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Why we should support the 4Ps (by Ronald Mendoza) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:45

ARonald Mendozat a recent forum on the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (or 4Ps) held at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, experts from different government agencies and academic institutions discussed the rationale and the feasibility of extending and expanding the program.

Under the management of Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD), the 4Ps is widely known to be the lynchpin of the government’s anti-poverty efforts. One of its key interventions is the provision of small cash transfers to mothers, as long as they commit to investing in their children, such as by ensuring their children go to school, as well as get deworming, vaccination and regular health check-ups to name a few other aspects of the program. 4Ps operates in 79 provinces covering 1484 municipalities and 143 key cities in all 17 regions nationwide.

DSWD bags int’l award for CCT program PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 October 2013 10:00

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently bagged the MY World Outreach Award for Asia-Pacific and Oceania in recognition of its efforts in promoting MY World by letting the “voices” of the “poorest of the poor” conditional cash transfer (CCT) beneficiaries be heard.

MY World is a global survey conducted by the United Nations that asks respondents to choose their priorities for a better world. The results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda.


Something’s brewing (by Chit Juan) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 July 2013 11:28

We are a lucky bunch—Lydia Echauz (former FEU President), Evelyn Singson (presidaent of Dusit Hotel and former MAP President), and myself to have heard first hand the stories of the beneficiaries of the 4Ps, or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

The other members of the National Inspection and Monitoring Committee (NIAMC) are development and CSO representatives like Marietta Paragas of Cordillera Network and Patricia Sarenas of CODE-NGO and Mindanao NGO Networks, Moner Bajunaid who was my co-Trustee in Peace and Equity Foundation and Sister Eloisa of Palo, Leyte.

The NIAMC meets six times a year to monitor the results of the “Pantawid” program as independent professionals. Half the day was spent talking with beneficiaries like Parent Leaders (PLs) guided by Municipal Links (MLs) who are the people in charge of holding Family Development Sessions (FDS) among beneficiaries. The program now has more than 3 million beneficiary families who receive P500 per set of parents and P300 per child (maximum three children) or about P1400 a family per month. In urban language, about the cost of a regular meal for four in a casual restaurant. Or the cost of a pretty good bottle of wine.


Will CCT help or hurt the poor? by Benjamin Diokno PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:24

The conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs worked for some countries. It might work for us. The CCT is certainly better than the many disparate poverty alleviation programs and projects in the past which have been characterized by large leakages (benefits go to the unintended beneficiaries, corrupt bureaucrats, and greedy politicians).


As a general rule, if the government wants to help the poor, it is better to give the poor cash rather than rice or noodles or something else. So much is lost in procuring the goods and in storing and transporting the goods. And so much waste is incurred when goods end up in the hands of the less deserving beneficiaries — the ward leaders and supporters of politicians rather than the truly needy. This has been the story of poverty alleviation programs in the past.

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