayong magpakain ng mga nagugutom sa lansangan ! 

    • Magsasaka

      nandoon sila sa malapalasyong bahay naghahanap ng mahihirap na kabataan na maari nilang pagasamantalahan

  • Magsasaka

    Magkano kaya ang CUT ni dengoy soliman sa CCT hehehe

  • usapan2

    Probably after the presidency of Noynoy, Dinky Soliman would go to jail.

    • UPnnGrd

      ..  hah???   even if deLima becomes Chief Justice?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QHGUJ3OJZAOIMBYYWTABNV2EEM Ai

    How about the P4.5B administrative budget? Would DSWD care to publish how this money was spent?

  • tra6Gpeche

    Sa ano mang magandang programa ng gobyerno para sa sobrang mahihirap na Pilipino, merong gagawa ng kalokohan. Saan mang bansa ay ganito din ang nangyayari. Kailangan lang ay totohanang parusahan ang hindi gagawa ng wasto o tama. Iwasan ang lagayan at panatilihing malinis ang mga namamahala ng tinatawag na Cash Transfer Program. This government program will give hope to those who truly want to get out of poverty. The program should be supervised by an incorrupt, apolitical and honest Filipino. I trust that Ms Dinky Soliman is that Filipino.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    But government’s assistance to the beneficiaries, she said, would not stop even after they have left the program.

    Para tuloy-tuloy ang kickback ni Dinky kahit di na kailangan ng tao ng tulong.
    Diyan, mga kaibigan, napupunta ang buwis na pinaghirapan ninyo.

  • Fulpol

    fraud recipients…

    delisted recipients..

    … the problem really is the recipient…

    sa palagay ko mas mabuti kung gawin na laang scholarship grant yang CCT.. 

    1. kung dalawa ang anak, pwedeng isa ang maging scholar..
    2. kung mahigit sa dalawa, pwedeng dalawa ang maging scholar..
    3. mag-start ang scholarship sa kinder at magtatapos hanggang college (sa current hanggang 14 years old lang)
    4. may monthly stipend o allowance na 1,500 isa… transpo, food at medicine.. free school supplies at tuition..

    sa ganitong paraan, mas madali ang monitoring.. at yung mga magulang, hindi hirap pag-aralin ang mga anak.. kaya kayod kalabaw ang iba kasi sa edukasyon ng anak… ang problema laang, magiging tamad ang mga magulang at mabubuhay na laang sa mga stipend ng anak.. kawawa naman yung bata…

    pero yung stipend, may control naman kung saan talaga ito napunta.. makikita sa daily attendance ng bata kung pumapasok.. yung medical record niya.. yung performance niya sa school…

    hay… okey sa akin ang CCT, pero dapat mas pagtuunan ang nararapat at hindi yung nasasayang laang… kawawa naman yung mga taxpayers, na nagtratrabaho para laang sa pansugal o pambayad utang nga mga CCT recipients… disguise communism (extortion) mix socialism ang kalalabasan…

    hahahaha
    hahaha
    hahahaha

    … the Devil’s Advocate

  • Fulpol

    ang tanong ko laang,

    hindi ba counter-productive o magiging curse laang in the end ang CCT if this will run for long years? 

    just wondering…

    ….
    ….
    …..

    • marionics

      i think you have a valid question pero i think nobody is taking you seriously e. inaantay nila a punchline ika nga he he.

      • Fulpol

        somebody out there is serious… even a jester can unintentionally provide a solution…

        in favor ako sa CCT, no doubt…

        hahaha
        haaha
        hahaha

        .. the Devil’s Advocate

  • tantra101

    Dole out culture patronized….

  • novaliches

    hindi perfect system ang CCT pero obvious na marami ang natutulungan.  sana tulungan din ang mga magulang na makapag-aral ng skill para makapagtrabaho.

