By Charissa Luci-Atienza
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano assured the public that the newly formed Defeat COVID-19 Committee (DCC) is doing its part to help the government win its war against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as he bared that the four clusters of the panel submitted their “plans” on Wednesday night.
Cayetano, chairman of the DCC, thanked all the panel members for taking seriously their work and for submitting their respective reports.
“Cluster, cluster yan buong team po yan nagwo-work kaya po sila pinapasalamatan dahil kagabi ang lahat ng cluster nakapagsubmit ng plano (It is bu cluster, but the whole team is working. I am thanking them because last night, all clusters submitted their plans),” Cayetano said in a Facebook Live video.
He cited his panel co-chairman, House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez, for leading the panel.
Cayetano disclosed that the DCC has four clusters – Health, Social Amelioration, Economic Stimulus and Response Package, and Peace and Order.
The Subcommittee on Health is co-chaired by Quezon Rep. Helen Tan, chairman of the House Committee on Health, and Deputy Minority Leader and Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin.
While the Social Amelioration Cluster is led by Deputy Speaker and Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, and Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez.
Iloilo Rep. Raul “Boboy” Tupas and Masbate Rep. Narciso “Bong” Bravo Jr. co-chair the Subcommittee on Peace and Order.
The Economic Stimulus and Response Package Cluster is co-headed by Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, and AAMBIS-OWA party-list Rep. Sharon Garin, chairman of the House Committee on Economic Affairs.
Cayetano said that aside from the outlining the measures taken by the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Economic Stimulus and Response Package Cluster is “presenting a program with computations of how to give an economic stimulus and how to help the micro-small and medium enterprises.”
During the historic online special session on March 23, the House of Representatives formed the DCC to support the work of the eight-man Joint Congressional Committee, which was created under Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
During the session, Romualdez said the DCC will have jurisdiction on “all matters directly and principally relating to the appropriate government response on the novel coronavirus and how to curb is effect on the economy and the general public, especially the labor force.”
The Oversight Committee is mandated to determine whether the President’s acts, orders, rules and regulations are within the restrictions provided under the RA 11469.
Sitting as members of the oversight panel are Cayetano, Villafuerte, House Committee on Appropriations Chairman and ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap, and House Minority Leader and Manila Rep. Bienvenido M. Abante, Jr.