CCT program now covers 4.4 million households nationwide

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By Claro A. Lanipa (ALT/CAL/PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY (PIA) –- After eight years of implementation since its inception in 2008, the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program of the government has expanded to 41,519 barangays in 144 cities and 1,483 municipalities in 80 provinces nationwide.

The National Household Targeting System – Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) in 2011 has identified 5.2 million households who are considered poor. Out of this number, 4.6 million households were eligible as beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) after complying with the requirements set by the program.

In 2015, the said program was serving 4,423,628 active households nationwide or 99.7 percent of this year’s target of 4,436,732 households. About 95.06% of the active household beneficiaries are covered by the regular 4Ps program and 218,377 or 4.94 percent are covered by the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) program, according to data released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Being one of the core anti-poverty program of the government, the program has expanded over the years under the Aquino administration, not only in terms of coverage but also in budget allocation. For 2015, P56, 139,595,075.00 was allocated to cover the cash grants for over 4.3 million enrolled with the program.

In Zamboanga del Sur, Ms. Yvonnie N. Suico, provincial link of 4Ps reported that 681 barangays in the 26 municipality and one (1) city in the province are covered by the program. With 86,861 households under the regular program and 7,743 households (indigenous peoples) under the modified program with a total of 94,604 households province-wide.

Meanwhile, 19,525 Pantawid beneficiaries have graduated from elementary and 7,647 have successfully finished high school here.

It can be recalled, that at the start of this program, only 12 municipalities were covered to include Kumalarang, Lakewood, Tigbao, San Miguel, Dinas, Tabina, Lapuyan, Vincenzo Sagun and San Pablo in the second district and Midsalip, Sominot and Dumingag in the first district of Zamboanga del Sur.