MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte will certify as urgent the Bayanihan to Recover as One (Bayanihan 2) bill, which will allow him to realign funds for the coronavirus crisis and guarantee government aid for several sectors, Malacañang announced Thursday.
Duterte is set to address lawmakers on Monday when he delivers his penultimate State of the Nation Address.
"Pagdating naman po doon sa sasabihin ni Presidente, siguro hintayin na lang natin. Talagang hindi ko po pangungunahan ang Presidente. Pero, naririyan din po ang Bayanihan 2 na sigurado ako, ise-certify as urgent," Presidential Spokespman Harry Roque said in a press briefing.
(When it comes to what the President will say, let's just wait. I will not preempt the President. but the Bayanihan 2 is there, which I'm sure he will certify as urgent.)
"'Yong Bayanihan 2 naman po ay isa 'yan sa malakas na sandata natin na gagamitin natin para tayo naman po ay makabangon dito sa aberya ng COVID," he added.
(The Bayanihan 2 is a strong weapon that we will use to recover from COVID.)
Before the pandemic, the Philippines recorded its lowest hunger ratings and high credit ratings.
"Kampante tayo sa isang V-shaped recovery dahil napakalakas nga po ng ating ekonomiya. Kakayanin po natin ito," he said.
(We are confident of a V-shaped recovery because our economy is very strong, We can weather this.)
The Senate failed to pass the Bayanihan 2 in June after the executive branch refused to certify the measure as urgent.
The Senate's version of the Bayanihan 2 repeals a provision of the first Bayanihan law that allows Duterte to take over hospitals and other private facilities during COVID-19 crisis.
It also removes the power of law enforcers to arrest or penalize individuals who violate quarantine policies.
The new measure is expected to authorize the government to spend P140 billion for "a basket of targeted aid to sectors severely impacted by the double whammy of a public health and economic crisis."