Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“CONDITIONAL CASH TRANSFER” [translation: LIMOS]

     A novel way of making the poor as downright mendicants or beggars, a creative way of the administration playing Santa Claus by generously giving away public funds to its chosen private recipients, an ultimately ingenious means of buying political patronage specially at the supposed advent of elections – all these and other indefensible factors are behind the so-called CCT funded by a truly generous capital of 108.881 billion for 2015! This dubious invention – though at first perceived as love incarnate and care unlimited by the present administration through the now likewise dubious DSWD – actually raises more and more reasonable questions in all sincerity and candor.

     Following then are some of the more relevant and serious questions asked and heard behind the allegedly brilliant yet actually dubious idea of freely giving away public funds to supposedly poor families: In the first place, why is a family poor – because of indolence, due to vice, on account of irresponsibility? How poor should a family be in order to receive CCT? How regularly really do the poor families get their CCT? Who says or determines that a family is really poor and why? How long may a family remain poor in order to continue receiving the CCT? How sure is it that every poor family really gets the whole CCT amount although all the required receipts are signed? Who is really watching if the recipient is actually and faithfully living up to the conditions required by the Cash Transfer? How long may a family remain poor, all month after month Cash Transfers notwithstanding? When the present government is gone, will CCT vanish therewith?

     There are more and more poor people in the Country – notwithstanding all claims and allegations of Malacañang to the contrary. The poor have the need and the right to get financial help from Malacañang that in effect has the “Power of the Purse” and that in truth also aims at holding the “Power of the Pen”. But there must be a much better way of helping the poor instead of giving dole-outs or mere limos to them. Not all poor people are beggars – all contrary ideas and demeaning perceptions of Malacañang to the contrary notwithstanding.

     There are basic Livelihood Programs which are rather easy to teach, to learn and to put up. There are little Cooperative Ventures that are not difficult to study and operate. There are modest Manufacturing Enterprises that need but practical knowledge and skills. This is but converting the limos into trabaho, thus making the poor regain their legitimate dignity and pride.

     Is this too hard to understand?