SENATOR Cynthia Villar wanted a review of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program after it has failed to deliver on the promise of improving poverty incidence in the country.
During the Senate briefing of the Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) on the proposed P3.35-trillion national government budget for 2017, Villar asked Department of Budget and Management Sec. Benjamin Diokno to review the program and find ways to improve it.
“I support CCT but can we review the model of our CCT? We have been doing CCT for the last six years, sabi n’yo nga the poverty figure did not move from 27 percent. Ang target ng Aquino administration is 17 percent but it didn’t move after doing CCT. I just want you to review the model of our CCT,” Villar said.
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is the Philippines’ CCT program where 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.
With a budget of P78.7 billion this year, the program is the largest CCT program in the world, next to Brazil with 8.8 million households and Mexico, with 6.5 million household beneficiaries.
Villar, chair of the Senate Committee on Social Justice and Rural Development, urged the economic managers to look at how successful CCT programs are done in other countries.
She cited the Brazil model where farmers are required to grow crops.