28M to receive gov’t dole

All poor families covered by 2015


Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

State subsidy to the poor via the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program will further go up so that practically all of them are covered in two years’ time, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said on Monday.

“Yes, the budget for the CCT will continue to increase until hopefully all the 4.6 million families benefit from the program by 2015. This is what President [Aquino] wants,” Abad told the Inquirer.

This means that the CCT would cover some 28 million people a year before President Aquino steps down, as the poor have an average family size of six. By then, the Philippine population will have reached 102.9 million.

For this year, the administration has set aside P44 billion from the national budget for the CCT program. The amount covers 3.9 million poor families identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Under the program, households receive monthly cash subsidies for five years in exchange for their commitment to send children to public schools, and to have mothers and her kids regularly visit health centers.

The maximum monthly subsidy per family is P1,200—P300 per child for up to three children and another P300 for the mother.

An immediate objective of the program is to increase the school participation rate among children of poor households. The long-term objective is to increase employment opportunities for them so they can eventually lift their families out of poverty.

Multilateral institutions, led by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, support the CCT. Citing experiences in some developing countries, such as those in Latin America, multilateral institutions said the CCT was effective in significantly reducing poverty incidence.

High poverty incidence

Despite its robust economic growth, the Philippines continues to suffer from one of the highest poverty rates among emerging Asian economies.

Poverty incidence in the country stood at 27.9 percent in the first semester of 2012, practically unchanged from the 28.6 percent in the first half of 2009 and 28.8 percent in the first half of 2006, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB).

The NSCB placed the poverty line at P7,821 a month, or P257 a day for a family of five.

Economists said economic growth had so far benefited mostly the rich and the middle class. Nonetheless, many of them agreed that programs such as the CCT would help make the benefits of a growing economy trickle down to the poor.

Extension of 5-year limit

Abad said the first batch of CCT beneficiaries (some 800,000 families) was expected to graduate from the program next year as it shall have completed the five-year limit.

However, Abad said economic officials were considering a suggestion from multilateral agencies to extend the CCT program to a certain number of years to ensure that the children of household beneficiaries finish high school. High school now takes six years to finish, up from four, under the government’s new K to 12 program.

“The proposal is to extend the [CCT] program in a way that helps ensure the children graduate from high school so they can get better employment opportunities,” the budget secretary said.

He said concerned government officials were studying the proposal.

In an article in the Inquirer last month, NSCB Secretary General Jose Ramon G. Albert said the CCT was not expected to immediately yield significant changes in incomes that would make the poor cross over the poverty line.

He said the CCT “is investments in human capital, particularly in education and health, where the impact may be seen in five to 10 years.”

Originally posted: 5:29 pm | Monday, June 24th, 2013

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  • Patikotiko

    Ang sagot jan ay I enlist yang mga jobless nyan sa militar at patulungin sa mga sakuna at proyecto ng militar, pati sa Bantay dagat ay kailańgan sila. Yan ang tulong na dapat para maging kapakipakinabang silang mamamayan……

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    this his half a TRILLION. why not use it to create jobs? attract more investors giving them tax incentives.

    • Kenjie Hasaki

      CCT creates job… cause it creates consumption…

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        creates corruptions un contraire

  • maximus_meridius

    I believe that CT Scans are needed on the brains of these CCT proponents like Butch Abad, Abnoy, Dinky Winky and others to determine if they still have the capacity to think clearly and fit to dispose their functions.

  • frudo

    hindi lang sana cct ang i provide ng gobyerno sa kanila, isama na rin ang rh para magtutu silang mag anak ng tama hindi sobrang dami na di na nila kayang pakainin, tutulungan sila ng gobyerno sana tulungan din nila mga sarili nila, hindi kayang lutasin ng cct ang kahirapan pansamantala lamang tong tulong ng gobyerno habang wala pang pangmatagalan solusyon na nakukuha para matapos na ang problema sa kahirapan ng mga Pinoy, magtulungan sana pareho pareho. cbcp ang tahimik pag ganito ang topic nasan sila now?

