By The Numbers: 2021 cash aid program

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As the Greater Manila Area was placed under the strictest form of lockdown again, the Philippine government announced that it would provide P1,000 in cash assistance to residents.

That amount, criticized as meager by labor groups and residents alike, was supposed to cover for the lost days of work during Holy Week, according to the government.

The lockdown was later extended, but no additional aid was provided.

Why? Budget watchdogs point to a 2021 appropriations law deprived of cash aid. (READ: What went wrong in 2020 COVID-19 'ayuda,' lessons learned for 2021)

In this episode of By The Numbers, Rappler business reporters Aika Rey and Ralf Rivas talk to Zy-za Suzara, executive director of the Institute for Leadership, Empowerment and Democracy, to discuss lessons learned and what could be done for the cash aid program this year. ā€“