Money where your mouth is: the proposed national budget and the government's priorities

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Despite saying that the pandemic response is a priority, the executive department of the Duterte administration slashed the P50.4 billion allotted for healthcare workers’ allowances and other benefits from the proposed 2022 budget.

"It's so important for us to know exactly what the government wants to do — and what it really wants to do is reflected in the national budget. It's not really in the public statements that officials make day in and day out during their press conferences," said Zy-za Nadine Suzara, executive director of think tank Institute for Leadership, Empowerment, and Democracy (iLead).

In this B-Side episode, Ms. Suzara tells BusinessWorld reporter Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza why broader civil society should pay attention to the ongoing budget deliberations.

Recorded remotely on Sept. 11. Produced by Paolo L. Lopez and Sam L. Marcelo.

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