House Bill 6953 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One (BARO) Act was approved on second reading despite opposition and further deliberations request of Makabayan Reps.
Salient provisions of the bill include:
-P162-billion standby fund
-Emergency powers to Pres. Duterte until September 30, 2020 as it gives Duterte authority to realign government funds to “stimulate” the economy and to utilize the money to boost the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.