Cash transfer continuity pushed

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LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo has proposed to continue with the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program even after President Benigno Aquino 3rd steps down in June ths year.

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The CCT is the flagship program of then-President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“We want the CCT to be institutionalized through enacted measure so that the program will be continued even after the reign of [Aquino], thus it could not be used by some politicians for early politicking to guarantee votes,” she said here on Sunday.

Robredo flew to Albay to launch the “BicoLeni Express,” a pitcher of her run for Vice President in the May 2016 elections.

Speaking before more than 3,000 supporters, she said once the CCT or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is enacted into law, the program will be allocated a regular budget under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) from the national government.

The regular budget, according to Robredo, would assure continued support education and medical care of poor Filipino families.

Robredo said she will file Food Security Bill, which will seek to give increased assistance to farmers and fishermen, the country’s economic backbone.

“Farmers and fishermen are the most neglected by the government [and are less assisted. We want these sectors to be given priority assistance by the government to ensure our food security and sustainability,” she added.

Toward that end, Robredo said she will “personally handle” the anti-poverty program to ensure help for the farmers and fishermen.

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