Probe irregularities in CCTP implementation – solon

A ranking member of the House of Representatives is strongly pushing
for a congressional inquiry into the findings of the Commission on
Audit (COA) about alleged irregularities in the implementation of the
government’s multi-billion conditional cash transfer program (CCTP).

In House Resolution 2034, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño said with the
large amount appropriated for the program, it is imperative for the
House Committees on Poverty Alleviation and Appropriations to
investigate how the allocation is being disbursed by the Department of
Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

This year’s allotment for the CCTP implementation is P39.44 billion as
against the P21.194-billion allocation in 2011.

Citing COA findings, Casiño said some of the beneficiaries, 96 or
6.86% of the 1,400 sample beneficiaries included in the program, were
not extremely poor and are, therefore, ineligible for CCT
participation.

“According to media reports, included in the list are people who own
hectares of land, cars, rental apartments and small businesses.
Others are local government employees or public school teachers
earning regular salaries,” Casiño, chairman of the House Committee on
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development, said.

Casiño said the COA also reported discrepancies and double entries of
the names of 3,146 grantees in 250 payrolls covering the payment
period May 25, 2010, which further led to accumulation of idle funds
in the Land Bank of the Philippines amounting to P19,468,900.00 for
over the counter payments and P516,300.00 for cash card payments.

“Unclaimed cash in the amount of P138,002,926 was also discovered.
The idle amount remains unclaimed because of said double entries and
claimants are not legitimate 4Ps grantees,” Casiño said.

Casiño said DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman reported 171,947 households
which have already been delisted as of November 2011 and that a
grievance redress system is in place.

“The large number of delisted families proves that besides the faulty
principle behind it, there is something structurally wrong with the
implementation of the program,” Casiño said.

“Instead of giving dole-outs and allocating a substantial amount for
its administration, it would be more prudent and farsighted to
prioritize and invest in free education and health services, as well
as skills development and livelihood programs,” Casiño stressed.

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