Dip in hunger among Pinoys not due to CCT – group

A militant urban poor group slammed Malacanang’s attribution of a recent decline in the hunger incidence among Filipinos during the last quarter of 2012 to the Aquino administrations’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program and other poverty alleviation projects.

“CCT program which started with a P10 billion budget during the Arroyo administration and now with a whooping a P44.2 billion budget under the Aquino administration in 2013 has never contributed to the ever increasing hunger incidence among the Filipinos in recent years,” said Gloria Arellano, Kadamay national chairperson said.

According to Arellano, the overall hunger in the last quarter of 2011 as in the past years under the Aquino administration was still higher that the 14-year average hunger incidence.

“Only to show that Aquino’s corruption-ridden CCT pogram will not lead out countrymen to the matuwid na daan that the Aquino administration is boating of,” she added.

According to the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey conducted last December as commissioned by the Business World, there were 3.3 million Filipino families who claimed to have gone hungry in the last three months, or 16.3% of the respondents. It is higher than the 14-year average of 14.5%, but down from the 21% o 4.3 million in March last year.

“What Malacanang never mentioned is that the last quarter of the year,as always, includes the longest holiday season in the world where most Filipinos spent most of their hard-labored savings, even as early as November. This is a more acceptable reason why fewer Filipinos went hungry,” said Arellano.

Kadamay also slammed Malacanang for defending the 10.5 million CCT fund that will be used for the anti-epal campaign of the Aquino administration.

“Clearly, aside from the acquisition of expensive Samsung Galaxy smarthphones worth P342,000 and planners worth P428,750 last year by officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD) supposedly for a more efficient distribution of the CCT funds, the agency should explain thoroughly to the public how can this anti-epal campaign this alleviate millions of our kababayans from poverty,” Arellano added.

More than a political ad, the Aquino administration should have stricter means of ensuring that the CCt fund will not be used for the benefits of running politicians, the group said.

Even earlier than the electoral period, CCT has been riddled with reports of corruption committed by the DSWD.

There are still P3.77 billion DSWD fund that the agency has not yet liquidated for the year 2012.

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