Less than 1/3 of 18M beneficiaries reached: Gov’t should expedite socioecon response under extended lockdown
April 8, 2020
Nearly four weeks into the government’s military lockdown and especially with the two-week extension, emergency relief measures are still too slow and too small.
April 2, 2020
Government chose not to immediately dispense cash transfers and instead even used the promise of Php200 billion in emergency subsidies to 18 million low income families to justify its sweeping emergency powers
April 1, 2020
The Duterte administration’s first official report on COVID-19 efforts failed to show clearly what the government’s plan is and even just what is being done.
March 30, 2020
Government data shows 3 of 10 homes in Metro Manila aren’t big enough for the prescribed social distancing to avoid COVID-19. This doesn’t yet include cases of many different families living under one roof.
March 25, 2020
It is urgent to provide emergency social protection for poor and low-income families with particular focus on the most vulnerable. Existing government and private sector mechanisms are proposed to be used as much as possible for the most expedient response. Read more on our position paper for COVID-19 socioeconomic relief measures.