MANILA, Philippines - An Impact Evaluation by the World Bank (WB) showed that the Philippine Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program is "strong and consistent" in improving the quality of lives of poor Filipino families, and that it is on track in achieving its objectives, primarily in human development, by investing in health and education of poor children aged 0-14 years old, and rural women.
The WB Impact Evaluation, done in cooperation with Asian Development Bank and Australian Agency for International Development, as well as research group Social Weather Stations, was the result of over a year of data collection and analysis.
The WB said the Philippines, through the CCT or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program," is in a better position to attain in three years the Millennium Development Goals. Under this program, poor families receive cash, provided their children go to public schools, visit health centers for checkup and treatment, and pregnant mothers undergo checkup.
The government has set target of 4.3 million poor households by 2016. As of July 1, 2012, the program had 3,041,152 household-beneficiaries in 1,400 cities and municipalities in 79 provinces nationwide. It is lengthening the five-year period that beneficiaries receive aid. By December 31, 2013, some 321,000 beneficiaries will have graduated from the 4Ps, but the families would continue to be assisted by government through sustainable livelihood programs to keep them self-reliant when they leave the program.
We wish the Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, Social Weather Stations President Dr. Mahar Mangahas, World Bank Country Director Motoo Konishi, Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda, and Australian Agency for International Development Director-General Peter Baxter, all the best and success in their coordinated approach to reduce poverty and upgrade the lives of Filipinos. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!