A welcome proposal

April 26, 2020

AWARE that Luzon and other parts of the Philippines are still under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), there’s now a move to hold Congress sessions through the wonders of modern technology.

Thus, the move, led by members of the Senate, should be welcomed by all sectors of society because of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), which is a frightening sight in many of the world’s nations.

Senator Migz Zubiri, a Mindanaoan like President Duterte, said majority of his colleagues in the 24-member Upper House of Congress support a proposed resolution amending Senate rules and regulations.

The proposed amendment calls for the conduct of Senate sessions through teleconference or videoconference, which is being done in many parliaments throughout the world, according to Senator Zubiri.

The two-chamber Congress – the Senate and the House of Representatives - is set to resume its sessions on May 4 after the Holy Week break.

In supporting the conduct of sessions via teleconference or videoconference, Zubiri also said 80 percent of the more than 2,000 Senate employees use public transport in going to work.

“Tama nga naman si Senador Zubiri kasi wala namang mga bus, taxicab at jeepney na pumapasada sa Luzon dahil sa mahigpit na implementasyon ng ECQ,” said an ex-overseas Filipino worker.

The one-time OFW share the view of Senator Zubiri, a Mindanaoan like tough-talking President Duterte, that there’s a need to ensure the health of Congress workers as well as our lawmakers.

Admittedly, many legislators – senators and congressmen – are elderly with underlying medical conditions, who are supposed to stay home as ordered by the Inter-Agency Task Force.

Indeed, it’s now time for our honorable lawmakers to use the wonders of modern technology if we are to stop the spread of the deadly virus, which originated from Wuhan City in China.