Budget delay to affect gov’t programs in hunger, COVID-19

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A delay in budget proceedings due to the leadership showdown in lower chamber will affect government’s programs that seek to end hunger in the country, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said.

Included in the 2021 budget is the pandemic war chest of the government as well.

“Napakaimportante yung 2021 budget dahil dito nakapaloob ang pagtugon natin sa pangangailan ng ating mga kababyan lalong lalo na sa laban natin sa COVID, at syempre nakapaloob dito yung tungkol sa zero hunger natin,” Nograles told ANC’s Headstart.

[The 2021 budget is very important because it contains our response to the needs of our countrymen as we fight COVID-19 and it also contains our zero hunger programs.]

“Ang bottomline dyan (The bottomline) is jobs, the economy and we really need to build up the economy and get economic opportunities back…Di naman tayo pwede puro feeding program lamang, we have to empower the people to get back on their feet, feed their own families and to really make this economy work.”

A reenacted budget will also affect government’s zero hunger programs as it “won’t get the new programs across,” Nograles said.

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