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Sen. Ralph Recto on why he's in favor of giving more cash aid to poor Pinoys: "This is better than giving away condoms" reports that Senator Ralph Recto said in a statement released on Saturday, May 12, that he has "no objections increasing the budget of the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) anti-poverty program as long as it reaches intended poor beneficiaries."
Published on: May 14, 2012 - 9:15am reports that Senator Ralph Recto said in a statement released on Saturday, May 12, that he has "no objections increasing the budget of the government's conditional cash transfer (CCT) anti-poverty program as long as it reaches intended poor beneficiaries." The report quoted Recto, who said, "This is better than giving away condoms, but the targeting must be precise like smart-bombs."


Then again, the report pointed out: "However, Recto expressed concern that despite billions being poured into the CCT program, many Filipinos are still going hungry. He said an estimated 4.8 million of them are skipping meals once in three months. Recto said the government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) may have to reassess its CCT strategies to determine if the intended beneficiaries are being served."


The report further noted that Recto also said, "Inspite of the CCT, the number of the poor and hungry is increasing. There must be something wrong there. Are we really hitting the intended beneficiaries? We might need to rethink the strategy."


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  • filipina ako
    thanks a bunch!
    @Hired Hand

    What you presented are all valid and great ideas. Edsa revolution was not really a revolution that we thought could bring social change, it was just (as what Hired Hand said) a change in the powerful few who sits on the throne to demean the less fortunate. For us to have the change that we wanted for so long, it must start with us, we should not allow the few powerful people to make up the government. It is always us,the Filipino citizens who and should make the government. Therefore, it depends on us, the filipinos to make that change. We can start with choosing the best candidates come election time. We must be prepared to be disciplined. We must be prepared to participate, and I know that the term "people's governance" is a far cry to this because it entails a lot of thinking, transparency, and accountability involved.
    What is best is for us to be vigilant and involve ourselves and not be ignorant that whenever there are issues that is of national relevance, we just seem to have this blind obedience. It should not be tolerated. Sometimes, we just have to stop and think, think hard to know what we must do. This is filipina ako... and I believe we can still make it :-) Don't be annoyed by my being positive, I just want to think and do what's best for the Philippines to start that change. We can all do it
    May 15 2012 @ 02:02pm     Reply  
  • Hired Hand

    You are an astute observer at naobserbahan mong fake yung EDSA rebolusyon at iba pang sumunod nito...Nag improve ba ang kabuhayan ng majority ng Masang Filipino? Wala! di ba mas masahol pa nga ang nangyari? Reboluston lang yun ng mga naghaharing uri.Inagaw s mga Marcos cronies patungo sa Yellow Mob ni Noynoy. Kayong mga kabataan ang magdidisisyun niyan kung paano aagawin ang political/economic power.At talagang madugo iyan dahil hindi basta ibibigay iyan on a silver platter. Karamihan sa Social Changes kung rerebyuhin ninyo ang history, karaniwan eh middle class ang nag le-leader na mga kapareho ninyo.Bakit Middle class? dahilan sa kayo lang ang mi oras at capability para mag muni-muni ng HUMAN CONDITION, at makakita ng disparity at opression sa ating lipunan. At bakit hindi ang mga Masang Tanga? dahil ang mga iyan ay walang oras magmuni muni ng kalagayan nila at parating gutom, Ang kanilang agenda parati ay kung saan manggagaling ang next meal.At bakit hindi ang mga naghaharing uri? Syempre mag sui-suicide ba sila?
    May 15 2012 @ 01:15pm     Reply  
  • tambay sa kanto
    @Hired Hand,
    kung aagawin ng puwersahan ang political power, ibig bang sabihin nyan rebolusyon ang kailangan kaya lang hindi dapat kagaya ng EDSA Revolution kasi fake naman iyon. After Edsa we are even worse now. Is there no hope for a good election to change this?
    May 15 2012 @ 10:02am     Reply  
  • Hired Hand
    Pag nawala iyang tatlong evils sa lipunan natin, tiyak na susulong ang ating bansa, dahil ang NATIONAL INTEREST na ang iisipin ng mga bagong leaders at hindi ang selfish interests ng tatlong iyan. Ayaw ng Tatlong iyan magkaroon ng meaningful SOCIAL CHANGES dahil mawawala na sila sa eksena at pati ang pandurugas nila. Magkakasabwatan iyang tatlong iyan dahil gusto nila ma preserve ang STATUS QUO, at ang paghahari-harian nila sa masang tanga. Ang tanong eh: Paano natin TITIGBAKIN ANG TATLONG IYAN? Sa ELEKSYON BA? REBOLUSYON BA? CIVIL WAR BA? ang mamamayan ang magpapasiya.. Pero mi kasabihan si Chairman Mao Zedong: POLITICAL POWER GROWS OUT OF A BARREL OF A GUN. Translation: political power daw eh inaagaw ng pwersahan at kailanman eh hindi ibinibigay...
    May 15 2012 @ 12:26am     Reply   Hide replies
    • Pilipino
      You presented options for people to take. What is the better option for you? if you believe that political power must be taken with force.
      May 15 2012 @ 10:17am     Reply  
  • ***usisero***
    ok! nandito ang magagaling mag comment. Tambay sa kanto, nandito na si FILIPINA AKO at HIRED HAND. Of course nauna na sila Genuine, Mark at Pilipino. Hindi na ako magsasalita, magbabasa na lang ako ng mga comments nila. Mag post pa kayo ng marami para may mabasa akong educational and worth thinking of.
    May 14 2012 @ 08:39pm     Reply  
  • Pepe at Pilar
    Really, educational ang magbasa dito ng comments sa spot. If people in spot will run next election, that is using their usernames, I will surely vote for them for the Philippines will be a better country.

