Arroyo calls CCT— irresponsible

Former President and now Congresswoman Arroyo speaking on the House floor:

<blockquote>Arroyo, speaking on the floor for the first time and at times showing flashes of her temper, said she was not against the CCT, especially since her administration started it. But she was wary about scaling up the project in so short a time.

“I am not against increasing the CCT beneficiaries, but a sudden and massive increase by more than double its previous number seems both ambitious and untimely,” she said.

“It would be irresponsible to allocate a budget for a program that is not yet fully prepared. The details may look very nice on paper, but I’ve been there Mr. Speaker. The implementation is centrally not that simple,” she added.

Arroyo also lamented that the funding for the CCT came at the expense of other crucial projects. There were less funds for farm-to-market roads, state universities and colleges, the judiciary and Visayas and Mindanao, she pointed out.</blockquote>

The Inquirer further added:

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Arroyo also pointed out the absence of enough birthing facilities for pregnant women who would be beneficiaries of the CCT, adding that it was better to use the money to build more of them.

“My point is, isn’t it better, isn’t it wiser to put the money in birthing units where we see the need very glaringly rather than in such a big scale of CCT where we do not know, we are not confident, very far form confident, about the absorptive capacity whether it’s in the organization itself of the program or in the allied services?” she said.

Nava, for his part, said the DSWD was in constant consultation with the education and health departments for the CCT program, and that the local government units were better equipped to do their part.

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Aquino has previously defended the cash aid program.  The Cusp noted in a previous article, out of the woodwork:

<blockquote>In the Philippines, one of the greatest hindrances to growth among other things is the gaping divide between socio-economic groups. We are actually latecomers to the game. Most of Latin America has implemented some form of CCT to great success. It has been dubbed “the closest thing to a silver bullet” in the fight against poverty because it targets so many aspects of human capital deficiency. Perhaps the critics should try and find some other line of attack because this one simply does not work.</blockquote>

What do you think?

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  • GabbyD

    i think the name calling itself is useless, but her question is reasonable… will the infra be enough to cope with the increase?

    how about some enterprising journalist figure this out?

  • Bert

    Hehehe, UP n, now you’re talking sense, :).

  • mario taporco

    UP nn grad,

    With that in mind, hopefully P-Noy’s administrations can now use the excess funding to move ahead, and propel our nation to a better Philippines as a whole.

    I am still wary though, I have to be. It’s the Philippines, please prove me wrong…,!

  • UP nn grad

    What former President Arroyo said sounds very straightforward. Give Malacanang money to spend and there will be leakage and inefficiencies. Give Malacanang much more money to spend and there will be much more leakages and iefficiencies, unless, of course, the Executive Department has already demonstrated that cronyism, favoritism and corruption in high places have already been cut by 40% or more.

    Erap could have said these words. GMA’s words have more weight because the 4P / CCT was a program of her adminstration.

  • mario taporco

    Congresswoman Arroyo sure does know how to imply on certain issue(s.) But to apply the necessities for the common people, she has none.

    I can see her eye-brows rising, right about now. ö

  • manuelbuencamino

    I think Arroyo has no business telling anybody how to spend funds.

    “It would be irresponsible to allocate a budget for a program that is not yet fully prepared. The details may look very nice on paper, but I’ve been there Mr. Speaker. The implementation is centrally not that simple,” she added.

    What she did not pocket she distributed but based on her political needs and not the needs of the intended recipients.