THROUGHOUT the world, many countries, including graft-prone Philippines, now lack financial resources due to the crippling effect of the raging coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
But at the end of the day, what’s important is for both chambers of Congress – the Senate and the House of Representatives – to consider the future of the poorest of the poor across the country.
Aside from the daily wage earners and the jobless all over the Philippines, the poorest of the poor Filipinos include our farmers and fishermen, who comprise the bulk of the country’s population.
And it is certainly reassuring to know that the House of Representatives is committed to pass a stimulus package to enable our farmers and fishers to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Majority Leader Martin G. Romualdez, husband of Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez, made the statement after the Lower House of Congress adopted House Resolution (HR) No. 925.
A lawyer and banker by profession, Romualdez said HR No. 925 affirmed the lawmaker’s commitment to pass the proposed P66-billion supplemental budget for the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The multi-billion-peso supplemental budget is seen to ensure the recovery of the agriculture and fisheries sector from the havoc wrought by the unseen but dreaded killer virus.
The House passed the resolution two days after President Duterte, the first Mindanaoan to hold the top political of the land, delivered his fifth and penultimate state-of-the-nation address.
“This is our response to the call of President Duterte for Congress to push for the passage of a stimulus package for Philippine farms,” said Romualdez, who co-chair with Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano the Defeat COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee.
Co-authors of the resolution are Romualdez, Cayetano, Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte and Reps. Lucy Torres-Gomez and Florida Robes of Leyte and San Jose del Monte City, respectively.
Our lawmakers may have their respective positions on certain issues, but we believe that they are one in ensuring the welfare of the country’s farmers and fishermen and their families. Tiyak ‘yon!