Gov't moves to uplift lives of poor
Manila (20 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo witnessed today the signing of agreements between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Local Government Units (LGUs) providing conditional cash transfers (CCTs) to uplift the lives of the poorest households in the country.
The President witnessed the signing of the Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs) implementing the Ahon Pamilyang Pilipino (APP) Program between DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral and the local government executives of Pasay City, and two towns each in Agusan del Sur and Misamis Occidental.
Signing for their respective LGUs were Pasay City Vice Mayor Antonio Calixto, Mayor Thelma Lacanilao (Sibagat, Agusan del Sur), Mayor Leonida Manpatilan (Esperanza, Agusan del Sur), Mayor Zenaida Azcuna (Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental), and Mayor Samson Dumanjug (Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental).
The program aims to break the poverty cycle by building human capital through health, nutrition, and education services for the poorest children aged 0-14 years and their parents.
The APP is targeting 600 households from June to December this year and 20,000 households next year from among the country's 10 poorest provinces and the poorest areas in Metro Manila.
Full implementation of the APP will start in January 2009 with an average annual increase of 100,000 households nationwide until 2012.
The APP program provides a cash grant package of P6,000 a year per household for health check-ups and vaccines, and P3,000 education cash grant package per year to a maximum of three children per household.
Patterned after the successful conditional cash transfer (CCT) in Latin America and Africa, the APP program is being spearheaded by the DSWD, in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), and the LGUs. (PIA) [top]