DSWD chief urges critics: Wait for CCTP results PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 13:53

Critics should wait first for the results of the government's conditional cash transfer program (CCTP) before criticizing its supposed faults, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman said on Monday.

She issued the statement as some sectors continue to attack the agency for receiving a massive increase in 2011 budget, which critics claimed should not have been the case.

The DSWD's 2011 budget was placed at P34.3 billion or almost double that this year's P15 billion.

Of the 2011 allocation, P29.2 billion will be for the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) which will provide conditional cash grants to extremely poor households.

While P21.2 billion out of the P29.2 billion will go directly to conditional cash transfers or grants aimed at helping some 2.3 million marginal households by the end of 2011.

And the remaining P8 billion will cover food programs such as food-for-work and rice subsidies.

The DSWD will implement the cash transfer program for some 582,000 poorest families through a USD400-million loan from the Asian Development Bank, which will be spread out over five years.

"If they (critics) have to attack us, then they should wait first for the results of the project before doing so. In the first place, they should be happy as the government is taking concrete steps to combat poverty. With the expansion of the CCTP program, 2.3 million more families in the Philippines will be given a chance to uplift themselves," Soliman stressed.

She also clarified that the CCTP allowance, amounting to P1,400 monthly, will be given to families who can show proof that they are using the sum to send their children to school, buy food, and take their children to doctors whenever they are sick.

The DSWD chief also stressed that social workers are constantly profiling intended beneficiaries to ensure they are worthy of government assistance.

Soliman also clarified that the cash allowance is not a dole-out in the strictest sense as it is too little to support a family for long.

”The money will only eke out whatever income the family is making. It will only ensure that they have something extra to feed, educate and treat their children if they are sick,” she emphasized.

The CCTP was initiated by the previous administration. It had almost 800,000 plus listed beneficiaries before the former president stepped down last June 30.