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© UNICEF Philippines/2009/Gomez
Children of Barangay Panan-awan in Masbate will be one of the beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer program undertaken by DSWD, UNICEF and Barclays.

With close to 30 million Filipino people considered poor in 2006, 47% of these are children below 15 years old. Such poverty can have more detrimental effects on children given that children are still in their developmental stages whereby the utmost care and nourishment is necessary for them to develop into well-rounded individuals. Poor children, for instance, suffer not only from income poverty but also deprivations from proper shelter and water and sanitation. 17,000 children suffered from such deprivations in 2006.

Decision-making in the planning and budgeting processes at the local government are largely left to planning and budgeting officers and chief executives of local government units (LGUs). This is despite the fact that the government is mandated to work closely with the people and other civil society partners in arriving at development strategies for the LGU. While there are forms of participation by the grassroots and civil society organizations (CSOs), these representations are thought to be advisory at best. Decisions on specific development projects to be included in the budget, along with budgetary amounts to be earmarked, remain at the hands of government officials, and so inclusive participation at this stage by CSOs and the people remain weak.

 

 
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