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Poverty worsens despite conditional cash transfer program

Friday, December 16, 2011

Poverty worsens despite conditional cash transfer program
“This flagship program of Aquino is just a palliative measure. People don’t need dole-outs. What they really need is a permanent job.” – Gloria Arellano, president of Kadamay
MANILA – Marivic Quioga, 29 is a beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps since 2010. However, the 4Ps program has failed to uplift Quioga and her family from poverty. Quioga said the P900 ($20) she usually gets from the said program did not improve her family’s living conditions.

“Nothing. We’re always short (on money),” Quioga said referring to the cash grant. Quioga is a B’laan from barangay Tuyan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province. She has four children with ages 12, 10, eight and five. Her husband is a farmer earning an average of P1,500 ($34) per month, while she is a housewife. According to Quioga, she became part of the program when the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) conducted a survey in their place.

Babbylyn Hermosora, 31, a Sangrir (an ethnic group in General Santos) from Purok Maguindanao, Labangal, General Santos City, is also a beneficiary of the 4Ps. She has three children with ages, seven, four and an eleven-month-old baby. Her husband is a warehouseman in a grocery store who earns P4,000 ($93) a month. She is also a housewife.

The Conditional Cash Transfer program, which the government calls the Pantawid Pamilyang Pamilya Program (4Ps), is the centerpiece poverty alleviation program of President Benigno S. Aquino III. Under the cash transfer program, the government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, would distribute a maximum amount of $32.55 per month to poor families covered by the program..... MORE


URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2011/12/15/poverty-worsens-despite-conditional-cash-transfer-program/

1 comment

Jesusa Bernardo said...

subtle vote.buying kasi yang cct dole.out na yan. actually, 2 in 1--may kurakot na walang kahirap.hirap ang mga kontra.pinoy na dilaw na iyan.

"Despite this, a study conducted by the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR) showed that, in July this year, 81 percent of beneficiary-respondents said they do not see long term solutions addressing poverty in the program. They added that they could not rely on the cash grant to sustain their daily living.

"The CWR has, since the beginning of the 4Ps program, been monitoring its implementation and impact. Two cases provided to Bulatlat.com showed that the 4Ps did not make life easier for two beneficiary-respondents. The CWR conducted its survey through their networks in the regions."

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