DSWD wants P39.4-B for conditional cash transfer

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 01 2011 08:22 PM | Updated as of Aug 02 2011 08:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Aquino administration's centerpiece Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or conditional cash transfer (CCT) gets even bigger in the proposed 2012 budget of the government.

Its implementing agency, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, has proposed a budget of P49.2 billion for 2012. Of that amount, P39,444,651,000 is for the CCT alone, from P21 billion in the 2011 appropriations. There will also be a supplemental feeding program worth P2.8 billion, P881 million for the food for work for internally displaced program and P103 million for the national household targeting system for poverty reduction.

Under the proposed bill, the DSWD shall ensure that all the beneficiaries of its subsidy programs are registered under the Unified Multi-Purpose Identification System. "For this purpose, the DSWD shall immediately undertake and shoulder the cost of the registration of qualified beneficiaries under its subsidy programs." Furthermore, the beneficiaries must be under the national household targeting system for poverty reduction.

Aside from the CCT, the DSWD also has some P662,500,000 in quick response funds for calamities.

But aside from the executive department's CCT program, even lawmakers have their own contributions to the national household targeting system's projects.

Under the provision for the Priority Development Assistance Funds or PDAF, part of the P24 billion allotted for lawmakers will have to go to those on the national household targeting system's beneficiaries.

"Project Identification. Identification of projects and/or designation of beneficiaries shall conform to the priority list, standard or design prepared by each implementing agency. Furthermore, preference shall be given to projects located in the 4th to 6th class municipalities or indigents identified under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction by the DSWD. For this purpose, the implementing agency shall submit to Congress said priority list, standard or design within ninety (90) days from effectivity of this Act."

The following is the breakdown as lifted from the National Expenditure Program (NEP):

B. PROJECT(s)
I. Locally-Funded Project(s)

a. Pantawid Pamilya (Implementation of Conditional Cash Transfer) 39,311,749,000 132,902,000 39,444,651,000
1. National Capital Region 889,936,000 4,650,000 894,586,000
2. Region 1 636,606,000 18,025,000 654,631,000
3. Cordillera Administrative Region 1,503,572,000 9,237,000 1,512,809,000
4. Region II 917,432,000 13,467,000 930,899,000
5. Region III 671,033,000 6,125,000 677,158,000
6. Region IV-A 1,547,807,000 4,952,000 1,552,759,000
7. Region IV-B 1,909,218,000 3,493,000 1,912,711,000
8. Region V 3,623,680,000 6,768,000 3,630,448,000
9. Region VI 2,928,879,000 12,485,000 2,941,364,000
10. Region VII 2,539,533,000 17,315,000 2,556,848,000
11. Region VIII 2,980,641,000 15,467,000 2,996,108,000
12. Region IX 2,832,784,000 2,388,000 2,835,172,000
13. Region X 3,029,565,000 4,578,000 3,034,143,000
14. Region XI 2,055,200,000 4,427,000 2,059,627,000
15. Region XII 2,472,269,000 4,530,000 2,476,799,000
16. Region XIII - CARAGA 1,889,776,000 1,658,000 1,891,434,000
17. ARMM 3,504,374,000 3,165,000 3,507,539,000
18. Central Office (National Project Monitoring Office) 3,379,444,000 172,000 3,379,616,000