Friday, April 24, 2020

ECQ extension should mean extended and expanded aid

Coronavirus: Philippines quarantines island of 57 million people ...

Because ECQ has been extended, it follows that government aid must not only be extended but also expanded to cover all in millions who are left behind by CAMP and SAC due to its non-universal approach and bureaucratic gridlock. The amount should also be raised approximating the level of minimum wage, or P10K whichever is higher.

The extension should also be utilized in preparing the best protocols for workers' safe and protected return to work, including enhanced capacity for conducting the most effective method of mass testing and industry compliance to OHS law and other labor standards.

As to financial difficulty facing the our covid-19 response, we call on the government to consider imposing higher taxes on private wealth of big businesses and richest families.

24 April 2020

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