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Philippines rewards the poor as Asia’s income gap widens

MANILA, Philippines - Fe Capco and her five children live in a shack with no running water along a dirt track in eastern Manila. She earns about $100 a month washing clothes and her husband used to bring in about $70 a month driving a motorcycle taxi until he went blind. But things are better than they used to be. Through a programme in the Philippines called Pantawid Pamilya (Family Subsistence), 3 million poor households like Capco's get small grants ...

Poverty busters 4Ps score with women on top

Two years from now, several community beneficiaries in Cebu will graduate from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). As the first batch of graduates from the program, beneficiaries from Barangays Sudlon I and II, Tejero, Duljo Fatima, Lapu-Lapu City, Mambaling and T. Padilla are already preparing to embark on life without help from the government. At present, help comes from the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, also known as 4Ps, a five-year poverty-reduction strategy of the Aquino administration administered by ...

WB: Phl a model for cash transfer

WASHINGTON – The World Bank (WB) has tagged the Philippines as a model in providing a social safety net that cushions the impact of global financial and economic problems. The Philippines, for its part, wants to improve its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) by lengthening the period that beneficiaries receive cash. “We at the Bank have helped extend conditional cash transfer programs to about 40 other countries. So we had the Philippines (Social Welfare) secretary here and they have expanded ...

CCT puts more poor children in school

More poor children are expected to enjoy their basic rights to education and health as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program reaches 3 million poor households. From 2.3 million households last year, the program which is also widely known as CCT (conditional cash transfer) is now on its fifth level of expansion and has completed 65% of the 4.6 million poor households identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). The Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program ...

‘No one left behind’

“Let no one be left behind” is a slogan adopted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to stress the goal of its social protection programs: that no Filipino is left by the wayside as the country pursues development. To achieve the goal of meeting the needs of the poorest and hardest-to-reach Filipinos, the department has adopted a “convergence strategy” to harmonize its three main social protection programs. Called “Tatsulo,” a play on the Tagalog word for triangle (“tatsulok”) ...