Support for Social Protection Reform: After Five Years of Pantawid, What Next?

Date: July 2013
Document Type: Consultant's Reports
Project Number: 43263-012

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This is a policy brief on Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program for presentation and discussion at the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) produced by consultants for TA 7733-PHI: Support for Social Protection Reform.

At the beginning of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program, the Philippines’ conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, the Government publicly promised to limit to five years the Pantawid beneficiaries’ enjoyment of their education and health grants. For the initial batch (Set 1) of CCT beneficiaries, the five years are almost over. Would it be wise to keep the promise or would an extension be better? More generally, what should the Government do with the Pantawid program in Set 1 and in the other Sets after their beneficiaries reach their limit of five years? Would it be desirable to extend the CCT health and education grants beyond five years and align Pantawid with the international practice of the CCT pioneers (Mexico, Brazil and Colombia)? This note examines those questions and, in that context, looks at the desirability of providing CCT grants for high school education to 12‐18 year old Pantawid children.