100,000 families off cash grant list

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Purging set off by reports of vices among recipients

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At least 100,000 households have been taken out of the list of beneficiaries

SHARING FOOD Street children share food donated by a restaurant in downtown Cebu City.the government will spend P568.6 billion or 32 percent of the P1.816- trillion national budget to combat poverty. Photo By Ruy Martinez

SHARING FOOD
Street children share food donated by a restaurant in downtown Cebu City.the government will spend P568.6 billion or 32 percent of the P1.816- trillion national budget to combat poverty. Photo By Ruy Martinez of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program that provides a monthly cash grant for poor families.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman on Monday said these families were purged because instead of using the monthly stipend to buy food or medicine, parents use the money for their vices.

“The misuse of the grant [on the part of the beneficiaries]is due to spending for vices,” Soliman said during presentation of the 2014 Impact Evaluation of the CCT, also called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the government’s primary poverty alleviation program.

Under the program, beneficiaries receive cash on condition that parents send their children to school, the family has regular medical check-up and attend family development sessions, among others. Each month, a family gets P500 for health and nutrition expenses and P300 for each child in elementary school and P500 for those in high school.

As of October this year, there were four million households covered by the CCT, which was first implemented in 2007.

The second assessment of beneficiaries called Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System due next year could either lead to increase or reduction in the number of beneficiaries.

“We need to have the assessment by next year to see if there is a need to add more families or to lessen their number, depending on their situation. We want to continue to improve our system and make adjustments with an updated data,” Soliman explained.

Based on the Social Welfare department’s assessment, seven out of 10 CCT beneficiaries who are mothers deliver their child in health facilities, higher than the national average of 5.5 out of 10. On the other hand, 98 percent of the children aged 12 to 15 covered by the program are enrolled and attend classes 85 percent of the time, five percentage points higher than the 95 percent among non-CCT households.

“The criteria wherein children 12 to 15 years old need to be in school 85 percent of the time have posted good results. This is the age when most of the children drop out of school, and we can see that the CCT is addressing the outflow of children,” Soliman said.

World Bank’s Aleksandra Posarac, the program leader for Health, Education, Social Protection and Labor, Poverty and Social Development, backed Soliman’s claims by citing the Bank’s separate impact evaluation results covering CCT implementation until 2013.

World Bank data showed that CCT beneficiaries spend 49 percent of their cash grant for food, 25 percent for education and seven percent for healthcare.

“This is how the spending of the CCT household should be. The goal is not to lift them out of poverty in an instant. No government in the world would have enough resources. The goal is poverty alleviation, and this has been happening in the targeted households. We have to remember that this is a long-term program that would take an impact around after a generation finishes school,” Posarac said.

Soliman said politicians and some government officials also “misuse” the CCT program by promising voters that they will be included as beneficiaries in exchange for their support.

To curb this practice, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has embarked on a campaign against credit grabbers in cooperation with the Commission on Elections. The campaign features massive media offensive prior to elections wherein the public is reminded that the CCT program is being implemented by the national government and that the DSWD alone, not the politicians, can enlist or delist beneficiaries.

“We tell them not to believe politicians who claim they can enlist them, provided that they give their vote to such candidate or those who claim that the voters’ decision not to vote for a certain politician would mean delisting from the CCT list. We tell the people not to vote for this kind of politician who already dupes them even before they get elected,” Soliman pointed out.

“If a candidate lies even before they get elected, how much more lies can they say once they are in office?” she asked.

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  1. so many opportunists, that even those whose husbands are ofws were given this cct. many were listed more than once, many were well off with sari sari stores and yet were given these cct. Sabi nung mga nakatanggap na di naman dapat, ibabalik daw nila kung babawiin. Hanep di na nahiya, di naman dapat tumanggap pero inabuso, hindi na lang nagkusang loob na ibigay sa mga mas karapatdapat yung tinanggap niya na nakuha sa palakasan. may kilala kasi sa dswd, at itong dswd naman na naglista sa kanya kahit alam niyang di dapat, ibingay pa rin, baka itong mga dswd, e kasama rin sa CCT. di ko nilalahat apero apektado ang buong agency dahil sa kagagawan ng ilan., I would like to blame the implementors , the dswd workers who selected the recepients. palakasan ang nangyari,. Sayang. isang mabuting layunin na iilan ang nakinabang na karapatdapat.

  2. These families who have been removed from the program will now be the eyes of DSWD, who will watch those families still in the program and not spending the money for its purpose. These will make these families think twice, I hope.

  3. CCT must be given to its direct recipient like the children.. most poor parents tends to misuse all those allowances. This program, made this people more helpless and dependent, they’re creating more Juan Tamad. Why not make them do a community work before they receive their allowances?? Atleast they would know that money is not given freely help them clean their community. Children must be educate too..

  4. I wonder how many politicians misuse their alowances, remember during the impeachment trial of corona they told us about his allowances & bonuses. Well they always take all of their allowances & they use them mostly for personal use & not what its supposed to be used for. For instance corona had a P20,000 rice allowance. Now lets say its P50 per kilo, thats 400 kilos of rice. Thats 7.7 kilos of rice a week for a whole year. Thats 1 kilo of rice per day. 2.2lbs of rice per day for him. My god no wonder he was so fat. & thats just 1 allowance. Plus i bet his food whilst at work was paid for not by him but by the court. I guarantee every single allowance will be misused yet be a poor person & misuse even a small part of any allowance we give you & you will instantly lose that allowance even if you are wrongly accused, i bet they just have to think you are misusing it.

  5. Carl Cid Inting on

    This CCT was always a vote-buying scheme in a not-too-subtle disguise. It is not only prone to corruption and abuse, it promotes mendicancy and dependence. Confucius said it was better to teach a person to fish than to give him a fish.

  6. 100 thousand is even a small figure. For such a small amount monthly, the government issues so many requirements, not considering the weak purchasing power of the peso. Why not think of projects where the targeted recipients can be employed.

  7. Those politicians could be the BINAYS. Can you imagine, using government money to distribute land titles, t-shirts with their names and worst of all distributing relief goods to the Yolanda victims with his name. Mahya naman kayong mga mapagsamantalang politikos na mga Binays.