Gov’t to rush cash dole program to beat poll ban

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The government will complete the distribution of cash grants to poor families throughout the country before March 29 to avoid being accused of using the program to further the election chances of administration candidates.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said the distribution of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) funds to more than 3 million poor households this year has been front-loaded so it can be completed before the local campaign period begins on March 29.

She said the P1,800 monthly cash incentive for the period January to February was given in advance in February. The government will return after the elections to check the beneficiaries’ compliance with the conditions, she said.

“We will finish providing all the cash grants for the 3.8 million families by March 27,” she told a briefing in Malacañang.

Opposition senatorial candidate Juan Miguel Zubiri on Tuesday said he and other opposition candidates were worried that the CCT would be used to entice recipients to vote for President Aquino’s handpicked Team PNoy senatorial candidates. Another opposition candidate, Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, called on the government to suspend the program.

Soliman also said the government was rolling out an anti-epal (credit grabbers) campaign on radio to inform CCT beneficiaries that no local official is authorized to strike them off the list.

“Not the mayor, not the governor, not the congressman or congresswoman could remove your name on the list. Only you could do that. If you fail to comply with the terms of the agreement or misuse the money, then expect to be removed from the DSWD list,” she said.

An administrative case for grave abuse of authority could be filed against a politician threatening to remove a person or his family from the official list of beneficiaries, Soliman said. She said individuals could forward their complaints to this DSWD telephone number: 09189122813.

In the same manner, no politician can include an unqualified person’s name in the list of beneficiaries, she said.

The government has allotted P44.3 billion for the CCT this year, under which a poor family gets P1,800. In return, the mother has to undergo regular pre-natal checkups and the children regularly attend school.

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  • Loggnat

    ‘ The government has allotted P44.3 billion for the CCT this year, under which a poor family gets P1,800. In return, the mother has to undergo regular pre-natal checkups and the children regularly attend school.’ /// CCT’s condition and requirement in order to qualify for CCT cash dole-out are things that are common sense actions (pre-natal check ups) and responsibilities (children attending school regularly) of what parent/s regularly do. The problem with a cash dole out is that the recipient might think and believed that these are owed to them or mandatory that the government should provide/give it to them. The result could be that the poor recipient will live on it and expects the government to religiously provide it to them plus may even  demand an increase of the amount regularly. Instead of exerting effort in working harder to raise their standard of living, they might just rely on the government CCT hand out to live by. Conditions for the CCT dole-out should be those actions that will educate and/or train the recipients for employment or assist in getting them a better paying job. There should also be a method to measure improvements to the goal of employment or ownership of a successful small scale business. There should be a limit on how long or how much maximum cash dole out a family can received if they refuse to exert any measurable effort to increase their income. The object of the CCT cash dole-out should be to educate, assist, and/or temporarily augment a poor family’s cash intake while preparing them for employment or a better job. It should not become as the sole cash intake for the poor family to live on. 

    • ApoLapullapu

      A maximum of P1,400 fior a family with three schoolchildren is no big deal.  Hence, the family must pursue their usual means of livelihood or look for other sources of income.  By regularly meeting with DSWD/CSWD/MSWD and other government personnel, the beneficiaries will also get used to access to livelihood and skills training given by government agencies.  Some people are too uneducated and uninformed that there are other things they can get from the government over those given by politicians during elections.

  • ApoLapullapu

    Distribution of 4Ps money should end before March 29 because Elementary School classes close before the Holy Week.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Cash dole programs are crucial for winning the election. Just look at the Cash dole budget of PNoy since he took office. Dramatic rise in 2013: (source: Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism)

    2010 CCT budget = P10.92 billion
    2013 CCT budget = P55.97 billion

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    BAKA GUSTO NI MIGZ AND JACKIE AND UNA BETS AY SILA ANG MAG-DISTRIBUTE. 

    ATTN: DINKY MAGPA-IMPRENTA KA NGA NG KENKOY MONEY PARA GAMITIN NG UNA!
               MAWAWALA ANG WORRY NI MIGZ.

  • corey guiao _ yahoo.com

    Eh gamit na gamit na nga di ba? Hay naku Soliman, bolahin nyo ang lelong nyo. Tamaan sana kayo ng kidlat sa pagsisinungaling.

  • disqusted0fu

    Pnoy allies are usually exempted from rules and regulations not only of the elections but also of the constitution. Adding the fact that the DSWD Sec. is a KKK, it’s a recipe for disaster.

  • Fulpol

    cash dole out… vote buying..

    like his predecessor.. a trapo, politically corrupt… 

  • Fulpol

    BS Aquino-Makapili III can now “buy” the souls of the poor via CCT..

    political corruption.. a precursor to tyranny..

  • $17531445

    Do they have to do that?  I thought, according the Brillantes, as long as it is the president doing it (as when he distributed Phil. Health Cards) and it is for the poor, it is allowable because  kawawa na man yung mahirap kung ititigil ang program for the poor.

  • farmerpo

    Opposition senatorial candidate Juan Miguel Zubiri on Tuesday said he
    and other opposition candidates were worried that the CCT would be used
    to entice recipients to vote for President Aquino’s handpicked Team PNoy
    senatorial candidates. Listen to who is talking. It comes from experience. Di ba Migs,? LOL.

  • JasonBieber

    Now they speed up the process since election season is upon us. But when it’s not during election times then things to help the poor seem to be super delayed and extremely slow. What happens to the less fortunate under the PNoy Admin in June and onwards after the elections.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    If laws can be easily circumvented why make those silly laws that cannot be implemented effectively in the first place?

  • Dancing Bear

    if it smells like poop, looks like poop. It must be poop. Cash doleouts is the worst idea of poverty alleviation I’ve ever heard of.

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