  • Phenoy

    Why give them cash only? Don’t they have some sort of training or skills program that would enable them to work in the country or abroad? This is a continuation of the way people vote: no cash no vote. This ‘hand-out’ culture must stop. If there are handouts, they should be linked to a successful completion of an education/training program that gives them new skills. Thats the only way they can really come out of poverty.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WD734H73H4WD755MHPMPA77AVU Anthony

    while giving money to those in need is virtuous because there is care and concern for the welfare of the poor. it also promotes mendicancy and tolerates complacence. those with the tendency to abuse may see it as the right of the underprivileged without ever bothering to think that they have a chance to get over poverty. 

    of course, life is not served on a silver platter and the reality of it all is, life is a constant struggle. if the government continues to only “give out money”, where is the struggle? where will the under privileged know that they need not be dependent only on the government but they need to depend in themselves to look to overcome adversity? what they need are chances and opportunities. and to get better chances they need education. it is possible that the government could instead look to using the CCT funds to at least send the children (1 or 2) of the underprivileged,thru highschool or technical schools, and look to make them productive citizens in the future. this way the money  is spent on developing the future and not only band-aiding the present. 

  • lostRunes

    “Playing “tong-its” (a card game) or bingo were more important to a lot
    of the poor that they would rather give up the financial assistance that
    the government was offering them. ”

    This is a stooopidd program by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Soliman continued by President Noynoying “Hey I’m so proud of this program!” Aquino. 1) source of corruption 2) it can and WILL be used by the Liberal Party and LGUs as an indirect way to buy votes. Walang pinagkaiba ito sa  Philhealth cards na pinamigay ni GLoria! 3) No way to account where the money was spent 4) you are basically rewarding the lazy part of populace who just want to make babies while the government/BIR harrasses  hard working folk and squeezes out tax money from us!

    KALOKOHAN TO! Dinky Soliman, you should go to jail for even conceptualizing this program!!

  • opinyonlangpo

    I am glad to know that the government knows that the recipients are bunch of gamblers, drunks, lazy and irresponsible parents. Some even have their own lands but so lazy to do farming. But still the government goes on with this discriminatory program, which can be used to influence the election. Dinky Soliman should implement more strict screening probably to include the disabled and the elderly and not just these strong bodied inutiles.

    • Malik62

       Well what’s new? The president himself BS Aquino x3 is a drunk, lazy and a crazed sex maniac!

  • DonQuixoteDeRizal

    I wish the government should focus on one problem one solution at a time. I think ‘fix-all’ CCT can’t solve all the factors of poverty in one go.

    In my view, education is the most important objective of CCT. DSWD and DepEd should concentrate on this issue. We must develop a strong and educated workforce.

    Mother and child care is another issue that DOH can practically run on its additional budget(Taken from CCT funds). Take this out from the objective of CCT.

    Hunger is another issue that everybody can contribute like charity organizations (religious or otherwise), Red Cross and Red Crescent. Take this out too. okey, DSWD can provide food stamps.

  • The Amateur Ear .

    These people will remain poor and lazy, despite the P1,400 dole-out. The money should instead be invested in a family-planning program to prevent them  from making more people like them. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JEMNLLYAP5EA7SM3A6QUOGV62Q Chris

      Para mas effective.. bigyan din ng porsyento ang simbahan para manahimik.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3EYXDE2GQIMQLOK4D35RDE4SA4 Philip Machika

    noon ko pa sinasabi na hindi mag succeed itong programa na ito sa pangkalahatan. meron ng kahalintulad nito noong mga nagdaang administrasyon pero wala ring nangyari…nagiging source lang ito ng corruption…dapat ay ayusin at palawakin pa ng husto yong mga livelihood programs at ayusin ang mga infrastructures sa mga lugar na kung saan halos hindi naabotan ng tulong ng gobyerno. ayusin yong agribizniz natin dahil ito ang isa sa malaking dapat pag tuunan ng pansin para maibsan ang gutom sa kanayunan…hindi yong mamimigay lang ng tig 1000 o pautang ng pang sari sari…

  • eltee mulawin

    ….We lend P10,000 per family. And that’s non-collateral. No interest. Payable in two years,’ the DSWD chief said. lend P10,000 per family. And that’s non-collateral. No interest. Payable in two years,’ the DSWD chief said.
    …. In the case of Dades, she was on her fourth year in the program when she availed the P10,000 loan in  2011, which  she used to put up a “sari-sari” store. She said the loan was payable in one year and paid P330 a week. But she admitted that she could not pay her obligations in time.

