The House of Representatives will resume session on Monday, January 24, Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said on Friday
“Aside from regular sanitation and disinfection, we continue to implement the online HousePass system as part of our regular health and security protocols,” Velasco said.
He said plenary sessions will still be done in a hybrid manner and only 20 percent of the workforce in each department and office in the House will be allowed to report for work.
“A limited number of House members and Secretariat personnel will be physically present inside the plenary hall. The rest of lawmakers shall attend the session through videoconference,” he added.
The surge of the new COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila has prompted the leadership of the House of Representatives to suspend its sessions up to Jan. 24.
Velasco said earlier this week the session that resumed on Monday had to be suspended again because of the reported infection of tens of members of the staff and officials of the chamber.
Since the start of the year, the House chief said more than 70 House members and employees had contracted the virus and many others were undergoing quarantine or self-isolation after exhibiting symptoms or having close contact with people who tested positive for COVID-19.