Budget Watch

By The Numbers: Another lockdown, another ayuda

Rappler reporter Aika Rey talks to iLead executive director Zy-za Suzara and budget transparency advocate Ken Abante on the new installment of cash aid

The national government has been dealing with the pandemic for a year and a half, yet Filipinos are still left wanting for cash aid that would help them tide over the lockdown.

Starting Friday, August 6, Metro Manila and other areas return to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) but Filipinos will welcome the lockdown without aid just yet. (READ: What went wrong in 2020 COVID-19 ‘ayuda,’ lessons learned for 2021)

Rappler reporter Aika Rey talks to Zy-za Suzara, executive director of budget watchdog Institute for Leadership, Empowerment, and Democracy, and Ken Abante who, together with a team of volunteers, created a citizen budget tracker for COVID-19.

This episode of By The Numbers will discuss cash aid in locked-down areas (and the lack thereof), COVID-19 funds, and what the government should prioritize in the 2022 budget. – Rappler.com