The Extent of Implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Apayao: An Assesment
Reymarie M. Caban,Ph.D.
Philippines conditional cash transfer program,Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is the widest poverty alleviation project run through the Department of Social Welfare and Development It focuses in the more disadvantage sectors of society of providing faster and better social protection through improve and appropriate models and programs (National Anti-Poverty Comission,2010;World Bank,2010).The study assessed the eligibility of the household beneficiaries of the program in terms of economic sufficiency and social adequacy, it compared actual implementation of the Pantawid program and that of the program provisions in terms of number of beneficiaries per household, age of children beneficiary and monthly allowance per household. It also tried to distinguish the problems experienced by implementers along the political,educational,cultural,geographical and family aspect. Findings show that there was no careful selection of beneficiaries by the NHTS-PR because some of the beneficiaries are in self-sufficient level in terms of economic status. Exclusions and inclusions errors occur the in selection of eligible beneficiaries. Provisions of the program as to number of children beneficiary, age of children- beneficiary and monthly allowance per household was carefully updated in the database. There are problems encountered by the implementers carrying out their tasks. It is recommended that the lead agency should conduct on-demand re-enumeration of beneficiaries so that margins of error will be lessened. Linkages to NGOs and GOs should be strengthen for the provisions of needed assistance in the realization of provisions of the Pantawid program.
Keywords:Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,Apayao