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    Phl senator wants cash program probed

    THE Philippine government is open to any congressional probe on the effectiveness of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said on Monday.
    Lacierda was commenting on the statement made by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. seeking for a review of the CCT program to see if it has helped poverty alleviation efforts.
    Lacierda stressed that the CCT program provides a bridge between that stage when the poorest of the poor have nothing and the time when they find employment.
    He explained that the “poorest of the poor” are identified through a National Household Targeting Survey.
    He said the government provides them livelihood.
    “For instance, we give them 10,000 pesos to start a business. No interest, no collateral, and payable in two years,” Lacierda said.
    To ensure the success of the CCT program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) monitors the beneficiaries if they do send their children to school and give them proper health care.
    “To a large extent, it will be criminal for us not to help the poorest of the poor. That is our commitment—that no one should be left behind,” Lacierda concluded.
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