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Same striped tiger Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Monday, July 16, 2012

Same striped tiger



With elections coming up in 2013, and with Noynoy and Dinky Soliman’s gargantuan budget for the outright dole-out known as the conditional cash transfer program (CCT), suspicion is high that some P40 billion of that administration dole-out will be used to buy votes for the Noynoy candidates.

But there went Malacañang’s Lady Gaga, allaying fears that the funds will be misused and neither will the local politicians use the CCT program for poor families to campaign for the 2013 elections.

Abigail Valte, aka Lady Gaga, was quoted as saying that the CCT program is insulated from politics because local leaders are not allowed to pick the beneficiaries and the assistance is being given under certain conditions.

“That was the system under the previous administration. But under the Aquino administration, the beneficiaries are selected by conducting the National Household Targeting System (NHTS). That is done through surveys,” Lady Gaga said.

Valte explained that even if the NHTS had recommended particular beneficiaries, they were immediately delisted if found to be unqualified for the program.

She went further by saying that even if this agency identified these beneficiaries correctly and qualifies them to be included in the program, they can still be removed if they fail to comply with government requirements..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/commentary/item/1584-same-striped-tiger

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