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Emergency relief and COVID-19 response more important than debt payments

April 16, 2020

NEWS

Emergency relief for millions of Filipino families during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis is more important than mindless debt servicing.

As extended lockdown begins: Gov’t response stalled, stingy despite millions of Filipinos in need

April 14, 2020

NEWS

Poor households have struggled to survive four weeks of the enhanced community quarantine and will only endure greater difficulties during the two-week extension. The Duterte administration needs to let go of its burdensome bureaucratic requirements, increase funding, and expedite getting help to all families in need.

There’s funding to respond to COVID-19 – the problem is at the top

April 9, 2020

POLICY NOTE

The government can find the funding for COVID-19 response measures needed – on a scale many times over its Php275 billion program – if it genuinely wants to.

Ensure sufficient, safe and accessible water during COVID-19 crisis

April 8, 2020

WATER FOR THE PEOPLE NETWORK

POSITION PAPER | As more and more COVID-19 cases are discovered in the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila, and in over 200 countries around the globe, ensuring sufficient, safe and accessible water is more important than ever.

Less than 1/3 of 18M beneficiaries reached: Gov’t should expedite socioecon response under extended lockdown

April 8, 2020

NEWS

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.

Non-delivery of emergency cash transfers shows gov’t indifference, causing unrest

April 2, 2020

NEWS

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

Duterte report shows govt COVID-19 response is insufficient, insensitive

April 1, 2020

NEWS

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.

Dealing with COVID-19: Just reboot the economy?

March 30, 2020

POLICY NOTE

The coronavirus pandemic and the expansive efforts to address it are new and unprecedented. But they also exposed many old problems that have always been there.

COVID-19 emergency powers: Too much, not enough

March 24, 2020

There is reason to be skeptical about more powers for the president. It’s nearly two months since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the country and what government has done with the powers it already has is not encouraging.