Sarah Elago of KPL on Bayanihan to Recover as One Bill on Second Reading

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Statement of Rep. Sarah Elago of Kabataan Partylist on the passage of Bayanihan to Recover as One Bill on Second Reading last August 5

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Before House votes on the 162-B Bayanihan 2 Bill, we must demand a full accounting on the Bayanihan to Heal as One report. Total releases related to COVID-19 under Bayanihan 1 balloons to more than 370 billion pesos. With more borrowings to fund the pandemic response, government debt breaches the 9-trillion mark. Unemployment rises to a record high as the economy dips to its lowest in history amid the country’s lockdown, one of the longest in the world.

Mabilis napasa ang emergency powers kahit walang komprehensibong plano kaya hindi rin ito nagbunga ng mabilis na aksyon. Hindi lang mabagal ang pamamahagi ng ayuda sa ilalim ng Social Amelioration Program, puno rin ito ng anomalya. Nababaon sa utang ang bayan habang lumalalim rin ang pasakit ng gutom at kahirapan dulot ng milyong-milyong nawalan ng trabaho, kabuhayan, at mga negosyong pwersahang nagsara. Imbes na bumagal at mapigil ang virus, kumalat pa ito at dumami pa ang aktibong kaso.

Kailangang gugulin ang pondo ng tama at naayon sa pangangailangan ng krisis sa kalusugang pampubliko. Pondo para sa karapatan at pangangailangan ng tao sa gitna ng pandemya. There can be no clear path forward in the fight against COVID-19 without openness, transparency, and respect for human rights. It is imperative to hold power to account.

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