The Filipino people would not benefit from the CCT in the long run, Mariano said, only Aquino who would enjoy the benefits of CCT. “It would be in the form of patronage for tolerating and propagating a culture of mendicancy.”
Ibon said Aquino is “hard-pressed to meet, or at least be seen to be trying to meet” the high expectations of the people during the election campaign and at the start of his term.
However, Ibon said, the CCT merely coincides with the interest of politicians for “ever-greater resources for patronage” and “as opportunities for corruption.”
The CCT, Ibon added, would also provide leeway for the government to continue privatizing social services “because the welfare intervention has shifted to cash transfers.” The said “social protection” would only be used to rationalize free market policies, an economy free from government intervention, just as what Arroyo and other previous administrations have pushed for.
The cash transfer scheme would also be used in “pseudo-development projects” of the Armed Forces of the Philippines for their counterinsurgency programs, which has only brought about a rising toll of human rights violations among the ranks of legal activists and civilians. “…rather than real development. These have the short-term tactical objective of trying to convince rural communities to withdraw their support for the Maoist revolutionary armed movement,” Ibon said.
“The CCT scheme however is just a massive dole-out, public relations and counterinsurgency fund audaciously packaged as a novel way of addressing poverty and underdevelopment,” Ibon said. (Bulatlat.com)