Gov’t proposes P64.7B for next year’s CCT program

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


SOME 4.4-million poor Filipinos are expected to benefit from the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the government as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) proposes P64.7 billion for next year.

Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, during the budget briefing of her agency at the House of Representatives, said that of the proposed budget, P108.9 billion will be spent to finance the CCT program. The amount is 3.4 percent higher than this year's allocation.

Soliman said the program's funding for next year will continue to support the total targeted 4.4 million households. This number had jumped from 336,208 in 2008 to more than 3.8 million in 2013 and 4.3 million in 2014.

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The Social Welfare secretary said that program covers 17 regions, 79 provinces, 138 cities and 1,261 municipalities with the highest poverty concentration.

She added that a total of P59.8 billion or 92 percent of the said 4Ps fund will go to regular CCT program, which will cover a total of 4.3 million household beneficiaries, including 509,366 children in high school who are 15 to 18 years old.

Soliman noted P4.9 billion will be used for the modified CCT program, which will cover some 126,963 families not covered by the National Household Targeting System.

The said families were identified as itinerant (3,956), homeless street families (7,007), or indigenous people (116,000).

Currently, the 4Ps program covers primary education or pre-school to high school for children up to 18 years old.

The 4Ps provides cash grants of P6,000 a year or P500 per month per household for health and nutrition expenses and P3,000 for one school year (10 months) or P300 per month per child for educational expenses with a maximum of three children per household.

Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the Philippine national government that invests on the health and education of poor households primarily of children ages 0 to 18.

Meanwhile, Buhay Partylist Representative Lito Atienza criticized the program as promoting mendicancy and lethargy among the people rather than productivity, saying money should be paid to teach productivity and not as mere dole outs. (Sunnex)

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