Sen. Nancy Binay
By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Nancy Binay recently expressed her concern on the
lack of funds allocated for cash aid and contact tracing in the
proposed P5.024-trillion outlay for 2022.
“Ang mindset when the budget was made, there would still be COVID next
year. Bakit walang nagtanong sa DILG? Bakit walang budget for contact
tracing?” asked Binay.
During the hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance, Binay said the
Department of Interior and Local Government should have given more
focus on contact tracing efforts as a means to effectively stop
further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“We understand the challenges, but there’s a mounting necessity to
scale up our contact tracing capacities. Napaka-crucial ng contact
tracing is especially as infections of new Covid variants keep rising.
Yung 2022 budget mismo hindi compliant sa Covid response,” she added.
According to Binay, Covid has always been a public health concern, and
contract tracing is a critical tool to control the spread of community
“I personally cannot accept that the DILG and DOH have no systematic
plans or even the slightest effort to kickstart or scale up contract
tracing. Wala bang nakaisip sa kanila na importanteng elemento yun at
kailangan bigyan ng allocation? Kaya di nakapagtataka kung bakit after
more than a year, pagdating sa testing at contact tracing, kulelat pa
rin tayo,” the senator said.