    • Patrick Gonzalez

      I actually agree with you. lol
      (Except that the CCT is really a very bad idea)
      Hindi talaga sasagot ang CBCP sa CCT issues… Umaasa silang iaaabot din sa kanila ng mga parokyano nila yun eh… Kita rin yun lol

      • frudo

        hindi nman forever ang cct pansamantala lang yun, sa ibang bansa may mga ganyan din naman pero. di nga yan ang sagot sa problema pansamantalang tugon lang yan sa mga nagugutom natin kababayan. naranasan mo na bang magutom? or galing ka ba sa sobrang hirap na pamilya? ako nman magtatanong yes or no lang ang sagot

      • Patrick Gonzalez

        I actually posted an answer to this below… Here it is:

        This 5 year limit is b u l l s h i t… And we all know it! After 5 years one or more of their siblings would already qualify for the dole outs… Then what? Does anyone (especially the government) actually think that after 5 years, these people will no longer be poor?

        You know the government has run out of ideas when: Instead of investing the money in income generating projects or jobs, more of YOUR hard earned money will be given to the “poor”!

        You work and toil all day, high taxes will leave you with barely enough to feed yourself and your family, you can barely afford tuition fees, no luxuries, inflation is out of control, government services sucks, to top it off, your money will be given away.

      • frudo

        wag ka magalala after 3 yrs tapos na yan kasi tapos na rin si Pnoy. di ka galing sa hirap kaya ganyan ka hehehehe di mo nasagot ang tanong ng yes or no lang.

      • Patrick Gonzalez

        Nope, my friend… Remember ang front runner ng next elections ay si Mar… So itutuloy niya yan… Kung si Binay? Mas malala pa diyan ang ibibigay niya…

      • frudo

        basta masasabi ko lang sayo my friend better na magbigay kasya tumangap. magiging bad lang ang cct kung kukurakutin ng mga ahensya pero kung hindi malaking tulong to sa mga nakakaranas ng gutom sa ngayon na di nman mareresolbahan kaagad agad ng gobyerno. pero di kaslanan ng cct kungdi magiging kasalanan ng mga ganid sa perang mga pulitiko

      • Patrick Gonzalez

        I promise you the CCT program will not work.

      • frudo

        kung hindi man ok lang basta lam ko kahit papano may bata na kakain makakapasok sa school at posibleng makapagaral, yung mga batang yun na napakain ng cct at naka survive baka sakaling pag dating ng panahon makahanap ng work at di na umasa pa sa gobyerno . salamat sa discussion my friend. God bless our Country.

      • Patrick Gonzalez

        Cool… Donate ka ng kaya mo sa UNICEF… Sila talagang tumutulong… Tulong yun… Ang CCT… Limos… Hindi lang limos… Obligadong limos

      • Patrick Gonzalez

        And nope… I couldn’t answer the question because the issue will become personal.

        Pero para sayo… Sasagutin ko…
        Nakaranas na ba ako ng gutom?… Oo nama… Sino ba ang hindi?
        Nakaranas na ba ako ng hirap?… Oo naman… Sino ba naman ang hindi?

      • frudo

        di mawawala ang ganyan tlaga my friend kahit saan bansa ka pumunta meron ganyan. mayaman bansa nga meron ganyan eh. parang pamilya lang yan pag may isang myembro na naghihirap tutulungan ng mas nakaka angat. pero ano mas gusto mo or pipiliin mo ang tumulong ka or ikaw ang tulungan?

      • Patrick Gonzalez

        I also answered this in a previous post with another person…

        Essentially what I said was, this type of help does not help. There is no study or statistical viability for the success of this program anywhere in the world… 1st world countries or otherwise.

        Of course I want to help… But CCT is not the way to go.

    • Patrick Gonzalez

      As to the “GMA” point you posted below… It really doesn’t matter where the idea came from… Kahit kay Quezon pa yan eh… It’s just a very bad idea!

