Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:26
Once the P21-billion conditional cash transfer (CCT) program goes full swing, the hunger picture, reported to have risen in the latest survey of the Social Weather Station, will be eased throughout the country.
In a news briefing Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the CCT is just starting.
He quoted Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman as saying on Monday that except for two municipalities, she has completed the validation of the master list of CCT beneficiaries.
Now that the budget has been approved, the DSWD will now go full steam with the CCT allowing the poverty and hunger situation throughout the country to ease, Lacierda said.
According to the SWS, hunger incidence increased from 15.9 percent in September to 18.1 percent in December.
“We are verifying that with the National Economic and Development Authority” but the hunger and poverty picture will change and will ease up when the CCT kicks off, Lacierda added.
“They were able to identify the recipients of CCT. We hope to increase the number of households, this will help a greater number of people,” Lacierda added. (PCOO/PIA9-BST)
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