COVID-19 response package

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.

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.

COVID-19

Php297 billion urgent socioeconomic relief for the most vulnerable Filipinos

March 23, 2020

POSITION PAPER

For now, the most urgent matter is to ensure that every Filipino is protected hence these proposed socioeconomic relief measures.

Duterte administration’s bumbling, stumbling COVID-19 response

March 21, 2020

BY SONNY AFRICA

The poorest already have it worst – and we’re not even sure if the virus is really on its way to being contained.

COVID-19 and the Philippine Healthcare System

March 20, 2020

BY JOSE LORENZO LIM

Earlier this year amid the growing threat of the COVID-19 virus, DOH Secretary Duque said that the Philippines does not have a weak healthcare system. But is the country’s health system really “not weak” and ready for this pandemic?

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