G-Watch Convenor-Director Joy Aceron Recognized for Championing CCT Beneficiaries

Joy Aceron was recently recognized by the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilyang Pantawid (SNPP) for her valuable contribution in advancing the interests of the more than 4.4 million beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer program (CCT). Aceron received the recognition during SNPP’s 7th year anniversary held last November 27 in Mandaluyong City.

As Convenor-Director of Government Watch (G-Watch) and Researcher of Accountability Research Center (ARC), Aceron has facilitated several learning exchanges with SNPP on transparency, participation and accountability (TPA) and published think pieces featuring SNPP.

G-Watch also has partnered with SNPP to implement a new initiative called Promoting Rights Organizing for Health (PRO-Health). PRO-Health aim is to improve public health governance by ensuring the quality and accessibility of reproductive, maternal and newborn, children and adolescents health services through organizing, monitoring, coalition-building, advocacy and learning.

With more than 153,000 members across the Philippines, SNPP is a unique organization, being the only association of CCT beneficiaries existing in the world. Composed mainly of mothers, SNPP has successfully lobbied for the enactment of the 4Ps Law, institutionalizing CCT as the main anti-poverty program of the Philippine government. It is also seeking to prevent the arbitrary delistment of 1.3 million beneficiaries from the program. With its participation in PRO-Health, SNPP is the first organization of CCT beneficiaries who are checking the health services that they are compelled to avail as a conditionality in order to ensure that these health services are accessible and of quality.

Known in the Philippines as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), CCT aims to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by providing cash grants in exchange for regular access to health and education services and attendance to trainings and education discussions as conditionalities.