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Let me first introduce myself, I am Kristine Joy Alunan the Deputy Leader of the Opposition side, and I am to rebut the rebuttals and arguments of the government’s Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and to reestablish new angles of arguments opposing the motion “This house would stop the implementation of the 4Ps”.
First and foremost, let me state again the very essence of 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) of the government according to DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) as the administrator of the said program -- 4Ps as a poverty reduction and social development strategy that provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition, and education particularly in children. Conditional (as highlighted) in a sense that the government will do its job by giving financial assistance to its people and on the other half, the people (especially parents) also have to do their part by ensuring and improving the health and well-being of the young one’s. This helps the government to invest in human capital, which is the ability to perform labor so as to produce economic value.
The Prime Minister of the government side stated that “we should stop the implementation of 4ps because it develops a culture of laziness and dependency of the people to the government”, and I fail to agree with this inaccurate statement because the 4Ps beneficiaries were also introduced into livelihood programs also known as SEA-K (Self Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran). And I can give you one of some success stories about this program to support the fact that I had given.
Here is this woman named Maribel Baccay, a mother of six, from Paracelis, Mt. Province. As one of the first batch of beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), also known as the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, in the Cordillera region in 2009, Baccay has been receiving cash grants to help send her children to school. Two years into the program, Baccay has also become a beneficiary of the DSWD’s sustainable livelihood program where she was taught how to become a massage therapist. “I’ve learned a lot with the Pantawid Pamilya at Livelihood (formerly SEA-K) program. I have met people that I never thought I would ever get to talk to. I learned to be a responsible person, to become a leader in our community,” Baccay said. (Source: The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Aug. 12, 2012)
Here’s another thing. The Deputy Prime Minister of the government side’s concern is to use the money in building industries rather than giving it directly to the people is much more difficult to deal with. Just imagine, the government planned to build a big factory to sustain job for its people, and building that building is not easy, it takes more time before the workers can use it. Do you think the workers can wait for that long period of time? Will they let their families die in hunger? Of course they won’t! Livelihood programs taught by the government are more convenient for them.
Next are the problems about the lacking of infrastructures as what the DPM of the government side is worrying about has a very simple solution. The Department of Social Welfare and Development has this so called Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) with collaboration to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. While the conditional cash transfer program provides the necessary services to the poor and invests in health and education, the KALAHI-CIDDS supports them by bringing about infrastructure for health, education, and microenterprise. And that solves the problem.
World Bank findings on Pantawid Pamilya reveal STRONG and CONSISTENT IMPACT according to DSWD Sec. Corazon Soliman. The Pantawid Pamilya, also widely known as the Philippine conditional cash transfer program, is a human development program of the national government and a social protection strategy that invests in the health and education of poor children that brings a positive impact in our society therefore we are not in favor to stop the implementation of 4Ps. Thank you.

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