As a tight lockdown or ECQ looms in Metro Manila from August 6, how will the national government feed its 14 million plus residents?
Presented by the media with this blunt question last week, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado and presidential spokesman Harry Roque were both unable to provide clear and definitive answers.
Like national officials, local government executives are also at a loss how to feed their constituents, who are likely to get hungry as the latest lockdown will force them to stay home and be deprived of income. Navotas city Mayor Tobias Tiangco told the media late last week that his LGU no longer has money to provide emergency food aid for its constituents and that his city will depend on the national government for funds. Like Navotas, other local governments will look to the national government for help, he added.
But where and how will the national government find substantial…