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Recto proposes P485-B Bayanihan 3 law

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has filed the Bayanihan to Rebuild as One bill or Bayanihan 3 which comes with a P485-billion appropriation for various government interventions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Its budget requirement is bigger compared to the earlier Bayanihan to Heal as One and Bayanihan to Recover as One laws which came with P389.2 billion and P165.5 billion, respectively.

The breakdown of the proposed P485-billion appropriation under Bayanihan 3 is as follows:

  •     P55 billion for the procurement of COVID-19 medication and vaccines;
  •     P55 billion for the handling of vaccines, hiring of contact tracers, testing and treatment under PhilHealth, and payment of actual hazard duty pay;
  •     P100 billion for worker subsidies;
  •     P100 billion for the capacity building of critically impacted sectors;
  •     P70 billion for additional social amelioration to affected households;
  •     P20 billion for assistance to households that have been severely impacted by recent typhoons;
  •     P30 billion for assistance to displaced workers;
  •     P50 billion for rehabilitation of typhoon-affected areas;
  •     P3 billion for internet allowances for DepEd K to 12 teachers and students; and
  •     P2 billion for the Commission on Higher Education for internet allowances for tertiary level teachers and students

Once enacted into law, the bill shall be effective until the adjournment of session in Congress on June 4, 2021.

A similar measure, House Bill No. 8031, has been filed by Marikina City Representative Stella Quimbo in the lower chamber.

Earlier this week, both houses of Congress approved the extension of the appropriations under Bayanihan 2 until June 30, 2021.—AOL, GMA News