House independent bloc to PNoy: Disclose CCT savings
• August 13, 2014
• Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
• Published in Top Stories
THE House independent bloc yesterday asked the Aquino administration to disclose the savings generated from the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program in the last four years, saying the budget for government’s dole-out program next year should be downsized.
At the same time, Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, the bloc leader, was disappointed that the CCT budget under the 2015 P2.606-trillion General Appropriations Bill (GAB) was increased to P64.7 billion from this year’s P62.6 billion despite the absence of clear answers to so many alleged irregularities in the implementation of the program.
“There were complaints of irregularities in the implementation of the CCT program and we haven’t received concrete answers and now the government is increasing again the budget for this program,” Romualdez stressed.
Romualdez said the Aquino administration should use the funds to train Filipinos in enhancing their skills, adding the government should continuously provide jobs for the poor.
“Let us teach our people how to catch the fish and not to depend on government’s resources,” Romualdez stressed.
Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz and Buhay Hayaang Yumabong party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, both members of the bloc, also scored the increased allocation for alleged “anomalous” Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), saying the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) should declare if savings from the program in the last four years have been pooled and if these have ended up to the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that the Supreme Court (SC) outlawed its key provisions.
“They should answer us now if there are savings that have been generated from the CCT? If there, are these funds also ended up as DAP?” De la Cruz asked.
De la Cruz said the CCT should be reduced because it was “a failure” in general as he echoed concerns by Romualdez that alleged irregularities in the CCT implementation have not been addressed.
“We oppose additional funds. It should be downsized instead of expanding the program because it is tainted with corruption,” said De la Cruz.
For his part, Atienza said the program also encourages a culture of “mendicancy and entitlement” on top of various irregularities hounding its implementation.
“It only promotes mendicancy and entitlement. Definitely, its implementation is full of corruption because I see a lot of inconsistencies in their declarations,” Atienza stressed.