One of the legacies of Gloria Arroyo’s reign of corruption that her Ateneo student Noynoy Aquino perpetrated in his identical presidency is the anomalous Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
So, it is no longer surprising when the Asian Development Bank (ADB) disclosed that up to 30 percent of the funds under the CCT end up in the wrong hands.
We’re talking about tens of billions of pesos in “leakages” on the disbursement of borrowed money that do not benefit the poorest of the poor, the intended recipients.
Inutang po iyang pondo ng 4Ps na ang pagbabayad ay iniatang sa ating mga taxpayers.
This year’s CCT budget reached P62 billion and 30 percent of which amounts to P19 billion.
For the reason that the ADB and the World Bank are funding the CCT program, they are curious about how the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has spent CCT funds.
An ADB study showed that Noynoy’s welfare program has become the source of “high leakage,” apparently benefiting corrupt DSWD and barangay (village) officials.
A great deal of CCT funds goes to people who should not be on the DSWD list of poor households.
The program doles out cash monthly to listed families who are supposed to keep their children in school.
Noynoy brags that the program benefits 4.5 million of very poor households, and yet, his economic managers claim that poverty in the country is nearly eliminated.
Sinungaling talaga itong si Noynoy tulad ni Arroyo.
The CCT program has merely fostered mendicant mentality among the people, as well as encourage corruption among the DSWD and barangay officials.
It is also clearly evident that CCT funds are being used to buy political patronage from the poor at national level down to the barangay level.
What Arroyo began as a P9-billion program has steadily grown every year to this year’s P62 billion.
In time for the elections next year, the CCT budget has been jacked up to P66 billion.
House of Representatives Minority Leaders Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman has a lot to explain during the coming 2015 budget hearings.
In a statement, Soliman said the ADB report was wrongly based on 2009 data.
Pinalalabas ni Soliman na panis ang ADB report? Magaling talaga ang kalihim na ito magpalusot kaya hindi matinag kahit katakut-takot ang anomaly sa DSWD.
If the “stupid” ADB report is indeed wrong and useless, that does not necessarily mean the leakages have been eliminated just because Soliman said so.
Needless to say, that is easier said than done.
CCT beneficiaries have said some DSWD social workers and barangay officials have demanded “cuts” or “service fee” in exchange for enlisting them in the program.
The doleouts have not also encouraged recipients to find productive work.
In many cases, the cash received has been used to support the parents’ addiction to alcohol and illegal drugs, and gambling.
Congress indeed must look into this sham welfare program but I doubt if Malacañang would even care about another probe.
If Noynoy and Dinky really want to help the poor and truly minimize poverty in the country, the multi-billion peso CCT funds should be used to set up enterprises.
Doing so would not only boost national production but would also create jobs instead of causing the national debt to balloon further.
Sana sa mukha nila sumabog ang lobong yan!
By grace of God, not another mascot in Malacañang
Suffice it to say that the endearing Senator Grace Poe, whether she now likes it or not, plays the role of a catalyst as to which direction the nation takes towards the May 9, 2016 elections.
And, I have a question that many, many supporters of Senator Grace Poe like me would wish to ask her.
Would the good senator, if she decides so to run for higher office, choose to serve the interest of the Filipino people rather than that of the kingmakers who put a mascot in the Palace five years ago?
Would the smart and independent-minded Poe agree to use the “FPJ Magic,” as well as her own Cin-derella charm, and help install another stupid mascot in Malacañang?
I can’t believe the senator would even imagine allowing herself be taken for a ride that is worse than an MRT ride.
Enough of the sham and hypro¬critical matuwid na daan nonsense!
Gasgas na gasgas na yan!