Aquino Vows to Improve Conditional Cash Transfer Program

09/16/2010 - CEBU CITY, Philippines (PNA) — President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III vowed to improve the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program and make it more effective for the benefit of the most vulnerable members of society.

In his message at the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program on Wednesday at the Cebu Coliseum here, the Chief Executive said he is aware of complaints on payment issues such as lower-entitlement and no cash in card, missing names in the payroll list or delay in the delivery of cash grants - which are hindrances to the program’s objectives.

“I am happy to report that we are fine-tuning the mechanisms of this initiative. We will solve these problems, undo the bottlenecks, and make this program more effective,” the President said. (mb.com.ph)

The President told the program beneficiaries that the DSWD is implementing the National Household Targeting System to identify the families that most urgently need assistance in order to ensure that social funds are spent wisely on the most vulnerable members of our society.

“A well-targeted CCT program will truly afford the poor’s opportunity to enjoy basic human services that were once extremely difficult to avail,” he added.

The President also said that the fiscal year 2011 proposed budget will fund urgently needed programs on education, health and job generation.

In the said budget, P21.2 billion was allocated for CCT which will be distributed to 2.3 million household beneficiaries.

The 4Ps is a poverty reduction and social development program that provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education, particularly of children aged 0-14

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