New Bayanihan bill to have more specific fund allocations for COVID-19 response

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Compared to the previous law, the new Bayanihan bill will include more specific fund allocations for the government’s COVID-19 response, according to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.

“Noong unang Bayanihan… Overwhelming ‘yung problema, so basically we gave them the authority maglipat-lipat ng funds. Now, we want to be more specific na sabihin nila sa amin saan gagamitin to,” said Cayetano, referring to the first Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

Cayetano also revealed that the House of Representatives eyes ₱140 billion to ₱200 billion for the bill to help government agencies address the health crisis. The Congress is expected to hold a special session to discuss the second Bayanihan bill either this week or the week after, as per the house speaker.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, Senators Miguel Zubiri and Sherwin Gatchalian said that the bill needs at least ₱300 billion and they are in favor of a special session.

Earlier, the senators passed the Bayanihan to Recover as One Bill on the second reading but it failed to pass on the third and final reading before the Senate adjourned the session, after Malacanang refused to certify the measure as urgent.

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