BACOLOD City – The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte recognizes the need to continue the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program since many poor Filipinos still require assistance from the government.
This was stated by Secretary Judy Taguiwalo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), who said their agency is now validating the status of about 4.6 million beneficiaries of the CCT program, also known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps.
Taguiwalo, who hails from Bacolod, was among the cabinet officials who joined President Duterte in his visit to this city on Sunday to officially open the 37th MassKara Festival at the public plaza.
She said the DSWD is verifying the eligibility of the beneficiaries to determine who among them deserve to be included in the implementation of 4Ps.
Taguiwalo added that they are also looking for households with about 1.2 million recipients who have crossed the poverty line, or are now in the transitioning stage.
The government needs to determine the success factors, and identify their additional needs so they will no longer return to poverty, the DSWD chief said.
Taguiwalo said “it is the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte to provide fair treatment and fast assistance to the community.”
Other initiatives of the DSWD include the provision of rice subsidy to 4Ps grantees, and additional assistance to families of wounded police and military personnel such as scholarships for their children.
Taguiwalo also said the DSWD is studying the possibility of providing rice assistance to all Pantawid grantees instead of only 3.1 million households identified beneficiaries to receive 20 kilograms of rice each.
The DSWD is also checking the new “Listahanan,” a database of poor Filipinos, and is in the process of identifying super typhoon Yolanda victims in Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas, who have not yet received emergency shelter assistance, she added. (PNA)