More than 2,000 households now under cash transfer program

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012


THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now focused on the urban poor with the recent addition of some 2,226 poor households in its Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program.

Through the program, beneficiaries will get additional help from the government after fulfilling the conditions of sending their children to school and ensuring that they get medical attention in health centers.

At a recent community assembly at the Baguio Convention Center, the new set of beneficiaries already part of the Set 6 beneficiaries in the region were an added number of the initial 986 household beneficiaries currently being covered and monitored by government’s anti-poverty measure.

John Eric Escalante, DSWD CCT officer, said the expanded program in the city covers some 124 of the 128 barangays in the city which has existing pockets of poverty.

He said beneficiaries are identified through the National Household Targeting System (NHTS), a scientific method that identifies who and where poor households are located.

Escalante added the DSWD in partnership with the DSWD and barangay local government units (LGUs) of Baguio validated and registered the additional household grantees through a recent community assembly conducted at the Baguio Convention Center.

The beneficiaries also went through the enrollment for their program identification cards and Land Bank cash cards for the future release of their cash grants. Baguio is among the pilot areas of the CCT in the region together with municipalities from the provinces of the Apayao and Abra.

The first batch of households from 2008 is set to move out the program next year. They are currently benefitting from the CCT and from the Sustainable Livelihood Program, which is a part of the convergence strategy of the agency.

The CCT program currently covers 54,903 households in the region and 3.1 million households in the entire country. (JM Agreda)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 27, 2012.

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