ADMITTEDLY, the Philippines is at war against the deadly coronavirus disease 2020 (COVID-19), an “unseen enemy” which continues to terrorize millions of people across the globe.
Thus, there’s that urgent need for the beleaguered Filipino people, from the filthy rich to the poor and lowly, to work in unison if we are to win the war against the COVID-19 pandemic.
And the two-chamber Congress – the Senate and the House of Representatives – ought to come up with pieces of legislation aimed at pump-priming the economy and creating new jobs.
Note that thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the pandemic have returned to the country, worsening the unemployment problem in the Philippines.
But House leaders, led by Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, assured the public that Congress will work hard to help President Duterte in pump-priming the struggling economy.
In other words, the House of Representatives is seen to speed up the passage of legislative measures designed to implement a “responsive and sustainable recovery program.”
In his fifth and penultimate state-of-the-nation address (SONA), President Duterte clearly laid out his “battle plans” to enable us to emerge victorious in the fight against the killer virus.
Romualdez said “everyone is being called upon to be part of the whole of government response to combat the pandemic,” declaring “there are no spectators in this fight.”
Cavite Rep. Elpidio “Pidi” Barzaga Jr. and San Jose del Monte City Rep. Florida “Rida” Robes said “unhampered economic activities must continue to ensure the country’s economic growth.”
Barzaga said “we will work double-time,” while Robes said this year’s Duterte SONA will be added to the list of “rare instances when the nation is addressed in an unorthodox manner.”
House Assistant Minority Leader and Marikina City Rep. Stella Quimbo said “now is the time for the nation to unite, fight the spread of COVID-19 and help the people earn a living.”
Without doubt, all Filipinos have the moral responsibility to help our government in preventing the further spread of the dreaded virus, which originated from Wuhan, China.