INCOMING Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said that she will study the continued implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer also known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4PS).
"We would like to know about that ano na ang impact ng 4Ps ano nagawa na positive, ano yung areas na nagraduate na because may trabaho na nagkaroon nang lupa or is that impossible, or tingnan din natin na beyond 4Ps ang mga beneficiaries would also be able to organize themselves," Tagiwalo said in a media interview on Tuesday held at the Malacañang of the South in Panacan, Davao City.
She wants to study the program carefully as others have told her its benefits.
"Gusto kong pag-aralan. Sa ngayon alam ko na may nakikinabang talaga sa 4Ps napaaral nila ang anak nila, nakapag tapos sila, nadagdagan ang pera sa kanilang pamilya pero sinasabi din ng iba na ang gusto ring trabaho, sustainable ang iba rin nagsasabi nahihiya kami kasi kami lang," she said.
The University of Philippines (UP) professor added that the only thing that Duterte asked from her is to bring the services to the people.
"Ang hiningi lang naman ni President Duterte ay umabot sa tao ang pangangailangan yung serbisyo o goods ito ang gusto kong gawin na hindi para mamulitika at hindi para counter insurgency," she said.
She, however, said that more marginalized people in the country and DSWD can only give temporary measures in terms of welfare.
"Marami talaga ang marginalized so DSWD can be effective only as a temporary measure in terms of welfare but the development aspect could not be done by itself alone, it has to be an issue of jobs, of lands, of health and education and I think priority yanni President Duterte," she added.
She also said that though her sentiments as a Martial Law victim who is against the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani could interfere in her working relationships with the President-elect Duterte who supports the act, she said that there are bigger problems that need to be solved.
She added that coming from a progressive group is not something to be ashamed about but something she is proud of since it only means that she has not done any corrupt practice.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 02, 2016.
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