#BeyondElections2016 | Among the conditionalities for receiving conditional cash transfers (CCTs)/ Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) dole-out are visits to health centers where children aged 0-5 years old are supposed to be immunized, children 0-2 years old will have monthly weight monitoring and nutrition counseling, and children 25 to 73 weeks old will have quarterly weight monitoring.
Yet Filipino children are suffering worsening malnourishment and declining immunization. All the leading presidential candidates have said that they will continue or even expand the 4Ps program if elected. But the next administration should resist the populist appeal of the 4Ps, reassess the program, and implement a genuine anti-poverty economic program. (Aquino borrowing millions for failed anti-poverty program, March 22, 2016 media release) – http://ibon.org/2016/04/