LATEST PUBLICATIONS
WP-2019-06
Skills Needs Anticipation (SNA): Workplace Skills and Satisfaction (WSS) Baseline Survey of Select Employers in the Construction Industry
WP-2019-05
Strengthening Multi-employer Bargaining: Policies and Practices (Phase II)
WP-2019-04
Non-Hazardous Activities for Children: The Case of Banana and Sugarcane Supply Chains
WP-2019-03
Strengthening Preparedness for Migrant Worker Reintegration: Thematic Analysis and Local Index Tool Development

LATEST AV MATERIALS
PIDS WB 2021-0905
7th Mindanao Policy Research Forum
PIDS WB 2021-0905
Annual Public Policy Conference Webinar 4: Robust and Healthy Workforce and Closing Program
PIDS WB 2021-0904
Annual Public Policy Conference Webinar 3: Green And Inclusive Recovery
PIDS WB 2021-0903
Annual Public Policy Conference Webinar 2: Ethical Business
Publication Detail
DP 2020-59: Giving Cash to the Poor: A Study of Pantawid Pamilya Cash Grants Generosity, Frequency, and Modality

This study assesses the payment system of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps or Pantawid Pamilya) in terms of the amount, frequency, and mode of payment delivery of the cash transfers. The study is an early attempt of the Institute to examine the Pantawid Pamilya implementation and recommend improvements in its payment system in light of the enactment of Republic Act 11310 which institutionalized the program and identified the Philippine Institute for Development Studies to conduct regular assessments on the program’s implementation and impact. The underlying framework for the study is based on the idea that the amount of cash grants and its delivery system should be able to encourage desired behaviors among beneficiaries and help achieve the program’s target outcomes. The study answers the research objectives using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis that include a review of the available literature on payment systems of international conditional cash transfers; reassessment of the cash grant values in relation to original intended levels and devaluation due to inflation; assessment of the implementation of the payment system including challenges, facilitating factors, and alternative ideas; and an assessment of the impact of the payment system's design features on select outcome variables. The study uses the administrative data of the Department of Social Welfare and Development from the program’s 3rd impact evaluation, interviews of key program implementers in the payment system, focus group discussions with beneficiaries, and from an online survey focused on the payment delivery aspect of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) among Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. The results show that the program needs to be more responsive in adjusting the benefit level of the cash grants vis-a-vis inflation and threats to welfare of the beneficiaries. With regard to payment frequency, there is no strong demand from the beneficiaries for more frequent payouts. Changes in frequency of payment should also be carefully examined to know if benefits outweigh additional costs in the operations. Although the payment delivery system has improved through the years, primarily due to the conversion of mode of payment to cash cards, some opportunities to improve the payment delivery of the program are still present. Finally, the experience with the SAP distribution demonstrated ease and speed, especially in times of emergencies when recipients (e.g., 4Ps beneficiaries) are identified and a payment system is in place. Comments to this paper are welcome within 60 days from date of posting. Email publications@mail.pids.gov.ph.

Philippine Institute for Development Studies
Authors Keywords
Melad, Kris Ann M.; Araos, Nina Victoria V; Orbeta, Aniceto C. Jr. ; 4Ps; conditional cash transfer; social amelioration program; Pantawid Pamilya; cash grants; payment system;
Download PDF Number of Downloads
Published in 2020 and available for Downloaded 249 times since December 31, 2020
×
Please let us know your reason for downloading this publication. May we also ask you to provide additional information that will help us serve you better? Rest assured that your answers will not be shared with any outside parties. It will take you only two minutes to complete the survey. Thank you.


To use as reference:
If others, (Please specify):
Name: (optional)
Email: (required, but will not display)
Age:
Gender:
If Prefer to self-describe, please specify:
Level of Education:
Occupation:
If employed either part-time or full-time, name of office:
If others, (Please specify):
Would you like to receive the SERP-P UPDATES e-newsletter? Yes No
Use the space below if you have any comment about this publication or SERP-P knowledge resources in general.