Rampart of democracy

April 15, 2020

ADMITTEDLY, the government needs to come up with a highly-effective economic stimulus package that will ensure business continuity and employment as the people battle the deadly corona virus.

Projections that the COVID-19 pandemic will adversely affect business and employment in the long run provide a major challenge for the country’s lawmakers and economic managers.

And like the 24-member Philippine Senate, the Lower Chamber of Congress – the House of Representatives - is one of the first ramparts of participatory democracy in this impoverished Asian nation.

That’s why it is not surprising that the House leadership has been working very hard to formulate an economic stimulus package, according to Majority Leader Martin Romualdez of Leyte.

Together with Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, the United States-educated Romualdez, a lawyer, and other House leaders want to speed up the passage of vital pieces of legislation.

Romualdez, husband of Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez, said these crucial laws would be converted into programs and projects needed to win the fight against COVID-19.

“We are fortunate that in the Economic Stimulus Package Cluster, we have gathered some of the best and brightest (people) in the fields of economy and finance,” said Romualdez.

Majority Leader Romualdez, co-chairman of the House Defeat Ad Hoc COVID-19 Committee, made the statement during a virtual technical working group (TWG) meeting via Zoom last Tuesday.

With Cayetano, Romualdez told other colleagues and resource persons, led by Finance Sec. Carlos Dominguez III, that the House is working hard to help the state in winning the war against the virus.

Of course, we share the view of the Leyte solon that there’s really a need to cast a wider net so that more needy Filipino families will benefit from the government’s multi-pronged social amelioration programs.