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HEALTH WORKER BENEFITS IN ENDED BAYANIHAN 2 REMAIN

The law extending the availability of appropriations under Bayanihan 2 has expired but many of its provisions will continue while the state of national emergency declared by President Rodrigo Duterte remains in place, Senator Sonny Angara said. Republic Act 11519 or the law extending the availability of Bayanihan 2 funds expired on June 30, 2021 […]

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DUTERTE EMERGENCY POWER CAN RESTORE COVID BUDGET

President Rodrigo Duterte must use his emergency power to bring the government’s spending for Covid 19 response back on track, according to a Quezon City councilor. District 5 councilor Karl Castelo said exercising the emergency power of the President can legitimize the use of unspent Covid-related budget faster than resorting to legislation. Covid budget untouched […]

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PEACE HITS SLOW RELEASE OF BAYANIHAN 2 FUNDS

With the ₱141.6-billion Bayanihan 2 stimulus program expiring on June 30, Wednesday, an education advocacy group bemoaned the slow pace of disbursement that has severely impacted the education sector. “The slow disbursement of funds intended to ease the burden of education stakeholders has resulted in missed opportunities. Nakakapanghinayang dahil malaking tulong sana ang Bayanihan 2 […]

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VAX BOOST TO MEET BAYANIHAN 2 DEADLINE URGED

The government needs to obligate the P173 billion for Bayanihan 2 before the end of the law’s effectivity on June 30 to ramp up COVID vaccination and eventually recover from the lockdown-caused economic slump, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said. Noting the spikes in COVID cases in the provinces, Pangilinan also said the government needs a lot […]

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EXTEND BAYANIHAN 2 AMID COVID SURGE — VILLAFUERTE

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has filed a bill further extending the validity and authority of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2) until end-December this year to enable the government to continue implementing its recovery and stimulus measures to mitigate the impact of  COVID-19 on the economy and the people, amid the new surge […]

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UPDATES ON BAYANIHAN 2 COVID-19 PROJECTS URGED

Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte wants the  Department of Health (DOH), the Interagency Task Force on the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) to give updates on the projects supposed to have been funded under the Bayanihan To Recover As One Act (Bayanihan 2) to contain the prolonged […]

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VILLAFUERTE LAUDS BID FOR ANOTHER CASH AID ROUND

Fresh efforts by the economic managers of President Rodrigo Duterte to scour for funds for a possible supplemental budget in the event of future cash subsidies should prompt the Congress to prioritize the approval of the so-called ‘ayuda’ bill to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable families and further boost household spending nationwide amid a protracted pandemic that […]

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ROLL OUT ‘AYUDA’ TO ECQ AREAS – VILLANUEVA

The Cabinet should quickly roll out the “ayuda to the poor” which Malacañang guaranteed as forthcoming in areas under enhanced community quarantine, Senator Joel Villanueva said. “That will also be in compliance with the President’s order,” Villanueva stressed. “Ang mahigpit na pangangailangan ng mga tao ngayon ay ibang klaseng ECQ o Emergency Cash sa Quarantine.” […]

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ANGARA: DON’T TAX DONATED COVID-19 VACCINES

To help boost the supply of vaccines and other critical and essential supplies needed by the country in its fight against COVID-19, Senator Sonny Angara has filed a bill seeking to exempt donations of these goods from donor’s tax. Now that the supply of COVID-19 vaccines is becoming widely available for purchase by the government […]

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GATCHALIAN: PROBE BANKS VIOLATING DEBT MORATORIUM

Expressing concern over the reported non-compliance of some banks to the debt moratorium, Senator Win Gatchalian called on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to investigate erring banks and make sure that they comply with the provisions under the Bayanihan 1 and 2 laws. As the country’s regulator of the banking industry, the BSP is […]