    >>> If C. Dades paying Php330 a week for 1 year, meaning Php 15,840 the total amount she should pay for that Php10,000 ???? and  DSWD chief said NO INTEREST !!!

    • Malik62

       Dinky Soliman is a corrupt hypocrite!  I’m just wondering why no lifestyle check was ever made on her?

    • niceguy60

      Watch Eat Bulaga. They do also give money to lucky poor people. But there’s a lot of commercial product to their giveaways. Si Bossing at ABS- CBN sumisikat kapalit ng giving. Giving should not have attached string in return. It should be unconditional.

  • aofosersd

    “What do we do with them? First, we identified the poorest of the poor, and invested in them, because people are our greatest resource,” Aquino said.
    “I am counting on the support of the Filipino people and Congress to expand our Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Before the end of 2012, we want to invest in the future of three million poor families,” the  President said.————-Our President’s statement above lacks “follow-through” programs for the poor! The program should also include partnership with Dep-Ed for scholarships of the kids and “financial literacy” programs (for the parents) with coaching/mentoring that will empower and teach them “how to fish”. If our government is serious on getting major results on poverty reduction, they must invest heavily on these area. This will prevent the CCT from being another “ningas-cogon” program. The program must be re-evaluated every year-end and must be open to changes/revisions.

    • ejmalaya

      Tama ka dyan aofosersd may hanganan nga lamang,  una sa sona at matatapos sa ningas-cogon.

  • http://twitter.com/Perdition2012 Rey Gan

    An undetermined number were removed from the CCT program for gambling.  No wonder so many Filipinos are dirt poor because they depend on luck.  It’s just funny how some people choose to be miserable no matter how the government or the NGOs extend a helping hand.

    • marionics

      if you have no education and no opportunities then luck is ALL you can depend on

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JEMNLLYAP5EA7SM3A6QUOGV62Q Chris

        Because your LAZY!

    • Malik62

       The hand that the government of BS Aquino x3 extended is not the proper hand.  Several WB studies have shown that the biggest poverty alleviator are infrastructure projects.  Istead BS Aquino x3 halted these projects and resulted to dole-out patronage system. How dumb!

  • Beguine

    Just think of the current cost of living and the inflationary
    pressures on the peso. How can this social welfare scheme
    succeed when the funds are very very low and will only make
    the intended beneficiaries only sink deeper into debt and poverty?

    No wonder they gamble and drink to try and forget their
    miserable lives even for just a moment! 

    • marionics

      ako din di naniniweala sa dole outs

      • niceguy60

        Think of it as investment. Look at the macro effect not the micro. Most people will work given the opportunity.

  • Pedro Mateo

    In the end this program had no impact to the poor people in the countryside. As I see it in the past two election, it’s just a political program to hold the people to the administration. If you are a beneficiary, you are beholden to the Mayor, Congressman and to the Governor. . It is our culture and attitude that who ever give to us a favor then we will also reciprocate that favor. 

    • Malik62

       Tradpols like BS Aquino x3 feeds on this kind of system of patronage.  Much more BS who is not only a Tradpol but also an haciendero oligarch.

  • billy gunner

    CCT is a program initiated by arroyo whom aquino brands as the devil though ironically aquino himself would follow the devils ways by adopting the same program for political ends! pwe, ipokritong presidente!

    • niceguy60

      Actually this Arroyo idea is pretty darn good. I have seen it done in many industrialized advance country. People are resources they invest on. Letting them stay poor doesn’t make sense. It make really good sense for PNoy admin to adopt this program. But I agree politicians should not take credit for it. Our poor folks have been suffering for a long time. About time to give back in a more meaningful ways. Our citizens deserve better. Politics set aside on this one.

  • $14141131

    CCT – stupid people consider this to ease poverty. Jobs and jobs alone is the best way to ease poverty. If Nhoynhoy and Soliman are not out for jobbery, they would have long stopped this CCT.Channel the P45 Billion to more economic restoring program like energy generation, modernization of fishing industry and mechanical and technological support to agriculture and improve the railway system. Solve the brownouts to encourage livelihood. It is a stark stupidity and boneheadedness to consider CCT as a solution to poverty. Jobs and jobs alone is the solution. Focus on the economy, diffident Pwesident! Don’t waste taxpayers’ money on doleouts! Shame on you!

