House now with 54 COVID cases but legislative proceedings continue

Published August 26, 2020, 11:57 AM

by Ben Rosario

The House of Representatives on Wednesday reported two new confirmed COVID-19 cases among its employees.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the Lower House has reached 54, with just 12 individuals still suffering active infection as of Wednesday.

“We have two new confirmed cases. They are siblings and live in the same house,” revealed Secretary General Jose Luis Montales.

One of them is a female assigned with the Human Resources Management service who last reported for work on July 29.

The other is a male who works with the Engineering Department.

“He reported for work on August 14 and 17. He started showing symptoms on Aug. 17,” disclosed Montales.

Notwithstanding the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in the Lower House, the chamber’s leadership sees no need to further suspend legislative proceedings including plenary session.

The chamber is currently preparing for the conduct of committee deliberations on the proposed P4.506 trillion national budget that was submitted by the Department of Budget and Management on Tuesday.

Regular committee hearings for pending bills continue daily.