Government’s proposed 2022 budget not designed for COVID-19 recovery —groups

The proposed P5.024 trillion national budget for 2022 is not strategically allocated to address the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the country, civil society groups said on Thursday.

Zyza Nadine Suzara of the Institute for Leadership, Empowerment, and Democracy said the misguided priorities in the allocations of the 2022 National Expenditure Program might delay recovery.

“It is still not designed for recovery,” she said in a webinar of Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC).

Suzara pointed out that the biggest chunks of the budget will go to the Office of the President, the police, and the military, while less in social services, health, and education.

According to her, the budget is also an expression of the administration’s preparation for 2022 elections as most of the funding is provided for patronage projects.

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