      • frudo

        bakit very bad na idea? ano ang punto mo?

  • Kenjie Hasaki

    Maging mahirap muna kayo. Yung tipong less than 50 pesos ang kinikita nyo sa isang araw.

    Yung iba kasi dito, hindi nila alam kung paano maging mahirap… kung sipag lang ang pag-uusapan ang pinakamasipag na siguro ang mga maralita sa amin sa Negros. 3am pa lang ng madaling araw gumising na sila para mag prepare papunta ng dagat para makakuha ng makakain. Pag sikat ng araw, iiuwi ang konting shells at maliliit na isda para iluto. Tapos maghahanda na sila para pumunta sa “hacienda” (taniman ng tubo sa negros) para lang tumanggap ng Php 150/day sa mag-hapon na trabaho sa ilalim ng araw.

    May nagcocomment na tinuturuan daw umaasa sa dole out.. ang CCT ay mga conditions bago ito matanggap, tulad ng 90% presence sa school ng bata. Mga reciepts ng vitamins at mga gamit sa paaralan..

    Ang CCT ay malaking tulong sa mahihirap. Ang, Php 1,300 sa isang buwan ay sobrang fortune na sa mga mahihirap…

    Maging mahirap muna kayo bago kayo magcomment na ummaasa lang ang mga mahihirap. Dahil sila ang pinaka nagsusumikap sa lahat kasi alam nila na mahirap lang sila.

    • Bino Rocha

      Tama ka kaibigan, pero kung sa konting kita makukuha pa nilang mag-anak ng 5 o higit pa talagang hindi sila makaka-ahon sa hirap. Kung sa kakarampot na kita makukuha pa nilang uminom at mag binggo o tongits sa kanto tuwing hapon pano pa sila makakaraos sa buhay . Kaibigan hindi ka dapat umasa sa gobyerno natin na katulad din ng karamihan na isa ring naghihirap.

      • frudo

        kaw ba galing ka sa pamilya ng mahirap or magulang mo ba squatter ask lang oo or hindi?

      • Kenjie Hasaki

        Hindi sila umaasa sa gobyerno.. asa ba ang tawag mo sa 1,300 per month? Tulong yon… tulong para sila makahaon… makapasok ang mga bata sa eskwela… it may not be enough pero malaki na ang magagawa nun sa mga gustong makawala sa kahirapan..

      • Patrick Gonzalez

        Hindi namin kasalanan (kapag sinabi kong namin hindi ko ibig sabihing mayaman ako o may hacienda ako ordinaryong taong may trabaho lang ako)… Uulitin ko… Hindi namin kasalanan at lalung lalo na hindi kasalanan ng kahit anong administrasyon at gubyerno na umanak sila ng labing lima! Sila ang nagpasarap tapos kami ang aako ng prublema nila? Tama ba yun?

      • frudo

        eh sino ba may kasalanan bakit dami nilang anak! naturuan ba sila ng tama tungkol sa pagplaplano ng pamilya? di ba hindi? tungkulin din yun ng gobyernona turuan sila at makarating sa kanila ang mga informasyon sa dapat sanang tamang pagpaplano ng pamilya kaso ang gobyerno noon mga naduwag sa cbcp na sobrang lakas ng impluensya daw. may kasalanan ang mahihirap may kasalanan din ang gobyerno.

      • Kenjie Hasaki

        Walang may kasalanan kung marami silang anak… ang kasalanan ay ang hindi tumulong… ang maging selfish..

  • mark pogi

    May God Bless our country.

  • joni_depp

    Tumaas na ang presyo ng gasolina. Tinaasan din ang bayad sa MRT at LRT. Tataas ang tubig at kuryente. Ang telecom, tataasin ng gobyerno ang buwis ng 40%. May expanded VAT, may sin tax, may bago pang resibo na pinapagawa ng BIR. Sinasakal ang mga tapat bumayad ng buwis, ngunit yung walang ginagawang kabutihan para sa bayan, may premyo pang CCT!

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