DSWD chief says Phl can meet MDG targets with CCT

December 1, 2010 10:23 am 

MANILA, Dec. 1 – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman is optimistic the country can now meet its millennium development goals (MDGs), thanks to the government’s decision to increase the funding for its conditional cash transfer (CCT) program which is popularly known as the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” (4Ps).

“The country is on track to meet the 2015 MDG targets on reducing child mortality, promoting gender equality, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and increasing access to safe drinking water and sanitation (thanks to the CCT),” she stressed.

The DSWD’s budget for the 4Ps for 2011 was placed at P29.2 billion or almost all of its P34.3-billion operating budget for next year.

Around P21.2 billion out of the P29.2 billion will go directly to conditional cash transfers or grants aimed at helping some 2.3 million extremely poor households by the end of 2011.

The remaining P8 billion will cover food programs such as food-for-work and rice subsidies.

Soliman added while 4Ps is considered to be the core strategy for poverty reduction, convergence with other development programs is necessary to enhance and complement the overall impact of the program.

“Complementation of the 4Ps with the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan: Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) and Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K), two key programs of the DSWD with best practices, will ensure that social protection and poverty reduction programs are sustainable,” she pointed out.

The DSWD chief noted that the 4Ps program has paved the way for the immunization of 789,446 children five years old and below.

On education, more than one million children aged six to 14 have enrolled in elementary and high school and are maintaining at least 85 percent attendance rate.

In addition, 411,993 children aged three to five have enrolled in day-care or pre-school institutions.

“With only five years left before the country assesses its achievements in attaining the eight goals and 18 targets of the MDGs, it is foreseen that overall probability of attaining the targets remains high, though dependent largely on the union of several factors,” she stressed.

Soliman made this announcement during the conclusion of the High-Level Meeting on Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region in Beijing, China late last month.

The DSWD chief facilitated the session on child protection and reported the country’s midterm progress on the MDGs.

The meeting attended by senior representatives from 28 governments from across the Asia-Pacific region discussed opportunities for mutual cooperation in the promotion of children’s rights. (PNA)

LDV/PFN

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