The 2022 Budget is Still Not a Pandemic Budget: Five Red Flags that Say So

To be quite candid, the government’s 2022 National Expenditure Plan got its priorities wrong once again. The country has slid to the very bottom of Bloomberg’s COVID Resilience ranking. IOf the 53 countries surveyed, it is the worst place to be in the time of COVID. It scored low on all metrics, including virus containment and the quality of life of its citizens. But the country does not seem to be bothered by red flags raised in its lockdown-heavy pandemic response—this, as far as the proposed Budget for next year is concerned. At most, the Philippines’ COVID response will only be worth more or less 3% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), while countries such as Singapore are spending as much as 18% of its GDP on fighting it. Where and how did the country get its priorities wrong? We cite at least five alarming points: 1. Build Build Build gets the biggest chunk of the budget—in this pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage, and hence calls for greater resources for health and social protection to get people back on their feet and get the economy moving. But it looks like this is not the logic the government follows

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