Conditional Cash Transfer Program Watch in the Philippines

Conditional Cash Transfer Program Watch in the Philippines

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government
YEARS: 2011-2012
THEME: Public Safety Nets

The Conditional Cash Transfer Program (CCTP) or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) has become the largest and core social assistance program in the Philippines.  The program is one of the responses of the Philippine government to the challenge of meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), namely:  1) eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; 2) achieving universal primary education; 3) promoting gender equality and empowering women; 4) reducing child mortality; and 5) improving maternal health.  Since the launching of the program in 2008, the number of CCTP beneficiary households has increased rapidly to 3 million in 2012 covering almost 60{feea96bd7ce234d33488972a91b10e24d555bf5cbb80bb42aaf8e4333debf8a6} of total poor Filipino households who are identified under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) with a budget of P39 billion.  Budget support for the program has nearly doubled every year from P10 billion in 2010 to P21 billion in 2011 and P39 billion in 2012.

The Conditional Cash Transfer Program Watch or CCTP Watch was conceived during the time that the CCTP or 4 Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) was at the midst of a controversy following the passage of the DSWD budget in 2011 by Congress without cut despite many questions regarding the capacity of the department to implement the program.

Although the program is designed to reach the poor families, in reality this is not so.  People complain that many in the list of beneficiaries are government employees; many are known to have the means in life.  This was the main reason why the CCAGG decided to embark on the CCTP Watch project. CCAGG’s intervention to the CCT Program is very crucial so that the intended beneficiaries, the poorest of the poor, are the ones who benefit.

The CCTP Watch Project has two objectives:  the inclusion of the poorest of the poor as beneficiaries of the program, and to ensure that government (public) money is not wasted.  It has 5 components:  baseline survey, monitoring tool development, monitoring cum formation of community-based monitoring team, advocacy on good governance and policy dialogue with DSWD.

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