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On 7th week of lockdown: 10M worker and informal earner households still waiting for emergency subsidies

April 28, 2020

NEWS

A month-and-a-half into lockdown, millions of workers and informal earners grapple in uncertainty as the government’s social amelioration program and Department of Labor and Employment aid are failing to reach them.

Gov’t Php1.5T COVID-19 response strategy bloated, misleading

April 23, 2020

NEWS

The Duterte administration continues to be misleading about its COVID-19 response strategy. A closer look shows that the government is not actually spending as much as it claims.

On the sixth week of lockdown: Millions of Filipinos going hungry, suffer amid worst mass unemployment in history

April 21, 2020

NEWS

Millions of Filipinos are going hungry and suffering the worst mass unemployment in the country’s history as the sixth week of lockdown begins.

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.

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.

Tourism package under COVID-19 response a “Php14-billion lie” — IBON

March 18, 2020

The Php14 billion allocation identified by government’s economic managers is actually part of TIZA funds for big-ticket infrastructure projects