emergency assistance

Govt gives low priority to supporting the purchasing power of Filipinos–IBON

January 5, 2023

December inflation has pushed the family living wage (FLW) for a family of five to an average of Php1,146 nationwide. The average daily nominal wage of Php404 nationwide is just one-third (35.3%) of the nationwide FLW. In the National Capital Region (NCR), the FLW for a family of five rose to Php1,145. The daily nominal wage in NCR is however not even half (49.8%) this.

It’s an emergency: Help millions of Filipinos in crisis now

November 2, 2022

The government’s spending priorities need to be fixed. Social protection needs to be expanded to help families and sectors in need. It is also never too early to start taking steps to develop the national economy and make Filipinos less vulnerable to external economic shocks.

High inflation confirms urgent need for real ayuda

September 8, 2022

Prices remain high, while ayuda has been slow, lacking and limited to only a few recipients. More increases are projected–it is insensitive and neglectful of the Marcos administration to make huge cuts in the ayuda budget.

Railroading 2022 national budget without ayuda confirms Duterte govt’s apathy

October 2, 2021

Important pandemic emergency aid programs implemented in 2020 were discontinued in 2021 and are also not in the proposed 2022 budget. The budget and social welfare departments should bat for this in the 2022 expenditure plan in Senate and bicameral deliberations

No more COVID-19 ayuda, stingy increases in social assistance

September 12, 2021

How much ayuda is in the proposed 2022 budget? There’s just a Php2.7 billion increase in emergency assistance programs, and only an additional Php16.1 billion for other social assistance programs. In contrast, the infrastructure budget increases by Php106.7 billion.

Ayuda urgently needed to mitigate worsening poverty

August 21, 2021

The government has just announced the transition from ECQ to modified ECQ so the economy can supposedly recover. But the Duterte administration’s over-reliance on destructive lockdowns without effective and substantial health and economic response, like much-needed ayuda, is what’s really worsening the crisis and pushing more Filipinos into poverty.