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New take on 4Ps

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

New take on 4Ps

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) — the government’s flagship “human development program” — patterned after the Bolsa Programs in, among others, Mexico and Brazil, has taken a new meaning if we go by the latest assessment of the think tank IBON Foundation.

Instead of being the “poverty alleviation and empowerment program” that was started in 2007 under the Arroyo administration, 4Ps under P-Noy has, in the eyes of IBON and an increasing number of sectors, come to mean Perception, Promises, Propaganda and Pogi points, which  is a pity indeed.

For a time there, people did not really mind allocating government funds for such urgent intervention, especially since it was meant to tide over the most deprived and marginalized sectors for a limited period of time in exchange for actual participation in a monitored “education and health” alleviation program. But cynicism set in when the program’s funding rose geometrically under P-Noy from P6.609 billion for 777,505 beneficiaries in the last year of the previous.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/commentary/item/1058-new-take-on-4ps

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