After so many speculations about negative dole outs for the poor, and after sincere efforts to listen and understand its objectives, the Pantawid Pamilya Program of the Government after all, is indeed a long shot to the moon, but with government having nothing to lose.
Considering the 35% of government funds are lost to corruption, it would not be a big issue if so much millions will be given to the poorest of the poor with the hope of improving their lot.
“Improving their lot” is a long shot attempt to motivate the poor families to send their children to school and promote good health for the family.
For what will the poor eat if there is hardly anything to satisfy their hunger for quality food? The Pantawid Pamilya thru the DSWD gives P300/mo for elementary kid; P500/mo for high school kid andP500/mo for health care per identified family per month. Good only for three kids per family.
With attendance carefully monitored and checked, at least the beneficiary kids will strive to go to school otherwise the aid will be cut. And health monitors will assure that mothers will go have their families checked with the rural doctors for their medical needs. Failure to visit their rural doctors monthly will also cut the aid.
After ten years, in Negros Oriental DSWD reports that out of 65,000 beneficiaries who were mere surviving, these numbers have now been reduced to 500 surviving and 65,000 already on the subsistence level, meaning,, they can now start looking around for livelihood. And government is just too willing to help.— but still monitor. Cash is given to the wife for obvious reasons, not to the jobless husband.
Capital funds up to P20,000 can be lent to subsistence families who might want to open a sari sari store or anything that will augment family income . Those who will squander the money as monitored , aid will be stopped immediately.
We say it is better to give this longshot help, rather than let the poor rot with no hope. Pantawid Pamilya is a ray of hope, a light of day, for those willing and able to improve their lot and free themselves from the clutches of poverty.
Like the bird in one’s hand, life depends on the one holding it, squeeze it and the bird dies, free it and the bird flies.