Ang Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) ay isang makabago at independiyenteng ahensiya ng tulong sa dayuhang Pamahalaan ng Estados Unidos batay sa prinsipyo na ang tulong ay pinaka-epektibo kapag pinalakas nito ang mabuting pamamahala ng bansa na recipient ng kanilang financial aid.
Noong 2010, na approved ang isang $ 434-milyong grant na suportado ng limang taon upang suportahan ang mga reporma at pamumuhunan ng bansang Pilipinas.
Kasama nito ang pag modernize ng Bureau of Internal Revenue, pagpalawak at pag-unlad ng komunidad na Kalahi-CIDSS, at rehabilitation of ng isang pangalawang pambansang kalsada sa Samar province.
However, bumagsak naman ang bansa sa scorecard ng Fiscal Year 2018 ng US-backed aid agency na ito dahil hindi nito natugunan ang pagganap sa pamantayan ng MCC.
Mababa ang marka ng Pilipinas in terms of pagkontrol sa katiwalian at pagtiyak ng panuntunan ng batas.
“The Philippines got a score of -0.01 on rule of law in the MCC scorecard and its percentile ranking in the income group was 47 percent. The country scored 0 on control of corruption or 50 percent in its income group,” MCC scorecard shows as reported by Inquirer.
Sa pontong ito, nagpalabas ng statement ang Malacanang that the Philippines would not apply for MCC’s second cycle of grants hanggang ang gobyerno natin is able to gain traction in rebuilding Marawi City.
“It was really just that Marawi happened. We did not expect it and it’s going to be a very costly rebuilding,”
Ito ang sabi ni Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.
“For the time being, we will withdraw our application for the second cycle, and we will focus instead on the rebuilding of Marawi.”
Pero ano ba talaga ang totoong dahilan kung bakit nag back out ang bansa sa sanay’ financial aid mula sa US?
Ito ang dahilan, ayon kay Bernard Ong, isang dating aktibista at ngayon ay isang economist:
CAN’T EVEN AGREE WHICH LIE TO SAY
PH withdrew its application for second cycle of grants from US-backed Millennium Challenge Corp. Round 1 was worth $433.9m.
Roque explanation: Government wants to focus on Marawi rehab.
Diokno explanation: Nothing to do with Marawi. Aid ‘rejected’ due to human rights criticisms.
Real explanation: Philippines got failing marks in latest MCC scorecard on 2 areas – Rule of Law and Control of Corruption. This made approval for Round 2 aid unlikely.
PH feared rejection so they ‘rejected’ the aid preemptively.
Neither secretary mentioned the real reason: Lawlessness and Corruption under this government cost poor local beneficiaries around P25B in aid.
And what happened next after the Philippines rejected the MCC aid?
MCC’s aid went to Timor-Leste.
At ano ang dahilan?
According to MCC’s 2018 scorecard, Timor-Leste showed high ranking in democratic rights such as political rights o 90 percent and civil liberties on 80 percent while it scored 76 percent on control of corruption.
Ayon sa MCC, Timor-Leste has “demonstrated a clear commitment to good governance, investing in its people and economic freedom.”
Ang tanong: Tama ba ang sinabi ni Bernard Ong that the “Philippines feared rejection so they ‘rejected’ the aid preemptively”?