Opposition against CCT allocation increase

EXPECT the Aquino Administration to counter the move in the House of Representatives to derail implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program this year for some three million poorest of the poor in the country.

Otherwise known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps for short, it carries an allocation of P21 billion and P1.2B in unaudited intelligence fund.

It has been proposed in the new national budget to increase the allocation to P28 billion.

Patterned after similar program in Mexico and Brazil, CCT is aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty.

Independent institutions such as Social Weather Station (SWS) and Ateneo University had confirmed the effectiveness of CCT in reducing poverty in the country.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad admitted before a house committee hearing that the CCT program implementation of the Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) had flaws but the poverty reduction scheme was effective overall.

Another flaw involves 23 iso-lated cases of beneficiaries surrounding their autometer teller machine (ATM) – through which cash aids were distributed by monthly – to loan sharks to be used for their urgent needs.

Other criticisms were based on the lack of knowledge of the critics on the objectives of the CCTV.

This is where the governmentshould counter the growing opposition against PPPs.


complaint prosper against President Aquino?

This question was answered in the negative by two senators – Senator Gregorio Honasan and Senator Tito Sotto – when they were interviewed during the Fourth Visayas Island Congress of the Vice Mayors League in Bacolod City recently.

Honasan who led several coup attempts against the late President Cory Aquino (mother of President Aquino) said there is no basis for impeachment proceeding or a coup attempt against President Aquino because of his high popularity.

Honasan’s prognosis was confirmed by the finding of the new SWS ratings of public satisfaction that the present administration is the best-liked of all administrations ever since the ratings began in 1989.

Sotto on the other hand said he did not think any attempt to impeach Aquino would prosper.

He advised those calling for Mr. Aquino’s ouster to give him a chance since he had only served for a year.

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