Palace defends CCT amid Marcos probe

by Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 04 2014 04:31 PM | Updated as of Aug 05 2014 12:31 AM

MANILA - Malacanang has defended the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program against criticisms that it has not helped solve poverty.

Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said over the weekend that Congress will review the program since there is no proof it has helped in poverty alleviation.

“I believe it is time for the CCT to get a strict review. There is no proof that after so many years, it has helped alleviate poverty, considering that the poverty rate has gone up over the years, to 27 percent at present,” Marcos said.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda also welcomed Anakbayan Rep. Terry Ridon's statement that he will investigate the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB).

Ridon said the GPB is similar to the Disbursement Acceleration Program. The GPB was instituted by Budget Secretary Florencio Abad in order to identify the programs and projects needed by the poorest cities and municipalities.

Lacierda defended the GPB, saying it is based on the needs of the community.