‘Konta Sona’: JV slams CCT

By PRINCE GOLEZ
Manila Reporter

MANILA — Opposition senator Joseph Victor Ejercito criticized the Aquino administration’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program.

Maganda sa pandinig ang layunin ng CCT, ngunit hindi tayo kumbinsidong sapat ito bilang isa sa pangunahing poverty-alleviation programs ng administrasyong Aquino,” Ejercito said in his “Kontra Sona.”

CCT is merely a dole-out project, said the neophyte senator.

Ito ay pansamantalang solusyon lamang sa napakalawak na saklaw ng kahirapan,” he said.

Allocation for CCT funding may get bigger every year, but many Filipinos remain unemployed, the legislator said.

The poor must have jobs so they could meet their daily needs, he stressed.

Ito lang ba ang aasahan ng mga mahihirap na pamilya? Kailan po ba sila mabibigyan ng oportunidad para sa trabaho at sapat na sahod? Sana maging maliwanag din ang plano ng pamahalaan kung paano at kailan ito matatapos,” Ejercito said.

The CCT program is more widely known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, or 4Ps.

Among countries under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Philippines has the highest unemployment rate since 2010, Ejercito said, citing the International Labor Organization.

Also, only three to five percent of the population feels the benefits of the economic growth, he lamented.

Ang tanong ng ating mga manggagawa: Dumami ba ang mga Pilipinong nagkahanapbuhay? Bumuti ba ang kanilang kondisyon sa trabaho sa nakaraang taon? Pupuwede siguro tayong magbigay ng matematikong halimbawa sa isyung ito,” he said.

Ejercito’s Kontra Sona, a response to the Sona, or State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III, on Monday also discussed the country’s increasing commodity prices and irrigation problems.

It also tackled the government’s efforts in communities affected by super typhoon “Yolanda.”

Recovery efforts in Visayas remained slow, Ejercito said.

Makupad pa rin hanggang ngayon ang pagsisikap ng gobyerno sa rehabilitasyon ng mga apektadong lugar. Halos dalawanlibong pamilya ang patuloy na naninirahan sa ‘tent cities’ sa Tacloban (City) at higit limanlibo ang kailangang ilipat mula sa no-build zones,” he said./PN