    • Malik62

       Obviously this CCT program of BS Aquino x3 perpetuated the culture of patronage and indolence. Please save your “shame on you” because BS has no shame at all.

    • niceguy60

      The program is good. But it should not be tied to presidents. Presidents and political parties should not be beneficiaries of the program. No politicians should claim points on this. It should be meant to alleviate the poor so that they don’t get too far behind the social ladder. It should function like an economic equalizer. We don’t like to see people in extreme poverty. We need to increase the middle class. What’s the use of having 1 percent super rich and 95 percent poor? The more money in circulation the more business and hence job will be created. Plus all those suggestions you have should be the job of the government.

  • Fulpol

    CCT, you can’t ease poverty…

    but psychologically, you can ease depression…

    hahha
    haaah
    hhahaha

    … the Devil’s Advocate

    … God created only 4 apples.. He gave one to Eve, one to Isaac
    Newton, one to Steve Jobs and the fourth one to A-fulpol…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAU43R25CAHGNYPHE6HLAM3V6Y Benjamin

      isa kang tunay na sugo ni satanas….lahat ng kasamaan alam mo…

      • Fulpol

        yumayaman ang mga Intsik at mga nagpapautang dahil sa CCT…

        di kaya sila ang sugo ni Satanas?

        hahaha
        hhah
        hahaha

        … the Devil’s Advocate

        … God created only 4 apples.. He gave one to Eve, one to Isaac
        Newton, one to Steve Jobs and the fourth one to A-fulpol…

    • fulpol_is_an_ass

      hahahahaha
      hahahaha
      hahaha

    • niceguy60

      You actually make more sense. Keep it up.

  • athenapallas

    Ilagay na lang ang pera sa nationwide public elementary school feeding programs. yung mahihirap na estudyante libre at yung middle-class na estudyante magbayad ng 75%. Makakapag-create pa ito ng maraming trabaho dahil it will need cooks and people who will work in the kitchen – employing a lot of women/housewives as cooks and dishwashers and helpers.

     It will also create more work for the farming/agricultural industry dahil ang local farmers ang magsu-supply ng kanilang fresh produce sa mga iskwelahan, in other words more jobs can be created and at the same time malnutrition will be reduced among Filipino children. And very likely, street children will also come to school because  they know they can be fed there and will no longer  stay in the streets. It’s a win-win solution. Let’s think of our children first as thay are the ones who will build our nation in the future.

  • Nic Legaspi

    I would really like to see the government pour all this money into building a strong public school program that will keep our children off the streets and allow them to remain well-fed while attending school. I still believe the best way to make it in life is to finish schooling and get a decent job. But first, the government must make people realize the value of getting a good education. This administration must prioritize education so that people will feel compelled to send their kids voluntarily to school. This would also address the job-skills mismatch which has long been a problem in our country.

  • spearheads

    Reading the news the only conclusion that I can get is that PNoycchio’s CCT was able to successfully achieved the proliferation of “tong-its”, jueteng, and all kinds of gambling that poor people patronize. Indeed, the gambling lords are having a field day of collecting this CCT allowances from the people. Way to go, “matuwid na hintuturo.”

  • dcjordan15

    Waiting for the third warning to delist a benefiary after being caught gambling or using his cash grants inappropriately is nothing but BS! Before these families become beneficiaries, they do know the consequences of their inappropriate actions. So it is just right that the FIRST time they CHOOSE to go against any rule stipulated in the grant, they should be DELISTED OUTRIGHT!

  • httemplo

    It is time to create a separate department doing nothing else but CCT. A DSWD implementing CCT is like the dog wagging the tail CCT! CCT is now bigger than DSWD. Let DSWD perform its functions pre-CCT.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BV6DWTSUHKJGFANJJ5P3WPPTQM Paul

    never, ever will it ease poverty. it only makes it worse. it is program, training, and hardwork will do the work.

    nato-tong-its, nagsasabong. nag-iinom, yan ang ginagawa ng mga beneficiaries ng 4Ps.

    • niceguy60

      It will help plus all what you have suggested.

