Aquino orders DSWD to ensure smooth implementation of CCT

December 9, 2010 4:12 am 

MANILA, Dec. 8 — President Benigno S. Aquino III has ordered Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman to ensure that the implementation of the P21-billion conditional cash transfer (CCT) grant program to indigent families next year will have “improved systems, monitoring and cash flow.”

Soliman said the President wanted to make sure that everything will proceed smoothly and will not encounter problems.

“Very clearly he is committed to see this (program) through. He has taken a personal interest in making sure that we are able to implement this in the best way possible with all the stakeholders involved,” Soliman told reporters after the President’s speech at the 10th Children’s Hour benefit luncheon at the Antel Lifestyle City in Makati.

The President wanted concrete measurements of indicators so that at "the end of the year we can clearly see where the program is going in terms of geographical areas as stipulated in the Millennium Development Goals," according to Soliman.

Soliman also met with DSWD regional field directors to hammer out the Presidential directive.

Special focus for the CCT in 2011 are the indigent families in the ARMM, CARAGA, Samar-Leyte provinces, Bicol region and the Zamboanga Peninsula or 79 provinces in all, Soliman said.

“This does not mean that we are ignoring the other provinces not yet covered by the CCT. We are just pouring more resources in addressing the poverty, malnutrition and lack of access to basic services in these priority poorest provinces,” Soliman added.

As to whether the phases will be equally divided as to families to be covered, Soliman said this would depend on the current status of cash flow, the number of beneficiaries in the different areas and where poverty incidence is higher.

She said that as of September this year, a total of 16,000 families had been delisted out of the 700,000 identified for coverage in CCT. (PNA)

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