Palace defends CCT after new SWS survey

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 15 2013 03:03 PM | Updated as of Jan 15 2013 11:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Palace said the government's conditional cash transfer (CCT) is effective even as the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey reportedly showed that self-rated poverty increased.

"We have been going around. We make it a point to talk to the beneficiaries in provinces that are not part of (Metro) Manila or in some other cities and the feedback is almost usually the same, na malaki ang nagiging tulong," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said of the CCT.

"Yung iba nga po nagdadala pa sila, pinapakita nila 'yung sapatos ng mga anak nila bago sila maging part 'nung CCT-'yung pinupuntahan 'nung cash grant na naibibigay po sa kanila."

Valte said authorities will look into the survey numbers considering that a recent survey also showed that fewer Filipinos have experienced hunger.

"We are going to look into those numbers actually because in the same survey it cites naman that hunger incidence also went down. So it is safe to assume that our experts will be looking at the numbers also just to see what is there-what the numbers reveal," she said.

"Since we are not the ones who conducted the survey, I can't tell you why those numbers are the way they are. What we can do is just to look into them and see kung ano po 'yung relationship."