REPOST: LONG BUT WORTH READING.
A SHORT SUMMARY OF THE NEW BILL PASSED TO SUPPORT EMERGENCY POWERS TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES TO FIGHT COVID 19 DISEASE.
(EMERGENCY POWER IS ALREADY SIGNED AND APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE DEPT.)
Jeremy Tan Credits: Atty. Joei Teves
This post is long but if you want to know more about the bill that supposedly granted the President “unnecessary powers”, then read on.
MAGBASA AT ALAMIN BAGO MAGREACT
I think this should be the mantra of every single human now, especially in the wake of this epidemic that looms our world. Writing and spreading news that seeks to create panic and sow fear is cruel and malicious given the circumstances that our country is in right now.
Yesterday, I got home at around 5AM after working on a bill that seeks to alleviate the sufferings of our countrymen because of COVID-19. Upon waking up, with only a few hours of sleep, my mistake was to check my social media accounts. It was filled with hateful messages lambasting the government, the Senate and the House in particular, as well as the President because of a bill passed by the Congress.
But to everyone who posted about this, let me ask you:
HAVE YOU READ THE BILL?
Before I go into that, I would like to explain why it was necessary to pass one. The Department of Finance and the Department of Budget and Management have identified money available in different agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) which can be used to fight COVID-19. But due to the safeguards enshrined in our Constitution, as well as in our laws, one person alone cannot move money allocated for these agencies and GOCCs wherever and whenever he sees it fit… Which is supposed to be a good thing, but a road block in times like this. And that’s why Congress had to pass a law authorizing the President to reallocate this budget to where it is needed most. IT IS NOT A DECLARATION OF MARTIAL LAW.
To put it simply, may nahanap na pera ang gobyerno sa iba’t ibang ahensya na hindi pa muna kailangan ngayon kaya pwede ilaan sa COVID-19 operations pero hindi ito basta bastang pwedeng galawin. Kinakailangan magpasa ng batas para maisagawa ito.
Now, let me tell you about the bill. It is around 14 pages long so I will try to summarize the highlights. The bill you are lambasting and bashing will give HEALTH WORKERS:
- COVID-19 special risk allowance, in addition to the hazard duty pay to public health workers allocated to them under the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers
- Coverage for medical expenses of public and private health workers via PhilHealth in case of exposure to COVID-19
- P100,000 compensation for public and private health workers who contract severe COVID-19 while on duty
- P1 Million compensation for families of public and private health workers who die because of their COVID-19 duties
And I’m sure you’ve read that there have been shortage of PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT or ang tinatawag nating PPEs. The problem lies in supply dahil wala na tayong makuhanan dito sa Pilipinas and also the process dahil kailangan dumaan sa masugid na proceso ang mga ahensya ng gobyerno, including public hospitals, bago makuha ang pondo at makabili ng gamit because like I said these safeguards were placed to prevent misuse of public funds. The bill you are lambasting and bashing will:
- Exempt donated PPEs and other medical supplies for COVID-19 operations from import duties, taxes, and other fees
- Ensure that donation, acceptance, distribution of health products used to addressed COVID-19 are not unnecessarily delayed
- Exempt PPEs from the Procurement Reform Act, the law which was designed as a safeguard to prevent misuse of public funds and one of the reasons why hospitals can’t just use their budget to buy PPEs and medical supplies and equipment
Para naman sa mga TESTING KITS, the bill you are lambasting and bashing will:
- Expedite and streamline the accreditation of testing kits (in other words, pinapabilis natin ang availability ng mga ito)
- Cover the cost of treatment for COVID-19 patients under PhilHealth
For CONSUMERS AND TAXPAYERS, the bill you are lambasting and bashing will give:
- A grace period of 30 days on residential rents falling due within the enhanced community quarantine
- A grace period of 30 days on all loans and credit card payments with due falling within the enhanced community quarantine period, without incurring interests, penalties, fees, or other charges
- An extension to file any document and pay taxes and other charges
More importantly, the bill you are lambasting and bashing will provide FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE to the poorest of the poor. 18 million families belonging to the informal and marginalized sector will be given 5,000-8,000 pesos, depending on their region, to help them with their expenses while they do not have work.
Pinaglalaban ng bill na ito ang mga doktor, nurses, at lahat health workers… Pinapadali nito ang daloy ng pagdating ng mga medical supplies and equipment para sa sa mga ospital.. Binibigyan nito ng tulong ang mga mahihirap at mga mamayang Pilipino.
KAYA KAPAG SINASABI NINYO NA HINDI NYO GUSTO ANG BILL NA ITO, INAAYAWAN NYO ANG MAKAKATULONG SA ATING MGA BAGONG BAYANI AT ANG CHANSA NA MASUGPO ANG KRISIS NA HINAHARAP NATIN NGAYON.
There are more provisions in the bill that I would like to share but for now, let me end here. I hope this has enlightened some of you. Pero uulitin ko ang sinabi ko kanina, alamin ang lahat bago mag bitaw ng salita.
READ AND EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE YOU POST AND REACT. It is the most responsible thing you can do right now as a citizen of our nation.
Maraming salamat po.