Gabriela solon: ADB study another proof of CCT failure

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 14:18 -- gwp_prop

“The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program’s leakage rate of 30% is a huge waste of people’s taxes. The Asian Development Bank's findings that almost P19 billion of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program's P62 billion budget did not go to the poor bolster the call to re-channel funds allocated to the Aquino administration’s much touted poverty alleviation program directly to social services.” Thus said Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luzviminda Ilagan who along with colleague Emmi De Jesus and the Makabayan bloc authored House Resolution 332 seeking an inquiry into the CCT program and recommending the implementation of more sustainable programs that raise the standard of living and quality of life of poor Filipino families. The resolution was filed in September 2013. "Hindi nabawasan ang mahihirap, bagkus ay dumami pa nga ang naghihirap at nagugutom sa limang taong implementasyon ng CCT sa ilalim ni Aquino. The number of poor families continues to increase in the same manner that the number of politicians who seek to benefit from the program’s implementation, exploiting poverty and cultivating mendicancy to bolster political ambitions and political patronage also increases.” The Gabriela solon cited latest survey results conducted by Ibon Foundation which revealed that seven out of ten families consider themselves poor. Ilagan further said, “While implementers and loan sources like the ADB insist that cash grants increased clinic visits and school attendance, the same amount of funds could have been used to increase and improve education and health facilities.”   “The CCT compels children to attend schools and mothers to bring their children to health centers yet the quality of education and healthcare given them continues to deteriorate. Public school classrooms, like public hospitals are overcrowded and are short of facilities and personnel. Patients share beds in the just as children share books and tables while doctors and nurses tend to patients well beyond their capacity just as teachers have to stand in front of a classroom with more than 50 pupils in a class.”    “It would benefit poor families more if funds were channelled directly to health and education and more importantly towards job creation, instead of imposing conditionalities for meager sums. The CCT funds should be rechanneled to basic services.”#