  • ROVEN DINO

    a nation of mendicants… this is what the CCT will produce. Aminin natin o hindi, maraming Pilipino ang tamad….Bakit kumikita ang Jeteng, PCSO, Ung Palabas ni Willi Revillame sa singko? Dahil ang mga Pinoy gusto yumaman pero ayaw gumalaw….Mahilig umasa sa iba, Sinisisi ang ibang yumayaman pero ayaw naman kumilos para kumita….tuwing hapon- inuman, bisyo kaliwa at kanan…. hopeless!!!!!!

    • trebla2012

      You just need to be hopeful for our country. Because no matter what, you cannot simply resign from the Filipino race.

  • fuctore

    Magkano na kaya ang kinita at NAKURAKOT ng Ultimate HUNYANGO ng Bayan na si Dinky Soliman mula sa CCT? Bilyong bilyong pera galing sa kaban ng bayan, pero walang audit audit. Lahat nasa discretion lang ng DSWD kung papano sya lulustayin. GALEEEENG!!

  • Matashari

    A lot of people seem to be so judgemental. I just hope you don’t get to taste what real poverty is. Admittedly, there are those who abuse the program. But I’ve seen firsthand, examples of parent-farmers now sending their children to school, instead of making them do farmwork. Wala na tayong magagawa para sa talagang parasitiko at tamad, pero kung ilalahat natin ang naghihirap, malaking pagkakamiali kung hindi natin mabigyan ng tulong ang gustong maka-ahon.

  • trebla2012

    Our town is less than 2 years in the 4Ps. But its impact has been very positive. Thirty percent of our over 80 per cent population who are subsistence farmers and fisher folks have been enrolled under the program. So the complaints persist that a lot more deserving were left out. But credit the program for infusing half a million pesos monthly to the economy of this small town. Unlike other projects, 4Ps funds go direct to 1,400 families, walang PATONG, to use the favorite word (in the negative) of then GMA administration. In turn, the beneficiaries are able to buy milk and vitamins for their children and rice for the rest of the family. Items that their average P100 daily income cannot afford to buy. They have to show proofs of purchase to 4Ps focal persons. On the supply side, sari-sari stores that were struggling hard to survive before, due to the community’s extreme poverty situation, are now able to collect long-time debts, as sales have become dramatically better because of 4Ps. Even tricyles and jeepneys are better as recipients need to travel to the Municipyo to claim their 4Ps allowance and Health Center for their children’s monthly check up. Four Ps families are now better organized to continue the process of behavior change and community transformation. Through this mechanism, 4Ps continuously instill sense of responsibility, discipline and values to once indifferent and hopeless parents. Parents have become more conscious of their children’s attendance in school, regular health check-ups and health practices, and community participation o sama-samang pagkilos. Yes, we need better classrooms, we need better farm-to-market roads, more community enterprises. But we can pursue sustainable growth and development with our  4Ps as direct catalyst to turnaround apathy and hopelessness and stimulate transformation of our communities.

  • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

    I like what Inquirer is doing, giving us an update on what had transpired since the last SONA. Now that’s true journalism. Kudos. =)

  • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

    All this charitable work from the government’s part don’t stand a chance in a capitalist environment. We have to turn socialist in order to save our country economically. And turning socialist has a bonus: the preservation of our environment. Sustainable development will thrive better through Socialism.

  • carlcid

    The CCT was never a serious poverty-alleviating program. It was always intended to be a vote-buying political patronage scheme, as envisioned by Dinky Soliman and her boss at that time, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Soliman was able to peddle this idea to her new patrons in the Liberal party who, behaving just the way politicians are expected to, loved and embraced the concept. Politics as usual!

    • niceguy60

      Correct. Actually it should automatically trigger if certain lower threshold of income is breached in order to be considered poverty alleviation. No condition should be attached to it. We need to pull up our less fortunate countrymen out of poverty. In so doing we will have a more peaceful and enjoyable community to live. It doesn’t make sense to leave the poor behind.

  • niceguy60

    This is a good program. Kaya Lang every two month ang withdrawal. Masyadong matangal yan. Make it weekly 700 pesos. I would even say double the amount. Let us not look at the few who misused the money. Matatauhan din mga yan balang araw. People who have money tend to commit less crime. It’s time to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor. Yes may mga tamad. Pero mas mabuti na yan kesa tamad na nanghoholdap pa. Peaceful environment is good. Hindi magandang tingnan yung mga squatter colony beside modern city scapes. These poor people should be helped so that they can afford to have a decent living standard. This policy should be automatically implemented irrespective of who holds the political leadership.

