Given the pandemic and the emergence of new strains of COVID-19 in other countries, Senator Christopher Go said legislators and finance managers were studying the possibility of another measure to strengthen the country’s recovery efforts.
After the passage of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act and the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act this year, Go said there might be a need for a “Bayanihan 3” to further assist vulnerable sectors.
These include those who have lost their jobs as well as previously locally stranded individuals who have returned to their provinces and are seeking economic opportunities.
“If there’s money, that’s possible-Bayanihan 3. We will talk to Finance Secretary (Carlos) Dominguez… kung talagang hirap tayo ngayong darating na taon, (titignan) kung mayro’n pong posibilidad… kakausapin ko pa po na sana po’y magkaroon tayo ng Bayanihan 3,” Go said.
He says he will discuss with President Rodrigo Duterte the possibility of proposing the Bayanihan 3 measure.
Meanwhile, the Senator says that almost all locally stranded individuals have been transported back to their provinces.
He cited the recent plight of LSIs who were stranded in Metro Manila at the height of the strict implementation of the community quarantine, saying, “Alam n’yo po, mahirap ma-stranded dito sa Maynila, wala silang mga kamag-anak dito at kawawa.”
He also emphasized the importance of managing the pandemic well through the cooperation of the public to alleviate the burden on the healthcare system.
He says the need for stricter quarantine measures may be unnecessary if authorities are able to properly implement health protocols in communities.