November 17, 2023
Little did I know that my run-in with Putol would put me through the stresses of the Philippine health system.
September 8, 2023
The 2024 proposed health budget reflects the Marcos Jr administration’s utter neglect of public health.
September 6, 2023
President Marcos Jr said in his last SONA that the government will implement structural changes in the health system, but this doesn’t seem to manifest in the proposed 2024 budget.
September 21, 2022
The Marcos Jr administration’s proposed 2023 budget neglects direct health services and programs that are accessible for ordinary Filipinos. Instead, it’s choosing to allot even more funds for health privatization and the underperforming PhilHealth.
April 7, 2022
Duterte has not taken significant measures that will strengthen the public health system and make health services accessible and equitable to the Filipino people.
September 29, 2021
September 16, 2021
August 26, 2021
The proposed 2022 national budget is perplexingly business-as-usual with the same priorities as before the pandemic. There is still disproportionate attention to infrastructure, the military and police, and debt service with only marginal changes to the health and social protection budgets. This latest spending plan should not just be scrutinized but also retailored to give due attention to urgent medical and economic responses.
August 20, 2021
The government has announced the easing of community quarantines. But new cases are still rising and there are no signs of government taking additional measures to fix the health system during the last two weeks of stricter lockdowns. If the health system is as weak as ever, what’s our way out of the pandemic?