KIMI cold to cash transfer program

November 3, 2010 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

By Brando Cortez

QUEZON CITY- Fifth District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco bared her apprehensions on the implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development that is aimed at poverty reduction.

“The aim is noble but the lack of safeguards in the program alarmingly makes it susceptible to corruption. What is the assurance that the money will not go to waste? Will it go to the rightful beneficiary?”

These were the issues raised by Cojuangco during the marathon debates of the Aquino administration’s P1.645-trillion national budget for 2011 that also approved the controversial P21-billion CCT fund for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) despite negative sentiments of several lawmakers.

As a former municipal mayor, Cojuangco shared her negative experience with regards to dole-outs that were handled by the DSWD.

She said that the dole outs did not necessarily reach the poorest of the poor but went to relatives of the DSWD officers.

Cojuangco said that the proper management system of the P21 billion cash transfer program management should be put in place to check any corruption.

“This opens us up to corruption and P21-billion divided amongst how many municipalities, it seems, on my mind, would be a total waste of money if it is not dispensed properly,” Cojuangco said.

Cojuangco expressed her preference for a program that focuses more on helping the poor to have access to opportunities to earn for themselves.

“And I would also like to say, for the record, I would rather teach our poorest of the poor how to fish than give them fish.”

She also spoke on alternative uses of the P21 billion like putting more emphasis on the shortage of textbooks and classrooms in education or on the improvement of the capabilities of the Regional Health Units (RHUs) in terms of extending appropriate maternal care, for instance.

She admitted that her extreme apprehensions about the dole out program is based on her experience on the ground.

“All of these sounds so very good, the way you have described it, but when you get down to the ground, it is a totally different situation,” Cojuangco said.

“The country needs all programs and projects that address widespread poverty. However, the creation of implementing guidelines must always take into consideration the elimination of corruption,” she added.

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