The Departments of Health and Social Welfare and Development need bigger chunks of the proposed 2021 budget to strengthen the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lawmaker said.
Senator Franklin Drilon has previously raised his concern on the need to include the special amelioration program, or SAP, in next year’s national budget.
According to the opposition senator, priority must be given to both DOH and DSWD as they are the main government bodies mobilizing to fight COVID-19.
Drilon also said that the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for next year does not adequately respond to the country’s needs today.
He also hit the DSWD for not distributing P10 billion worth of cash aid to the poor.