The organizations and sectors involved are united in the conclusion that the Duterte government miserably failed in addressing the abject poverty and inequality aggravated by the pandemic. On the contrary, it was worsened by continuing budget cuts, anti-poor and pro-business policies, and the decade-old neoliberal framework in which the government’s development plan is anchored on.
In order for poverty and inequality to be eliminated, the government must heed the demands of the people, especially the most vulnerable sectors. Economic policies must take a shift from being profit-oriented and market-biased to rights-based and people-centered development.
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