BURIED in the inside pages of newspapers is news that a senator wants a review of the national government’s supposedly highly-successful conditional cash transfer (CCT) program.
Senator Cynthia A. Villar said the CCT program has failed to deliver on the promise of improving poverty incidence in this country.
Villar made the statement during the Senate briefing of the Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) on the proposed 2017 P3.35-trillion national government budget.
She asked Secretary Benjamin Diokno of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to review the multi-billion-peso program and find ways to improve it.
But the lady senator from Las Piñas City was also quick to emphasize that she supports the pro-poor program, a brainchild of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“I support the CCT program but can we review the model of our CCT?” said Senator Villar.
According to the lawmaker, we have been doing CCT program for the last six years, but the poverty figure did not move from 27 percent.
“Ang target ng Aquino administration is 17 percent but it did not move after doing CCT. I just want you to review the model of our CCT,” said Villar.
Under the program, an estimated 4.4 million households are enrolled and provided with cash grants to improve the health, education and nutrition situation of the poorest of the poor.
Villar urged the country’s economic managers to look at how successful CCT programs are done in other countries like Brazil, where beneficiaries are required to grow crops.