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Call for inquiry into disbursal of poverty fund.

Manila A House member is seeking a congressional probe into alleged irregularities in the Philippine government's multi-billion cash hand-out to the poor.

Teddy Casino of the left-wing Bayan Muna (Nation First) party, said an investigation was required because some of the beneficiaries could not be considered "extremely poor".

"According to media reports, included in the list are people who own hectares of land, cars, rental apartments and small businesses," Casino, chairman of the House Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development, said.

"Others are local government employees or public school teachers earning regular salaries."

The conditional cash transfer programme (CCTP) was implemented by the government of President Gloria Arroyo at the end of her term in 2010. The move came following a World Bank study that said a great number of Filipinos remained poverty-stricken despite the country achieving considerable economic growth.

The agency said the benefits of economic prosperity had failed to trickle down to the country's poor.


Through House Resolution 2,034, Casino said the House Committees on Poverty Alleviation and Appropriations could investigate how the funds are being disbursed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Earlier, the Commission on Audit said they have uncovered irregularities in the implementation of the CCTP last year.

This year's allotment for the CCTP implementation under the government of President Benigno Aquino is 39.44 billion pesos (Dh3.38 billion) as against 21.194 billion pesos in 2011.

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