QUEZON City, August 11, 2014—Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz maintains that a program that promotes a culture of dependency does no good.
The former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) pointed out that the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), while it ostensibly relieves the neediest in society of their misery, injures the dignity and self-worth of its supposed beneficiaries, who are conditioned to believe it is only right to regularly collect money they did not earn.
The prelate explained that a “dole-out” program like CCT teaches people the wrong values in life even as it offers corrupt politicians a chance to steal and the means to manipulate future voters.
“It’s a shame that the habit of self-dependency is being glorified at the expense of self-initiative. … CCT has to be junked because it insults human dignity,” said Cruz in a Radyo Veritas interview recently.
He added, “It tells people to cheat taxpayers who shoulder the burden.”
According to Cruz, a costly project like CCT gives the government an excuse to increase its tax demands.
“The CCT budget keeps ballooning, which means that the taxes citizens have to pay get bigger also in order to support the project,” said the prelate. (Raymond A. Sebastián)