Responsive IRRs

May 28, 2019

PEOPLE have to face the harsh realities that many good laws fail in their objectives because their implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) are not responsive and relevant. 

Thus, it is not surprising that Senator Ralph Recto, a known economist, has called for the crafting of good IRRs that would address the challenges in implementing Republic Act (RA) 11310.

The Senate president pro tempore, Recto said the IRRs should reflect the real intention of RA No. 11310 to ensure the sustainability of the pro-poor program and avoid wasteful spending.

Signed by President Duterte last April 17, the new landmark legislation institutionalizes the national government’s highly-successful Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Recto said the law gathers the best practices and lessons learned from the past 10 years that the conditional cash transfer (CCT) has been implemented in this impoverished nation.

From 2007, when it was launched with just a P50-million budget, the 4Ps annual spending has surged 176,213%, with this year’s proposed allocation at P88 billion, according to Senator Recto.

We share the view of the senator that the government ought to make sure that the real poor not only in the metropolis but elsewhere are helped and the targets of the program are met.

“Talagang nakakagalit ang mga report na may mga miyembro ng 4Ps na mapera at hindi nangangailangan ng tulong ng gobyerno,” lamented a jobless resident of Pindangan East, Alcala, Pangasinan.

Certainly, there’s that urgent need for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to craft responsive and relevant IRRs to ensure the continued success of the 4Ps.