Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programs have been implemented around the world with the aim of providing targeted cash assistance to low income families. In the Philippines, supported by the World Bank, this program has helped thousands of families provide for the most basic needs, food, school supplies and transportation.
The program has not been without its critics who point to a handout mentality that does not encourage families to seek employment. This film and photography project was conceived as a way to explain how the program has actually helped families emerge from poverty. We spent time with three families in Iloilo, Laoag and Metro Manila.
For these families the CCT program has enabled them to send their children to school and gain higher education. While the program is not a singular solution to poverty it is without a doubt a force for change.
Director / Photographer: Francisco Guerrero
Producer: Clara Balaguer
Writer: Meggy de Guzman
Camera Op: Von Simbul
Camera Op: Jake Espedido
Camera Op: Nana Buxani
Camera Op: Luis Liwanag