    The root of all evil must be taken away first before we see development.
    May 14 2012 @ 08:00pm     Reply  
  • pinoy101
    first of all,poverty exists mainly because of too much mouth to feed.People in the gov`t. seats should know this first-hand and think of much long-term,effecient and productive way of solving it.Giving away cash only temporarily solve the problem or much worse,they will only depend on this cash-outs teaching them more to be lazy.Why not educate those poors,give them a job they will work for until they can get out of their miserable life.Create more jobs,improve the quality of education and hand-out i know why Recto married vilma.
    May 14 2012 @ 02:44pm     Reply  
  • Hired Hand
    Ano na namang katarantaduhan itong iniisip ni Ralph? How long can you sustain the dole-outs? mas tama nga yung Condoms in a way eh...Problema dito sa mga Trapos eh puro Band-aids solution lang ang alam. Hindi ma diagnose kung ano sakit. Ano ba ang Roots of Poverty talaga? ang tamang makasagot na pulitiko eh iboboto ko. Number One: Feudalism, ang number one poster Boy eh si Noy noy Aquino at ang kanilang infamous Hacienda Luisita.Symbol iyan ng neo-slavery dito sa atin. The faster with do away with it, mas bibilis ang takbo ng ating development.Number 2. Bureacrat Capitalism; Yung mga pulitikong mi mga negosyo at pumapasok sa pulitika para proteksyunan ang kanilang selfish interests. O kaya mga puppet sila ng mga Big Businesses dito. Para silang mga mercenaryo. Hindi ang national interest ang ipinaglalaban nila kundi sariling mga bank accounts at money laundering sa abroad,Number Three: Clerico-Fascism- ang interest naman ng simbahan ito,gusto nilang payamanin at ke se hodang patay gutom ang 103 million na Filipinos...Identify ninyo iyang tatlong kaaway na iyan....
    May 14 2012 @ 01:34pm     Reply  
  • filipina ako
    Spotters can really think well and they do think well.

    What we need is a paradigm shift for sustainable development. We can better help by addressing what is really needed. Agriculture, manufacturing, these are some of the many things that we can focus on. As what Genuine said, there is employment in these projects. Aside from employment we can generate food supply and we can showcase in exportation our very own products. But teh sad part is, the government is pushing on the OFW remittances. This as what I always say, it is a bubble waiting to burst. Deployment of skilled laborers for me is negatively taken as we can't offer good opportunities to our kababayans. This serves only the middle class and how about the very poor? If only there is one politician who can introduce projects that will cater to the less fortunate filipinos, then he or she can be catalyst of change so that others can follow. Some of our kababayans are not even proud to be filipinos anymore (even the most principled filipino that we thought) they want to stay somewhere but in the Philippines for dollar? riyals? euro? (let the others who choose to forget the Philippines be, but we must do something so as others will not follow their mentality) This is giving us bad image. There are so many things to say but unfortunately, this is for now.....for me...filipina ako, who always believe in the Philippines.
    May 14 2012 @ 12:52pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • Pilipino
      You make me proud! you're my girl!
      May 15 2012 @ 10:14am     Reply  
  • tambay sa kanto
    Parang naalala ko sa feed na ito yung usapan ni filipina ako at hired hand. Madami kasi silang napag usapan na puede makatulong sa sitwasyon ng bansa. Kung tayong mga spotters, nakapag iisip ng ganito bakit ang gobyerno kung anu ano ang naiisip?

    Sana mag comment uli dito si HIRED HAND at FILIPINA AKO. Maganda ang mungkahi ni GENUINE, MARK at PILIPINO. Sila ang mga nagmamalasakit sa mga tambay na katulad ko sa Pilipinas.
    May 14 2012 @ 11:31am     Reply  
  • Mark
    The government must take the right path. Think of the right solutions. Not just this "quick fix" things as what was pointed out by Genuine. Think as what was said by Pilipino. Making the people too dependent is not a solution. Never. If we can provide employment to our citizens here and stop them from going out of the country, at least not their choice, then we can be better
    May 14 2012 @ 11:09am     Reply  
  • Genuine
    DSWD's intentions regarding the CCT may be good, but the trade-off is, as we all know, mendicancy. This country needs industrialization, manufacturing, efficient agriculture, just think of all the employment generated if the country goes that route. But no, government opted to go for the quick fix. It's short term planning. And Mr. Senator, no one's asking for condoms to be given away, just for the prophylactic to be available along with medicines at all barrio health centers in the archipelago. Not much to ask, if you think about it.
    May 14 2012 @ 10:23am     Reply  
  • Pilipino
    "hitting the intended beneficiaries?" what a question. the questions should be: are you really doing the right thing? the right project? are you dealing with the cause of all the problems? Mag isip lang sana ang mga opisyal ng ito kagaya natin dito sa spot marami ang magagawa ng mga ito.
    May 14 2012 @ 10:19am     Reply  
  • tina
    There goes the guy who implemented the VAT again! Such a loser.
    May 14 2012 @ 09:58am     Reply  
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