  • GMMTC11

    The government should implement the family planning program, educating the people especially  about the difficulties of getting married and having kids without sufficient income and the choice they have when to have kids. The conditional cash transfer program is an unfair government program to those who deligently paid their taxes, it likewise promote laziness and poverty. it could be compared to the Anti Squating Law (masquerading anti squatting) which produces more squatters.

  • GlenMJacob

    Being poor is not due to laziness. There are people who are poor even in the bible. Here are the possible root of being poor:

    1. Low mental IQ
    2. Mental retardation
    3. Psychological problem
    4. Lack of opportunity of children born from parents with the first 3 problems

    We can break the cycle by helping number 4 problem.
    The process or how to help is debatable but, we need to do something. CCT is a good start. This program is not perfect but what is?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/R4YOCRZDE5JBDT7UGI54KTZD5M Jpb

      sobra ka naman manlait, ginawa mo pang mga tanga, bobo at baliw ang mga mahihirap.

      • GlenMJacob

        I suggest you give your idea why there are poor people and solutions how to help them rather than using your immature instinct.

      • iamnobody

        5. Lack of opportunity to study – Ganun talaga. Eh kahit nga graduate, nahihirapang maghanap ng mapapasukan e. 
        6. Too many children – Let’s wake up! We’re overpopulated already!

        My kid’s yaya has four children and she’s married to a farmer. She never got to finish elementary and so did her husband. Kahit anong kayod nila mag-asawa, sa mahal ng bilihin ngayon, good luck sa pagpapaaral sa apat na anak.  But yeah, CCT is actually a good start. It’s not perfect (subject to abuse), but good nonetheless. The government can get serious with the implementation of CARP. Let’s start with you Mr. President! LOL

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/R4YOCRZDE5JBDT7UGI54KTZD5M Jpb

        ano naman immature instinct doon. ikaw na nga ang nanlait ikaw pa may ganang magsabi ng immature. alam mo ba pinagsasabi mo? di ba ikaw ang immature na sabihin na mga baliw at retarded ang mga mahihirap. ang liwaliwanag na lack of opportunities ang dahilan kaya maraming naghihirap na mga pilipino. kung ang gobyerno natin ay magconcentrate sa job creations ay kaya din magtrabaho ang mga nilalait mong mga mahihirap. paingles-ingles ka pa wala naman laman mga pinagsasabi mo. di ka lang immature, premature pa siguro.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Dinky Soliman is citing Dades, for her maybe the biggest success for this CCT program. This may just be the biggest proof of the failure of the program. After four years and still a recipient of the program, what is this, a program to perpetuate independence on dole outs? There should be a time limit for availing such programs, help poor families to stand up on their own and then move on to help other poor families. This program has no clear objective on the outcome, it is being used to encourage and perpetuate mendicancy and probably used to influence voters.

  • $14141131

    CCT – Continuing Corruption and Thievery. It’s also a CLASSIC CORRUPTION TECHNIQUE. The poor are used as vehicle for the nth time, the program is reached through a trade-off with members of the Congress, pork barrels are ensured by Malacanang, the implementing rules and regulations are flawed to easily hide the corruption, the taxpayers get all the trouble shouldering the spending and the failure of the program will be answered by the staged survey result of low hunger.

    Think about how many modern fishing boats, mini-hydro electric dams, farm machines, rehabilitated railway and its electronic safety system, micro-fish processing industries, rice businesses and workers and economic returns of a good railway system that can accommodate passengers and cargoes. These are sure job creation and livelihood insurance.

    This administration is os corrupt that no less than Arroyo, the BRAIN of this jobbery treat now passionately continued by Nhoynoy, was shocked by the very huge budget (P21 Billion, last year) it is giving to the CLASSIC CORRUPTION TECHNIQUE (CCT). God, save the Philippines!

  • $14141131

    Soliman and Aquino are now devising on how to get money for the next year election. Don’t you think so?

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