“The government should be spending more, not less, to grow the economy, and this is precisely what the Bayanihan 3 is designed for,” Deputy Speaker and Bagong Henerasyon Rep. Bernadette Herrera said.
Herrera is one of the co-authors of House Bill 8628 or the proposed Bayanihan to Arise As One Act filed by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.
The bill proposes a P108 billion allocation for additional social amelioration to impacted households; P100 billion for capacity-building for impacted sectors; P52 billion for wage subsidies; P70 billion for capacity-building for agricultural producers; P30 billion for internet allowances to teachers and students; P30 billion for assistance to displaced workers; P25 billion for COVID-19 treatment and vaccines; and P5 billion for the rehabilitation of areas affected by recent floods and typhoons.
Herrera said the Bayanihan 3 would allow the government to pump-prime the economy by providing much-needed support to sectors severely affected by the pandemic.
“Amid the rising uncertainties and economic challenges, there is an urgent need to re-energize the engines of growth and pump-prime the economy,” the party-list lawmaker pointed out.
Earlier, Herrera said Velasco’s version of the Bayanihan 3 provided for “comprehensive and integrated strategy to help the economy recover faster from the devastating impacts of the pandemic.”
She said the proposed P420-billion fund for the implementation of much-needed COVID-19 response and recovery interventions are “grounded on economic inclusivity and collective growth.”
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