Aquino warns use of 4Ps to get votes

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Monday warned politicians against using the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) program to get voters’ support for the May elections.

Speaking before the Kagay-anon crowd at the Pelaez Sports Center during the proclamation rally of Governor Oscar Moreno and his running mates, Aquino urged voters to junk candidates who use the multi-billion cash dole-out program as a means to buy votes in the local level.

“Kung may nagsasabing politiko na matatanggal kayo bilang benepisyaryo sa pantawid pamilya pag di niyo sila binoto, ako na mismo nagsasabi na huwag kayong maniniwala dahil wala silang karapatan na gawin `yon at paano nila kayo tatanggalin samantalang matatanggal na sila sa puwesto,” the President said.


Aquino stressed that the 4Ps is no “hocus pocus.”

The government has allotted P44 billion for the CCT program being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the 4Ps.

Senatorial candidate Edgardo Angara said he will push a law that would institutionalize the 4Ps as one of his major poverty alleviation measures.

He said that 4Ps has been a major tool of the government in alleviating the plight of the poor and its effectiveness would be further enhanced by legislation.

Angara stressed that while his draft law would retain much of the current 4Ps features, other micro-finance initiatives at the grass roots level would be integrated into the program to further boost the fund and enhance its implementation.

“What is envisioning under the draft CCT law is a strong partnership between the DSWD and local government units so that the needs of the impoverished grassroots could be truly and fully addressed,” he added in a press statement.

The 4Ps is a five-year human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households particularly of children aged 0-14.

Patterned after the CCT schemes implemented in other developing countries, the 4Ps provides cash grants to beneficiaries as long as they comply with the set of conditions required by the program.

The program, which is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, will end this year with a total of 3,843,502 beneficiaries in 79 provinces in all 17 regions nationwide as of January 9, 2013.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 24, 2013.

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