Duterte set to sign Bayanihan 2 into law after inter-agency consultation

Published September 7, 2020, 2:22 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte will likely sign into law the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2 either this week or next week, Malacañang announced Monday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the President is expected to act on Bayanihan 2 as soon as the ongoing consultation with various government agencies is completed.

The measure, which aims to further strengthen the government’s pandemic response and outline  its economic recovery plan, has recently been submitted by Congress to the Office of the President for action.

“Alam ninyo,  kaya natatagalan nang kaunti, at hindi pa naman mahabang panahon ang lumipas, kinukunsulta ang mga ahensiya ng gobyerno na mayroong stake sa bayanihan 2 bill. ‘Yun lang ang ordinaryong proseso but I can assure you,  kapag natapos ang consultation na ito ay pipirmahan ‘yan ng Presidente dahil hiningi naman yan ng Presidente sa Kongreso rin (It has been slightly delayed, although not for a long time, because government agencies with a stake in the Bayanihan 2 enactment are being consulted. That’s the regular process but I can assure you that once the consultation is over, this will be signed by the President since the President asked for it from Congress),” Roque said during a televised press briefing Monday.

“I don’t think the first two weeks of September will pass without the bill being signed. I think they’re aiming that the bill should be signed this week, next week at the latest,” he said.

The two houses of Congress recently ratified the measure that includes a P165-billion stimulus package. The stimulus bill, a priority measure of the administration, consists of P140 billion in regular appropriations and P25 billion in standby funds.

The Bayanihan 2 bill seeks to bankroll various programs such as improvement of health care resources, assistance to industries and workers affected by the pandemic, and procurement of COVID vaccines.

It also provides for capital infusion for government financial institutions, assistance for agriculture sector, the education department’s alternative learning program, as well as tourism industry.